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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

14 Night Southern Caribbean (Boston Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 29, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8033

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This cruise was fun and entertaining; a good way to experience the south caribbean without spending a lot of money. I highly recommend it.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Short delay at the boat terminal. Ship was not ready until after 1pm. However, crew brought drinks and sandwiches around to guests.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Food was good; ship ran out of white zinfindel wine before cruise was over.

Maltings Whiskey Bar

5 out of 5

My husband and his friend enjoyed two different whiskey tastings at this bar. Both were informative and tasty. The bar tender really knew a lot about the whiskey he was serving, and did not skimp on the pours. Based on what was served, and consumed, this was a real value on the ship!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Fitness Center was first rate. Really enjoyed the spa.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Entertainment was outstanding! Best I've ever seen on a cruise. The only show that was not first rate was the Chris Burke show, and unfortunately it was shown on two nights. The show band was fantastic. Cruise Director was engaging and entertaining.

Children's Programs

I did not bring any children on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward, Victoria was wonderful. She answered our every need promptly and curtiously. Our room was always fully stocked and freshly made up. After our first experience with our waiter, Winmac, we continued to request him every night. He was so friendly and attentive. He always made us feel welcome and saw to our every need. Great smile and personality. He made our dinner experiences a real joy.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The only negative about the ship was the "crooked" route to get to the cabins on deck 8. I also did not enjoy the casino, since patrons are allowed to smoke. Smoking is not healthy for the employees of the ship's casino, or the patrons! Everything else was great, clean, and well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Bed was comfortable. Cabin was always clean and well maintained. For an interior cabin, the shower was quite large; a pleasant surprise.

Ship tip

Bring cards, and or card games. The game room was almost always full, especially on sea days.

Ports of call

Boston, Massachusetts Did not visit port

Very familiar with Boston; grew up 30 minutes north of the city.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Excellent port; took the tram up to one of the highest points on the island. Beautiful view and excellent drinks!

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
We waited too long to sign up for an excursion. The one we wanted was full.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
We took an excursion, sightseeing tour around the island. The trip was excellent. The driver definitely made the trip. He was so friendly, informative, and entertaining. The van was air conditioned and very comfortable.

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
We took an excursion to the Harrison's Cave. Trip was great, but we had a long wait to get into the cave. This is a government run facility, and it seemed very disorganized.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Once on the island, we scheduled a boat ride out to the Pitons, with a stop at a small town. Ride was fun. Good value, much cheaper than excursions offered by the ship.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
We did not take an excursion, but enjoyed the port shopping area near the ship.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
We rented a taxi and took a trip to the highest point on the island. Views were amazing. Trip was very inexpensive and driver was informative and friendly.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Disembarkation was quick and easy. We carried our own bags off. The whole process took only minutes.
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