Overall great experience

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Gem

8 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 13, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 5018

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall great experience! This was our first cruise and we def enjoyed it! Would do Norwegian again but probably a bigger boat. Worst part was embarking


2 out of 5
It took about three hours to embark. This set us back 3 hours. This was my first cruise so I wasn’t sure what to expect. We were told that it usually does take very long but this time something must have gone wrong. There was only ONE TSA agent checking hundreds of people.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Garden cafe and garden pacific were our favorites. Plenty of options. My friend is a vegetarian and she was able to find many things to eat. You don’t have to dress up like they say, people walked in wearing sweatpants lol.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They always had a lot to do. It did get boring during the last couple of days. Seems like they ran out of activities and everything was repetitive.


5 out of 5
Shows were definitely the best. The singers and dancers are amazing. Even though the comedy shows weren’t the best, them being so corny made it funny lol.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were amazing ! Very friendly, generous and very professional!!!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
A little on the older side but always very clean!!!!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved having a window, steward Sedrick was amazing ! No complaints!

Ship tip

-book shore excursions yourself a couple months before your trip, it’ll be cheaper that way. Show up to the shows early, bring books for lazy/rainy days. Bring warm clothes for the cooler days, cabin gets cool.

Ports of call

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5

New York, New York

2 out of 5


5 out of 5
Much better than embarking! We took out luggage and walked off the ship no problems!
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