Norwegian Gem

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Norwegian Gem in Sicily
Name: Norwegian Gem
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Operator: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry: Turtles,  Bahamas
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: US$ 700 Million
Laid down: 17 June 2006[1]
Acquired: 1 October 2007
In service: 2007
Status: In Active Service as of 2018
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
Capacity: 2,394 passengers
Crew: 1,070 crew

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


The Norwegian Gem was the newest cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet until the debut of Norwegian Epic June 2010. Construction began on 7 June 2006 at the Meyer Werft Shipyard of Papenburg, Germany. She was delivered to Norwegian on 1 October 2007. Norwegian promoted the launch of this ship via her own website, "Gem It Girl", which in addition to providing details about the ship, also prompted previous customers' of Norwegian to submit an entry to be chosen as her godmother.

As with the rest of Norwegian's fleet, Norwegian Gem utilizes the "Freestyle" cruising concept, which allows guests to dine in any number of restaurants, in casual attire, at times of their own choosing.

The Norwegian Gem also is one of the four ships that had the Nickelodeon program. The Nickelodeon program ended in January 2016. The Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway also had the program.

On October 29, 2011, Norwegian Gem rescued five people from a 39-foot sailboat. Sanctuary (the vessel's name) lost power and was floating in extreme weather conditions in the Atlantic.[2]

Vessel class[edit]

Norwegian Gem is the fourth of Norwegian's Jewel-class. She was preceded by Norwegian Jewel in 2005, and both Norwegian Jade (originally Pride of Hawaii) and Norwegian Pearl in 2006. Each ship has unique amenities, but has a similar exterior and interior design.

Norwegian Gem has a similar exterior appearance to Norwegian's Dawn-class ships; Norwegian Star, which entered service in 2001, and Norwegian Dawn, which entered service in 2002. The interior design and amenities, however, are significantly different and merit Norwegian Gem a Jewel-class designation.[3]


Norwegian Gem spent her initial season at her home port in Manhattan, sailing a variety of cruises to the Bahamas, Florida, and the Southern Caribbean.

For Summer 2008 the ship was based in Barcelona, Spain operating 7-night cruises to various Mediterranean destinations.

During winter 2009, the ship commenced a series of 7-day Bahamas/Florida cruises, and then consecutive 1-night cruises. From April 2011 to October 2011, the ship began sailing on Sundays on a 7-day cruise from New York City to Bermuda service.

The Norwegian Gem operated on 9 Day Eastern Caribbean cruise & 10 Day Canada/New England cruise to Quebec in New York. In 2013, Norwegian Gem continued 9-day Caribbean sailings and 7-day Bahama & Florida sailings.

In 2014, Norwegian Gem carried out 9-day Caribbean sailings, 7-day Canada/New England sailings, 1-day and 2-day New York sailings,.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 4 January 2018, the Gem traveled southbound passing the Norwegian Breakaway through the January 2018 North American blizzard causing major flooding in passenger staterooms.[4]


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  2. ^ "Norwegian Gem Diverts Cruise to Rescue Distressed Sailors - Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  3. ^ "Building Boom Ushers in New Class System". Cruise Travel. January 1, 2001. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  4. ^ ""It was hell for me": Woman recalls cruise ship ride during "bomb cyclone"".

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