Posted June 18th, 2012, 08:24 PM
I am in the same boat (lol) deciding between Veendam or the Star for June. Also thinking about the Norwegian Gem to Bahamas. Its me and my wife, we are 30 years old. Any recommendations? Thanks
I had to jump in here. My family was on the Gem last summer and the cruise director alone, Sinan, made the trip very enjoyable. If I didn't really want to go back to Bermuda, I'd be back on the Gem with Sinan! He has a huge following on facebook!
We too were deciding between NCL Star (which my mom is on right now as I type) or Veendam to Bermuda. We chose Veendam because it was less expensive by a few hundred dollars and we get extra time in Hamilton, without that extra day at sea. The kids areas on Veendam have been completely re-done and look great compared to NCL. Nightlife isn't something we are concerned with because of the kids...
We spent so much time waiting in line for everything on NCL. Waiting for food, waiting for drinks, waiting to decorate a cupcake (over an hour with the kids) which was really bad, waiting for a seat for the show, waiting for a table, waiting for the hot tub to open up, looking for a seat, waiting for a bingo card. You get the drift (pardon the pun). 200 feet smaller and 1000 less passengers we are hoping for less lines. If it's not so fun it's no big deal, it's only one full day at sea both ways.
All of that said if it was just my husband and I at 30 years old and wanted a fun time I'd probably go for NCL Gem to Bahamas.
Regal Princess - April 2015 - Bahamas
HAL Veendam - July 2012 - Bermuda
Norwegian Gem - August 2011 - Bermuda
Premier Atlantic (aka The Big Red Boat) - October 1996 - Bahamas