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Sparkle & Color: NCL Gem Public Spaces Review

Sparkle & Color: NCL Gem Public Spaces Review

Public spaces of NCL's Gem are literally GEMS – sparkling from bow to stern.

Interior designers have used jewelry (and all things that glitter) to create these amazing public spaces.  

Here, I cover those spectacular areas of the ship not featured in my previous reviews.
(Click here to read my 3 other Gem posts: Cabins, Bars, and Dining):

The Main Lobby

Lobby - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Lobby - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Wow! This is the lobby. And its focal point was that incredible chandelier, which continually morphed through a spectrum of colors.  I'm not exaggerating when I call it a "multi-faceted luminous masterpiece".

I was so attracted to this chandelier – couldn't stop staring at it – that I now I wonder whether I was a moth in my previous life.  

And all the other moths (I mean passengers) were equally attracted to the lobby– bustling through it – more so, than on other ships I've sailed on.  Is it any wonder the ship showcased concerts and games here? And movies (yes movies!).

Sports Facilities

Basketball Court - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Basketball Court - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Now let's talk sports! 

This ship was PACKED with sporty spaces: outdoor basketball court, shuffleboard, golf cages, running tracks, and (hello spelunkers) a massive climbing wall.  

Basically, everything I needed to battle my non-stop intake of calories.
(No excuses for those of you complaining about your buffet addiction.)

Rock Climbing Wall - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Rock Climbing Wall - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Fitness Club

Fitness Club - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Fitness Club - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

And the gym? Impressive!  

Oodles of cardio equipment, a great variety of weights, and machines galore. Enough to satiate... AND exhaust... you hardcore gym bunnies.

But what I loved about this gym were the spectacular views.  Situated on deck 12, with panoramic vistas of the ocean and exotic locales. – the treadmill suddenly became a magical place whenever we'd pull into a new port.  (The scenery was so razzle-dazzle that it actually made me spend extra time on the machines! Yes it did. Can you imagine anything that makes you want to jog extra?... And that's how I worked off those morning Pain Au Chocolats.)

The Pools

The Pool - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Pool - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

No brainer – pools are popular on Caribbean cruises.  This ship was no exception – with its ginormous water slide, two massive pools, and four hot tubs (yes 4!!!)  there was constant action poolside.  

The place had a fun "water park feel" to it – so I wouldn't call it "glamorous" – but kids had a blast here!!!

Sadly, I didn’t actually take a dip, as I became too self-conscious of my "buffet figure". (But that didn't stop the more confident guests. Good for them!)  Spending time in this part of the ship definitely incentivized me to watch what I ate at dinner! 

The Pool - NCL Gem

The Pool - NCL Gem

The Waterslide - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Waterslide - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Library and Card Room

The Library - NCL Gem

The Library - NCL Gem

If the sun got too hot - - retreating to the Library and Card room (on the pool deck) was always an option.

Both venues offered massive picture windows to soak in the scenery, with a contorno of air conditioning.  If you actually wanted to read (yes there are many of us who still exist) the library boasted an extensive collection. 

The game room was a focal point for card players. And if you had a craving to buy real estate or exercise your vocabulary, they had Monopoly and Scrabble... and tons of other board games. You name it, they had it. Candyland, anyone? Or how about the new Golden Girls Clue?

The Card Room - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Card Room - NCL Gem   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Games in the Card Room - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

Games in the Card Room - NCL Gem   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

NCL Gem Lobby Lighting   Photo: Calvin Wood

NCL Gem Lobby Lighting   Photo: Calvin Wood

You may have noticed I notably left out the theatre – which I never made it to in 11 days! There was simply too much to do on board. (Eating and drinking took up so much of my time. It was hard work, honestly... Don't judge me.)

I hope that after reading my 4 posts about the GEM – you get a full picture of the experience – this ship is AMAAAAAAZING!!!    Huge! Tons to offer! Sharply designed! Hello, when can I book my next voyage?

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