|Norwegian Gem docked at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston|
A little background on the Norwegian Gem. Built in 2006, she entered service on October 1, 2007 and was the newest Norwegian Cruise Line ship until the Norwegian Breakaway entered service May 2013. This 15 deck ship can accommodate 2,394 passengers and 1,101 crew members easily. There are 1,197 total rooms in all categories with 182 suites and 360 balconies. Sailing from New York, she now sails cruises that go to the Bahamas and Florida, the Caribbean and up the coast of Canada and New England since the much larger and newer Breakaway took over her old Bermuda sailings. But don't count out the Norwegian Gem for fun and excitement, because there is plenty of that onboard. Best part is that now New York has another Norwegian ship in town.
|The Haven Courtyard Pool|
This private enclave at the top of the ship has quiet places to dine, drink and relax, and an expertly trained staff to attend to your every need. Take a swim in a private pool, work out in a private fitness area and soak your tired muscles in a private hot tub. Order from a special Courtyard menu and spend your tranquil days at sea enjoying the luxury of complete privacy and personal service.
|The Haven Courtyard|
|Le Bistro French Restaurant|
We were lucky enough to enjoy our lunch in Le Bistro with a sampling of food from a variety of areas representing the various restaurants.
|Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs|
|Endive, Apple and Roquefort Cheese Salad with Cranberry and Walnut Vinaigrette|
|Ribeye Steak with polenta|
|Torta di Cioccolata|
|Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar|
|Maltings Beer & Whiskey Bar with Shakers just beyond to the right|
|Bliss' bowling alley|
|Gem Club Casino|
|Big yellow slide in the Tahitian Pool|
|Adults only pool|
|Body Waves Fitness Center|
|Thalassotherapy pool located in the Thermal Suite inside Mandara Spa|
Cabins: Unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to view one cabin while on my tour and no, it wasn't one of the 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom family villas. I wish! Instead, I had a chance to sneak a peak at one of the Forward Penthouse with Balcony cabins (SE). Ranging in size from 489-578 sq. ft., this cabin sleeps up to three with a queen size bed and luxury bath and shower, living area, dining area, and large private balcony. Includes butler and concierge service, too. This cabin is located forward on the ship and although the perks are nice, the wind from this far forward may prevent you from using the balcony so if you're a balcony person, you might want to consider another location. Additionally, since it is located under the bridge, if you have your drapes open, you'll need to keep the lights off. They will also see you on your balcony so you should probably keep your clothes on, too.
Thinking about a cruise on the Norwegian Gem? Here's an itinerary that might interest you enough to try her out.
9-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise - February 18, 2015
Depart New York 2/18/15 4 pm
At Sea 2/19/15
At Sea 2/20/15
San Juan 2/21/15 Arrive 3:00 pm, Depart 9:00pm
St. Thomas 2/22/15 Arrive 8:00 am, Depart 6:00 pm
St. Maarten 2/23/15 Arrive 8:00 am, Depart 5:00 pm
Tortola 2/24/15 Arrive 7:00 am, Depart 1:00 pm
At Sea 2/25/15
At Sea 2/26/15
Arrive New York 2/27/15 10 am
I took this one last picture before I left from the parking garage of the ship near the terminal building. Cannot wait to get back on a cruise ship for a cruise and not a tour. Soon enough I'll be back onboard so come back to see where I'm headed! All of the pictures I took of the Norwegian Gem will be up on the Travel Shop Girl Facebook page by tomorrow so check there for more pictures of this ship and other ships, too.