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

Previously named Norwegian Bliss, it is the sister ship of the Norwegian Escape and the second in the Breakaway PLUS class of cruise ships.

Norwegian Joy is NSL’s first ever cruise ship aimed at Chinese guests, based in Shanghai and Tianjin.

A keel-laying ceremony took place in April 2016 and the ship embarked on its maiden voyage in June 2017.

Norwegian Joy cruise ship specifications

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

Design and accommodation

The vessel offers accommodation for 3,900 guests. It features an exclusive, luxury complex named the Haven, with exclusive private access.

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

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

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

Entertainment facilities

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

“Norwegian Joy is 325.9m-long and 41.4m-wide, and has a gross tonnage of 163,000t.”

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

The pavilion also includes 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 is also available aboard the vessel.

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

Norwegian Joy propulsion

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