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I have cruised on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and a few other cruise lines in the past, but never on Norwegian Cruise Line. The NCL Gem 2-day cruise to nowhere out of New York City was my first chance to experience cruising like a Norwegian, and I was not disappointed to say the least.

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Once we departed from New York City, we were smooth sailing off into the Atlantic for a few great days of a lot of fun. Starting things off with the food, the bar and restaurant scene were more than ample to really give you some great value. There were specialty restaurants, including the fantastic Cagney’s steakhouse. We also dined at the hibatchi style restaurant one night and it was equally impressive.

The entertainment was definitely above the average norm that I have seen on cruise lines. The 70’s show that took place in the Spinnaker was tremendous, and the comedy that was put on by The Second City was also very funny.

There was a mixed crowd throughout in terms of those on the ship, with some older groups, as well as some there for a bachelor and bachelorette party.

The drinks were a bit expensive for my liking, including a mixed drink coming in at around $10. Beers were not that expensive, but I would have liked to see at least one free drink come with the cover charge at the specialty restaurants.

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The biggest disappointment was setting sail the initial day, as it took a good hour to get through the line at the New York City cruise terminal. It seemed as though they were not used to so many people getting there to get on the ship all at the same time, but these things happen especially when everyone wants to make the most of the 2 days they have onboard. Overall though, still a great voyage!

I would reccomend this cruise to others.

I think this cruise is suitable for Party Animals.

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commentsAbout The Evan Family

Date of Birth: 01/Apr/1982
Country: Boston, MA
Sail Date: 01/Sep/2012

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Children's Facilities:N/A
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Shore Excursions:N/A
Ports of Call:starstarstarstarstar
Value:starstarstarstarhalf star