twiles

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Norwegian Gem

September 2017 - Norwegian Gem to Canada, New England, New York

Not a Gem to Sail

I would not recommend this cruise to anyone due to all I have stated above. They need to get their act together on this one. It is very close to the worst cruise I have taken.

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Norwegian Sky

March 2015 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas

1st time on Norwegian

Traveled with a friend for a girls getaway to the Bahamas on the Sky.  The ship was smaller and old and definitely needs updating.  We had an oceanview stateroom and the beds were NOT comfortable (looked like cots?).  Shower was extremely small.  We had the free bev package - this would be great for a family that drinks sodas or for those that like to drink frozen drinks or wine with dinner as it was included.  Not included - bottled water at over $5 a bottle with tax.  However, I must say that Norwegian does do some things quite right.  LOVED the anytime dining!  The food on this cruise was better than some of the cruises we have been on.  We did get an awesome waiter on the 2nd night which we requested on nights 3 and 4.  The Los Vegas show on the final night was awesome and I was impressed with the talent of the dancers/singers.  There were some funny game shows as well as a family comedian.  The ship was clean and someone was always cleaning somewhere on the ship.  Getting back on the ship after an excursion was nice as they had flavored water and ice cold towels for everyone.  There was no sea day and we actually stopped at three different islands.  There island is very nice. Pass up all of the main beach busyness and continue to the lagoon (make sure they are going to have bar service and food on that end as it was no opened on the day of our arrival). Getting on/off the ship for excursions was quick and easy.  Embarktion and Disembarktion were both very smooth with Norwegian. The lagoon was secluded, quiet and so nice.  I will cruise Norwegian again, just on a bigger, newer ship.

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twiles's Tips

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Halifax is beautiful! We opted to tour Peggy's Cove. We booked with cruises.com a shore excursion. I recommend you take a cab to Peggy's Cove at your leisure as we got 1 hour at Peggy's Cove. Peggy's Cove is stunning! You can make a day of it taking pictures, eating lunch, and exploring.
New York, New York - We visited NYC for a couple of nights prior to the cruise. We stayed at the Casablanca Hotel in Times SQuare. I would highly recommend for the price and location. Service was awesome, rooms were clean and they have a wine and cheese hour as well as snacks all day as well as a continental breakfast.
Saint John, New Brunswick - We had a great lunch in Saint John but not allot to do. We walked to Reversing Falls but turns out it reverses with the tides. Ask before you take a tour there. There is nothing else but a visitors center and a small restaurant once you get to Reversing Falls.
Portland, Maine - We ate lunch in Portland, souvenir shopped, walked on the beach collecting sea glass and just spent the day at our leisure. We took a late afternoon bus to the lighthouse and it was beautiful but again, time was limited. Be sure and visit "Holy Doughnut" as they had awesome doughnuts made with Maine Mashed Potatoes!
Bar Harbor, Maine - We did not get to visit this port and I cannot express my disappointment. It was a foggy morning and you have to take a tender boat in to port. They said they couldn't take us in. None of us understood why we didn't wait around a couple of hours to see if it cleared but we left for next port for the next day. Norwegian did refund our port charges.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - If you sail on the Gem, be prepared for less than friendly staff overall, allot of selling and future sales, unorganization and lack of activities for the average person. Make sure you attend the show "Duo Quintessence" as it was awesome!
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Freeport was nothing to boast about where we docked but we took an excursion to a private island that was great!

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Gem"If you sail on the Gem, be prepared for less than friendly staff overall, allot of selling and future sales, unorganization and lack of activities for the average person. Make sure you attend the show "Duo Quintessence" as it was awesome!"

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reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Norwegian Gem and gave it 3.4 stars!

reviewed their Caribbean - Bahamas cruise on Norwegian Sky and gave it 3 stars!

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