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Join the Norwegian Gem over 9 exciting nights aboard the Eastern Caribbean cruise through the waters of Caribbean. Your ship starts out from New York and calls into 5 ports in 5 countries before returning to New York. This 4 star voyage from Norwegian Cruise Line has forward departures, but is unfortunately sold out for this departure.

Day Date Port of call Arrival Departure
1 Mon 29 Oct 2012 New York, USA 4.00pm
Eastern Caribbean New York is situated on a large natural harbour on the Atlantic coast of northeastern United States. With its world-class museums, big statues, even bigger buildings - certainly the Manhattan's skyline with its many skyscrapers is universally recognised, a whole lot of ‘whooo-wheee’ - and being the most linguistically diverse city in the world, the Big Apple’s hyperactive rush keeps drawing more and more people to it. The City of New York is a densely packed mass of humanity and all this living on top of one another makes the New Yorker a special kind of person.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States and a practical, and free, way to absorb its attraction is to take the Staten Island Ferry’s one hour round trip. Other major destinations include Ellis Island, Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For families, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo, South Street Seaport, and the New York Botanical Garden are very popular. Those who love shopping will be sure to visit Fifth and Madison Avenues, while all appreciate the free performances in Central Park. Here one also finds the work of local artists on display.

The famous Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock Observation Decks, both offer delightful views of the city. Try the diverse haute cuisine restaurants as well as the contrasting street fare of hot dogs and pretzels. Food tours allow visitors to try a wide variety of these foods economically and learn about the city's culture. New York City has a rich musical culture and history. Then there are numerous jazz, gospel music, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and hip hop tours available. Popular locations for music tours include Harlem and the East Village.

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2 Tue 30 Oct 2012 At Sea
3 Wed 31 Oct 2012 At Sea
4 Thu 1 Nov 2012 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3.00pm 9.00pm
Eastern Caribbean San Juan, the capital and most populous city of Puerto Rico, is the oldest city on US territory. It is the Caribbean commercial hub, best known for its beautifully restored historic district of Old San Juan. It is situated on a rocky peninsula girded by thick walls jutting into the crashing Atlantic surf. With its 400 restored buildings from the 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial period, this area is steeped in history. Add to this the expansive stretches of smooth clean beaches, boutiques, and pleasant restaurants, and one understands why this port is the heart of the island’s tourism.

Take time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets and investigate the pastel-coloured buildings, restaurants, museums and mansions. Explore El Morro, the dramatic fortress on a rocky promontory with its barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels. The massive Castillo de San Cristobal with its series of fortifications, and the World Heritage Site La Fortaleza, comprising a forty room mansion that was completed in 1540, are also well worth visiting. Some interesting neighbourhoods are well worth your time. They include: the ‘seen-it-all’ Condado; tranquil Ocean Park; gritty Santurce, relaunched with art galleries after a two-decade-long depression; and swanky Isla Verde awash with resort hotels and casinos.

There are many statues and monuments to be appreciated including: the Citizen of the Americas, a statue of Christopher Columbus, and one of the first native Puerto Rican who served as governor, to name but a few. The San Juan Cemetery is considered a beautiful place of great historical interest, as is the El Capitolio de Puerto Rico, a powerful symbol of self-government. Its interior design highlights Puerto Rico’s history through the medium of murals. Above all you will find yourself surrounded by warm and friendly people.

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5 Fri 2 Nov 2012 St Martin, St-Martin / St Maarten 8.00am 6.00pm
Eastern Caribbean The island of Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and is located about 250 km north of Guadeloupe. Since February 2007, after a poll, it has become a French Territorial Collectivity. Previously divided between the Dutch and the French, the peaceful cohabitation of the two communities has resulted in this tiny island becoming an extremely popular holiday and duty-free shopping destination in the Caribbean. Probably most famous for its delightful variety of 37 palm-treed beaches that even include salt-water ponds, one can simply laze, or go snorkelling and scuba diving in the coral reefs, or windsurfing, and even parasailing.

Renowned for its elegance and variety of cuisine, there are many restaurants and bistros, but Grand Case, with its small wooden ‘gingerbread style’ cottages, is considered the gourmet capital of the island. All the great chefs, European, American, or Asian vie to compete in this gourmet capital of the Caribbean, creating cuisines equal to the best of Paris or New York. Above all, vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy three distinct cultures on one island. There is the delightfulness and soberness of the Dutch on one side, the savoir-faire of the French on the other, and the blending of both with exotic native heritage.

Motorboats and sail boats offer excursions, while those who enjoy game fishing are sure to appreciate the variety of fish found in the offshore waters. Visit the historical Museum of Saint Martin and then possibly take a climb to the historic Fort Louis, built in 1767. Traces of Saint Martin's history can also be found in the other villages of the island. The pastel-coloured houses and tulips in Phillipsburg tell their own story, while in Quartier d'Orléans, the original settlement of the French on the island, much of the old structures and atmosphere has been preserved.

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6 Sat 3 Nov 2012 Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands 8.00am 5.00pm
Eastern Caribbean Charlotte Amalie is the capital and largest city of the US Virgin Islands, located on the island of Saint Thomas. It is famous as a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates. Indeed, Blackbeard's Castle, named after the notorious pirate of the same name, is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it is located in Charlotte Amalie at the highest point of Government Hill. A great attraction is the popular and beautiful Magens Beach that lines aside a delightful bay renowned for its soft sand, clear water, and palm trees. It is ideal for many water activities including windsurfing.

Of additional interest for many is the nearby Aboretum containing some extremely rare native species of trees, while the unique features of the Saint Thomas Synagogue, the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, attracts many visitors. Be sure to visit the historical landmark and oldest standing structure in the US Virgin Islands, Fort Christian, currently the St Thomas Museum, and examine artefacts and art from the Danish period of the 17th century. Also worth visiting is the St Thomas Reformed church.

If time permits visit the nearby islands. For example, there is Water Island, with very few residents but many delightful beaches such as Honeymoon Beach; also plantation ruins, and Fort Segarra - an underground partially constructed U.S. fort. Also worth visiting is St John Island, with its main town Cruz Bay that is home to numerous shops and restaurants. Then for the active call at Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge with its spectacular reefs, a shipwreck that is ideal for snorkellers and divers, a lighthouse, and the home of numerous migratory birds.

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7 Sun 4 Nov 2012 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 8.00am 4.00pm
Eastern Caribbean Santo Domingo, the most bustling and diverse city in the Caribbean, is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Wander down the cobblestone streets to check out the many examples of 15th and 16th century architecture in the Colonial Zone. These include: the Cathedral that was the first church built in the Americas, the Ozama Fort, and the Italian Renaissance style palace Alcazar de Colon, which were all built during the lifetime of Christopher Columbus.

Most visitors take the time to visit the Faro a Colón, the very impressive monument and burial site of Christopher Columbus. Shoppers will be sure to visit the modern Plaza Central, Calle de Conde one of the oldest streets in the city, and the Diamond Mall, one of the most exclusive shopping centres with several fast-food restaurants. Then there’s the middle stretch of El Malecon, the levee where visitors can relax, interact with the locals and absorb the spectacular ocean views. A ‘must-see’ is Los Tres Ojos caves with its numerous beautiful lakes.

The open air National Aquarium with shaded grounds that overlook the ocean is great for families, as is the National Zoo. A hidden treasure with the most remarkable collection of Dominican art from the 19th and 20th century is the Museo Bellapart, one of many fine museums. There are also parks and recreational areas to be visited, such as the Parque Colon and its monuments in the Colonial city, as well as the National Botanical Gardens and the National Zoo.

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8 Mon 5 Nov 2012 At Sea
9 Tue 6 Nov 2012 At Sea
10 Wed 7 Nov 2012 New York, USA 10.00am
Eastern Caribbean New York is situated on a large natural harbour on the Atlantic coast of northeastern United States. With its world-class museums, big statues, even bigger buildings - certainly the Manhattan's skyline with its many skyscrapers is universally recognised, a whole lot of ‘whooo-wheee’ - and being the most linguistically diverse city in the world, the Big Apple’s hyperactive rush keeps drawing more and more people to it. The City of New York is a densely packed mass of humanity and all this living on top of one another makes the New Yorker a special kind of person.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States and a practical, and free, way to absorb its attraction is to take the Staten Island Ferry’s one hour round trip. Other major destinations include Ellis Island, Washington Square Park, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For families, Central Park, the Bronx Zoo, South Street Seaport, and the New York Botanical Garden are very popular. Those who love shopping will be sure to visit Fifth and Madison Avenues, while all appreciate the free performances in Central Park. Here one also finds the work of local artists on display.

The famous Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock Observation Decks, both offer delightful views of the city. Try the diverse haute cuisine restaurants as well as the contrasting street fare of hot dogs and pretzels. Food tours allow visitors to try a wide variety of these foods economically and learn about the city's culture. New York City has a rich musical culture and history. Then there are numerous jazz, gospel music, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and hip hop tours available. Popular locations for music tours include Harlem and the East Village.

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Norwegian Gem sails year-round from New York. Between May and mid-October 7-night cruises visit Port Canaveral in Florida and two ports in the Bahamas (with three sea days). During other months she runs 9-night cruises to four country-islands in the Eastern Caribbean (with four sea-days).

Accommodation
All cabins have tea/coffee making sets, TV channels and movies, mini-fridge, separate toilet and enclosed shower, and European duvets. Two single beds can combine to make a double bed. Cabins have bunk beds to accommodate four (though crowded), and some have inter-connecting doors for families. The ocean-view (two to four guest) cabins have a rectangular window or a porthole. Balcony staterooms accommodate a third or fourth person on a sofa bed. These rooms are larger with a sitting area and full height glass doors opening to a private balcony. There are no single cabins, and 27 cabins and suites are wheelchair-accessible.

Food and Dining
The ship has 16 dining options, and Freestyle Dining means you can eat anywhere, anytime, and with whomever, in formal or casual dress. The two main dining rooms are Magenta and Grand Pacific. Check the video screens to find out how busy each venue is, make a reservation, and find out the wait time. Alternative restaurants include: Cagney’s Steak House serving steaks in a 30s setting, and carved meats at Moderno Churrascaria. Blue Lagoon for trendy fast food, Le Bistro with classic French gourmet, La Cucina Italian Restaurant for traditional Italian fare, and Orchid Garden Asian Restaurant for authentic Japanese/Thai/Chinese. Specialty restaurants have a surcharge and may need reservations.

Entertainment
The three-deck Stardust Theatre offers Las-Vegas-style razzle-dazzle production shows and cabaret acts. Many bands and solo musicians provide dance music and entertainment throughout the ship. The ship also features library, internet cafe, games room, a cinema with moving seats, a casino, and really comfortable cards and writing rooms.

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Join the Norwegian Gem over 9 exciting nights aboard the Eastern Caribbean cruise through the waters of Caribbean. When: Ship: Norwegian Gem Category: Cruise Cabins from $ per person
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Cruise summary

Cruise: Eastern Caribbean
Duration: 9 nights
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Star rating:
Departs: New York
Returns: New York
Ports of call: 5
Forward departures:

What's onboard? ▼

  • Atrium social centre
  • Shopping arcade
  • The Haven Suites & facilities
  • Weddings and packages
  • FREESTYLE DINING
  • Main dining venues (2)
  • Open seating, anytime
  • Specialty dining, cover charge (7)
  • Dietary needs, pre-order
  • Casual buffet in/out-door
  • Grill
  • Pizzeria (with delivery, pay)
  • Kid’s café
  • Room service 24 h menus
  • Coffee Bar & patisserie
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Show theatre (shows, cabaret)
  • Bars & Lounges (13)
  • Live music, dancing
  • Nightclub, DJ
  • Library
  • Card Room
  • Chapel
  • Casino
  • Conference/business centres
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Swimming pools (3)
  • Adults only pool
  • Whirlpools (6)
  • Spa & beauty treatments
  • Fitness centre & rooms
  • Sports courts
  • Jogging track
  • Climbing wall, ropes course
  • Bowling alleys (pay)
  • Internet café (pay)
  • Wi-Fi in cabin (pay)
  • UNDER 18 SUPERVISION
  • Youth Program welcome social, booklet
  • Children’s water park
  • Children’s centre
  • Splash Academy (6mo-2,3-5,6-9,10-12)
  • Entourage Program for teens
  • Port-day supervision (pay)
  • Late night child care (pay)
  • Teens’ centre, disco
  • Video arcade (pay)
  • Family Activities
  • Nickelodeon kids’ activities
  • OTHER
  • Elevators (12)
  • Wheelchair access good
  • Cabin current 110 V
  • Medical centre

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • All main meals on-board
  • Coffee, tea & milk 24 hrs
  • Open/anytime seating & multi-venue dining
  • Welcome bottle of wine in Suite
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Entertainment - live music and/or shows, movies
  • Activities - organised & individual
  • Bridge director on select cruises
  • Kids clubs & teen programs (2-17 yrs)
  • Cruise Director & all English speaking staff
  • Butler, valet & concierge services (Suites & A Staterooms)
  • Special needs requests & service animals allowed
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Internet access & Wi-Fi (common areas, cabins)

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore & land excursions and meals not specified
  • Alternate specialty dining venues (unless specified)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
  • Casino gaming
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • Customary land tour gratuities are welcome
  • Service charge: USD 12 pp/night (can be pre-paid with fare) if over 2y. Adjust at Guest Services Desk.
  • Gratuities to beverage staff welcome.
  • Service charge for spa & salon 18% charged
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry and/or valet charges
  • Wi-Fi, Internet, satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Babysitting in groups (2-12 yr)

Recent testimonials

"We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and have no hesitation in using you again and would most certainly recommend your company. So thank you for looking after us, have a great Xmas and a happy new year."
Brian & Margaret from Buderim


"Thanks again for your great service and attention to detail, and all the information given to us prior to the cruise. I will certainly choose to use you again for any future holiday plans. "
Connie B from Melbourne


"The cruise was wonderful and I have recommended it, and you, to all my friends! I really appreciate the time you took to assist and advise me, and I will have no hesitation in using your services to book my next cruise holiday."
Cheryl W from Perth