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NORWEGIAN GEM
NORWEGIAN
GEM
PHOTO TOUR AND
COMMENTARY
Overview............................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, Sports...............................................
Page Two

Shops, Children, Other Areas.............................Page Three

Bars and Lounges................................................Page Four

Entertainment.......................................................Page Five

Dining..................................................................Page Six

Accommodations (Suites)...................................Page Seven

Accommodations (Staterooms)...........................Page Eight
Pools, Spa, Sports and Open Decks
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OVERVIEW

Norwegian Gem is the fourth ship in Norwegian's Jewel class.  
Her sisters are
Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and
Norwegian Jade.  All the ships in the class are quite similar
with the primary differences being in the decor and in the
giant murals that grace the sides of their hulls.

The Gem was built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in
Pappenburg, Germany.  With her twin azipods, she is quite
maneuverable.  In addition, she reportedly can do 27 knots,
making her one of the fastest cruise ships in service.

The ship's hotel also reflects quality craftsmanship.  Good
quality materials have been used throughout and the crew
keeps the ship clean and well-maintained.

This ship was built with the Freestyle Cruising concept in
mind.  Under this concept, guests have no assigned dinner
time and can decide where and with whom to eat.  To
accommodate this, Gem has two main dining rooms as well as
several specialty restaurants.  The main dining rooms are
complementary.  The specialty restaurants range from being
complementary (Blue Lagoon) to having a $25 cover charge
(Cagney's Steakhouse).     

Similarly, Gem has a wide variety of accommodations.  Her
top suites are some of the most lavish afloat.  At the other end
of the price range, she also has utilitarian inside cabins.  Even
these cabins were built with the type of quality materials and
craftsmanship mentioned earlier.   

Gem has spent much of her career sailing out of New York.  
Currently, she is homeported there year-round.  She cruises to
the Caribbean and the Bahamas in the winter and primarily to
Bermuda in the summer months.    
The ship's stair towers are adorned with large panels.  Those
in the forward stair tower (left) depict marine life.  The
panels in the midship stair  tower tell the stories of
world-famous gems.
The spacious Bridge of Gem is populated mostly
by high tech consoles with computer displays.  It
can be viewed by passengers from a viewing room
on Deck 11.  
Above: Captain Hakan Svedung.

Below:  Hotel Director Steve Knott
Above:  A bright mural adorns the ship's
casino.
Below:  A statue in the Bar Central.
The multi-deck high Crystal Atrium is the interior center of the
ship.  At the forward end is a two deck high screen used for showing
photographic scenes from around the world.  It is also used for
activities such as  Nintendo Wii.  At the other end is the stayed
reception desk with a museum-quality masterpiece hanging behind it.  
In between, there is a bar, the future cruise consultant, the shore
excursions desk, a shop and a grand piano.  Overlooking the main
floor, are a pair of restaurants.
Left:  A changing series of artistic masterpieces (including a Monet,
a Chagall, and a Peter Max) have been displayed over the years in
the Crystal Atrium.
Below left:
The Shore Excisions Desk.
Below:  The Reception Desk.
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Right: Gem's library has a portrait and model of the ocean liner SS United
States.  While there are also decorative references to other great liners, the SS
United States display is the most relevant to NCL.  The United States was the
fastest ocean liner ever built and was the flagship of the American merchant
marine. However, in 1969, the ship was taken out of service and essentially
abandoned.  As this century began, the United States was lying derelict in
Philadelphia harbor and it looked like the ship would be scrapped.  NCL
prevented this by purchasing the liner with the intention of using her in its NCL
America operation in Hawaii.  However, a practical way of renovating the old
liner was never found.   It eventually sold the ship to the SS United States
Conservancy, which hopes to preserve the ship.
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