We have been on GEM, the newest sister to pearl and jewel, either ship I think will be wonderful.
I agree about the specialty places to eat. We were given a night at Cagneys, and I really cannot say I found the food any better than main dinning rooms and certainly the service was not quicker or better. It was a nice evening, and I accept the gift with gratitude and appreciation , however I would never pay for it myself. We were six for the dinner and all felt the same way.