Norwegian Gem Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Aug. 27, 2019

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.

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
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  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,394
  • Total Crew: 1,126
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.13
  • Built: Jun 2006
  • Refurbished: Dec 2010
  • Number of Decks: 12
  • Total Cabins: 1,197
  • Cabin Categories: 43
  • Gross Tonnage: 93,500
  • Length: 965
  • Beam: 105

Norwegian Gem Cabins

1197 cabins and 43 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(195 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 141 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $109/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.8
(136 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 158 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $138/night
Balcony Balcony
3.8
(179 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 216 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $212/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.3
(113 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1010 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $244/night

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Norwegian Gem Dining

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Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
5.0
(26 Reviews)
Cagney's Steakhouse Cagney's Steakhouse
4.8
(15 Reviews)
Latin Tapas Restaurant Latin Tapas Restaurant
4.3
(3 Reviews)

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Norwegian Gem Onboard Activities

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Shaker''s Martini Bar Shaker''s Martini Bar
5.0
(10 Reviews)
Spinnaker Lounge Spinnaker Lounge
4.6
(14 Reviews)
Basketball/Volleyball Court Basketball/Volleyball Court
4.5
(2 Reviews)
Bliss Ultra Lounge Bliss Ultra Lounge
4.4
(11 Reviews)

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50th Anniversary Cruise with Family by fullerbonnie

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I have never been on a cruise with so many children. Our family did not let their children run around unattended. But, believe me, this was crazy at times. Teens running the halls, loud and disrespectful. It was the opinion of the families cruising with us that there should be more security in the hallways when there are so many children on board. At times, it was very disruptive. But, all in all, we have a wonderful time and will definitely cruise with Norwegian again but not when we know that school is out!

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Wonderful cruse to Bermuda by jeffjackiecote

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

this trip was great for our first cruise. especially liked that the ship was smaller then most.

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Average, not quite as expected this time by jcbenoit72

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

After cruising Norwegian for 8 times this cruise was disappointing. We took a few years off due to a new edition to the family and was super excited to cruise again. We love to cruise out of Boston for the ease of it and realize the ships are not the greatest due to the port size but the convenience factor is great for us. Next time we will try another cruise line

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774 Norwegian Gem Tips

LouisLiu
May 13, 2013

Do all the shore excisions by yourself.

vuretty
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.

cruisingallday
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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