The luxurious Norwegian Gem is ideal for year-round cruises. Built in 2007 with a guest capacity of 2394 and crew of 1101, this family-friendly ship offers a variety of drinking, dining and entertainment venues to make each voyage pass effortlessly. Adults have six hot tubs, Mandara Spa and a department store while children have their own pool, games arcade and club activities. The walking track offers excellent views of approaching coastlines and Tahitian Pool — featuring sunbeds and a bar — is perfect for relaxing. Cruising on Norwegian Gem, you can try buffets, a la carte dishes and worldwide cuisines at a range of world-class restaurant. See live music, comedy acts and magic shows in the evening before heading to Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub and Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar for a few drinks.
Sample the varied cuisine at 19 restaurants and eateries on board. Topsiders Bar & Grill is a poolside snack bar or visit Bali Hai Bar & Grill with its hot air balloon theme. Dine at your convenience at the 24-hour O'Sheehan's Neighbourhood Bar & Grill or enjoy al fresco meals at Great Outdoors. Savour fine cuts of Black Angus at Cagney's Steakhouse or for family-friendly dining, try the Garden Cafe/Kids' Cafe for delicious buffets and tasty desserts. Grand Pacific and Magenta are high-class restaurants serving exquisite a la carte meals, or sample traditional flavours at La Cucina Italian Restaurant and Le Bistro French Restaurant. Enjoy succulent barbecued skewers at Moderno Churrascaria or indulge in authentic dishes at Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant. Freshly-prepared sashimi is served in Sushi or experience Teppanyaki cooking around a shared table as a skilled chef prepares your dish. A room service menu is also available 24 hours a day.
The stylish Bliss Ultra Lounge & Night Club features a ten-pin bowling alley and serves premium drinks. Gem Club is a full service bar in the centre of the casino and Sake Bar is located in the Orchid Garden Restaurant. Sip a frozen coffee or fresh cappuccino and savour sweet treats at Cafe at the Atrium. Enjoy refreshments at Magnum's Champagne & Wine Bar which takes inspiration from the Art Nouveau era or visit Maltings Beer & Whiskey Bar for a relaxed drink with friends. Sit and admire the James Bond themed decor with a martini at Shakers Martini & Cocktail Bar, sip a fresh cocktail in Star Bar then soak up the atmosphere at Spinnaker Lounge with live music and entertainment on stage.
During the day, you can enjoy the large Tahitian Pool, relaxing Mandara Spa and six hot tubs. Kids have their own pool, games arcade and Splash Academy — featuring games and arts and crafts activities — too. Stroll through the art gallery, play a hand at the card room or wander around the department store which offers a range of bargains. There's a court for basketball, tennis and volleyball, as well as a jogging/walking track and library. In the evening, big venues such as Stardust Theatre and Gem Club Casino provide plenty of entertainment. Enjoy comedy sketches, live DJs, tribute acts, magic shows, and world music performances that are ideal for all ages and tastes.
Day 1: UK to New York City, New York
Fly from the UK to New York and be transferred to the port to board NCL Gem for your ten-night cruise.
Day 4: San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is the capital of and the largest city on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Explore the cobblestoned buildings of Old San Juan with its 16th-century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses, San Juan National Historic Site and Spanish colonial buildings. New San Juan is awash with tropical beaches, luxury hotels, world-class dining and designer shopping. Pay a visit to Casa Blanca Museum, Museo del Nino and Galeria National. Make a whistle-stop tour of the sights on the free trolley bus or take a scenic stroll along Paseo de La Princesa. Learn about the art of rum making on the Bacardi Distillery Tour or enjoy the tranquillity of San Juan Botanical Garden.
Day 5: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Powder-white sands, azure seas and verdant green mountains set the scene; equally matched by tasty culinary experiences, luxurious holiday resorts, and a wealth of famous attractions. Explore the eclectic mix of shops in Road Town or escape to the tranquillity of J R O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Get up close to nature at Sage Mountain National Park or visit the giant boulders and rock formations at The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Go surfing at Cane Garden Bay or snorkel amongst tropical fish and coral at Smuggler's Cove. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery or sample locally-made rum at Callwood's Rum Distillery.
Day 6: Philipsburg, St Maarten
The ship drops anchor today at St Maarten's Dutch capital city - Philipsburg. Stroll along the shops on bustling Front Street or enjoy a couple of hours’ beach time on Great Bay beach. Fly through the trees at the Fly Zone at Loterie Farm or explore the island by quad bike. See local plant and animal life at St Maarten Zoological and Botanical Garden, and caterpillars and butterflies at the Butterfly Farm. You can also swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery Anguilla or admire heart-stopping views in the Pic du Paradis hills.
Day 7: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Arguably the prettiest Virgin Island, St Thomas boasts plenty of picture-perfect beaches. Visit Magen’s Bay, voted one of the world's top ten most beautiful beaches; or explore the coral World Marine Park with its three-level underwater observatory. Experience the colourful wonders of snorkelling in the crystal blue waters or just lie back and enjoy the sand and sunshine on the island’s many beaches. Venture up Mountain Top and admire the panoramic views of surrounding islands and get lost in the bustling atmosphere. Don’t forget to browse the shops for bargains in jewellery, perfume and souvenirs.
Day 8: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata is a city on the Dominican Republic's Atlantic north coast and best known for its sandy shores. The city's old colonial-era centre is dominated by the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe, a Spanish fortress that now houses historical and military artefacts. A great spot to swim with dolphins and sharks is Ocean World Adventure Park or Playa Dorada is a great family day out to soak up some sunshine and enjoy the seaside. Admire scenic views across Puerto Plata with a ride on the cable car or pay a visit to Damajaqua Cascades with its beautiful waterfall and canyoning adventures. Museo Del Ambar is a fascinating Victorian building featuring preserved amber and a gift shop brimming with unique amber jewellery.
Day 11: New York City, New York to UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.