Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates Norwegian Joy Christening In Shanghai

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has christened its new custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Joy.


In a lavish ceremony held onboard while she was docked in Shanghai, invited guests and members of the media were treated to a phoenix-themed performance by renowned dancer and choreographer Wang Yabin that pays homage to the ship’s eye-catching hull art by famed Chinese artist Tan Ping. Godfather and brand ambassador, Chinese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom, joined NCL executives for the traditional champagne-smashing ceremony that released an oversized bottle of Veuve Clicquot against the hull per maritime tradition, before wowing the VIP crowd with an electrifying performance.


At 167,725–GT and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy features an innovative design, world-class finishes and amenities tailored for the unique vacation desires of Chinese guests, whilst incorporating NCL’s signature flexible cruising style. Her accommodation options include the exclusive, ship-within-a-ship luxury suite complex, The Haven by Norwegian, a new Concierge level and connecting family staterooms, in addition to a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, oceanview and interior staterooms. 28 dining options cater for varied tastes and range from traditional Chinese cuisine to upscale French, Italian and steakhouse fine dining.


A two-level competitive karting racetrack headlines Norwegian Joy’s innovative activities, with other features being an open-air laser tag course, the Galaxy Pavilion featuring thrilling simulator rides, Oculus virtual reality technology, interactive video walls and a pair of multi-level waterslides. Guests seeking a quieter experience will find a tranquil park area and an expansive duty-free shopping arcade.


Homeported in Shanghai and Tianjin, the ship will sail a series of itineraries in east Asia with calls at various ports including Hakata, Hiroshima, Kitakyushu, Kobe, Kochi, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki and Sakaiminato. These range from short 2-night Shanghai round-trip cruises and 3-night Shanghai to Tianjin open-jaw voyages, to 5-night Japanese sailings.


Norwegian Joy’s christening and entry into service marks the end of a month-long grand inaugural tour where she has been showcased through port events in Singapore, Hong Kong, Qingdao and Shenzhen, as well as VIP preview cruises.


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