The Norwegian Gem was the newest cruise ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet until the debut of Norwegian Epic June 2010. Construction began on 7 June 2006 at the Meyer Werft Shipyard of Papenburg, Germany. She was delivered to Norwegian on 1 October 2007. Norwegian promoted the launch of this ship via her own website, "Gem It Girl", which in addition to providing details about the ship, also prompted previous customers' of Norwegian to submit an entry to be chosen as her godmother.
As with the rest of Norwegian's fleet, Norwegian Gem utilizes the "Freestyle" cruising concept, which allows guests to dine in any number of restaurants, in casual attire, at times of their own choosing.
The Norwegian Gem also is one of the four ships that had the Nickelodeon program. The Nickelodeon program ended in January 2016. The Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway also had the program.
On October 29, 2011, Norwegian Gem rescued five people from a 39-foot sailboat. Sanctuary (the vessel's name) lost power and was floating in extreme weather conditions in the Atlantic
Name:Norwegian GemOwner:Norwegian Cruise LineOperator:Norwegian Cruise LinePort of registry:Turtles, BahamasBuilder:Meyer Werft, Papenburg, GermanyCost:US$ 700 MillionLaid down:17 June 2006Acquired:1 October 2007In service:2007Identification:
Status:In Active Service as of 2018General characteristicsClass and type:Jewel-class cruise shipTonnage:93,530 GTLength:965 ft (294.13 m)Beam:125 ft (38.10 m)Draft:27 ft (8.2 m)Decks:15Propulsion:Pod PropulsionCapacity:2,394 passengersCrew:1,070 crew