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Trip December 13th, 2007 04:24 PM

The Gem is a Gem!
I shouldn't gush, but I will! This ship is all that and more! It's been many years since I sailed NCL, on the old Seaward, and I loved that cruise. This brand spanking new Gem, is just a beautiful, contemporary ship. I have toured most of the show cabins, and I just know many of you will be booking the Garden Villa's, at only$8-12,000 pp! I have tried to answer Delfs's questions and a couple more, taking pictures when I could and asking the crew.

The funniest thing for most of the crew, is the snow!! Most have never seen it before. They are all taking advantage of this wonder, by taking pictures, making snow angels, and running in the 4 inches of snow on the pool deck! Its so cute to see tne crew playing like kids...In the Spinnaker Lounge, you cannot look out the windows, it's completely snow covered!
So wierd for us as well, since usually I have a palm tree and a foo foo in the sun, to begin my cruise!

The decor is stunning, in my view, wonderful colors, and the cabin is so smartly outfitted, it will amaze you, with great built ins. We are in a mini suite, and to be honest, it's the nicest appointed cabin we have ever had, configured the right way, inmho.

Well, I just wanted to check in, before we depart, and I will again.

eddiehaskell December 14th, 2007 11:16 AM

Your on The Gem travel Agent Cruise form Boston?....Question
[/b]Thanks for your info on "The Gem'...We are sailing two questions are...Were there luggage attendents at the dock and were you able to check-in luggage?...second...Were the Duty-Free Shops open? If you receive this post..a few thousand people would be happy LOL eddie

trish1c December 14th, 2007 04:05 PM

I'd love to see some of those pictures!

Can you tell us anything about the "new" electronic reservations system for dinner? I understand there's something by the elevevators & you can get beepers if it's crowded.

cruise4ever December 14th, 2007 10:09 PM

Lets have a some pictures of the Gem with snow.

Trip December 15th, 2007 12:17 AM

The check in we had , was not the norm, since, the people on this cruise are only on for 2 days, so eveyone had carry porters anywhere.. All the duty free shops are open, and stocked with goodies, including gloves, scarves, etc for the NY cruises to that was funny to see ...

I will post the pix, within the next day or we saw the crew in winter jackets, boots and gloves, pressure spraying the snow on the pool deck...they also were tossing it over the side and into the pool!

By the elevators, there are informational screens with current wait times, and restaurants that may be taking reservations....This is such a brilliant move on NCL's part...I did see beepers at the stations, but didn't see anyone walking around with one.

I will say, that if you are booked on the Gem, I think you will fall in love. More to come, I promise

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