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Norwegian Gem - NCL Norwegian Cruise Line - cruise ship review and photos.

Out there in cyber world, there is a lady that is up for a good time and is a bit of a globe-trotter. A spiffy marketing campaign specifically aimed at a younger generation presented Norwegian Cruise Line's brand new Norwegian Gem as the new "It" Girl. She has her own website and blog, a personal assistant (called Marli), fab cyber friends and -naturally- lots of bling bling. Gem it Girl!

The "It" Girl up close

Norwegian Gem was built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg, Germany and is the latest in a series of six sisters for Malaysian-owned Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The "It" Girl is pretty much a carbon copy of Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jewel, built in 2006 and 2005 respectively. With her in-your-face hull art (after all, an "It" Girl can't leave the house without makeup) and 

squared-off stern, Norwegian Gem looks rather aplomb from the outside, but is all the more innovative on the inside. In keeping with NCL's successful 'Freestyle Cruising' concept, Norwegian Gem boasts no less than 12 different restaurants, 11 bars and lounges (one with a four-lane bowling alley) and some of the most spectacular suites on the seven seas. 

Right after the shipyard officially delivered Norwegian Gem to NCL, the ship sailed for Rotterdam where some 2,000 media and travel professionals boarded the ship for for an overnight cruise to nowhere. ShipParade sailed along and got along with the "It" Girl right away. 

Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Built: 2007
Building Yard: Meyer Werft, Papenburg
Gross Tonnage: 93,502
Length: 294.1 m (964.9 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (105.6 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 2,376
Passengers (max): 4,080
Crew: 1,154
Service speed: 24,0 knots
Norwegian Gem at Amsterdam on October 7, 2007
Norwegian Gem at Amsterdam on October 7, 2007
Norwegian Gem's striking hull art
Norwegian Gem at Rotterdam on October 4, 2007
Norwegian Gem docked at Amsterdam's Passenger Terminal on October 7, 2007


All photos and text: 2007 Bart de Boer -

First published on December 1, 2007

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