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Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of their newest ship yesterday, April 27. The line’s f15th vessel – Norwegian Joy – is the first one custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, and was built by Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. It’s the second Breakaway-Plus class ship, and will accommodate 3,883 guests.
In advance of the delivery, executives from Norwegian’s offices in China gathered for a traditional blessing from the Chinese goddess of the sea, Mazu, to ask for safe and pleasant voyages for the ship and all of its guests. The ceremony was held at the Mazu Temple in Shanghai, where one year ago the team obtained a blessing for the coins used in Joy‘s keel laying ceremony. A ceramic statue of Mazu was gifted to the company by the temple representatives, and brought to Germany for the vessel’s delivery, where it’s been given a place of honor onboard.
Following her delivery, Norwegian Joy will begin her journey to China, where she will be showcased through a grand inaugural port tour featuring events in Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as partner cruises from Shanghai and Beijing. The ship will be christened on June 27, led by godfather Wang Leehom, the “King of Chinese Pop.”
For information on dining and drinks aboard Norwegian Joy click here.
Photos: Norwegian Cruise Line