Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Gem

Year built2007  /  Age : 12
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassJewel
Building costUSD 700 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage93530 gt
Passengers2394 - 2873
Crew1010
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks15
Cabins1197
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened byCindy Cardella

Current itinerary of Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Gem current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston. Prices start from USD 699 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 12 Apr, 2019 and ends on 19 Apr, 2019.

Date / TimePort
12 Apr 16:00      Departing from Boston, Massachusetts   
14 Apr 13:00 - 16 Apr 17:30     Kings Wharf, Bermuda   
19 Apr 08:00      Arriving in Boston, Massachusetts   

Review of Norwegian Gem

Launched in 2007, Norwegian Gem is the 4th and last of Norwegian Cruise Lines Jewel-class ships, together with Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl. The NCL Gem ship cost US$390 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Gem cruise ship

The 93,530-ton, 2,400-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Gem is Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship of the Jewel class, designed and built by the German shipyard, Meyer Werft. The Norwegian Gem took all features of a typical Jewel-vessel and offers a myriad of highlights and services for all onboard.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Gem itinerary program is based on cruises from New York (Manhattan cruise terminal). Feature destinations include Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Canada with “Fall Foliage New England” themed sailings.

Cabins

Norwegian Gem has a total of 1197 cabins (of which 360 Balcony, 412 Inside) in 36 grades. Most Norwegian Gem staterooms are 140-sq.foot Inside rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Gem is the Haven Garden Villa Suite (2320 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Norwegian Gem features 13 dining venues which offer flexible hours, open seating and excellent service. Passengers will not find set tablemates and assigned dining times here. The availability at restaurants can be checked on plasma TVs throughout the ship. If the dining options are booked up for certain times, the screens list alternative reservation suggestions. Reservations can be also made in advance once onboard. Better book early at the smaller restaurants, especially for parties. Complimentary coffee, hot tea and iced tea are served with meals; bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are at an additional charge.NCL Norwegian Gem cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Gem restaurants and food bars.

  • Magenta Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French speciality dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Orchid Garden (Asian restaurant, dinner-only, complimentary since 2015)
  • Sushi Bar (10-seat Orchid Garden restaurant, a la carte); Sake Bar (inside Orchid Garden)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi speciality, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Grand Pacific Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (sports bar, with 24-hour American cuisine - burgers, steaks, desserts; complimentary)
  • Bali Hai Bar & Grill (complimentary fast food bar); Blue Lagoon (buffet)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (speciality dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian speciality restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations); Kid's Cafe
  • The Great Outdoors (outdoor buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill (poolside, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

There are a lot of bars and nightclubs for entertainment onboard Norwegian Gem, as well as fitness facilities, rock climbing wall and jogging track. For a more relaxing atmosphere go to the library, the card room or lifestyle room. What will impress the passengers? Definitely, the Haven Garden Villas visited by famous people like Oprah Winfrey. A lot of free space is available onboard, along with 7 jacuzzis and 3 pools (Sapphire Kid’s Pool). There are also other ways for entertainment such as the Stardust Theater which offers the chance of watching singers and dancers. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Gem tipping/gratuities are US$12 pp per day. On Norwegian Gem cruise ship, onboard weddings are allowed.NCL Norwegian Gem cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Gem lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1042-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Bar City complex (Maltings Beer & Whisky Bar, Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar, Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar); Corona Cigar Bar; Star Bar; Sugarcane Mojito Bar
  • Spinnaker Lounge (372-seat, with floor-to-ceiling windows; serves as disco & night club); Java Cafe
  • Atrium (2-deck midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Leopard Lounge & Disco Club
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (speciality tea & coffee bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour); Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop
  • LifeStyles Room; Library; Card Room
  • Gem Club Casino
  • Gem’s Trade Routes Boutiques (tax and duty-free boutiques)
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub
  • Ying & Yang Spa complex (Thermal Suite, Snow Room, Salt Room, Medi Spa, Smile Spa, Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop); Body Waves Fitness Centre; Tahitian Beach Pool; Sapphire Kid’s Pool
  • Tree Top Kid’s Club; Video Games Arcade
  • Courtyard Fitness & Spa complex (Villas-guests only, Steam Room, Gym)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Combined sports court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets; Shuffleboard, Giant Chess).

Norwegian Gem wiki

NCL promoted the Gem ship launch via a dedicated "Gem It Girl" website. Online, the cruise company provided details about the newbuild and prompted its customers to submit entries in order to be chosen a godmother. Mrs Cindy Cardella was the lucky one.

NCL Gem ship is the last of fleet's Jewel-class liners, with sisterships JewelJade and Pearl. Ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) started on October 6, 2007. The 2-day mini-cruise (Oct 6-8) was a roundtrip from homeport Dover England to Amsterdam Holland.

NCL Gem refurbishment 2015 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock 2015 refurbishment (October-November) includes:

  • Penthouse Suites renovation
  • lounge renovations (Horizon, and Spinnaker /observation lounge)
  • new dining venue will be added (O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill)
  • relocation of Moderno restaurant (from deck 8 to deck 13) and replacement of the Blue Lagoon restaurant with the new O’Sheehan’s Pub (deck 8)
  • relocation of the Cagney’s Steakhouse on deck 8, to make a place for the new Brazilian restaurant “Moderno Churrascaria” and the Mojito Bar “Sugarcane” (replacing the Star Bar).
  • new furnishings (custom-crafted), and new furniture for the relaxation deck areas (Deck 11 & 12)
  • new wall coverings, LED lighting, carpeting
  • many original art-works were added in public areas.
  • During drydock 2015, the ship was retrofitted with new "scrubbers" (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new scrubber technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise company retrofitting with a scrubber hybrid system vessels while in service. The new in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in a dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

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Norwegian Gem Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Gem cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Mar 29 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Boston Boston
2019 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $699
2019 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $649
2019 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $599
2019 May 03 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $599
2019 May 10 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $599
2019 May 17 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $849
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $779
2019 May 31 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $699
2019 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $749
2019 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $799
2019 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $879
2019 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2019 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $899
2019 Jul 12 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2019 Jul 19 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2019 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $899
2019 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $899
2019 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $799
2019 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $829
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $799
2019 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $749
2019 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $749
2019 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $799
2019 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $699
2019 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $599
2019 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $729
2019 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $729
2019 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $799
2019 Oct 25 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Boston Boston $999
2019 Nov 08 13 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Boston Boston $899
2019 Nov 22 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1029
2019 Dec 02 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1049
2019 Dec 13 8 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York $599
2019 Dec 21 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York (Holiday) New York $1999
2020 Jan 04 20 days, one-way from New York to San Francisco New York $1699
2020 Jan 24 21 days, one-way from San Francisco to New York San Francisco $1929
2020 Feb 14 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $849
2020 Feb 24 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $999
2020 Mar 06 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $949
2020 Mar 16 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1049
2020 Mar 26 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1099
2020 Apr 06 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $699
2020 Apr 11 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $699
2020 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 May 01 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 May 08 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 May 15 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 May 22 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 May 29 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $949
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1099
2020 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1099
2020 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1149
2020 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1149
2020 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1149
2020 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1149
2020 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1099
2020 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1099
2020 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1099
2020 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1079
2020 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1049
2020 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $1049
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from Boston Boston $999
2020 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $949
2020 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $799
2020 Sep 18 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $899
2020 Sep 25 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $799
2020 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Boston to Quebec City Boston $899
2020 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to Boston Quebec City $749
2020 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $849
2020 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip Boston Boston $849
2020 Oct 30 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from Boston Boston $549
2020 Nov 04 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from Boston Boston $549
2020 Nov 09 4 days, round-trip Bermuda from Boston Boston $449
2020 Nov 30 12 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $949
2020 Dec 12 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $799
2020 Dec 22 12 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $2049
2021 Jan 03 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $849
2021 Jan 14 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1099
2021 Jan 28 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1099
2021 Feb 11 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1099
2021 Feb 21 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $899
2021 Mar 04 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $999
2021 Mar 15 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $999
2021 Mar 26 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1099
2021 Apr 05 12 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York $1149