Norwegian Joy cruise ship is operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). Credit: Spaceaero2.
The ship can accommodate 3,804 guests and 1,821 crew members. Credit: Jasperdo.
The ship underwent a $50m refurbishment in 2019. Credit: Jasperdo.

Norwegian Joy cruise ship was 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. It offers cruises to Alaska, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Panama.

A keel-laying ceremony took place in April 2016 and the ship embarked on its maiden voyage in June 2017. It underwent a $50m refurbishment in 2019, which added an extended go-kart track and new dining and bar venues.

Norwegian Joy cruise ship specifications

Norwegian Joy is 325.9m-long and 41.4m-wide and has a gross tonnage of 167,725t. The ship’s name and logo are printed in Chinese on the ship’s hull.

The 333m-long ship offers accommodation for 3,804 guests and 1,821 crew members across 20 decks.

Design and accommodation

The cruise ship features an exclusive, luxury complex named the Haven on deck 18, 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, family suite, balcony staterooms, club balcony suites, 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.

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, while another venue called the Kids’ Aqua Park is available for the kids on board.

It has a casino called the Joy Casino, which offers a range of casino games for the guests. A mini-golf course is also available for players of all levels.

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.

Dining options include The Manhattan Room, Savour, Taste, Garden Café, and a 24-hour eatery called The Local Bar & Grill. The ship also offers a range of speciality dining options with Italian, Japanese, French and other exotic options.

Norwegian Joy propulsion and power

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 by reducing the SOx emissions by up to 99%.

The vessel is equipped with cold-ironing capabilities to generate its own power to provide heat, air conditioning, lighting and hot water even while in port.