Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Features For Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has revealed the features and facilities for its upcoming China-bound ship, the 3,900-passenger Norwegian Joy. Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, the vessel is designed specifically for the Chinese market and will incorporate several new-to-brand and groundbreaking innovations when she sets sail from Shanghai and Tianjin in summer 2017.


The Haven and Concierge Staterooms

NCL’s luxury suite complex The Haven by Norwegian, already a mainstay on other members of the fleet, will be offered on Norwegian Joy. Accessible only by a special key card, The Haven will include 74 luxury suites, a private restaurant, an enclosed courtyard and its own observation deck offering 180-degree views.


The new ship will also debut a brand new accommodation category for NCL. The new Concierge staterooms will boast private balconies and larger spaces, with guests also enjoying access to an exclusive Concierge Lounge with its own private bar and refreshments throughout the day.


Other accommodation options include mini-suites, interior rooms with virtual balconies and family rooms.


On-Deck Racing, Laser Tag and Virtual Reality Entertainment

In a first for the industry, Norwegian Joy will offer a 2-level karting circuit where 10 guests can put their driving skills and race each other in electric go-karts while sailing across the ocean at the same time. Also on-the-cards is an open-air laser tag course, which replaces the ropes course onboard the other Breakaway-class ships.


The new Galaxy Pavilion area is a new technology-heavy space that will offer indoors entertainment with hover craft bumper cars, a state-of-the-art racing simulator, 3 interactive dark ride roller coaster simulators, video and virtual reality games.


Waterslides, Serenity Park and Shopping

An expansive water park will be headlined by the ship’s twin multi-deck waterslides – the high-speed “Double Aqua Loop” extending out over the side and the tandem “Aqua Racer” dueling slides that allow passengers to race each other. An open-air Serenity Park on the top deck is billed as the perfect place onboard for guests to practice tai chi and yoga amidst greenery, a soothing pool and chaise lounges.


Rounding out the leisure offerings will be a larger casino and an upscale shopping venue, which will be the largest shopping area of any NCL ship. The company is promising plenty of duty-free shops and international luxury brands that is bound to appeal to brand-conscious cruisers.


At 164,600-GT, Norwegian Joy is the second Breakaway Plus-class vessel and a sister ship of the popular Norwegian Escape. Dedicated exclusively to the Chinese market, she will also be known by her Chinese name 喜悦号 Xi Yue Hao and spearhead the brand’s expansion in Asia.


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