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My husband and I love to cruise and decided to go on the Gem from Boston to Bermuda. I booked a balcony room but at the last minute saw there was a forward facing penthouse suite available so I called and changed the reservation to the suite. We got to the pier at around 10:30 and were in the Haven/Suite waiting area by 10: 45. Anoop, our amazing concierge met us there and gave us our card keys and all the information we needed. We were escorted onto the ship at 11:15 and brought to Cagney's for our first lunch onboard. After lunch we decided to see if our room was ready even though they hadn't made any announcements about that yet. We were pleased that it was ready and waiting for us. We have had aft penthouse suites in the past which we have enjoyed but when we get suites on this class of ship, it will be forward facing from now on! The room is pretty much the same as the aft suite but the balcony is at least three or four times the size. There were two lounge chairs, two regular chairs and two small tables with plenty of room to walk around. We spent many hours on our balcony. While we were sailing, it was windy but if you sit on the loungers/chairs, it's really not bad at all. When we were docked, it was perfect! Our room stewardess was Helen and she was probably the best we have ever had! She took care of everything we needed and then some. She always had a smile and called us by name each time. She was so friendly and kind. We looked forward to seeing her in the hallway so we could chat. Our butler was Joaquin but we only saw him a couple of times. We didn't ask him to deliver any meals or anything like that but he brought our snacks every day. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to know him better. We got all the perks - beverage package, dining package, excursion credit, and 250 minutes wifi. We are platinum so we also got two more specialty dinners. For dinners we ate at Cagney's twice, Teppanyaki, LeBistro, and LaCuccina. All meals were good but our tenderloin from LeBistro was the best steak we've ever eaten! I highly recommend LeBistro. Because we were in a suite, we got to have breakfast every morning in Moderno. It was quiet and the servers were very good. My husband's favorite breakfast there was steak (filet mignon) and eggs. My favorite was eggs benedict. Every morning while we were having breakfast, Anoop, our concierge stopped to see us and make sure we didn't need anything. Any questions we had, he answered for us and took care of a few minor issues with charges right away. The assistant maitre'd, I Made also visited us every morning. We enjoyed talking to him about his country and how things are run on the ship. He saw us when we were at LeBistro and came right over to us to say hi and make sure everything was ok. We had lunch at O'Sheehan's one day which was ok. We walked through the Garden Cafe a few times and saw they had a great variety of choices. The burgers there were pretty good! We didn't go to any of the shows because we've seen them all a few times. We spent a good amount of time at the Great Outdoors which is at the back of the Garden Cafe. It was a really nice place to sit and have a snack and a drink. There are tables in the shade and sun. They also have a buffet that has snacks, salads, fruit, sandwiches, and desserts. There is also a bar there with really good bartenders! We had priority disembarkation when we got to Bermuda. We met Anoop at Maltings along with the other people that had priority and he escorted us off the ship so we could skip the very long line of people waiting to get off. In Bermuda, we did the Rising Sun Catamaran Swim and Snorkel excursion. They met us right at the pier and we walked a short way to the catamaran. It was a three hour excursion that seemed more like a half hour. The crew were great. They were funny and entertaining telling us about Bermuda. They took us to a cove where we could swim, snorkel (with their equipment if we didn't have our own), paddle board, or kayak. The place we went this day had caves you could explore and there were a lot of fish to look at while snorkeling. They have Rum Swizzles that you can buy until the last hour when you are on the way back to the ship and they are free. They are the best Rum Swizzles too! We had a great time and I would go on this excursion every time we were in Bermuda! We also went to Horseshoe Bay. We took a mini-van in the parking lot between the two piers. It's $7 per person each way. They take you right to the entrance of Horseshoe Bay. When you are leaving (no set time), there will be another minivan there waiting or one will be there shortly. Horseshoe Bay is absolutely beautiful with its pink sand and little coves to walk to. The last day we were in Bermuda we walked around the Dockyard and did some souvenir shopping. It was pretty hot and very humid so we got back on the ship early. We were glad we did because we were able to get chairs right by the pool! That is something that in nine cruises, we have never been able to do. People "save" chairs by putting towels or other things on the chairs. Unfortunately, some of those people leave the towels there all day and only go to the pool for an hour or so. There are two pools, one adult only pool and one for everyone that has a lifeguard. There is also a big water slide that the kids love. For us, the wifi was only ok. We tried to FaceTime with our grandchildren twice and had issues both times. I checked my email and messages a few times and the server was very slow. It would take about a minute and a half for my emails to load. I also couldn't send any pictures to my sons or receive any from them. If I didn't get the free wifi, I wouldn't pay for it. Maybe it's better if you get the unlimited though. There were many people, especially teens on their devices all the time. We decided to get the Cruise Next deal where you pay for two Cruise Next certificates ($250 each) and get four. You can use two at a time on future cruises that are taken within four years. We tend to cruise once a year so that's a good deal for us. The only issue we had was at the shore excursion desk. My husband and I walked over to the desk and before we could say a word, the guy put up his hand and said, "Wait a minute, I need to do something" in a very nasty tone. We waited a couple of minutes and were finally able to ask our question. When he looked us up and saw we were platinum cruisers, his tone changed completely. It shouldn't matter what level you are at, everyone should be treated kindly. Overall, we had a wonderful time. I can't say enough about the crew and the service we received. I would highly recommend the Gem to Bermuda.

Great Cruise on the Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Dwilli

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
My husband and I love to cruise and decided to go on the Gem from Boston to Bermuda. I booked a balcony room but at the last minute saw there was a forward facing penthouse suite available so I called and changed the reservation to the suite. We got to the pier at around 10:30 and were in the Haven/Suite waiting area by 10: 45. Anoop, our amazing concierge met us there and gave us our card keys and all the information we needed. We were escorted onto the ship at 11:15 and brought to Cagney's for our first lunch onboard.

After lunch we decided to see if our room was ready even though they hadn't made any announcements about that yet. We were pleased that it was ready and waiting for us. We have had aft penthouse suites in the past which we have enjoyed but when we get suites on this class of ship, it will be forward facing from now on! The room is pretty much the same as the aft suite but the balcony is at least three or four times the size. There were two lounge chairs, two regular chairs and two small tables with plenty of room to walk around. We spent many hours on our balcony. While we were sailing, it was windy but if you sit on the loungers/chairs, it's really not bad at all. When we were docked, it was perfect! Our room stewardess was Helen and she was probably the best we have ever had! She took care of everything we needed and then some. She always had a smile and called us by name each time. She was so friendly and kind. We looked forward to seeing her in the hallway so we could chat. Our butler was Joaquin but we only saw him a couple of times. We didn't ask him to deliver any meals or anything like that but he brought our snacks every day. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to know him better.

We got all the perks - beverage package, dining package, excursion credit, and 250 minutes wifi. We are platinum so we also got two more specialty dinners. For dinners we ate at Cagney's twice, Teppanyaki, LeBistro, and LaCuccina. All meals were good but our tenderloin from LeBistro was the best steak we've ever eaten! I highly recommend LeBistro. Because we were in a suite, we got to have breakfast every morning in Moderno. It was quiet and the servers were very good. My husband's favorite breakfast there was steak (filet mignon) and eggs. My favorite was eggs benedict. Every morning while we were having breakfast, Anoop, our concierge stopped to see us and make sure we didn't need anything. Any questions we had, he answered for us and took care of a few minor issues with charges right away. The assistant maitre'd, I Made also visited us every morning. We enjoyed talking to him about his country and how things are run on the ship. He saw us when we were at LeBistro and came right over to us to say hi and make sure everything was ok. We had lunch at O'Sheehan's one day which was ok. We walked through the Garden Cafe a few times and saw they had a great variety of choices. The burgers there were pretty good!

We didn't go to any of the shows because we've seen them all a few times. We spent a good amount of time at the Great Outdoors which is at the back of the Garden Cafe. It was a really nice place to sit and have a snack and a drink. There are tables in the shade and sun. They also have a buffet that has snacks, salads, fruit, sandwiches, and desserts. There is also a bar there with really good bartenders!

We had priority disembarkation when we got to Bermuda. We met Anoop at Maltings along with the other people that had priority and he escorted us off the ship so we could skip the very long line of people waiting to get off.

In Bermuda, we did the Rising Sun Catamaran Swim and Snorkel excursion. They met us right at the pier and we walked a short way to the catamaran. It was a three hour excursion that seemed more like a half hour. The crew were great. They were funny and entertaining telling us about Bermuda. They took us to a cove where we could swim, snorkel (with their equipment if we didn't have our own), paddle board, or kayak. The place we went this day had caves you could explore and there were a lot of fish to look at while snorkeling. They have Rum Swizzles that you can buy until the last hour when you are on the way back to the ship and they are free. They are the best Rum Swizzles too! We had a great time and I would go on this excursion every time we were in Bermuda! We also went to Horseshoe Bay. We took a mini-van in the parking lot between the two piers. It's $7 per person each way. They take you right to the entrance of Horseshoe Bay. When you are leaving (no set time), there will be another minivan there waiting or one will be there shortly. Horseshoe Bay is absolutely beautiful with its pink sand and little coves to walk to. The last day we were in Bermuda we walked around the Dockyard and did some souvenir shopping. It was pretty hot and very humid so we got back on the ship early. We were glad we did because we were able to get chairs right by the pool! That is something that in nine cruises, we have never been able to do. People "save" chairs by putting towels or other things on the chairs. Unfortunately, some of those people leave the towels there all day and only go to the pool for an hour or so. There are two pools, one adult only pool and one for everyone that has a lifeguard. There is also a big water slide that the kids love.

For us, the wifi was only ok. We tried to FaceTime with our grandchildren twice and had issues both times. I checked my email and messages a few times and the server was very slow. It would take about a minute and a half for my emails to load. I also couldn't send any pictures to my sons or receive any from them. If I didn't get the free wifi, I wouldn't pay for it. Maybe it's better if you get the unlimited though. There were many people, especially teens on their devices all the time.

We decided to get the Cruise Next deal where you pay for two Cruise Next certificates ($250 each) and get four. You can use two at a time on future cruises that are taken within four years. We tend to cruise once a year so that's a good deal for us.

The only issue we had was at the shore excursion desk. My husband and I walked over to the desk and before we could say a word, the guy put up his hand and said, "Wait a minute, I need to do something" in a very nasty tone. We waited a couple of minutes and were finally able to ask our question. When he looked us up and saw we were platinum cruisers, his tone changed completely. It shouldn't matter what level you are at, everyone should be treated kindly.

Overall, we had a wonderful time. I can't say enough about the crew and the service we received. I would highly recommend the Gem to Bermuda.
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Cabin Review

Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SE 9002
This is a Forward Facing Penthouse Suite with a huge balcony. There is a queen (but it seemed bigger) bed, a small sofa that pulls out as a bed, and a table and four chairs. There is a coffee machine with coffee and teas sugar and creamers that are replenished every day. There are also dishes and glasses you can use. Under the coffee machine is a mini fridge that you can have emptied to keep water or whatever in. There is a very large closet that you can access from either side, a vanity with a make-up mirror, three drawers, and a hair dryer. There are two safes in the cabinets that have four shelves above them. Another cabinet has another four shelves, and there are six smaller drawers. The bathroom has a toilet, sink with shelves for your toiletries, and a bathtub with a shower that you have to step up into that can be a little tricky if there are rough seas! There is specialty soap, shampoo and conditioner which are very nice along with the regular kind. With the suite you get butler and concierge service along with a room steward. We were very lucky to have Anoop as our concierge and Helen as our room stewardess. The balcony is huge with two loungers, two regular chairs and two small tables. Even with all that, there is still plenty of room to walk around. This was our first forward suite after having aft suites a few times. We will always book forward suites from now on!
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