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    Jun 2006
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    Dec 2015
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Norwegian Gem overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Norwegian’s motto of “Freestyle Cruising” is at the heart of the wide range of activities and entertainment on Norwegian Gem. Sports enthusiasts can participate in an aerobics class at the Body Wave Fitness Center or join a pick-up game on the ship’s basketball court, while passengers ready for some pampering can get a massage or facial at the full-service Mandara Spa & Salon. Norwegian Gem’s world-class productions will impress music lovers and theatergoers alike with a stacked lineup including Pure Variety, the ship’s variety showcase, as well as the rocking Get Down Tonight and Blazing Boots, a pop-country showcase that’s sure to get passengers dancing.

With over a dozen bars and lounges, the nightlife on Norwegian Gem won’t disappoint. For a vintage, art deco-inspired vibe, Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar is the place to be, and cigar aficionados can sit back and enjoy a cognac and a rolled premium cigar at Corona Cigar Club. Passengers looking to dance should check out the Spinnaker Lounge, where the stage converts to a dance floor every night.

Refurbished in 2015 as part of the multimillion-dollar Norwegian Edge program, this Jewel-class ship now boasts O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill (a Norwegian fan-favorite), which is open 24 hours a day, as well as redecorated Horizon and Observation lounges, and new furnishings and decor throughout the vessel.

Norwegian Gem sets sail from Boston, New York, and Quebec City, with voyages ranging from 4-day cruises to Bermuda to a 21-day cruise through the Panama Canal. Other Norwegian Gem destinations include New England and Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Mexican Riviera.

Norwegian Gem ship highlights

  • Tahitian pool
  • Gem Club Casino
  • Mandara Spa and Salon
  • Body Waves Fitness Center
  • O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill
  • Corona Cigar Club
  • Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar Art Gallery
  • Onboard chapel
  • Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts
  • Teppanyaki Japanese hibachi restaurant
  • Six hot tubs
  • Video arcade
  • Stardust Theater
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge and Nightclub
  • Splash Academy, Entourage Teen Club, and kids’ pool
  • Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar
  • Le Bistro, Norwegian's signature French restaurant

Before you book

Why sail on Norwegian Gem: With first-rate stage productions, an onboard casino, and over a dozen bars and clubs, Norwegian Gem is ideal for adults looking for freedom, flexibility, and choices. Norwegian Gem’s children’s program, teen disco, and kiddie pool also make it a family-friendly vacation choice.

You should know:: Norwegian Gem doesn’t offer the same thrill-seeking top-deck activities that the fleet’s newer, larger ships boast. Travelers looking for pulse-pounding amenities such as race tracks and open-air laser tag may prefer newer ships like Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Joy.

Norwegian Gem ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.0
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Norwegian Gem cabins

1197 cabins and 43 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(203 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $152/night
Oceanview Cabin


(146 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $187/night
Balcony Cabin


(205 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 216 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $278/night
Suite Cabin


(129 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1010 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $416/night

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Norwegian Gem dining

Blue Lagoon Cafe

Blue Lagoon Cafe

(1 Review)


(32 Reviews)
Le Bistro

Le Bistro

(13 Reviews)

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Norwegian Gem onboard activities

Shaker's Martini Bar

Shaker's Martini Bar

(10 Reviews)
Splashes Kid's Pool

Splashes Kid's Pool

(1 Review)
Jogging Track

Jogging Track

(1 Review)
Casino Bar

Casino Bar

(3 Reviews)

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2264 Norwegian Gem Reviews

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40 % full— Safe from Covid by tom61mos

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Gem

I love the Gem- six times on this ship. Charleston in January- not a Great Idea. Florida was welcoming— Not getting into their own Private Island wasn’t SAD! Jasper the Cruise Director name should be “Casper”. He was only available at Show time and annoying announcements.

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Covid limited cruise by amleventhal

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Ship: Norwegian Gem

Overall great cruise but no Bahamas and zero stage shows. All cancelled.

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Not What I expect it by ja07424

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Ship: Norwegian Gem

Not a good experience overall Never got to visit the Bahamas private island NCL DID NOT GET THE OK FROM AUTHORITY This was our 14th cruise with Norwegian and the worst , sorry to say

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890 Norwegian Gem tips


May 13, 2013

Do all the shore excisions by yourself.


Mar 26, 2013

The best deserts are located at the Aft of the ship. eg. chocolate cookies, cakes and pies long after the main rooms desserts are picked over.

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Apr 04, 2013

A small an cozy ship. Very clean and well kept. Kudos to the staff. A nice fitness center, Very nice bars and lounge area. Love Bliss and the Spinaker Lounge

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