Norwegian Gem is a Jewel-class cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). She is the final cruise ship of the Jewel class and was built by the German shipyard, Meyer Werft.

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Built-in 2007 and refitted in 2015, Norwegian Gem ranks as an accessible ship with enough fun options to satisfy most cruisers. Open deck space is generous, and hardly a public room on the ship doesn’t offer great views of the passing ocean or scenery.

The fun starts as soon as you board Gem via the Atrium on Deck 7, which serves as a busy hub of activities, from live musical performances to trivia contests to movies. Overhead, an eye-catching custom chandelier features color-changing lights, and the centrally located Java Cafe & Bar is usually packed from morning to night.

Flexibility and a casual vibe are hallmarks of Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising, which means that almost 2,400 passengers can enjoy the freedom to dine where, when and with whom they wish (other than at the specialty restaurants, which usually need reservations) and only have to dress up for dinner if they want to. Many passengers come prepared for the ship’s theme nights, one of which is the popular Glow Party, an amped-up version of the ship’s former White Hot Party, where passengers are encouraged to wear white or neon clothing.

Perusing the Freestyle Daily newsletter reveals a staggering amount of activities to choose from, some of which cost extra but many of which are free, such as the always-popular scavenger hunt, silly pool contests, card lessons and food demonstrations.

Norwegian Gem‘s wide variety of onboard activities offers something for every type of traveler, from gambling through the night to meeting other passengers in friendly competitions to simply lounging by the pool. It would be a challenge to do everything, but trying is a fun occupation at sea.

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FULL SPECIFICATIONS

Name Norwegian Gem
Owner Norwegian Cruise Line
Operator Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry Nassau Bahamas
Route Northern Caribbean, out of New York, New York
Ordered 2004
Builder Meyer WerftPapenburg, Germany
Cost US$ 700 Million
Laid down 17 June 2006[1]
Launched 12 August 2007
Acquired 1 October 2007
In service 2007
Identification
Status In active service
General characteristics
Class and type Jewel-class cruise ship
Tonnage 93,530 GT
Length 965 ft (294.13 m)
Beam 125 ft (38.10 m)
Draft 27 ft (8.2 m)
Decks 15
Propulsion Pod propulsion
Speed 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity 2,394 passengers
Crew 1,070 crew
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