The Gem came out in 2007. As a whole the square footage of her balcony and lower cabins is smaller than the other ships you've been on with Carnival. Sometimes furniture layout in a cabin can make the cabin appear larger, so you may not even notice. NCL is a freestyle cruising with resort style dress. They still do have the dress up nights if you do want to dress up. The Gem has many different choices of dining. Two main restaurants, Garden Cafe, Great Outdoors, Blue Lagoon, two pool grills, and room service all are included. Sushi and six other restaurants all have surcharges. The ship is one of four called the Jewel Class. The ship has a small bowling alley $5 a game. They also have Wii and Second City Comedy troupe on the ship.