What do you love/not love about the Gem?

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#1
Rochester, NY
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Joined Feb 2016
We are considering the Gem for our next cruise, have only cruised Breakaway class before with 1 Haven stay.
Obviously the Gem is smaller, that we know. But tell me your likes and/or dislikes about the Gem. Not sure Haven is an option financially right now so Haven aside we are trying to decide if we will like the Gem. We are early 40’s and have 2 girls, ages 9 and 12.
Thanks to all of you ncl experts out there!
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#2
New Jersey
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Joined May 2013
I love the Breakaway, and she is my favorite ship. But I also like the Jewel Class very much. Nice layout, cabins are large, balconies are bigger. Nice non-crowded pool area, also!
The Jewel Class is very easy to navigate!


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#3
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Joined Jul 2012
love the size of the jewel class ships. that's our preference. that said, Gem had the worst food of all the jewel class ships.
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#4
central indiana
886 Posts
Joined Jun 2008
We love the Great Outdoors area at the back. Peaceful, quiet area to sit outside if the buffet area gets crowded.


We have been on the Jewel class ships 3 times and have used this area every cruise.
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#5
5,159 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by BostonGal35
love the size of the jewel class ships. that's our preference. that said, Gem had the worst food of all the jewel class ships.
We loved the food on the Gem.
#6
Southern Ontario, Canada
767 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
The Gem was a beautiful ship. The only thing it was missing (at least I didn't see one) was an outdoor movie screen. A few of the Carnival ships I went on had it, lovely to sit outside, watch a movie, and people watch at the same time.
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#7
792 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
I haven't been on the Gem since refurb, they used to have a nice little sandwich and fries place overlooking the Atrium, many people walked right thru it not even realizing it was there, it was on a mezzanine type floor. Is it still there?
#8
brooklyn ny
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Originally posted by bones774
I haven't been on the Gem since refurb, they used to have a nice little sandwich and fries place overlooking the Atrium, many people walked right thru it not even realizing it was there, it was on a mezzanine type floor. Is it still there?
Are you talking about Blue Lagoon which is now O'Sheehans? If so yes it was still there in January. We love the Gem and have been on her for approximately 10 yrs in a row.
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#9
792 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Yeah, that's it Blue lagoon.So is it now strictly O'sheehans menu? I only know osheehans from bway, same thing? I think it was a nice mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich Blue lagoon had.thanks
#10
CT, USA
42 Posts
Joined Jan 2016
We love Spinnaker Lounge and the Great Outdoors. Both offer relaxing atmospheres and great views. On other NCL ships we've been on, those have been the most missed and noticeably absent.


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#11
792 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by BoatParts
We love Spinnaker Lounge and the Great Outdoors. Both offer relaxing atmospheres and great views. On other NCL ships we've been on, those have been the most missed and noticeably absent.


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I haven't been on Gem in years but as i read here, i'm remembering all these great spots.
#12
brooklyn ny
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Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by bones774
Yeah, that's it Blue lagoon.So is it now strictly O'sheehans menu? I only know osheehans from bway, same thing? I think it was a nice mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich Blue lagoon had.thanks
They have a different menu than Blue Lagoon. They still have wings but they have stuff like shepherds pie...
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#13
Phila, PA
374 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
The Gem has slightly less people and less bars. It has a great layout and seems the staff gets to know you a little more.


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#14
Queens - New York
2,270 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Love the Gem. Bigger balconies, love the Great Outdoors (best area on the ship) and Spinnaker Lounge. Good shows (not broadway type) and food. Nice relaxing ship, with wonderful service. Less energy than the Breakaway. Missing at nighttime -- dueling pianos and Jazz club, plus outdoor area by Maltings. I
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#15
Manomet, MA
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Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by romalley99
I love the Breakaway, and she is my favorite ship. But I also like the Jewel Class very much. Nice layout, cabins are large, balconies are bigger. Nice non-crowded pool area, also!
The Jewel Class is very easy to navigate!


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I love THE GREAT OUTDOORS area aft in the afternoon and evening for a quiet spot away from crowds. Gem is one of my favorite ships. I prefer the theater on Gem too.
One thing I hate on Breakaway is using their atrium area for demonstrations that are better in the Spinnaker Lounge. The Breakaway atrium is always noisey unlike Gem.
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#16
5,159 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by Leafpeeper
I love THE GREAT OUTDOORS area aft in the afternoon and evening for a quiet spot away from crowds. Gem is one of my favorite ships. I prefer the theater on Gem too.
One thing I hate on Breakaway is using their atrium area for demonstrations that are better in the Spinnaker Lounge. The Breakaway atrium is always noisey unlike Gem.
Great Outdoors is great, they are always putting food out, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks... always available tables. Spinnaker Lounge up front. I prefer it over the Breakaway.
#17
Washington dc
546 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
I loved the service and it was a time where you could get cappuccinos for free :-)... My very first cruise was on the Gem and is what got me hooked on cruising, so there is nothing negative i can say about the Gem. In 2009 and 2010 my cruises were on that ship
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#18
New Jersey
136 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by mjkacmom
Great Outdoors is great, they are always putting food out, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks... always available tables. Spinnaker Lounge up front. I prefer it over the Breakaway.


I also love the Great Outdoors! Very nice area!

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#19
NJ
2,353 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Originally posted by klo0315
We are considering the Gem for our next cruise, have only cruised Breakaway class before with 1 Haven stay.
Obviously the Gem is smaller, that we know. But tell me your likes and/or dislikes about the Gem. Not sure Haven is an option financially right now so Haven aside we are trying to decide if we will like the Gem. We are early 40’s and have 2 girls, ages 9 and 12.
Thanks to all of you ncl experts out there!

We love, love, love the Gem. If Haven is out you might check on the two bedroom suites on 11. Still get the suite perks (butler, priority boarding, breakfast and lunch in Cagney's or Moderno. etc.) Just not the Haven itself. We usually get the aft balcony on 10, but would not work for 4. We actually prefer that over the Haven. We did a two bedroom suite on 11 with 4 adults and had no issues.


Love the staff, since smaller ship able to interact with them more and they get to know you better. I don't have kids, but have see many happy ones with the kids club, etc. They won't have the extra slides as on the bigger ships, but still plenty of family activities. As others have mentioned, Spinnaker lounge and Great outdoors are great places to chill and relax.
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Scheduled Cruises:

NCL GEM - 08/05/2017

NCL Gem - 02/03/2018
NCL Gem - 10/28/2018

Previous cruises

Pacific Princess - 07/1980, NCL Dreamward - 10/1994, Sea Princess - 03/1999, Celebrity Century - 04/2002, Caribbean Princess - 10/2005, Crown Princess - 10/2006, HAL Noordam - 03/2007, Azamara Journey - 10/2007, NCL Pearl - 07/2008, NCL Jewel 10/2010, NCL Gem 02/2012, NCL GEM 10/2012 (Hurricane Sandy cruise), NCL Jewel 02/2013, NCL GEM 09/2013, NCL Gem 02/2014, NCL Gem 09/2014, NCL Gem 12/2014, NCL Gem 09/2015, NCL Gem 12/2015, NCL Star 06/2016, NCL Gem 02/2017
#20
Oceanside,NY
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Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by klo0315
We are considering the Gem for our next cruise, have only cruised Breakaway class before with 1 Haven stay.
Obviously the Gem is smaller, that we know. But tell me your likes and/or dislikes about the Gem. Not sure Haven is an option financially right now so Haven aside we are trying to decide if we will like the Gem. We are early 40’s and have 2 girls, ages 9 and 12.
Thanks to all of you ncl experts out there!
The only thing I love about the GEM is the staff singer LEO .
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