Monday, September 21, 2015

Norwegian Gem

Even though it was only built in 2007, the cruise ship Norwegian Gem is now considered to be "older" and so will be getting a substantial redecoration/refit in October, with upgrades to dining facilities and accommodations.
Built by Meyer Werft, Papenburg Germany the 93,530 grt ship has a capacity of 2384 passengers with 1154 crew.

Norwegian Gem, north of George's Island heading for its berth this morning.

It is also planned that starting in 2016 the ship will shift its base from New York to San Juan, so we may not be seeing too much of it in Halifax after this year.

It made the news (again) in September when a helicopter evacuated a passenger 56 miles south of Nantucket. This followed the May 2015 drowning of a ten year in the ship's swimming pool.

Deaths, injuries and illness aboard cruise ships may make the news, but are they more common than in any other comparable population?


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