Largest “Walled City” in North America

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Norwegian Gem

7 Night Canada & New England (Quebec City To Boston)

Sail date: October 11, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Best way to visit Canadian Maritime provinces! Beautiful fall foliage. Friendly citizens and down to earth attitudes.


1 out of 5
Horrible because how the Port allows traffic getting into terminal. Worst ever. Allow 2 hours to get from hotel to being on board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The buffet food tends to have low quality meats. Tough and chewy. Lacks presentation. Free drink package is never free, there’s a heavy surcharge added.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Too cold to use pool outside. Opt for “Spa Package” as it gets you use of indoor pool and spa.


3 out of 5
Not that entertaining. No huge productions. Not so funny comedians, magic shows really? Crew singing and playing instruments have its place.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Not really that many children on our cruise.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Crew was pleasant and obliging. However, the cruise-line charges for everything no matter how small. Automatically adds 20% to every charge.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well designed ship and amazingly pristine.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable. Nice sized balcony.

Ship tip

Cruise lines always adds surcharges to everything including “so-called free” items. For instance, the free drink package has a huge surcharge. 20% added to everything you purchase which BTW is already Hugh priced.

Ports of call

Quebec City, Quebec

5 out of 5
Only Walled City in North America. Very historical place to visit. Reminds you of old Europe.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

4 out of 5

Sydney, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5
Played a role and in rescuing “Titanic” efforts to save lives. And that the English fleet harbored there during WWII.

Saint John, New Brunswick

4 out of 5
Very nice.

Portland, Maine Did not visit port

Poor weather caused cancellation to this port.

Boston, Massachusetts

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
Wonderful and fast.
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