Posted April 20th, 2017, 07:48 PM
Need a little help please.
We want to do a 7 night New England/Cananda cruise (DH and me). It'll be 6/2018. RCCL Adventure of theSeas (less expensive, departs out of NJ, pretty dated shipped even after refurbishment) OR NCL Gem (more expensive, departs out of NYC, seems a bit nicer). Port heavy cruise---4 ports, 2 seas days. 11th cruise--sailed on RCCL, NCL (just off Escape), HAL, Carnival, Celebrity.
3,2,1........GO!!!!!! (Thanks, in advance, for your honest opinions)
I'm an RCL cruiser, but I've actually been on both ships. I took a cruise to nowhere on the Gem so I could have the experience of sailing down the Hudson. I was on Adventure for a week last year from San Juan. Honestly I found the Gem to be much smaller and darker than Adventure and the layout was quirky. I was "upgraded" to an oceanview on Gem and found it to be much smaller than the inside cabin I usually book on the Voyager class ships like Adventure. Adventure has the Royal Promenade, the Viking Crown, a main pool, a Solarium pool, ice skating, sports court, mini golf, rock wall, a giant hot tub in the fitness center, outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, and a steam room among other features. I think a flowrider has also been added since last year.
To be fair I didn't spend enough time on Gem to get a true feel for how she operates on a day to day basis, but I didn't see anything that would beckon me to book a longer cruise. If I were in the market for a New England cruise from New York, I wouldn't hesitate to book Adventure, particularly if she were a more budget friendly option.