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Norwegian Gem Outside Cabin Cruise Reviews

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"The first 10 days were pretty good. Weather was great till the end. Left in the rain and returned with rain. The ship needs some maintenance and definitely all was not working correctly. Some passengers were..."Read More
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Amazing times

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - All

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Dext3
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

Wow. First time on the Gem. I was impressed by how attentive the entire staff was. From the executive officers (who were ALWAYS approachable) all the way down the line, everyone made us feel welcomed. The Cruise Director (and staff) were fun, funny and totally involved with the passengers. The stage shows were excellent. We went to Blazing Boots and Get Down Tonight, both were high energy ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


Fabulous trip

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - All

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spedteacher908
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

Our trip was fabulous. We love Norwegian. We prefer the mid size ships of about 2000 people. The elevators are never crowded and the garden cafe is smaller. We got lost so many times in the garden cafe on the Escape and the Breakaway. We also love to sit in the Spinnaker lounge and the bigger ships don’t have this large beautiful view at the top of the ship. It was sorely missed on the ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window


Cruise Director staff difficult to understand

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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dhult15
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Luz and Joey, both from Philippines, were a joke. The morning tv show was them acting like small children. Couldn’t understand them. Since Luz was on the mic so often and then every night after the shows, most Americans complained to each other about her horrible accent. More than 1/2 passengers were European and Asian. Don’t know how they could understand. Did not enjoy the bands who were very ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Good cruise, but NCL has lost their way

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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Tailwind1
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This is my 26th review for Cruise Critic. Unlike some reviewers that join this group just to complain about a bad experience, I have, for the past 10+ years felt obliged to write about my cruise experiences. I am a professional writer in another life which tends to make my reviews long and thorough. If you want to know simply if we liked our time on the Gem, just count the stars. If you want to ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Immigration Nightmare

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - All

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vacationbuddy
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

The first 10 days were pretty good. Weather was great till the end. Left in the rain and returned with rain. The ship needs some maintenance and definitely all was not working correctly. Some passengers were relocated due to a unusual odor in room that caused headaches. Our cabin was kept clean and well stocked with towels Most crew members were very personable however there were some ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window


Horrible Experience

Review for Norwegian Gem to Canada & New England

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jandcblue
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

The ship was very compartmentalized. No large open area atrium to enjoy. The food was absolutely horrible. We have traveled NCL and other cruise lines in the past and have never experienced such a bad experience related to the food. Buffet was the same things every day with little variety. The main complimentary dining rooms were bland and like warm. By the time we realized the food issue, the ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


First time cruising on NCL not totally impressed

Review for Norwegian Gem to Canada & New England

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TGlonek
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Received as a free cruise from Hard Rock in Biloxi. I was excited about receiving the free cruise off as it was the first time I was going to be going on NCL. I had heard a lot of good remarks from previous cruisers. My experience had good and bad reviews. Not real sure I like the freestyle concept. If you do not want to wait for 30-45 mins for a table if you go anytime after 6pm, make sure ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window


Disappointment

Review for Norwegian Gem to Canada & New England

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stjetcats
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Destinations were good, a bit boring at Sydney Nova Scotia Miss communication between ncl rep and agency rep and ncl online. I choiced shore credit and was told final destination could be one,,however after booking I was told by shore excursion offc that not true, however the beginning of the cruise port Quebec I could use it for..but wasn't able to due to the miscommunication. Also book as ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


Great ship loved it

Review for Norwegian Gem to Canada & New England

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okema
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

I am a solo traveler This was my 7th NCL cruise but first on the Gem. The crew was fantastic and so was the food in all the free venues. The Activity person running the solo group was very wonderful and so enjoyed the group. The ship layout is easy to navigate and clean. I loved spending time in Spinnaker lounge such a great place to read. The entertainment was fun and great shows. I ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window


Boston to Quebec B2B Early September

Review for Norwegian Gem to Canada & New England

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Weinbob
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

I was attracted to the Boston departure in early September 2019, I wrongly thought we would enjoy more pool time and sun - instead we dodged hurricane Dorian and missed Bar Harbor and Halifax on our first leg. The service was outstanding, the ship was easy to navigate, and public areas and activities were never crowded. The late show in the theater was never more than 2/3 full so you could ...
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Sail Date: September 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


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