Congratulations.......on the bridge tour and the Garden Villa.
When we sailed the NCL Pearl to Alaska
(May20th,2007) we were part of a group of 12 that was privately invited unto the bridge while entering Glacier Bay. It was quite the experience. We spent about 2 1/2 hours on the bridge. It was great to see how the ships Captain worked so close with the pilot to navigate the icebergs and glaciers. The bridge on the Gem, from your photos, looks identical to the NCL Pearl. We really got a kick out of the bridge floors on each side of the bridge with the glass floors looking down into the water.
As for the Garden Villa, he had the Vista Garden Villa on the NCL Star in November 2008. It was fantastic, and pure luxury. While we had 4 people occupying the two master suites, there is certainly room for 6 to enjoy the huge space. The middle penthouse suite of the Garden Villa was beautiful also. We had the rear master suite, and on the last day of our cruise when arriving in port, L.A. one of the large window panes in our bath shattered. It really scared me, as I was the one in the bath at the time.
It was nice to read your post to hear that others have enjoyed the special luxury of the bridge tour and Horizon Garden Villa.
On our last cruise NCL Star Nov 2008, Mary and I also got a private tour of the galley with Peter Costa the Executive Chef of the NCL Star. That also was extemely interesting and gave us a good a idea of the extremely organzied operation that a cruise ship must go thru in order to serve so many meals to so many passengers.
It is the special treatment like you and we have received that makes a cruise so special. All of our cruises on NCL have been outstanding, and it it these reasons we continue to go back to NCL.
Are you regular guests on NCL?
My wife just informed tonight that she booked the NCL Sky for March 2008.....can't wait for that one. The will also do the NCL Star again in Nov 2009 (Panama Canal) from L.A. to Miami for 13 days with some great ports of call. That should be fun.
Sure would like to hear more about your extordinary NCL Gem cruise.