Norwegian Cruise Line Reveals Features of Norwegian Joy

Today Norwegian Cruise Line revealed features and amenities for Norwegian Joy  (Xǐ Yuè Hào) — its most innovative and luxurious ship ever — arriving next summer.

Home porting in Shanghai & Tianjin (Beijing), Norwegian Joy was built and styled exclusively for Chinese guests and was designed by the team at NCL to provide “First Class at Sea” experiences.

Built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, the ship features German precision engineering to the highest possible standard, all while offering superior customization for the culture and preferences of Chinese guests. Norwegian Joy also has the exciting and innovative features found on NCL’s most recent vessels.


With a capacity of 3,900 guests, Norwegian Joy will deliver on the promise that guests will enjoy “First Class at Sea” experiences, starting with her VIP accommodations.    Norwegian Joy will feature The Haven by Norwegian®, the line’s exclusive, ship-within-a-ship suite luxury complex.

Accessible only by personalized key card, The Haven offers a private respite that features personal butler service, a dedicated concierge, priority access to entertainment and specialty dining, a private restaurant, enclosed courtyard, and 74 spacious and meticulously decorated suites.
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The ultra-exclusive experience in The Haven will also include an all-new observation deck that will feature 180 degree views, the same as the ship’s officers experience from the bridge, with gourmet canapés and premium beverages.

Norwegian Joy will also debut an all new accommodations category: the first at sea concierge level. Guests who stay in the concierge staterooms will enjoy a VIP experience, featuring larger balcony staterooms with luxurious en suite amenities and the services of a dedicated concierge to make arrangements on board–from entertainment to dining. The concierge staterooms will also offer guests an exclusive concierge lounge, with a private bar and refreshments available throughout the day.

The ship features a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, ocean view, and interior staterooms–many with virtual balconies–to fit every traveler’s need.  Accommodation offerings also include staterooms designed specifically for families and a multitude of connecting staterooms for extended families traveling together.

Entertainment & Activities

Norwegian Joy will continue NCL’s long history of innovation in providing engaging, exciting features and amenities for guests of all ages to enjoy. The ship’s top decks will offer a wide-range of never-before-seen at sea experiences.

At the very top of the ship, guests will take the ride of a lifetime on a thrilling two-level competitive racetrack – the first ever at sea.  Cruisers can race family and friends and even share a photo of their first place finish. Afterwards, they can challenge one another to a game of laser tag in the open-air course.

When guests step inside Norwegian Joy’s Galaxy Pavilion, they will find themselves in a world unlike anything they’ve ever seen at sea, complete with immersive virtual reality experiences, thrilling simulator rides, and interactive video walls. Guests can go for a spin with friends or family on exciting hover craft bumper cars or start their engines in a professional single-seat racecar that’s been converted into a state-of-the-art racing simulator.

Three interactive dark ride simulators provide guests with a captivating experience featuring real-time 3D graphics, 360-degree surround sound and multi-sensory special effects, while flight and car simulators will let guests take flight or take to the road.  Movie buffs will be transported to a galaxy far, far away and into an intense battle as they pilot a fighter to take on the forces of the dark side in a Star Wars® battle pods video game, and gamers can partake in a contest of skill at six Xbox® console stations.
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Those guests who enjoy advanced technology will be exhilarated by state-of-the-art virtual optic experiences by Oculus that include designing and then riding a personal roller coaster; soaring to new heights over mountains and oceans; or living on the edge and walking along a cliff or on top of a ten-story building.

Continuing the adrenaline pumping recreation activities on the ship, Norwegian Joy will also feature two multi-story waterslides. Not for the faint of heart, the high-speed Double Aqua Loop free fall slide includes two exhilarating loops — one that extends out over the side of the ship and second see-through loop that stretches down to the deck below. The tandem Aqua Racer slide allows guests to race side-by-side on inner tubes for more than 360 feet as they twist and turn to the finish line.

The top deck of Norwegian Joy will also feature a tranquil open space park, where guests can enjoy a partially covered serene setting designed for relaxation. Offering greenery, a soothing pool, and chaise lounges, it’s the perfect spot to meditate in the fresh air, gaze out to the open sea, or practice tai chi and yoga.

Norwegian Joy  will feature an upscale shopping venue — the largest in Norwegian’s fleet — complete with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to high-end international brands. The shops will offer renowned global luxury brands in fashion, jewelry, and electronics.

Norwegian Joy will also offer bow to stern Wi-Fi connectivity — the fastest in the Norwegian fleet — so that guests can share their exciting “First Class at Sea” experiences and stay in touch with family and friends during their cruise.

Fusing a western cruise vacation with the comforts and preferences that Chinese guests expect–plus the freedom and flexibility that Norwegian Cruise Line offers–Norwegian Joy is a true east meets west experience.


Dana Lawson
Dana Lawson
Dana Lawson is a writer and editor who lives in Parrish, Florida, with her husband and son. She has been on several cruises and loves to explore new destinations!

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