On October 1 2007 Meyer Werft delivered the 93,500-gt cruise ship “Norwegian Gem” to the cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line (Miami, USA) in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. The “Norwegian Gem” is the fourth ship out of a series of four the Papenburg shipyard is building for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The ship combines modern event gastronomy of NCL’s concept of “freestyle cruising” with extravagant interior outfitting meeting state-of-the-art technical demands.

Along with its new design, the luxury liner offers the passengers numerous specialities and a great deal of convenience: Some 70 per cent of the cabins are outside cabins, with most of them having their own balconies. Moreover, with its 1,100 crew, NCL offers the passengers outstanding service.

Both safety and entertainment meet the latest technical standards ensured by the diesel-electric pod propulsion system, interactive communication systems and sophisticated stage technology.

Upon delivery, the “Norwegian Gem” will leave Eemshaven in the Netherlands for Rotterdam, from where she will go on a mini cruise on 3 and 4 October, with 1,800 passengers on board. Starting on 6 October she will go on a two-night mini cruise from/to Dover to Amsterdam. On 8 October cruises into the Mediterranean will begin. In the winter of 2007/008 the ship will sail to the South Caribbean starting from New York.

Ship Design

Dimension     93,500 gt       
Length overall     294.13 m       
Moulded breadth     32.2 m       
Number of decks    15       
Draught     8.30 m       
Deadweight     7,500 t       
Engine output     totally 72,000 kW
approx. 100.000 hp       
Propulsion power     39,000 kW = 53,000 hp       
Speed    25 Kt.       
Number of passengers    2.394       
Number of passenger cabins    1.197       
Number of outside cabins
(including suites)    792       
Number of inside cabins    405       
Crew     approx. 1,100       
Number of theatre seats    1.042       
Number of restaurants    12       
Number of bars/lounges    11       
Total weight of applied paint     approx. 220 t       
Total length of laid cables     2,154 km       
Total length of laid pipes     212 km       
Flag     Bahamas       
Classification                   Det Norske Veritas