norwegian gem

If you’re looking for a small ship that still feels like Norwegian Cruise Line, Gem is the way to go. It’s part of the line’s Jewel class and carries 2,394 passengers.

She’s also one of the ships that represents the line’s Freestyle Cruising philosophy. With options for dining, entertainment and activities all day long, she’s an excellent choice for a Caribbean cruise.

Freestyle Cruising

Norwegian introduced Freestyle Cruising seven years ago, and it’s been a trendsetting change for cruise lines worldwide. Freestyle cruises offer travelers flexibility to plan their vacations, from dining times and excursions to entertainment.

The line’s ships also feature expansive spas and modern fitness centers, extensive bars and restaurants, and a wide range of activities for all ages. There are also high-quality production shows, magic acts and theme parties.

With so many things to do and see onboard, you may want to book your shore excursions early. Guests can save money and avoid common hassles by booking their trips through the Shore Excursion Group website.

The ship’s laidback dress code means you can wear t-shirts and shorts at breakfast and dinner, even if it’s in the main dining room or one of the specialty restaurants. You can also wear blue jeans to the buffet, outdoor barbeques and 24-hour venues like the Cadillac diner.


Norwegian Gem is the fourth and final ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel class. It divides its time between Bermuda, New England and the Caribbean.

Like all the Jewels, it’s got all the bells and whistles you expect from NCL. Rock-climbing walls, a four-lane, 10-pin bowling alley and trendy South Beach decor at Bliss Lounge are among the highlights.

Aside from these features, Gem’s main dining rooms and specialty restaurants provide something for everyone. From the come-as-you-are Garden Cafe buffet to the more formal Grand Pacific and Magenta, there’s no shortage of choices.

Regardless of your taste or dietary restrictions, there’s always something for you to eat on Norwegian Gem. If you enjoy French cuisine, head to Le Bistro and if Brazilian steak is your thing, go for Moderno Churrascaria. Both of these are available on select cruises in the fleet and both have a special Dining Package you can buy ahead of time or on your first two days of sailing.


Norwegian Gem is a jewel of a ship that perfectly epitomizes Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Freestyle Cruising.” It’s not as flashy as the newer ships in the fleet, but it still offers many of the same fun perks.

For example, kids can take a turn at the video arcade and library while parents get a massage or facial in the Mandara Spa & Salon. Or, if you’re looking to get your blood pumping, check out the Body Wave Fitness Center.

Entertainment aboard Norwegian Gem includes high-quality production shows, magic acts and theme parties. There’s also a pub quiz, movie screenings and late-night dancing in nearly every bar on board.

Music fans won’t want to miss Blazin’ Boots, a pop-country showcase that will have them dancing their hearts out. Elements, an illusion and strength show that will leave you gasping for more, is another must-see.


Norwegian Gem is a slightly older ship that was part of the Jewel class (including Norwegian Jade, Pride of Hawaii, and Norwegian Pearl) when it debuted in 2007. While it doesn’t have all of the flashiest features that you’ll find on newer ships, there’s still a lot to see and do aboard this small cruise ship.

There’s plenty of classic cruiser-style entertainment onboard, including theatrical shows and casino gambling. Plus, if you’re into music, you’ll love the live performances, which include musicals and concerts paying tribute to the biggest stars.

Guests can also enjoy activities that will get their blood pumping, like the enclosed outdoor basketball/volleyball/tennis court and Body Waves fitness center. And if you’re looking for some at-sea relaxation, Gem has two pools and six hot tubs. You can even head to the full-service Mandara Spa and Salon for a pamper session.