New Norwegian Ship Has Mind Blowing Thrills

Norwegian Cruise Line has released new details today on their upcoming ship purpose-built for the Chinese market – Norwegian Joy 喜悦号.  Homeporting in Shanghai and Beijing, Joy will be the cruise line’s most innovative and luxurious ship ever – arriving in summer 2017.  Norwegian Joy is currently being built at Meyer Werft in Germany.

Entertainment & Activities

This new ship will offer a vast variety of experiences that have never been seen before at sea.  Some of these exciting offerings include:

  • a two-level competitive racetrack
  • laser tag in the open-air course
  • two multi-story waterslides
    • Double Aqua Loop – free fall with two loops, including one that extends over the side of the ship
    • Aqua Racer Slide – tandem slide that allows guests to race each other on inner tubes

When guests step into the ship’s Galaxy Pavilion, it will be almost like entering a new world.  The area will be full of virtual reality experiences, simulator rides, and interactive video walls, and feature:

  • hovercraft-style bumper cars
  • racing, flight, and car simulators
  • three interactive dark ride simulators with 3D graphics, surround sound, and multi-sensory special effects
  • Star Wars battle pods video game
  • six Xbox stations
  • virtual reality roller coaster that guests can design and ride

The top deck of Norwegian Joy will feature a relaxing, partially covered open space park.  It will offer greenery, a pool and chaise lounges, and space for tai chi and yoga.

For guests that want to shop until they drop, the ship will not disappoint.  It will feature an upscale shopping venue, the largest in Norwegian’s fleet, complete with duty-free shops and high-end international brands.  There will be luxury fashion, jewelry, and electronics brands for guests to peruse.

Norwegian Joy will also feature full-ship wifi connectivity, so guests can stay connected with their friends and family back home.


Norwegian Joy will hold 3,900 guests and offer a selection of luxurious accommodations.  The ship will feature the popular category of staterooms called The Haven, which is the company’s ship-within-a-ship suite complex.  The Haven offers personal butler service, a dedicated concierge, priority access to entertainment and specialty dining, a private restaurant, enclosed courtyard, and 74 spacious suites.  This exclusive area will also include an Observation Deck that will feature 180-degree views similar to the view the officers see from the Bridge, with gourmet canapés and premium drinks.

An all new accommodations category will also be introduced aboard Norwegian Joy – the first at sea Concierge level.  Guests who stay in these staterooms will enjoy larger balconies, luxurious en suite amenities, and a dedicated concierge to make arrangements onboard.  This category is perfect for families and guests looking for extra personal service, and it also offers guests an exclusive Concierge lounge with private bar.

The ship will also feature the usual array of mini-suite, balcony, oceanview, and interior staterooms – many with virtual balconies.  There will also be connecting staterooms, for families that are traveling together.

Renderings courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

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