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Norwegian Gem

146 Reviews
Norwegian Cruise Line

With world-class amenities such as a renowned art gallery where you can bid on your favorite pieces in a live auction, contemporary staterooms with remarkable views of the ocean, and the Tahitian Poll, where you can lay out in the sunshine or go for a splash, the Norwegian Gem provides guests with a vacation like they have never experienced before. This ship is part of a fleet-wide renovation project that brings with it redesigned restaurants, modern staying quarters, and a plethora of new activities to enjoy. Measuring in at 965 feet in total length, the ship is spacious, yet feels elegant and cozy both inside and on deck. It travels to some of the most sought after ports in both America and abroad so you will get to embark on a journey that is full of culture and many places to explore. Whether you book a cruise that sails up the New England Coast and into Canada, The Caribbean, down to Florida and the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Mexican Rivera or to the Panama Canal, you will surely be in for a memorable experience. 

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The Norwegian Gem hosts a variety of complementary and specialty dining options that will take your palette on a culinary journey around the world. Bali Hai Bar is a fun beach-themed restaurant that dolls out burgers, fries, and a variety of other classic American quick-serve options. For traditional food in an elegant setting, seek out Magenta or Grand Pacific. Topsiders Bar & Grill is located near the Main Pool and features an assortment of classic pub fare and mixed drinks. For those who are in the mood to splurge on a fine dining experience, the Specialty Dining restaurants have you covered. Choose from indulgent eateries such as Moderno Churrascaria, Sushi, or La Cucina Italian Restaurant, just to name a few. The ship also offers 24-hour room service for a relaxing meal in your stateroom.


At night, the Norwegian Gem comes alive and brings you award-winning entertainment inside the new and improved Stardust Theater. This elegant top-notch theater offers the latest in digital sound and lighting, as well as provides guests with auditorium seating that is cozy and comfortable so you can enjoy the show. While on your cruise, take in Broadway-worthy shows such as Get Down Tonight, a tribute to all of the classic disco music and dance from the 1970s; Swing! The Musical, which celebrates the songs and dance moves of the 1930s-1940s era; Pure Variety, an eclectic mix of music, comedic acts, and special performances by the Norwegian Production Cast; and Blazing Boots, a music act that covers songs by some of the most popular country and pop artists of the present and a few from the past. 

Fitness & Recreation

Stay fit and have fun while doing it while you are on your Norwegian Gem vacation! Up on the top deck, you will find a full-size volleyball, basketball, and tennis court that overlooks the ocean; play an intense family game or invite other guests aboard the ship to join in on the fun. You can also start or end your day with an exhilarating workout at Body Waves Fitness Center. Inside the fitness center, you will find all of the cardio and strength training equipment you need to exercise the way you do at home. Body Waves Fitness Center offers high-end equipment, free weights, and trainers to help ensure you break a sweat the way you want to. Feel free to sign up for a cardio, yoga, pilates, or aerobics class during your cruise. For those who prefer more relaxed recreational options, enjoy lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, taking a stroll around the ship's jogging/walking track, swing by The Library and check out the excellent assortment of books and magazines available to read.


The spa and beauty salon located aboard the Norwegian Gem is truly a hidden gem of the sea where you can spend the day indulging in some self-pampering. Mandara Spa & Salon is located on Deck 12 and boasts beautiful views of the ocean and distant landmarks in an open and breezy setting. Mandara Spa & Salon has been newly renovated and offers a whole menu of beauty and spa treatments to choose from. Make your vacation a little more special by treating yourself to spa services such as an aroma spa seaweed massage, the aroma stone therapy, Botox, a bamboo massage, male and female grooming treatments, facials, deep tissue massages, and nutritional consultation. The ship also offers a Thermal Spa Suite that features treatments inspired by both water and heat. Whether your idea of a relaxing afternoon is to lay on a heated lounger or soak in a therapy pool, Thermal Spa Suite will take you away to paradise.


While you are sure to encounter some exciting shopping opportunities at the various ports of call during your cruise, shopping aboard the Norwegian Gem allows for you to take advantage of deeply discounted designer and luxury goods. Also remember that when you shop aboard the ship, you will not have to pay taxes or duties. This ship is home to The Galleria, which is an astounding shopping mall filled with stores that sell everything from toothpaste to Coach handbags! Trade Routes Boutiques is an expansive department store where you will find gifts, accessories, art, clothes, jewelry, beauty supplies, and more. If you wish to purchase jewelry for yourself or someone you love, stop by Colombian Emeralds International and pick up some precious pieces offered at affordable prices. 


On the Norwegian Gem, kids are treated to their own special memory-making activities. Whether you are traveling with young toddlers or picky teens, they are sure to be entertained for the duration of your cruise. This Kid's Pool is an adventurous sea creature themed swimming pool designed especially for the littlest guests aboard the ship. It has everything from pint-size swimming pools to mini waterslides that are sure to evoke laughter and joyful squeals. Splash Academy is a Norwegian Cruise Line exclusive and it is a fun center for kids that encourages creativity through games, activities, arts, crafts and role-play. Entourage Teen Club is a popular hangout for the older kids on the ship. This fun disco-themed club features music, lounging areas, teen-focused games, and TV stations. 


As part of the Casinos at Sea program, the Gem Club Casino Bar aboard the Norwegian Gem is sure to liven up your evening. With over 100 slot machines to choose from with plays that start as low as a penny, you can have hours of fun and try your hand at winning a big jackpot. The Gem Club Casino Bar boasts an elegant old-world circus-style vibe and is comparable to some of the most popular casinos that Vegas has to offer. Travel back in time to the early 20th century and play like your ancestors once did. Guests can sip on signature cocktails while joining in on a poker tournament or playing other popular games located inside. The Cards and Lifestyle Lounge is also available for those who wish to do a little gambling but prefer to have a more low-key experience.



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4.2 Stars
146 Reviews
* All reviews are by verified customers that have traveled by booking through a travel agent in the Avoya Network
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3 Stars
Cruise Date: 05/31/2023
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5 Stars
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Reviewed over 1 year ago by David
5 Stars
Cruise Date: 01/25/2023
Destination: Panama Canal
Reviewed over 1 year ago by Gina
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