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PROFILE AND REVIEW
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
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Above: Norwegian Pearl
Below: Norwegian Jade
Above: Norwegian Jade.
Right: Norwegian Pearl.
Left: Norwegian Gem.
Below: Norwegian Jewel.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Jewel class consists of Norwegian Jewel,
Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Gem.
The Jewel class are medium-size cruise ships (93,000 gross tons)
providing a relaxed resort-like cruise experience. They have many - - but
not all - - of the features of NCL's larger ships. Each ship has two main
dining rooms and an array of specialty restaurants as well as alternative
casual dining venues. There are also such standard features as a large
theater, a spa, shops pools and sports facilities. Each has several bars
including a large observation lounge in the forward part of the ship. Family-
friendly, the Jewel class ships also have a children's area and programs for
children of different ages.
The Jewel class also have a separate area, known as “The Haven” for
guests staying in the suites. It features its own exclusive courtyard area.
However, unlike the Havens on NCL's larger ships, the Havens on the
Jewel class do not have their own dedicated restaurant. Instead, suite
guests have exclusive access to the Cagney's specialty restaurant for
breakfast and lunch.
While the Jewel class ships have outdoor promenades that wrap 360
degrees around the ship, there is no outdoor restaurant seating or bars on the
promenade. The Jewel class also do not have the more spectacular features
of the larger ships such as Go-cart racing. Befitting their smaller size, the
NCL-branded features that the Jewel class have are generally smaller in
scale than their equivalents on the Epic and Breakaway classes. The Jewel
class also do not have solo cabins as on Norwegian Epic and as on most of
the Breakaway class.
Although they are relatively smaller than the Breakaway class, there
still are a lot of people on these ships - - approximately 2,500 double
occupancy. Since many cabins can accommodate more than two people,
there are often more than that number on a given cruise.
The Jewel class feature NCL's Freestyle cruising. The idea is that it is
up to the guest to decide what and when to do things during the cruise. This
concept comes into play primarily with regard to dining. Unlike the
traditional cruise ship system, there are no fixed-time seatings and no
assigned tables in the dining rooms. Instead, guests can dine whenever they
like (as long as the restaurant is open). Generally, this system works pretty
well except at peak hours when there can be lines and waiting periods in the
main dining rooms. As above, there are a number of specialty restaurants
and alternative venues. However, it is best to make reservations at the
specialty restaurants, especially at peak hours.
Built at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard, the Jewel class ships
entered service between 2005 and 2007. They are an enlarged version of
the design used for Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star. However,
there are significant differences in the layout of the public areas between
the Jewel class and their predecessors.
There are also some differences between the ships in the Jewel
class. However, as the ships have undergone refurbishments, these
differences have been disappearing. This is particularly so for
Norwegian Jade, which originally entered service as Pride of Hawaii for
NCL's ill-starred NCL America operation. She was brought into the
main NCL fleet in 2008 and re-named. Reminders of the days when she
cruised the Hawaiian islands have by now all but disappeared.
The Jewel class ships are quite powerful capable of doing more
than 25 knots. This helps to ensure they will keep to their scheduled
itineraries despite the weather. It is also helpful in getting ill passengers
to shore side medical facilities as soon as possible. Equipped with two
azipods and a series of bow thrusters, the Jewel class are also very
Above: Norwegian Jewel.
Above: Norwegian Gem