smf25
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Prinsendam

November 2016 - Prinsendam to Canaries

Love Prinsendam. Love transatlantic repositioning cruises.

The Prinsendam is a small ship.  Maybe 800 passengers.  Short distances and fewer decks to cover between locales.  Easier to meet other passengers - and see them over and over again.  Everything is laid back.  No lines.  No crowded venues.  Fabulous service from the crew.  And, yes, on a small ship crew and passengers get to know each other too.  Entertainment was very good.  Sophisticated.  Classical music every evening in one lounge.  Finally, for many of us, repositioning cruises are what cruising is about.  We had 9 sea days out of the 16 days onboard.  Paradise for me.

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Norwegian Gem

March 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

For those living in or close to New York City, this is a wonderful cruise to do.  Four great Eastern Caribbean islands - without having to fly!  The overall cruise is 10 days so that means 5 sea days (yes!!) in addition to the 4 island ports.  And the Norwegian Gem, by today's standards is definitely a small ship (less than 2400 passengers) and that means a cozier, less frantic cruise experience.  The Gem was last drydocked and refurbished just in November 2015 so it is in prime shape.

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smf25's Tips

Huelva (for Seville), Spain - Even if one does not do Seville excursion, this is a good walking-around town. A non-touristy small Spanish city.
Prinsendam Prinsendam - Ship is low key. Many people love it and do back-to-back cruises on her at least once a year. But it is low key. No Las Vegas atmosphere. No disco. No water slides or climbing wall. Know what you are looking for. This is not for everyone.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - If you are planning to dine in specialty restaurants, make your reservations well ahead of your sailing date so that you get the days and times you prefer.

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shared a quick tip for Prinsendam"Ship is low key. Many people love it and do back-to-back cruises on her at least once a year. But it is low key. No Las Vegas atmosphere. No disco. No water slides or climbing wall. Know what you are looking for. This is not for everyone."

added Nov 3, 2016 cruise on Prinsendam to their profile.

reviewed their Canaries cruise on Prinsendam and gave it 5 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Wonderful Caribbean Cruise for New Yorkers