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The fall leaves were gorgeous. The weather was too cold to enjoy the outdoor areas very much. I think in the future I might choose an itinerary with fewer ports, as we exhausted ourselves with port after port. However, some people might love that. But I did love the ports. And I would hate to have missed any of them. This late in the year (early October), it was dark for most of the sail in and out of beautiful Saguenay Fjord, which was a big shame. Maybe Norwegian could have adjusted the schedule a little so that either the sail in or the sail out was during daylight? The ship was very nice. The food was good overall. The evening entertainment would have been very good except it was WAY too loud. Painfully loud. I couldn't even stay for most of the nights. When I asked if it could be turned down, I was made to feel stupid and was told that no one else had complained. However, there was a Q and A at the end of the cruise. I didn't go, but friends told me that many people there complained about the ridiculously loud volume of the shows in the theater. The excuse of "It's live music; it's loud" is nonsense. It's AMPLIFIED live music. Just turn down the amplification. They gave my mom a really hard time about carrying distilled water onboard for her C-Pap. It's a medical device, yet they made her feel like a criminal. They supposedly provide distilled water, but we had to beg about 3 times for the first fill-up, and they didn't simply give us the water. They put it in the machine themselves while we weren't there. I don't like the idea of other people touching my medical equipment, especially if they have no training on the particular machine (they all have quirks). And how do we know for sure it was really distilled water? The crew was all very nice except for the people at the desk who dismissed me and made me feel stupid because the noise level was physically hurting me.

Fall Leaves were Great

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Melinda Brasher

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The fall leaves were gorgeous.

The weather was too cold to enjoy the outdoor areas very much.

I think in the future I might choose an itinerary with fewer ports, as we exhausted ourselves with port after port. However, some people might love that. But I did love the ports. And I would hate to have missed any of them.

This late in the year (early October), it was dark for most of the sail in and out of beautiful Saguenay Fjord, which was a big shame. Maybe Norwegian could have adjusted the schedule a little so that either the sail in or the sail out was during daylight?

The ship was very nice.

The food was good overall.

The evening entertainment would have been very good except it was WAY too loud. Painfully loud. I couldn't even stay for most of the nights. When I asked if it could be turned down, I was made to feel stupid and was told that no one else had complained. However, there was a Q and A at the end of the cruise. I didn't go, but friends told me that many people there complained about the ridiculously loud volume of the shows in the theater. The excuse of "It's live music; it's loud" is nonsense. It's AMPLIFIED live music. Just turn down the amplification.

They gave my mom a really hard time about carrying distilled water onboard for her C-Pap. It's a medical device, yet they made her feel like a criminal. They supposedly provide distilled water, but we had to beg about 3 times for the first fill-up, and they didn't simply give us the water. They put it in the machine themselves while we weren't there. I don't like the idea of other people touching my medical equipment, especially if they have no training on the particular machine (they all have quirks). And how do we know for sure it was really distilled water?

The crew was all very nice except for the people at the desk who dismissed me and made me feel stupid because the noise level was physically hurting me.
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