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After calls to Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed their newest ship Norwegian Joy to her new home in Shanghai, China. The arrival marks a significant milestone for the line as it enters the Chinese cruising market.
On the preview cruise that departed Shanghai on June 10, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed over 1,700 VIP members and guests of Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, for a four-day preview voyage. It called on the Japanese port of Kochi before returning to Shanghai yesterday. The vessel’s christening ceremony will take place on June 27, featuring its godfather “King of Chinese Pop” Wang Leehom. Year-round voyages from Shanghai will begin on June 28 with a season of sailings from Tianjin from August 26 to September 15.
Norwegian Joy has plenty for guests who love fun and excitement. It features the first race track at sea, virtual reality experiences, staterooms specially designed for multi-generational families, and luxury shopping choices. There are a whopping 28 local and international dining options, so even guests who may be from the western hemisphere will find plenty to choose from. As the cruise line puts it, “Norwegian’s signature onboard experience has been expanded and customized, adding exciting features, services, and amenities that combine both the East and the West to deliver a ‘First Class at Sea’ experience.”