The Newest Treasure at NCL Freestyle
by Roy Witman © 2008
Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced
another dazzling jewel in its fleet: Gem. In the
tradition of Norwegian Cruise Line's Jewel
class of ships, Gem is artfully decorated inside
and out; specially designed uniquely for NCL
Freestyle Cruising with its appealing freedom.
Gem will begin with pre-inaugural cruises in
the Mediterranean, and will offer seven-day
excursions to the Bahamas and Florida.
Passengers can feast on delicious cuisine,
from French to Asian to Latin and everything
in between. Gem has 12 restaurants to choose
from, and unique to NCL Freestyle Cruising -
dining options with no restrictive schedules or
dress codes, so there are no limits to vacation
enjoyment. Gem's unique features include 11
bars and lounges to choose from, offering
cocktails from such distinct settings as the
basket of a hot air balloon, a martini bar
adorned in Art Deco, or an elegant lounge
where passengers can savor champagne and
As the sister ship to Pearl, Gem offers the
exclusive Courtyard and Garden Villas,
experienced only with NCL Freestyle Cruising.
Travelers wanting luxurious accommodations
will be enchanted with over 4,000 square feet
to relax in. The Garden Villas offer a full bath
with a whirlpool, and access to the exclusive
concierge lounge, including a private
courtyard area with pool, hot tub, and
sundeck. Butler service and concierge are
available to pamper Villa vacationers.
NCL's accommodations offer the most
flexible choices of all cruise lines, with inter-
connecting staterooms in nearly every class,
making it easy to plan family or group
vacations. From lavish Villas to cozy inside
staterooms, every passenger will find the
perfect stateroom, as affordable as desired,
and with all the expected comforts of an NCL
cruise. Every stateroom has TV, refrigerator,
and hair dryers - and a chocolate on your
freshly fluffed pillow each night.
Freestyle Cruising allows family vacations
to be enjoyed as never before. A mood lit
bowling alley - first ever in the cruise industry;
a giant water slide, and arcade. Gem has
clubs specially designed so teens can have
their own space; and supervised, age-
appropriate activities to keep everyone
Passengers planning an enticing vacation
for two will have all of the romantic allure of the
tropics, casinos, and dancing, or rare,
carefree time spent sharing life's moments.
Norwegian Cruise Line anticipates and fulfills
passenger desires aboard Gem, with a fitness
center, and courts for basketball, volleyball
and tennis, as well as an Internet café, an art
gallery, a library, a spa, and a theatre and
more - there's something to entertain
NCL Gem will be launched with pre-
inaugural cruises, from Dover to Barcelona,
Rome, Nice, Morocco, the Canary Islands,
Gibraltar and Majorca. After crossing the
Atlantic, cruises will be available from New
York City, New York, with seven-day Bahamas
and Florida destinations.
Whether you're looking for family fun with
theme parks in Florida, swimming, and
snorkeling in the pristine waters of the
Bahamas, or a dream vacation for two relaxing
in tropical breezes before an evening at the
casinos, NCL Freestyle Cruising allows the
freedom to plan it your way, in advance or as
Stops include a day on the private island
Great Stirrup Cay where you can enjoy white
sand beaches, kayaking, sailing, or simply
unwinding in a hammock. Discover charming
Key West on a trolley ride, the perfect place to
de-stress and relax.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Freestyle Cruising
lets you create your ideal vacation with its vast
choices in staterooms, major dining flexibility,
and complete freedom to control your
schedule - or to have no schedule at all.
Gem's addition to the fleet is another radiant
jewel in this array of ships that are custom
designed for passenger delight.
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