Jewel-class cruise ship

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Norwegian Jewel Georgetown.JPG
The lead vessel, Norwegian Jewel anchored in George Town, Grand Cayman
Class overview
Name: Jewel
Builders: Meyer Werft
Operators: Norwegian Cruise Line
Preceded by: Libra class
Succeeded by: Norwegian Epic
Built: (2004-2007)
In service: (2005–Present)
Planned: 4 ships
Building: 0
Completed: 4 ships
Active: 4 ships
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 93,500 gross tonnage (GT)
Displacement: 7,500 tons of deadweight
Length: 294.13 m (964.99 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (105.64 ft)
Draught: 8.30 m (27.23 ft)
Decks: 15 decks
Propulsion: Azipod
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity: 2,376-2,669 passengers
Crew: 1,500 crew
Notes: Panamax cruise ships

The Jewel class is a class of cruise ships operated by the Norwegian Cruise Line and was built by Meyer Werft of Germany.[1] The Jewel class became NCL's largest ships, until the construction of Norwegian Epic, at 153,000-GT, in 2009 at STX Europe in St. Nazaire, which is also owned by NCL. The lead ship, Norwegian Jewel was delivered in August 2005[2] and the last vessel, the Norwegian Gem was delivered in October 2007;[3] however the second ship of the class Norwegian Jade (originally built as Pride of Hawaii) was originally intended for NCL America. After sailing for the line in two years (2006–2008), Pride of Hawaii proved to be unsuccessful. In 2008, NCL decided to transfer Pride of Hawaii to their fleet. After receiving her current NCL livery, she was renamed Norwegian Jade and sailed for NCL in 2008.


The Jewel-class are the fourth largest ships in the NCL fleet, being preceded by the near-identical Dawn-class, and is surpassed by the 153,000-GT Norwegian Epic. These ships have Panamax dimensions, enabling them to cross the original Panama Canal locks.

These ships are the second batch of ships to have hull art, reflecting the name of each ship. They also carry the Freestyle cruising concept of NCL, allowing passengers to dine anytime and wearing formal attire is unnecessary.


Norwegian Jewel and Pride of Hawaii were the first being ordered, but another two ships, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem followed in 2004.[4]

The Pride of Hawaii, was the second of the four Jewel-class ships ordered by NCL to become an additional ship for NCL America. As the Pride of Hawaii proved unsuccessful in NCL America's fleet, it was decided that she will be transferred to NCL in 2008 and was renamed Norwegian Jade.

The ships are designed to carry the Freestyle cruising concept of NCL and are 294 metres (964.57 ft) long and 32.2 metres (105.64 ft) wide, having 1,188 cabins, of which 70% is outside, with a capacity for 2,669 passengers.

Concept and construction[edit]

The Jewel-class was ordered in September 2003,[1] with an option for two vessels. Later, the option was extended to four vessels. Jewel-class ships have Panamax dimensions, Azipod propulsors and tonnage values of 93,500 GT. The keel of the lead vessel, Norwegian Jewel was laid on 4 June 2004[5] and was delivered on 4 August 2005;[2] the keel of second vessel, Norwegian Jade (former Pride of Hawaii) was laid on 8 February 2005[6] and was delivered on 19 April 2006;[7] the third vessel's keel, Norwegian Pearl was laid on 4 October 2005[8] and was delivered on 28 November 2006;[9] the last vessel's keel, Norwegian Gem was laid on 17 June 2006[10] and was delivered on 1 October 2007.[3]


  • Tonnage: 93,500-GT
  • Length: 294 meters
  • Width: 32.2 meters
  • Decks: 15
  • Builder: Meyer Werft
  • Notes: Panamax form factor


Ship Built Entered service
for NCL
Tonnage Class Flag Notes Image
Norwegian Jewel 2005 2005 2014 93,502 tons Jewel Class  Bahamas
Norwegian Jewel Newport September 2010.jpg
Norwegian Jade 2006 2008 2017[11] 93,558 tons Jewel Class  Bahamas Previously named The Pride of Hawaii
Norwegian jade in Venice.JPG
Norwegian Pearl 2006 2006 2017 93,530 tons Jewel Class  Bahamas
Norwegian Pearl.jpg
Norwegian Gem 2007 2007 2015 93,530 tons Jewel Class  Bahamas
Norwegian gem in Sicily 2008.jpg


  1. ^ a b "NCL has placed contracts for new luxury cruise liners with Meyer Werft". Meyerwerft website. 22 September 2003. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Early delivery of "Norwegian Jewel"". Meyerwerft website. 4 August 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Fourth ship for Norwegian Cruise Line". Meyerwerft website. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Meyer Werft to build another luxury liner for NCL". Meyerwerft website. 17 December 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  5. ^ "First blocks in place in Meyer Werft's building dock". Meyerwerft website. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  6. ^ "First block of Pride of Hawaii". Meyerwerft website. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Pride of Hawaii delivered". Meyerwerft website. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  8. ^ "New freestyle cruising ship for NCL". Meyerwerft website. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  9. ^ "A new ship for Norwegian Cruise Line". Meyerwerft website. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  10. ^ "New freestyle cruising ship for Norwegian Cruise Line". Meyerwerft website. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Cruise Ship Refurbishments - Cruises". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 2017-05-02.

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