MIAMI, Oct. 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) took delivery of its new Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬Â 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Girl,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL Corporation. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We look forward to welcoming her to her new home in New York this December.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“HerSpaceÃ¢â‚¬Â page at www.gemitgirl.com.