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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 37

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Norwegian Gem

11 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 24, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10616

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Review summary

Great cruise with excellent weather, some stops would have benefitted from longer in port and the very much earlier disembarkation was irritating.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Flawless, on board within 25 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal in Manhattan. Platinum status helps!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Le Bistro remains the best of the speciality restaurants.

Teppanyaki

5 out of 5

Great fun and food.

Maltings Whiskey Bar

5 out of 5

Very comfortable seats and attentive table service.

Le Bistro

5 out of 5

Flawless food and service, especially the the mushroom soup!

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Always one of our favourites and it didn't disappoint.

Great Outdoors Bar

5 out of 5

Great service and venue.

Grand Pacific Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Great for breakfast, although service at breakfast very variable, dinner and lunch always excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The shows by the ships cast were superb, most of the other entertainment we didn't go to as it wasn't to our taste or didn't appeal.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff were ideal, the bar staff attentive and friendly. The cruise director Freddy was excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Been on this ship before and it doesn't disappoint.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good size, spotlessly clean.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5
Arriving at 1600 and leaving at 2200 didn't give much time for anything, the city tour excursion was mostly in the dark.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Great port, 4x4 safari well worth doing.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
I didn't go onshore, but my wife and friends did and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Great tour with a very knowledgable guide.

St. John's, Antigua

4 out of 5
Much more deprived than I was expecting. Tour was spoilt by another guest going on about mangos.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
Very good port, but only here 0700 to 1300, longer would have been better.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Told before the cruise disembarkation from 1200 onwards, but arrived much earlier and it started about 0800. Totally disrupting our onward travel plans.
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