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  1. We were always in balcony cabins, then we tried an ocean view. It was ok but window over the bed. Could not look out it anyway. Then tried an inside. It was great. Never missed the balcony. Got us out in the public areas more which we found we liked better than sitting on our balcony. Won’t be paying for that balcony again unless we score a good deal on an upgrade bid.
  2. This past April. Inside cabin sailaway 7 night Gem Boston to Bermuda. Cruised solo last minute. $249pp. No single supplement. Used cruise credit certificate gifted to me on cruise critic. Total cost $262. Had a great time! First solo cruise and loved it.
  3. I was also on the gem to Bermuda in April with a sailaway inside cabin. Got assigned cabin 8007. Probably the worst cabin in rough weather. So far forward and in the corner. The first day and a half was very rough. I could not walk or take a shower in my cabin. The noise of the waves crashing against the hull was deafening. Every time a wave hit the whole cabin would vibrate violently. Won’t do that again.
  4. I love to have cocktails on a cruise. My husband has not had any alcohol in 20 years(his choice, not an alcoholic). We still get the beverage package as a perk because he enjoys the virgin drinks. Works for us but may not be very economical.
  5. Last time on the Dawn last fall kids were allowed in the main pool. There is now a lifeguard to monitor all.
  6. All I meant was that the prices of these cruises keep increasing but the service keeps declining. Towel animals are no big deal to me. No coffee maker isn’t a deal breaker either. The no ice was a pain. First night I get back to my cabin, change for bed and then go to fill my thermos for ice water during the night. Guess what. No ice bucket. Never had that happen before. Had to get dressed and walk from front of ship to the back to fill my thermos. Was never informed asking for ice bucket was an option. These decreases are obviously so the cruise line can have less room stewards and give them more cabins. We also had very rough seas and all the stewards in the halls kept making it a point that most of them were sea sick. Thought that was odd info to continuously share with guests. I did not have the drink perk and thought the prices of drinks now were outrageous. Just got a different vibe this cruise that wasn’t as pleasant as prior NCL cruises.
  7. We have always used our debit card on NCL. Last month on the GEM I used it and my final bill was $1,000. Ncl put another holdings of $750 on my card. Never had that happen before in 10 years. My bank doesn’t put holds on to the account so it was NCL. Won’t do that again. NCL has become quite the money grubber lately.
  8. In an inside cabin by myself on the Gem. No towel animal ( which is fine) no coffee maker, and no ice bucket. Felt like the lower class cruise ship passenger. I now am learning from cruise critic that this is now the policy for inside cabins. Talk about going back to the old time when the low class passengers were called steerage. That is how I felt on this cruise. Some of the cabins were still getting there rooms cleaned at 2:30 in the afternoon. NCL has really taken a down turn with all their cutbacks and price increases. Without towel animals, coffee maker and ice bucket what does my room steward do for me? Nothing other than give me towels and make my bed. For the price they are now charging I have to look at other cruise lines. The service is no longer there.
  9. Yes you can. I believe you can purchase 3 meal or more packages. We find the main dining rooms more to our liking so only use our 2 platinum specialty meals and don’t purchase more.
  10. Unfortunately there are people with no public social skills on cruise ships. They do not know how to appropriately act in public places. Are they rude? Yes. Are they obnoxious? Yes. Do we have to tolerate them? Unfortunately yes. The cruise staff are taught to not confront an obnoxious guest unless they are endangering others.
  11. NCL is doing away with the towel animals. Had none last week on the Gem.
  12. I am 55 and just got off my first solo cruise. I am not in the same situation. My husband had no time available off of work but I did. Found an incredible deal to Bermuda out of Boston for 7 nights on NCL. Booked 4 days in advance. Always wanted to see what it was like to travel by myself. It was great. Did whatever I wanted to or nothing at all. Found a dinner buddy for some meals but was fine eating on my own. Very relaxing cruise. Will do it again in a minute. Still like having my husband with me but did enjoy doing it on my own also.
  13. Last week the public ferry docked at the same place as the ncl ferry. Not a lot to see in st George. I walked to tobacco bay. It was nice but a lot of hills to climb.
  14. Just off the NCL Gem Friday. On I think Sunday or Monday night about 9:45 pm two custom agents came up to the Bali hai bar. They asked for mens room cards and ended up arresting a young man sitting at the next table. We assumed it was drugs in cabin found. Felt really bad for him. Didn’t see him or his family again.
  15. Just off the Gem Friday. No major construction just minor maitenence as usual. No areas of the ship were closed.
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