We are a traveling family. After 27 years in the military, living twice in Europe — once in Italy and the second time in Germany, and having crossed this country several times living in several states, we are experienced, veteran travelers and movers. Even after retiring and teaching high school I continued to travel virtually every summer taking mostly high school and often times adults to Europe on tours. Most tours lasted from 9 to 16 days with 14 being about average. I never took a cruise. We just returned from a cruise on the Gem, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, and we had a wonderful time.
It was not the same as all the other travel adventures we’ve had so it really cannot be compared in the same sense. This type of cruise is to pamper yourself. You can do as little or as much as you’d like. Swim with the dolphins or swim with your neighbors. Swim on a beach or in a pool. Lay on the deck and get some sun, on a deserted beach, or on your balcony.
The food was excellent. I expected “Ponderosa” and instead got deliciously prepared meals cooked for me. They took every opportunity to ask you if you needed assistance (which we did many times!) and were always spraying hands and handrails in an effort to keep germs under control.
Our room was spacious and the balcony perfect! The steward who serviced our room was magically invisible yet always present!
Will we do this again — of course. Where? Alaska, St Maartin (I’d live there), Hawaii, Newfoundland, and the rivers of Europe! We love traveling in our land ship, our Class A RV, and we will cruise this country to see the rest of this country and Canada.