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Norwegian Gem Cruise Ship

Norwegian Gem Cruise Ship

Norwegian Gem Photo Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
The 2400-passenger Norwegian Gem is the 6th and final ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) Jewel class, and the 13th ship in the NCL fleet. It resembles the Norwegian Pearl, which was launched in 2006. Ten of NCL's ships have been built since 1999, giving the cruise line the youngest fleet among the North American cruise lines. Launched in October 2007, the Norwegian Gem capitalizes on NCL's Freestyle Cruising concept, which was first introduced to the cruising public in May 2000. Freestyle Cruising is primarily characterized as significantly relaxing the structure and formality of traditional cruise ships by having no fixed dining times, no formal dress codes, up to 10 diverse restaurants, numerous bars and lounges, and relaxed disembarkation.

In addition to the Freestyle Cruising theme, the Norwegian Gem has some innovative features such as a four-lane bowling alley and some of the most luxurious suites in the industry. The Norwegian Gem also adds some new onboard activities such as a 30-foot high rock climbing wall and a Wii Nintendo system in the Crystal Atrium. Using the giant high-definition projection screen in the Crystal Atrium to play a Wii game adds to the excitement. The Norwegian Gem's fitness center is even open 24 hours a day for those who are jet-lagged or love to work out at odd hours.

The Norwegian Gem spends the winter and early spring sailing from New York to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In April, the Norwegian Gem sails to Europe, where she sails a series of seven-day cruises of the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona before returning to New York in November to repeat her sailings from there to the Caribbean through April.

The next six pages provide an overview of the Norwegian Gem.

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