Cruises Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Cruises activity »
  1. 1 Need help European Cruise -viking Ocean Cruise Barcelona to Rome
  2. 2 Small Ship Alaska
  3. 3 Trip Report UNIWORLD River Boat Cruise on the Danube, Budapest to Prague
  4. 4 Trip Report Antarctica Quark Expedition Travel Report
  5. 5 Pre-cruise hotel
  6. 6 Amadeus river cruise
  7. 7 Trip Report The Baltic - When itinerary means everything
  8. 8 There IS a difference between a travel and cruise agent..
  9. 9 Trip Report We finally made up our minds...
  10. 10 Touring on your own with Viking River Cruise
  11. 11 Mediterranean cruise- first week of May?
  12. 12 Viking Ocean Cruise
  13. 13 Best Place to Purchase Cruises
  14. 14 Caribbean Update
  15. 15 Trying to decide to cruise to Port of Call Key West
  16. 16 Trip Report A Transatlantic including Boston/NYC/Bermuda/Nassau and Miami
  17. 17 One way cruise to Europe from FL
  18. 18 Regent Seven Seas Cruise?
  19. 19 Windstar Sea Breeze
  20. 20 river cruises what do you love
  21. 21 Trip Report Rhine River Cruise with AMAwaterways
  22. 22 NYC Tour before cruise
  23. 23 UNIWORLD River Beatrice Budapest to Prague
  24. 24 port excursion recommendations
  25. 25 Caribbean in 17/18
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report NCL's Gem cruise

Jump to last reply

Recently returned from my 3rd trip aboard the GEM sailing out of NYC.

The itinerary was Halifax, St. John, NB, Bar Harbor, Boston & Newport for 7 days
w/only first day at sea so quite port intensive.

I chaired a Meet & Greet 1st day out w/good attendance by officers w/refreshments served and folks from the cruise critic site got to meet each other.

The ship remains well maintained w/very friendly staff. While food is subjective there was always something to be found either in the 2 main dining rooms**, buffet or for extra charges any of the 6 specialty restaurants. I bring my own coffee as I find theirs intolerable. ** Grand Pacific is the most pleasing w/windows & better decor.

I do my own excursions. In Halifax walked up to the Citadel & then took a ferry to Dartmouth.
St John's was the only inclement day but walked to 2 main squares with the City Market being the most fascinating.

Gov't shut down the parks so in Bar Harbor got the free Island Shuttle which took us out to 2 spots for 1-1/2 hr ride. Library around the corner to check my email.

In Newport got a ticket to 2 Mansions: Marble House & The Breakers riding the #67 bus (or trolley) for $2/ride ($6 for all day pass) which runs every 20 minutes. One is given an audio so you can follow along in each room. Suggest going to Breakers first as it is very heavily attended. No photos allowed.

In Boston friends picked me up for a day of sightseeing. Quincy Market very crowded.
Lunch at the Boston Club w/panoramic views was outstanding.

Shows aboard were quite good w/the game shows afterwards very funny.
Comedic juggler and Jeff Harms, the comedian did a few shows & both were
quite entertaining.

Front desk staff helpful & a very affable room steward.

Any questions please ask.

5 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement