Norwegian Gem Ship Tour
On a nice day in late September, I had the privilege to tour the Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Gem. Since there are no real opportunities to tour a ship in and around Wisconsin, I need to fly out somewhere and spend a night or go to a conference to take part in a ship tour. So, with this in mind I flew into New York City the night before and stayed at place using Airbnb. You can read about my stay in a previous post A Un-hotel Option.
Manhattan Cruise Terminal
That Saturday morning, after catching a glimpse of the ship from the top floor of the apartment building I stayed at and drinking my cup of coffee, I walked the few blocks down to pier 88 of the Manhattan Cruise Passenger Terminal. NCL allows us to bring a guest along on the ship tour, so I met up with my clients outside the terminal and made our way inside. After going through the normal process of giving up our I.D. to get the visitor badge, we were shown to a waiting area so we can wait till the group was ready. What a perfect time to grab a picture of the artwork on the hull of the Gem.
When we were ready to board, we were taken through the security line where our carry-on bags were checked and were led on board. This ship does have the WOW factor when you walk into the Crystal Atrium. It is beautiful! I will get into the public areas of the ship more in another post since we were whisked off to tour the staterooms first.
We were first taken up to the The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line’s “ship within a ship” concept. There are many benefits you get when you stay in The Haven which include:
- 24-hour, trained and certified suite butler
- Concierge service
- Courtyard Valet
- Gourmet “white tablecloth” en suite dining with special gourmet menus
- Platinum keycard access
- Exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area
The Haven Courtyard
- VIP priority embarkation and disembarkation
- Priority boarding of tenders ashore
- Priority reservations in the ship’s specialty restaurants, spa, award-winning shows and more
- Invitations to private restaurants for breakfast and lunch and to exclusive events
- VIP private tours ashore can be reserved by The Haven Concierge
We were shown the three bedroom garden villa that I will only be able to see on a tour or in my dreams. This suite goes for just under $22,000 for a 9-night cruise.
Garden Villa Sitting Area
Garden Villa Master Bedroom
Garden Villa Private Courtyard
After that, we were taken down to see the balcony and inside cabins. They are well decorated and more spacious than other ships that I have been on. Lets face it though, how much time are you really going to spend in your stateroom? There is so much to do on this ship you will want to spend as much time exploring it as you can. I will get more into the public areas and all the activities there is to do in my next post.
Author Nathan Nehmer: firstname.lastname@example.org