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"LIVE" from Norwegian GEM / March 7, 2009

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Hello everyone. . . .

 

It is once again I am sailing with Norwegian Cruise Lines. I have sailed twice previously on Majesty in the past 7 months.

This time I am sailing on the newest ship in the fleet. . . Norwegian GEM !

 

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with RCI, and HAL, and CCL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip reports from this cruise.

 

I will also try to post "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

Norwegian Gem is the newest and final of NCL's Jewel Class ships. She is similar to Norwegian Jewel (2005), Norwegian Pearl (2006), and Norwegian Jade (originally Pride of Hawaii)

 

It will be very exciting for me to explore this ship. She was built for Freestyle Cruising in 2007; so she is very young, and the reviews I have read about have been fantastic. There will be so much to explore for me, and I will try to get pics of all of the public rooms if possible.

 

I should be boarding the ship late tomorrow morning. My hotel is just about 15 min from the pier, and I hope to be onboard by 1130 or so.

 

 

Hopefully the weather will be good. . .the forecast is calling for 61f and sunny for sail away. I love New York City Sail aways. . .

 

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! (I hope that my internet connection stays active). I will try to post several pics before sail away at 4PM.

 

Thanks for tuning in. . . .

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

 

Norwegian GEM

 

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© 2009 NCL Corporation Ltd.

 

 

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Can't wait for your report we sail in April. Thank you for taking the time to do a live report

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I can't wait, I love reading your live threads. I am also wondering what you think of the Gem, I was on her April of 2008. Looking forward to reading all your posts, thanks and have a great time:D

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I love live reports!!! Whenever the opportunity to post presents itself, I look forward to reading it!:)

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Really looking forward to your live report! You will LOVE the Gem! When I first saw pictures of some of the public rooms it was a shock :eek: but everything works so well together. You will be very well taken care of by an excellent staff, from HD Prem, F & B Director Mirsad, Restaurant Manager Noel, CD Ray and Bar Manager Luis -- all the way down the line NCL has assembled the best of the best!

 

I'm particularly interested in hearing what you do in the ports, since we'll be on the Gem at the end of the month (THREE WEEKS!!:D). If it was just DH & I we'd probably never get off the ship, but since we're bringing DD on her first ever cruise, and she's never been to any of the ports on this itinerary, we feel the need to show her around.

 

You're in for a treat in that Ariel Jacobbe is on board -- if you like Sinatra, you will LOVE Ariel!

 

Enjoy your cruise!

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I love live reports!!! Whenever the opportunity to post presents itself, I look forward to reading it!:)

 

 

I have been doing "LIVE" threads for awhile now. . . some of them can be seen HERE. . .

 

 

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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I am going to love watching this report and my husband and son will be sailing with you. Even though they are not CCer's, I think I've convinced them to stop in at the meet and greet.

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Radio I would like to thank you in advance....I too enjoy reading your "live from...." reports and the pictures that accompany them!

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Radio:

 

We loved your recent Majesty and look forward to watching on the Gem.

 

Please take a picture of the bowling alley and the teppanyaki.

 

Thanks in advance

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radio...so loooking forward to your "live from...":D

 

We loved the Gem...and I bet you will too...:)

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Radio:

 

We loved your recent Majesty and look forward to watching on the Gem.

 

Please take a picture of the bowling alley and the teppanyaki.

 

Thanks in advance

 

Ha ha. . . :) I think I would LOVE to try to Bowl a game while at sea !

 

Thanks for the nice comments !

 

Radio

;);)

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Ha ha. . . :) I think I would LOVE to try to Bowl a game while at sea !

 

Thanks for the nice comments !

 

Radio

;);)

You just have to pick a particularly rough sea day and you never know your score may go up!!

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Ha ha. . . :) I think I would LOVE to try to Bowl a game while at sea !

 

Thanks for the nice comments !

 

Radio

;);)

 

We bowled on the Pearl last May; it was comped by staff for people at the Meet & Greet. It was lots of fun!:D I bowled about as well as I do on land...horrible!:p Gutter balls are my friends.

 

I also look forward to your posts and pictures from the Gem. I want to cruise on her in April 2010. Thanks!:)

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Hi Radio, I love your live reports and pictures! Because of your Majesty live report, I sailed her last August to Bermuda. I also like that your photos come up quickly on my old home computer. Have a safe journey to the ship and an excellent trip.

 

Coka

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YA! I love cruising - even if it's through someone else's cruise :D

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Radio, I was so happy to see that you are on the March 7th Gem and plan to do your live reports. We are just off the Gem last Saturday 2/21-2/28 and had a wonderful time on a beautiful ship - now we can relive our cruise with you via computer.

 

Please try to visit the Mermaid and take some pics of her and all her charms from past cruisers. (Sticky - top of Gem Roll Call board)

 

Thank you and have a great time!

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Hello everyone. . . It looks like the forecast is very accurate. Today is a sunny bright day, and the temps should rise to about 65f.

 

The Gem is now docked. It appears that she docked at about 945, so I am in no rush to get to the pier. I went across the street for a great cup of Starbucks this morning, and I will probably head over to the port by around 11AM.

 

I have cruised from New York a few times, and it appears that traffic heading to the pier is heavier on weekends, than it is during the week (at around 11-12)

 

I should hopefully be able to post a few pics before sail away.

 

Here are a few pics from the NCL Gem Bridge Cam, and from a cam across the street from the pier. (These cams are a little out of focus)

 

There is another Webcam at the Intrepid Museum at Pier 86 HERE

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

 

 

 

 

 

No Ships docked at Pier 88 at 830 this morning. . .

 

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Norwegian Gem heading up the Hudson River

 

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She is almost home. . .

 

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Pulling up to Pier 88

 

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She is docked, and it is almost time for me to hop onboard.

 

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Gem at the pier

 

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See you on board Radio !!! :D

 

Great Kevin. . . See you soon.

 

Spinnaker Lounge after Muster. . .

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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This is great! I'll be on the Gem a week from today (!!!!!!), so this will really give me a good idea of what to expect, especially weather-wise. Looking forward to the updates!!

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Hello everyone. . . It looks like the forecast is very accurate. Today is a sunny bright day, and the temps should rise to about 65f.

 

The Gem is now docked. It appears that she docked at about 945, so I am in no rush to get to the pier. I went across the street for a great cup of Starbucks this morning, and I will probably head over to the port by around 11AM.

 

I have cruised from New York a few times, and it appears that traffic heading to the pier is heavier on weekends, than it is during the week (at around 11-12)

 

I should hopefully be able to post a few pics before sail away.

 

Here are a few pics from the NCL Gem Bridge Cam, and from a cam across the street from the pier. (These cams are a little out of focus)

 

There is another Webcam at the Intrepid Museum at Pier 86 HERE

 

Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

Radio

 

Awesome post! Keep 'em comin'!

 

I'm on the TA NYC to Barcelona in April!

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So excited we get to cruise along with you again! Thanks for doing what you do, Radio!

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You are awesome!!! for writing a live report. We all 16 of us are leaving on 4/3/09 and can't wait. If you have the chance take some pics of the kids club areas. And the pool area, Let us know when you wake up tomorrow if the weather is warm, that is what I can't wait for... Warm weather....

 

Thanks again!!!

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We also can't wait. Any info on the specialty restaurants would be great!

Only two more weeks til we sail!

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Radio thank you so much for taking the time to do LIVE reports. I've enjoyed many of them from you.

 

I'm going on the Gem in a few weeks and I'm scared due to reviews I've read here.

 

I'm really hoping you have a great cruise and quality experience!

 

Hope to read more from you soon.

 

Have a safe trip.

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Hello everyone ! I made it on board. . . I left the hotel just a little before noon, and it took be about 15min to make it to the Lincoln Tunnel.

 

From there it should have only taken about 5-10 min to get to the pier, but I made a wrong turn when I came out of the tunnel, and I made out to the pier by around 12:45.

 

There was a lot of traffic at the pier. It was hard to believe that there were still hundreds of passengers waiting for cabs at 1PM.

Check in was no problem (Once I got in the Terminal) It was painless. I didn’t have much of a line, and I made it on board at around 115.

 

 

The décor of the ship is breathtaking. This ship is very beautiful ! There is a lot for me to do and see on this ship. . . and I hope that 7 nights will be enough.

We had the Muster drill at 330, and Sailaway is scheduled at 4PM. My connection seems to be very, very slow currently, so hopefully the pics will be posted.(It took quite awhile for me to upload them to my server)

 

The Internet Mgr has suggested that the connection speed always picks up after we are underway.

 

 

We will be passing Ellis Island National Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The Captain said that we should drop off the Pilot by about 6PM, and then sail south.

 

I will have many pics to post later tonight. Thanks for tuning in !

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

Approaching the Lincoln Tunnel

 

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One of New York’s Finest !

 

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My first glimpse of Norwegian Gem

 

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Gem from the parking deck on Pier 88

 

 

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Lost of passengers in the Terminal

 

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This should be a great week !

 

 

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Sorry all. . here are the pics. . .

 

 

Ooops !

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

Approaching the Lincoln Tunnel

 

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One of New York’s Finest !

 

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My first glimpse of Norwegian Gem

 

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Gem from the parking deck on Pier 88

 

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Lots of passengers in the Terminal

 

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This should be a great week !

 

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radio...

just a note....the senior staff is very accomodating and anxious to please...(I had a minor problem (with bar set up delivery) and they went way out of there way to fix it!)

also..we had a meet and greet..and they did express desire to know what is good and bad...(of course we went last year-1st year and they told us to help them with the "shake out" of being new)

and they are well aware of cruise critic....as I remember.....;)

 

jaja

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It's going to be so fun to study the pictures to see if I can find my husband and son. It was beautiful weather as I dropped them off this afternoon.

 

I hope everyone on board enjoys.

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Radio, pictures are great! Looking forward to the next ones. Have a great cruise!:)

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It's going to be so fun to study the pictures to see if I can find my husband and son. It was beautiful weather as I dropped them off this afternoon.

 

I hope everyone on board enjoys.

 

Wow, how depressed are you.....really? LOL Why aren't you with them?

 

CG

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