Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of the Norwegian Joy from Meyer Werft during an onboard ceremony in Bremerhaven. At 167,725 gross tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, the Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and will be deployed out of China, designed for Chinese guests.
“The Joy signifies our company’s official entry into the Chinese market,” said Andy Stuart, CEO and president, in a prepared statement.
“With this ship we have taken Norwegian’s signature onboard experience and expanded and customized it with features, services and amenities that combine the best of the East and the West,” commented David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings China.
Following her delivery, the Joy will begin her journey to China, where she will be showcased through an inaugural port tour featuring one-day events in Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from the Joy’s home-ports of Shanghai and Tianjin. The ship will be christened on June 27, led by her Godfather, the ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom.
The Norwegian Joy offers a variety of activities including a first-at-sea two-level go kart track, an open-air laser tag course, simulator rides, Oculus virtual reality technology and interactive video walls at the Galaxy Pavilion, and two multi-story waterslides. In addition, the ship features a tranquil open space park as well as the line’s largest upscale shopping district, complete with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to world-renowned global luxury brands.