Norwegian Gem Review

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Cruise Ship Overview

The fourth and final Jewel-class ship, Norwegian Gem was launched in 2008. Although it's almost identical to its classmates, the Jewel-class was evolutionary, so each ship tweaked until all the elements came together in Norwegian Gem. Norwegian Gem is based in New York City and offers Caribbean and Bahamas itineraries for much of the year, with some New England and Canada cruises primarily in the summer and fall.

Jewel-class ships are the next step in the continuing evolution of Freestyle ship design: the interior location of some public rooms and restaurants has been tweaked since the introduction of Freestyle cruising vessels, and new categories of deluxe accommodations have been added.

These ships have more than a dozen dining alternatives, a variety of entertainment options, and expansive areas reserved for children and teens. Pools have waterslides and a plethora of lounge chairs, although when your ship is full, it can be difficult to find one in a prime location. Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem introduced the line's first rock-climbing walls, as well as Bliss Lounge, which has trendy South Beach decor, and the first full-size 10-pin bowling alleys on modern cruise ships.

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