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

The dull and dreary October weather pretty much prevented us from enjoying Norwegian Gem's Pool Deck to the fullest. Still, when compared to slightly older sister Norwegian Pearl the latest NCL sibling has some cool new gadgets. One is the Poolside Casino; the other an ultra-trendy poolside lie-down lounge area.

Waterfall at the forward pool

Norwegian Gem's Tahitian Pool complex is a colorful combination of two good-sized swimming pools, one waterfall, four Jacuzzis, one yellow waterslide and one gazebo which doubles as a stage. On the starboard side you will find the Poolside Casino and the trendy open-air lounge area. With all these amenities, the pool deck is a beehive of activities during the day.

Forward of the Pool Deck you will find the Library. The room doesn't look very spectacular at first glance (it is decorated rather uninspiring with green carpeting, blonde wooden paneling and blue chairs - so nineties!), but once inside you should really have a look at the artwork. Original ocean liner menus and daily programs line the walls and make the room very unique.

Aft pool

The Yin and Yang Beauty Salon is located all the way forward on deck 12 and is one of the most elaborate shipboard spas ever found. There's the hydrotherapy pool, the relaxation area with gorgeous views forward, the window-walled saunas and many treatment rooms. And of course you will find a hairdressing salon, aerobics room and large fitness center.

Aft of the Tahitian Pool is a large Kid's Club with playground, disco and cinema, further proof that NCL tries hard to attract young families with kids.

Great Outdoor Restaurant

The aft part of deck 12 is completely given over to the joys of ... eating. As if we needed more food! A very spacious self-service area leads the way to the Garden Café, seating 390 guests in cramped conditions. On a damp day like this it becomes clear that there are simply not enough seats inside. Thankfully, Norwegian Gem will spend most of her time in

warmer weather. So in comes the Great Outdoors Restaurant, a great bar and buffet set up on the aft deck. And last but not least, there is La Cucina Italian Restaurant with the look and feel of an Italian country kitchen. During the day, this is where the overflow from the Garden Cafe congregates. At night, many come in for pizza, pasta and more Italian culinary treats from an open kitchen. A great place!

Tahitian Pool

Poolside Casino
Poolside lounge area - tres trendy!
Forward pool with waterfall
Aft pool with waterslide
Tahitian Pool Deck
Great Outdoors Restaurant
Great Outdoors Restaurant
Garden Café
Garden Café
Garden Café

Tahitian Pool Deck

Library
Library
Original menu from the French Line's Normandie
Yin and Yang Spa
Yin and Yang Spa - male relax room
Yin and Yang Spa - relaxation room
Garden Café - buffet area
La Cucina Italian Restaurant
La Cucina Italian Restaurant
La Cucina Italian Restaurant

 

Photos and text: © 2007 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on December 1, 2007

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