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Old 12-17-2007, 09:15 AM
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Hi everyone,

I just got back from the Gem. They still have a few "Kinks" to work out, but the ship is beautiful. The food is fantastic.

The Kinks,
The video game area's change machine did not work and not all the games take dollar bills.
The bowling alley is supposed to have four lanes and only three were working.
They could not get the Patriot's game on the satellite TV and there were many unhappy passengers.
The gem lecture promised an emerald to everyone who attended and they gave us a fake gold coin instead. Very disappointing
The weather - We were sailing thru the Nor'Easter and a lot of passengers got sick. There were barf bags everywhere for those who lost their cookies
Went to the Java Cafe and waited 30 minutes for a speciality coffee.

The Kid's Camp was excellent!
My cabin steward was exceptional.
The ship was very clean.
The food was great.

However, free style is not for me. I'm a CCL lover!
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:28 PM
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Welcome home, Cruisehappy! I watched N. Gem as she arrived in the Inner Harbor today. I was thinking about you during our storm on Sunday and hoping the weather wasn't too bad. Bags aside, how did she ride?
Happy cruising!
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:42 PM
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Hi LisaP,

We experienced 12 foot waves. The NCL Gem faired the weather better than I expected. The Garden Cafe lost a few dishes while I was there.

I did not get sick but quite a few people did. A few times at night it really shook, but nothing that couldn't be handled.

The decks were closed.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:51 AM
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hello, i will be boarding the Gem in september 08 from malta. can you please advise about the ship in general? many thanks ,,,,,,,,vince agius
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:59 AM
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I suggest you go on line and look at the deck layout and find the places you want to go and mark them. There are maps near the elevators of all the decks, but being prepared is the best thing. You do not want to spend your time trying to find where you want to go.

For example, my nephew wanted to go bowling and he remembered "7 aft" in the back of the ship.

The ship in general is very beautiful, but learning to get around can be very frustrating.
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:04 AM
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Thanks for the updates on the Gem-We are due outbound to the Southern Caribbean on 26 Jan aboard the Gem and can't wait!

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