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First, we are Platinum Latitudes members which means NCL is a favorite of ours. Our friends wanted to cruise to Bermuda on this exact cruise (they were a Bronze and Virgin NCL cruisers). We convinced them to share a Haven 2 BR suite with us (we took the children's BR). Best choice we ever made for similar to the cost of 2 individual balcony staterooms. We have been in the Haven (on the Jade) once before and it was great then, even better now. In the Haven Courtyard there is a small pool, a hot tub with jets, a steam room, a rest room, a dining area (breakfast/lunch), climb the stairs to a private sun deck with those round lounge chairs you can never find empty on the other decks; it is a quiet and luxurious area that wasn't crowded. The room is just like any other 2 BR family suite. We had good weather sailing down to Bermuda and while in Bermuda. On the last day the fog rolled in (apparently a common occurrence in the upper Atlantic). I liked the fog but it did cut down on some peoples pool time as the air was cooler and it rained off and on. You can't fault NCL for the weather. We did not eat in the cafe, but did eat in both main dining rooms, O'Sheehan's, Teppanyaki, Cagney's, Moderno and on the pool deck where they cooked in big kettle BBQ's. I did not have a bad meal, the Virgin NCL cruiser ordered steak in the main DR and complained about the quality (tough with gristle) however that was the only complaint all week and IMHO the best steak on the ship is in Teppanyaki followed by Cagney's then Moderno, so if you want good steak go to one of those venues (we take the meal package perk over the beverage perk and pay for drinks along the way which is about what the tax/tips on the drink package works out to). Bermuda is beautiful. Take the free ferry to St. Georges. Explore and go to the nearby beaches, I was told they were beautiful (we paid $5 to go to snorkel beach in the Fun Park near the ship which was a good deal, you paid extra for chairs/umbrellas but it goes to the locals and is about the cost of the ferry/bus to other beaches [except St. George]). We took the bus from St. George to Hamilton which was easy, bought our bus ticket right next to the bus stop. It was a holiday (Hero Days) so shops were closed in Hamilton but we got to see the Parade which was fun. Took the ferry back to the ship which was also fun. We liked the overnights in Bermuda, even though we stayed on the ship. We ate one meal (lunch) off ship in St. George on the water, I think the name of the restaurant was The Wharf. Good food, near a boat fuel refilling area so we got to watch boats come in and out. Some diesel smell if a larger boat stayed close. Everyone was friendly, both on shore and off. Well, except for the lady during the show who was texting in front of us and got offended when told she was being rude. DON'T BE RUDE! The entertainment was plentiful, variety abounded onboard. We did not attend everything but enjoyed what we went to, both in the theater and around the ship. If you don't like something, take a walk and find something you do like. Enjoy your cruise!

Boston to Bermuda and back in the Haven

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by bgauger

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
First, we are Platinum Latitudes members which means NCL is a favorite of ours. Our friends wanted to cruise to Bermuda on this exact cruise (they were a Bronze and Virgin NCL cruisers). We convinced them to share a Haven 2 BR suite with us (we took the children's BR). Best choice we ever made for similar to the cost of 2 individual balcony staterooms. We have been in the Haven (on the Jade) once before and it was great then, even better now. In the Haven Courtyard there is a small pool, a hot tub with jets, a steam room, a rest room, a dining area (breakfast/lunch), climb the stairs to a private sun deck with those round lounge chairs you can never find empty on the other decks; it is a quiet and luxurious area that wasn't crowded. The room is just like any other 2 BR family suite. We had good weather sailing down to Bermuda and while in Bermuda. On the last day the fog rolled in (apparently a common occurrence in the upper Atlantic). I liked the fog but it did cut down on some peoples pool time as the air was cooler and it rained off and on. You can't fault NCL for the weather.

We did not eat in the cafe, but did eat in both main dining rooms, O'Sheehan's, Teppanyaki, Cagney's, Moderno and on the pool deck where they cooked in big kettle BBQ's. I did not have a bad meal, the Virgin NCL cruiser ordered steak in the main DR and complained about the quality (tough with gristle) however that was the only complaint all week and IMHO the best steak on the ship is in Teppanyaki followed by Cagney's then Moderno, so if you want good steak go to one of those venues (we take the meal package perk over the beverage perk and pay for drinks along the way which is about what the tax/tips on the drink package works out to).

Bermuda is beautiful. Take the free ferry to St. Georges. Explore and go to the nearby beaches, I was told they were beautiful (we paid $5 to go to snorkel beach in the Fun Park near the ship which was a good deal, you paid extra for chairs/umbrellas but it goes to the locals and is about the cost of the ferry/bus to other beaches [except St. George]). We took the bus from St. George to Hamilton which was easy, bought our bus ticket right next to the bus stop. It was a holiday (Hero Days) so shops were closed in Hamilton but we got to see the Parade which was fun. Took the ferry back to the ship which was also fun.

We liked the overnights in Bermuda, even though we stayed on the ship. We ate one meal (lunch) off ship in St. George on the water, I think the name of the restaurant was The Wharf. Good food, near a boat fuel refilling area so we got to watch boats come in and out. Some diesel smell if a larger boat stayed close.

Everyone was friendly, both on shore and off. Well, except for the lady during the show who was texting in front of us and got offended when told she was being rude. DON'T BE RUDE!

The entertainment was plentiful, variety abounded onboard. We did not attend everything but enjoyed what we went to, both in the theater and around the ship. If you don't like something, take a walk and find something you do like. Enjoy your cruise!
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Cabin 14506
Just like other 2BR Family Suites I've been in but in the Haven. Do the math and try to afford it (unless you are a determined "I'm never in the room type so why pay more for a nicer room" person BTW, we are scheduled for an inside cabin on our next NCL cruise)
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  • King's Wharf
    Lots to do right on the Wharf. Ferry's to other parts of Bermuda, buses too. There was a bus to take you around the Wharf if you wanted. The Fun Park was where the $5 (under 5 or 6 free) pp snorkel beach was located. Great for kids, get there early because it gets crowded. Go beyond the rocks to snorkel. We bring our own gear but you can buy/rent from them. My hubby enjoyed the Transportation Museum, $5pp.
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