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

It is time to introduce you to the last of Norwegian Gem's eleven dining venues. High up on deck 13 is Cagney's Steakhouse, home to beef, beef. And more beef!. A cover charge applies for this very popular restaurant that is cleverly divided in two parts.

Rock climbing wall

The forward part of Cagney's Steakhouse is accessed by means of the  56-seat Star Bar. From the forward section, you have fantastic views of the pool deck below. But don't rule out the aft part of Cagney's Steakhouse, which is arguably more intimate, more classy and has an open kitchen. With 176 seats, Cagney's Steakhouse fills up easily on many nights, so reserve early.

All the way aft on deck 13 is an outdoor seating area, a complete sporting arena and a rock climbing wall. A wide outdoor walkway leads forward, overlooking the Tahitian Pool Deck one deck down. Rows of lounge chairs line the decks, with many more forward to be found on decks 14 and 15. A colorful surfer's look sets the mood in the Bali Hai outdoor Bar. On sunny days at sea this is a prime location from where to check out the action on the Pool Deck below. For a little more peace and quiet, climb up a deck and lie down on one of the oversized sun beds. Or visit the Freestyle Deck for some private sunbathing.

Deck 13 sun deck

Forward of the Bali Hai Bar is Norwegian Gem's secondary show, doubling up as observation lounge during the day. At the port side entrance you'll first stumble across a small chapel that is used for renewal of the wedding vows (NCL doesn't offer on-board wedding service). And then ... you will lay eyes on a foosball table and four outrageously large yellow lounge chairs.  

Welcome to the Spinnaker Lounge! Here is where the ship's design team went all out. Furniture comes in green, purple, yellow, silver(!) and blue. The carpeting most resembles a scene from Finding Nemo and the brushed velour 'funny chairs' that are scattered across the room don't help in giving the room a unified style. The idea is not too complicated: a forward-facing, window-walled observation lounge that doubles as nightclub after dark. Unfortunately the result is less satisfactory and the room definitely lacks atmosphere.

Cagney's Steakhouse aft area

Cagney's Steakhouse - aft area
Cagney's Steakhouse - aft area
Cagney's Steakhouse - forward area
Deck 13 - sunning area
Looking down at the Pool Deck
Chapel
Spinnake Lounge
Spinnaker Lounge

Cagney's Steakhouse - aft part

Star Bar
Bali Hai Bar
Sports Court
Spinnaker Lounge
Spinnaker Lounge
Spinnaker Lounge
Spinnaker Lounge
Spinnaker Lounge

 

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

First published on December 1, 2007

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