New Ship for Norwegian Cruise Line to go on First Cruises straight
Eemshaven/Papenburg - On 4th August 2005 Meyer Werft handed over the
93,500-gt cruise ship ‘”Norwegian Jewel” to the cruise operator
Norwegian Cruise Line (Miami, USA) in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. The
handover took place one day ahead of the contractual date. As early as
on 5th August, passengers who have booked their cruises will get
onboard, and the ship will set sail for two mini cruises to Amsterdam
and Dover. The naming ceremony will take place in New York on 14th
September. The cruise which follows next will be to the Mediterranean,
starting from Dover on 10th August.
Built in a period as short as 22 months, the “Norwegian Jewel” is the
first cruise ship out of a series of four new vessels which Meyer
Werft in Papenburg is building for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). All
told, she is already the fifth vessel built for the Star Cruises/NCL
The “Norwegian Jewel” is the hitherto biggest Panmax ship worldwide.
She has the highest number of cabins (1,188), and at a maximum speed
of 25.6 knots, she is extremely fast compared to other ships of this
size. On top of that she is the biggest passenger vessel that has ever
been built in Germany. The ship combines high-end event gastronomy as
part of the “freestyle cruising concept” by NCL with a luxurious
outfitting and a state-of-the-art technical level. Next to the new
design, this new cruise liner presents a multitude of special
features and comfort. Almost 70 % of the cabins are outside cabins,
and most of them have their own balconies. Over and above this, NCL’s
1,100 crew offer the passenger service of an outstanding kind.
The diesel-electric pod propulsion system, interactive communication
systems as well sophisticated stage technology ensure safety and
entertainment meeting the demands of the 21st century.
Facts and Figures of “Norwegian Jewel”
Dimension 93,502 gt
Length overall 294.13 m
Moulded breadth 32.2 m
Number of decks 15
Engine output 100,000 hp
Speed 25.6 knots
Number of passengers 2,376
Number of passenger cabins 1,188
Number of outside cabins 783
Number of inside cabins 405
Number of seats in theatre 1,042
Number of restaurants 10
Number of bars/lounges 13
Classification Det Norske Veritas
?1 A 1 “Passenger Ship”, ECO, CLEAN
The ship was developed in close cooperation with the Owner and
optimised by means of computer calculations and model tests. Thanks to
the ship design and the novel pod propulsion system, the “Norwegian
Jewel” features excellent manoeuvring characteristics and a very good
behaviour in heavy sea states, as well as low sound and vibration
Interior outfitting of cabins
There are 1,188 passenger cabins on “Norwegian Jewel”, 405 of which
are inside and 783 outside cabins. Various cabin categories are
available, among them 44 suites and 132 mini suites. The two, 311-sqm
“Garden Villas” exceed all cruise expectations so far. All cabins are
fitted with their own bathrooms, colour TVs, telephones, safes,
fridges, hair dryers, individual temperature control and Internet
Freestyle cruising – entertainment on board
“Freestyle cruising” implies 10 different restaurants as well as 13
bars and lounges on board. It is completely up to the passenger which
restaurant to choose, be it informal or elegant. Also in regard to
leisure activities the passenger has plenty of options.
The passengers have their first rendezvous with the ocean liner at the
reception in the “Atrium”. The latest events and shows are presented
on a big LED video screen.
The three-deck-high “
Stardust Theatre” is located in the foreship, where good entertainment
is offered in famous Broadway shows, musicals and plays.
Among the 10 restaurants offering various international specialties,
the “Azura” (300 seats) and the “Tsar’s Palace” (550 seats) count
among the main places. Both restaurants are spacious, offer a lot of
room and international cuisine. It is understood that there are also
Asian, Italian and French restaurants on board as well as a
self-service restaurant (Garden Cafe).
The fitness and beauty area offers the passengers plenty of wellness
facilities. The “Spa” is perfectly equipped with fitness equipment,
aerobic area, hydro pool, whirlpool, rasul, saunas and steam baths.
The “Spinnaker Lounge” is accommodated on the “roof” of the ship in
the forward section. It has a touch of a conservatory, which serves as
vantage point during the day and as dance club at night.
I have not been on the first mini cruise, but I know, that many people in the US are interested in the NCL Jewel. But I was asked, to keep you informed on this board.
So, I`ll try to translate some of the comments from the german board. These are comments of different german people, who have been on bord of the Jewel (and some, as you can read, also on bord of the new Carnival Liberty a few weeks ago).
- They use much more colors than before, but for me the Jewel is the best new ship in the last years. A negative point: staterooms are very small. Food, service and entertainment better.
- My impression was, that you need sungalsses inside, impressing wel, but beautiful ? No.............
- the new Carnival Liberty was all in all better. The Jewel has some beautiful places, but my impression was, that they used more high grade materials on Carnival than on the Jewel. For me the Jewel is not the best new ship during the last years, they used too much plastic and that looks really cheap. No teakwood on the decks. Even the garden and courtyard villas have plasticfloor covering.
- plastic tableware in the Garden-Cafe. Here is Carnival the better choice. But, except the staterooms, the Jewel is for me the better choice. It has adequat relaxzones in the Spa, free juice service, two jacuzzis and a Thalasso Pool.
- I liked the Bistro, the Steakhouse and the Tango. And also the idea with the super screen in the atrium, delicious cakes in the Java-Cafe.
Highlight the Bora-Bora Spa. And of corsee a dream the gardenvillas.
- I was disappointed from the Buffet-restaurant and the food quality. Food was only lukewarm, not hot and the choice is of corse a matter of taste.