Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by kimugsy
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Canada & New England
The two excursions we took through the ship were pricey. We had better luck googling things do to do in Portland and Rockland. The Fire truck tour through Portland was well worth the $20.00 and the lobster rolls on the street were delish. In Rockland, we did a sailboat excursion on the Bufflehead - The Captain was very knowledgeable and I felt very safe - again very reasonable. Don't miss Myrtles Tavern in Rockland - great bartender and tasty grilled cheese.
Some of the cruise staff looked inconvenienced when they were doing the activities - party line dancing at the pool was an activity - lasted only 10 minutes, not sure why since many cruisers had joined in and were having fun. Payouts at Bingo could be higher when you calculate how much profit is generated. The Casino payouts tightened up after the second day.
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