NCL Christens New Norwegian Gem in New York (12/19/07)
Norwegian Cruise Line christened its new Norwegian Gem in a ceremony in New York yesterday. The 93,530-ton, 2,394-passenger Freestyle Cruising ship entered service on Oct. 1 in Europe and made its U.S. debut in Boston on Dec. 13. NCL is celebrating the arrival of Norwegian Gem with inaugural events in Europe, Boston and New York. The ship was christened yesterday by 31-year-old Cindy Cardella, who has taken 31 NCL cruises. Cardella was selected as the Norwegian Gem's "It" girl from a group of five finalists all of whom had submitted videos stating why they should be chosen to christen the ship.
Norwegian Gem will be homeported in New York during the winter, offering cruises to the Caribbean. In summer, it will offer cruises of the Mediterranean out of Barcelona. The ship is the final vessel in NCL's Jewel-class of ships. It features a four-lane bowling alley in the Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club, a rock climbing wall and a variety of high-end accommodations, including Garden Villas, Courtyard Villas and two top-of-the-ship Deluxe Owner's Suites. The ship also will feature Wii by Nintendo tournaments on a two-story LED screen.
Norwegian Gem features 10 restaurants, including Cagney's Steakhouse, Blue Lagoon, Le Bistro, Orchid Garden, Tequila, La Cucina, the Garden Café, and the Great Outdoors, plus two main dining rooms, Grand Pacific and Magenta. Guests can enjoy cocktails at Bar Central, which features a martini bar, champagne and wine bar, beer and whiskey bar, and cigar bar. The Yin & Yang Spa and Beauty Salon features 18 treatment rooms, three of which are designed for couples. It also includes a thalassotherapy pool. Body Waves Fitness Center features state-of-the-art cardio workout equipment, plus an aerobics and yoga area, steam and sauna rooms.