Fast Facts: Norwegian Gem
Length: 965 feet
Width: 105 feet
Passenger capacity: 2,394 (double occupancy)
Interior staterooms (without window): 143 square feet
Ocean-view staterooms (with porthole or window): 161 square feet
Balcony staterooms (with private veranda): 205 square feet
Suites: 285 – 4,719 square feet
Launched in 2007, the NCL Gem is the newest of Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Jewel-class” ships. Drawing from their success with the other three ships in her class (the Jewel, the Pearl and the Jade), NCL’s designers wanted the Gem to contain the best features of each and, in the opinion of many NCL cruise fans, that’s just what they accomplished with the Gem.
Like all ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet, the NCL Gem features “Freestyle Cruising”. That means no formal dress code and no assigned dining times or tables. There are 13 restaurants and 16 different dining venues on the Gem. So, guests can eat when they want, where they want and with whom they want.
The Norwegian Gem also features a 4-lane bowling alley, a wii game screen that is 2 decks high, plus swimming pools, water slides, a spa, casino, duty-free shopping and much more. So, regardless of your itinerary, getting there on the NCL Gem will be a big part of the fun.
Like the three NCL “Jewel-class” ships that preceded her, the Norwegian Gem offers a wide variety of stateroom accommodations ranging from low-cost inside cabins (143 square feet), to larger ocean-view cabins (161 square feet) and standard balcony cabins (205 square feet) which can accommodate up to 4 passengers. Then, of course, there are the suites which include the entry-level “Mini-suites” (285 square feet), “Romance suites” (375 square feet), “Penthouse suites” (341to 489 square feet) and “Courtyard Villas” (480 square feet) which surround a private pool and exclusive guest area.
Got a “few extra bucks” to indulge yourself with on your next cruise? Try one of the “Owners Suites” (791 to 1,195 square feet) on the NCL Gem or, for those with families in tow, one of the 2-bedroom suites (546 to 572 squarefeet) may be a more practical luxury. Not big enough? Then, perhaps you may want to consider the massive 3-bedroom Garden Villa (4,252 square feet), which has a formal dining room and living room with baby grand piano.
For those who like “mid-size” ships (and for 1st-time cruisers), the Norwegian Gem is a great choice. At 93,530 gross registered tons, it weighs-in comfortably between the 50,000-ton “small ships” and the 150,000-ton “mega ships”. With a beam (width) of 105 feet and length of 965 feet, it’s big without being overwhelming. In short, it’s a great cruise ship with a wide range of features and amenities that offers something for everyone.
A cruise on the Norwegian Gem is a fantastic voyage where you and your companions will build memories for life. Among the many amenities aboard the Gem are plush furnishings in your stateroom, 24 hour a day room service including pizza delivery, and an array of luxurious environments which facilitate your utmost relaxation. There is fun for kids and adults alike, whether as a group or on your own. Bars and clubs bring the night alive and keep you having a great time, and during the day you can catch shows, dine on just about any kind of cuisine you can dream of, and stay fit in the gym, the pool, or playing one of the many sports you’ll find on board. There are video games, hot tubs, and just about anything you can image for your relaxation enjoyment.
Games of chance await you in the casino, and you’ll enjoy fabulous pampering in the Mandara Spa, a full service spa and beauty salon with all the best spa treatments. You can have a drink at one of several bars around the boat, or sip some gourmet coffee while you check your e-mail or surf the web. If you’ve never tried sake, the Japanese rice wine, you might want to check out the full sake bar found within the Orchid Garden Restaurant. This cruise ship features comedy by The Second City comedy troupe, who will have you splitting at the seams with laughter, and both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the magic show, a dazzling display of fantastic illusion laced with a dash of comedy.
The World Beat is a musical voyage from Ireland, to New York, Africa and Asia, plus other destinations as you enjoy the cultural percussions of tap dancing, street stomps, and dramatic drumming from around the world! Dance the night away at White Hot Party or the Bliss Lounge, and check out live music from the 70′s era performed by the Norwegian Gem Showband. There’s plenty to do on board no-matter what your age may be. Kids and adults alike will delight in the fun-filled activities and adventures awaiting them on the Gem cruise from Norwegian Cruise Lines.