NCL’s Norwegian Gem Delivered in Handover Ceremony

MIAMI, Oct. 2 – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) took delivery of its new “It” Girl, Norwegian Gem, from Meyer Werft in a handover ceremony yesterday in Eemshaven, Netherlands. Norwegian Gem is the fourth and final ship in the company’s Jewel-class series and solidifies NCL’s status as the youngest, most modern fleet in the industry.

“Outfitted with top-of-the-line amenities including opulent suites and villas, a four-lane ten-pin bowling alley and rock climbing wall, Norwegian Gem epitomizes Freestyle Cruising and what it means to be an ‘It’ Girl,” said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. “We look forward to welcoming her to her new home in New York this December.”

Upon delivery, Norwegian Gem will head to Rotterdam, Netherlands and then to Dover, UK where she will arrive on Oct. 5. After a series of seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries, the ship will make her U.S. debut in Boston on Dec. 12 followed by a christening ceremony in New York City on Dec. 18.

Norwegian Gem will spend spring 2008 on seven-day Bahamas and Florida itineraries and on 10- and 11-day Exotic Southern Caribbean itineraries out of New York. She’ll then summer in Europe on seven-day Western Mediterranean itineraries from Barcelona. The ship will also offer a 15-day transatlantic sailing in April 2008 and a 13-day transatlantic sailing in November 2008.

For more about Norwegian Gem including her blog, visit the ship’s “HerSpace” page at