Norwegian Jewel is a cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise
Line. She is the lead vessel of NCL's Jewel class cruise ships
and entered service in 2005. She was constructed at Meyer Werft
Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and was christened on November 3,
2005 at an official ceremony at the Port of Miami. Her godmother
is Melania Trump,
wife of the business magnate Donald Trump who would later become
President of the United States.
In an episode of The Apprentice, Donald Trump required the
contestants to create a 30-second commercial of the ship,
featuring both exterior and interior shots.
Norwegian Jewel is NCL's first of four Jewel-class ships. She
was followed in 2006 by Norwegian Jade (originally Pride of
Hawaii) and Norwegian Pearl, and then in 2007 by Norwegian Gem.
Each ship has unique amenities, but has a similar exterior and
Norwegian Jewel was preceded at NCL by two Libra-class ships;
Norwegian Star, which entered service in 2001, and Norwegian
Dawn, which entered service in 2002. Although the Libra-class
ships have a similar exterior appearance to the Jewel class,
there are significant interior and amenity differences that
merit their different class designation.
Norwegian Jewel sails from Seattle, Washington, Alaska, Los
Angeles, Toronto, California, and Sydney, Australia.
Norwegian Jewel is scheduled to spend winter 2019/2020 offering
cruises in Australia & New Zealand, Asia, and the South Pacific.