Norwegian Gem has it all and epitomises Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Freestyle Cruising’ concept, focusing on flexibility and a casual atmosphere. As with all NCL ships, the first thing passengers see is the ship’s impressive hull artwork that presents a wow factor to first time and returning cruisers before they’ve even stepped on board.
When it comes to itineraries Norwegian Gem possesses some of the finest destinations in her grasp. Opt for a delightful Caribbean sailing for some winter sun cruising from the ever-popular city of New York or cruise right to the heart of the Eastern Caribbean, featuring the exotic ports of St Maarten, St Thomas and San Juan. You may even fancy the Bahamas and the chance to visit Nassau and the cruise line’s award winning private island, Great Stirrup Cay.
Entertainment throughout the day is definitely worth shouting about. Norwegian Gem boasts two large pools for you to enjoy, but the most exciting pool has to be the Tahitian Pool located right at the heart of the ship. Spend hours of endless fun in the sun and enjoy quality time with the family. Topsiders is located on deck near the Tahitian Pool and offers a full bar and grill in close proximity for a casual refuel. Six hot tubs are conveniently located throughout the ship so you can lay back and enjoy the beautiful views in style away from the lively areas of the ship. Elsewhere, unwind and enjoy a little rejuvenation in The Ying Yang Spa where you’ll find an abundance of treatment programmes to indulge yourself in.
For sporting activities head over to the sports hub that boasts volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. The Climbing Wall poses an impressive challenge to see if you can reach the summit or for something slower paced head for the golf driving range to practice your swing. Fitness enthusiasts can stay in shape at the Body Waves Fitness Centre with the state-of-the-art equipment, or join in one of the aerobic fitness classes held daily. If you find gyms a little overwhelming take a brisk walk or jog around the ship and enjoy the uninterrupted views at sea.
Children will love the Norwegian Gem and all of her fantastic family facilities. From the video gaming arcade to the eccentric waterpark and exclusive family pool; there’s nothing quite like a cruise with NCL. Little ones will love the Tree Tops Kid’s Club featuring an arts and craft area, little cinema and the ideal place for parents to enjoy play time with their children. Teenagers also have their very own space in the Leopards Lounge; a space crammed full of games, movies, music, sport and more.
Kids have their very own dining area at the Garden Café, where they can choose from a buffet of child friendly favourites. Babysitting arrangements can also be made to give parents time to enjoy a romantic evening for two.
Evening entertainment continues the Norwegian Cruise Line reputation for having a good time. Starlight’s Theatre provides the perfect place to witness some of the finest musical talents at sea, hosting Vegas and Broadway inspired productions night after night. Head for the Gem Club Casino to see if luck is on your side; try your hand at roulette, blackjack, craps and poker, or perhaps the slot machines are more your thing?
You’ll find an exceptional range of bars and lounges on board, fifteen to be exact! Maltings Beer & Whisky Bar is a signature Norwegian Cruise Line bar where you can sample a new take on whisky. Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar is the place to be for freshly mixed martinis or perhaps indulge in the refinement of a glass of champagne at Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar. Norwegian Gem’s ultra-chic space-themed nightclub goes by the name of Bliss Ultra Lounge. Space-age surroundings combine lighting, colour and ultraviolet artworks to create a truly unique venue in which to let your hair down.
When it comes to dining on Norwegian Gem, you’ll find a fabulous range of nineteen dining venues to choose from; the hardest part of your cruise will be deciding where to dine each night. The Main Dining Rooms, Magenta and Grand Pacific, are both set in easily accessible locations with beautiful menus on offer night after night. These restaurants offer open seating dining, meaning no need for reservations or sitting times.
Norwegian Gem’s distinctive dining style lies in the heart of her Speciality Restaurants, where for an additional fee you’ll discover Cagney’s Steakhouse; an upscale location with mouth-watering grill dishes and exquisite seafood concoctions. Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant is the place to enjoy world class pan-Asian cuisine set amongst a wonderfully alluring backdrop of Eastern culture. You may desire a touch of gourmet and you will certainly find it at Le Bistro French Restaurant. Stunningly beautiful, the artistic approach adopted here presents flair and passion for French authenticity. La Cucina Italian Restaurant is the place to be for authentic Tuscan cuisine or perhaps indulge in a barbecue with a difference at the outstanding Moderno Churrascaria. Here you will find tableside carvings of the most impeccable meats, will a card system allowing you to show green to keep the meats coming or turn to red when you’re full to bursting.
The dress code aboard Norwegian Gem is all about ‘freestyle cruising’ with NCL encouraging you to dress as you please and enjoy your holiday. You will find the majority of passengers opt for an elegant casual approach for the evening but you’re more than welcome to dress up for the night.
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