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Kaila

Age: 47

Occupation:OT

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Gem

Sailing Date: 03-21-2009

Itinerary: Bahamas

I absolutely loved my experience on the Gem. It's an unbelievably beautiful, spacious ship. The balcony room was very nicely appointed and roomier than I thought it would be. The bathroom was very well designed and the Groh fixtures and Elemis Spa soaps/shampoo luxurious. I loved freestyle cruising. The choice of dining rooms was amazing. We actually never felt the need to try to specialty restaurants because the food was so good and the menu so varied in the main dining halls. The buffet dining was always fresh and delicious. Their main chef is top notch. We had two vegetarians in our group and two meat/seafood eaters and everyone was equally happy with the food. And of course the abundance is just decadent. I suppose that goes without saying when you're cruising. The other nice thing was the "cooking light" menu options which were lighter and absolutely delicious for those who didn't feel compelled to gain the obligatory 5 lbs per cruise. The entertainment was really broadway quality. As New Yorkers we are fussy about our entertainment and I can honestly say that the Gem really did deliver. Every night there were two great shows and other shows such as Second City Improv and a really fun Magician rounded out the entertainment options. Their two nightclubs are great. The Bliss lounge and the Spinnaker lounge. Complete with super comfy couches and lounges and dance floors. There is something for everyone on the Gem. If you want to be quiet and soak up some sun you go to the quiet zone with wonderful lounges and views of the sea. If you want to dance or party the night away go to the Bliss lounge. If you want to have fun in the pool, you have your choice of adult only or and everyone pool and hottubs. Want to dress up for dinner, go ahead. Want to wear casual dress, do it. Absolutely carefree and wonderful. There are few clocks around and when there are there is usually a sign under them that says "not that it matters anyway." You really do get that feeling. Do what you want, when you want, how you want. Everyone I met on the Gem loved it. A few older people liked the set dinner times and large tables better, but I loved the freestyle cruising. If you chose you could sit with other people, but if you wanted a romantic dinner for two or just to be with your family of four or your group of 10 you could do it. The other thing I loved about this ship was the very friendly staff. For the most part they go out of there way to make you feel happy. A few staff weren't as good, but most were great. We loved the "Good Morning Guys." I'll be back on the Gem!

The food was fantastic! Loved it. Everything. Vegetarian, cooking light or full surf and turf dinners. Something for everyone and always top quality. All different types of ethnic food. Indian, Italian, French, American, And that was in the regular dining halls and buffets. Not even the specialty restaurants. Both indoor and outdoor restaurants were really picturesque as well as comfortable. Floor to ceiling windows just about everywhere. Loved the dining experiences.

Beautiful Balcony Stateroom. Quite roomy. Very pretty. Very comfortable bed (and I'm really picky about my bed). Great to have a big balcony with sliding glass doors. Just amazing. The only complaint was that our room steward wasn't the best. The other people in our group had a much better steward with lots of fun towel animals on their bed and little extras. Our steward was polite and did what we asked, but didn't go out of his way to do more.

The nightly entertainment was great. We didn't do much of the activities during the day so I really can't say. Alot of the "classes" were geared towards getting you to buy things and spend money which I didn't like, but if it keeps the ship running at such high quality for such good value then I was willing to overlook it.

I wasn't particularly impressed with the excursion to the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island. It was overcrowded and overpriced. I'm glad I saw it so I'm not tempted to plan a vacation there. I loved the excursion to the NCL private island on Grand Stirrup Cay. It was a great day of fun in the water and sun with a fantastic outdoor barbacue! Don't miss it!

Loved it. Felt like a real vacation. As soon as we returned we started looking up future NCL cruises, especially on the Gem!

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