Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Norwegian Gem

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When is Norwegian Gem slated to resume operations?

(Latest Update: January 6, 2022) Norwegian Gem resumed sailing on August 15, 2021, offering Caribbean cruises from PortMiami. In Nov. 2021, the ship repositioned to homeport from  New York City to sail a variety of Bahamas and Caribbean cruises. 

Norwegian Cruise Line is requiring that ALL guests and crew be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof of vaccination. The line strongly encourages all guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72-hours prior to their sail date as an extra precaution. All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by Norwegian, at the pier prior to boarding and receive a negative result. 

Cruising on Norwegian Gem? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Norwegian’s motto of “Freestyle Cruising” is at the heart of the wide range of activities and entertainment on Gem. Onboard ship highlights include: the Tahitian Pool, a Casino, the Stardust Theatre, six hot tubs, basketball and tennis courts, Bliss Ultra Lounge, kids and teens clubs, a video arcade, and numerous restaurants and lounges. The ship can accommodate up to 2,394 passengers (prior to COVID-19 restrictions), and includes 1,197 total cabins. 

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Activities + Entertainment: Norwegian Gem is packed with a variety of activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike. For families with younger travelers, the ship offers supervised spaces for both kids and teens. Active travelers can burn off calories from breakfast at the ship’s open-air jogging track, join a game on one of the outdoor sports courts, or take a dip in the Tahitian pool. Looking to relax? Head to the full-service Mandara Spa and Salon or check out the six hot tubs onboard. At night, sit back and watch a Broadway-style show in the Stardust Theater or go dancing at the Spinnaker Lounge.  

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Dining: Norwegian Gem offers 16 specialtiy and included dining venues. With so much variety, there’s certain to be something to please every traveler’s palate. Freestyle dining on Norwegian Gem gives you the option to eat when, where and with whom you like, with no assigned dining times or tables. Included dining venues include the Bali Hai Bar, O’Sheehan’s Bar and Grill, the Garden Cafe, Grand Pacific, Magenta, Orchid Garden, The Great Outdoors, and Topsiders Bar and Grill. Specialty eateries include Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, Java Cafe, Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Cucina, Sushi, and Moderno Churrascaria. 

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Pricing: As travelers get excited about the return of cruising, these sailings on the Norwegian Gem are filling up fast with pricing changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $90 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you have your own private space to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine. Balcony cabins on Norwegian Gem currently start at about $180 per person per night and go up based on location and category. 

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What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol

Norwegian Cruise Line has a 100 percent vaccination requirement. This means that many protocols you may see with other cruise lines at this time may differ from what you will find on any Norwegian ship. You can expect a number of health checks and requirements for embarkation.

Norwegian has designed an enhanced, staggered embarkation process and a new check-in system to streamline check-in for guests by allowing documents to be signed electronically. Prior to boarding, guests must acknowledge vaccination status prior to their sailing and bring proof of vaccination to the terminal for their cruise. All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by Norwegian, prior to boarding and receive a negative result. In addition, every guest will have a PCR swab taken that will be sent to a lab separately and results processed the following day as part of the Bermuda pre-arrival requirements.

Onboard, Norwegian will offer a mask-free cruising experience, no social distancing, all restaurants and venues will be open, and no capacity restrictions. Note, as government regulations evolve, health and safety protocols may evolve to comply with local requirements.

For more details on Norwegian’s Sail Safe plan and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

Tips from Our Community Members:

Loved the great outdoors for breakfast and tea time! - yhene

Make sure and go to the poolside every evening for the BBQ and entertainment. - Trinigyal

Sign up for a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the cruise ship as soon as you board - it books up fast! - junkmail247

Shore Excursions: 

With so much to see and do in the ports which Norwegian Gem will visit, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. Spend your day in port exploring, at the beach, on an adventure, or doing a city tour. Save money, and be guaranteed to return to the ship on time when you book with Shore Excursion Group. 

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Find Your Dream Cruise on Norwegian Gem is your most helpful resource to find a cruise that’s perfect for you on Norwegian Gem. You can explore all itineraries for sailings on the ship with our handy Find a Cruise tool: Explore All Sailings

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