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Old 03-09-2011, 06:26 PM
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The Gem was my first NCL ship, and we've now done four NCL cruises in a row and are considering a fifth. We really didn't know if we'd like the Freestyle environment because we'd gotten used to the "regular" style, but it turns out, we love it. Honestly, we've found sometimes the service in the dining rooms isn't -quite- as good as on other lines because you don't have the same server every time, so you don't build a rapport with him/her. And some people feel nickeled and dimed because there are so many options that cost extra, like the specialty restaurants. But I love that the option is there. Because you can get great food in the dining room and not spend a penny extra if you choose. Or, if you go for something different, you can go to the specialty restaurants. We love the ships (Dawn and Gem have been our favorites) and the decor and the layouts. NCL is awesome and I would recommend this ship in a heartbeat. If you'd like to see any pics or anything from Gem, just let me know!
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Booked on NCL Breakaway, Feb. 2014
Carnival Conquest, Feb. 2012
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005