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Trip Report NCL's Gem cruise

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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.

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