Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy is a new cruise ship being built by Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). It is the 12th ship being constructed by Meyer Werft for the company.

Previously named Norwegian Bliss, the ship is the sister vessel for Norwegian Escape and is the second to be built in the Breakaway PLUS class of cruise ships.

Norwegian Joy is NSL’s first ever cruise ship oriented towards Chinese guests, and will be based in Shanghai and Tianjin.

A keel-laying ceremony took place in April 2016. The ship’s maiden voyage is scheduled for mid-2017.

Norwegian Joy cruise ship specifications

Norwegian Joy will be 325.9m-long and 41.4m-wide, and will have a gross tonnage of 163,000t. The ship’s name and logo will be printed in Chinese on the ship’s hull.

Design and accommodation

The vessel will offer accommodation for 3,900 guests. It will feature an exclusive, luxury complex named the Haven, which can only be accessed with a personalised key.

The Haven complex will feature a personal butler service, priority access to entertainment and dining, an enclosed courtyard, an observation deck offering a 180° view, gourmet canapés and premium beverages, and 74 suites.

A new accommodation category, the first at sea concierge level, will also be available aboard the vessel. Concierge staterooms will feature larger balcony rooms with en-suite amenities and a private bar, as well as a dedicated concierge service.

Other accommodation will include mini-suite, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms.

Entertainment facilities

The top deck will provide a two-level competitive racetrack, the first ever to be featured on a cruise ship. The venue will also offer an open-air laser tag course.

"Norwegian Joy will be 325.9m-long and 41.4m-wide, and will have a gross tonnage of 163,000t."

Galaxy Pavilion on Norwegian Joy will offer interactive video walls and hovercraft bumper cars. It will also provide three interactive dark ride simulators, which will provide real-time 3D graphics, 360° surround sound, and multi-sensory special effects.

The pavilion will also include a Star Wars™ Battle Pod™ video game, six Xbox console stations and state-of-the-art virtual optic experiences, in addition to two multi-storey, high-speed Double Aqua Loop slides. A park with a pool and chaise lounges will also be built for the vessel.

The ship will provide a high-speed Wi-Fi connection, as well as the fleet’s largest retail area, which will feature duty-free shops and high-end international brands.

Norwegian Joy propulsion

Norwegian Joy will be powered by five MAN diesel engines and two ABB Azipod XO electric propulsion systems. The engines will be equipped with five exhaust-emission treatment units known as scrubbers, which will ensure eco-friendly cruising.