Norwegian Joy

April 3, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Cruise Ships

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Launched in 2017, Norwegian Joy (ordered as “Norwegian Bliss”) is the 2nd of the three Breakaway Plus-class newest and biggest NCL ships – together with Norwegian Escape (2015) and Norwegian Bliss (2018). This class ships are approximately 7,000 GT larger in comparison to the previously biggest vessel of the line, Norwegian Epic. The NCL Joy ship cost US $920 million to build.

History – construction & ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation Ltd. (Norwegian) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd). This American cruise company is headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida. In 1966 Norwegian began operations under the name “Norwegian Caribbean Line”. The NCL company is best known for the Freestyle Cruising concept, meaning that there are no set times and seating arrangements for meals, formal attire is not required. Norwegian is a publicly traded company with 44% publicly listed on NASDAQ, with major shareholders (as of 30 June 2014): Genting Group (28%), Apollo Global Management (20%), and TPG Capital (7.9%). NCL controls nearly 8% of the total worldwide share of cruise market.

The 163,000-ton, 5,400-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Joy is currently under construction by Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany). The newest of the NCL ships is scheduled to enter service for Norwegian Cruise Lines from 2017. The first name of the ship (Bliss) was selected in a USA TODAY contest. Norwegian Cruise Line largest and newest ships to date, weigh 163,000 GT each. The Joy ship will boast the innovative features found on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, as well as a number of new interactive experiences, yet to be revealed.

The NCL Joy ship was ordered in 2014. The construction (under the name Norwegian Bliss) began on September 16, 2015. On October 12, 2015 it was announced that Bliss will be renamed and designed specifically for Chinese cruising market. On February 29, 2016 (leap year) the new name “Norwegian Joy” was officially announced. The name translates into Chinese as “Xi Yue Hao”. The Breakaway Plus-class ship Joy will feature food and onboard experiences catering for the preferences of Chinese holidaymakers. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) also will feature a different name in China – Nuò Wéi Zhēn, meaning “Promising, Exclusive and Authentic”. The translation of “Bliss” into Chinese doesn’t have positive connotations, hence the name change.

In November 2016, Norwegian Cruise Line named Wang Leehom, the “King of Chinese Pop”, as godfather to Norwegian Joy. The Chinese-American songwriter, singer, actor, film director and record producer will christen the 3,850-guest ship at an inauguration ceremony in summer 2017.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Joy itinerary program is based on cruises in Asia with round-trip departures from China. The home-port of the ship is yet to be announced.


Most Norwegian Joy staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms (1168). There are a total of 2206 staterooms in 42 categories. 47 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Joy are the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites (900 ft2).

Dining options – Food & Drinks

Norwegian Cruise Line provides passengers the freedom to savor gourmet dishes, various tastes and the flexibility to choose the number of courses to enjoy during the meal. On Norwegian Joy guests can choose between 11 complimentary dining options. They can also experience new flavors at signature specialty restaurants, such as Le Bistro, La Cucina, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Bayamo by James Beard Award winning chef Jose Garces. Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants feature enhanced menus including favorite dishes and new tastes. Whether passengers prefer a light meal of a favorite soup or appetizer, or indulge in a dinner featuring Maine lobster, with the new à la carte options, they have the opportunity to create their own, desired dining experience.

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Joy restaurants and food bars.

  • Private Room at Taste (100-seat, group private dining venue)
  • Savor Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary)
  • Taste Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • MDR (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining, Dinner only)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (sports bar, with 24-hour American cuisine – burgers, steaks, desserts; complimentary)
  • Shanghai’s Noodle Bar (Asian cuisine complimentary restaurant inside O’Sheehan’s Pub area)
  • Food Republic (via partnership with Pubbelly Restaurant Group; specialty restaurant open for lunch through dinner, offers international cuisine; iPad ordering system)
  • Pincho Tapas Bar (Latin dishes)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Sakura & Hibiscus (Korean hot pot restaurant; Korean barbecuef)
  • Manhattan Room (Chinese cuisine and Western-style classics)
  • Neptune’s (seafood restaurant; a buffet of fresh seafood and an a la carte menu)
  • Bayamo Restaurant (Cuban/Latin seafood restaurant)
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville At Sea (complimentary fast food restaurant)
  • Breezeway Grill (casual dining)
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations).

Entertainment options – Fun & Sport

The new 4,200-passenger NCL Joy will feature an expanded Haven – the line’s concept “ship within a ship”. This space (accessible only by keycard) boasts an outdoor terrace, private restaurant, courtyard area with retractable roof pool, whirlpools, spa treatment rooms, separate sauna, private sundeck. Among the other features are the “678 Ocean Place” (spanning on 3 decks, with an amazing live entertainment in the evenings, several bars and alternative dining places), big-capacity water slides and a ropes course (both facilities catering to families).

  • Bliss/Joy Theatre (800-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Atrium (3-deck midship hub area – “678 Ocean Place”, with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (specialty tea & coffee bar)
  • Headliners Comedy Club & Lounge
  • The Library; Card Room; Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Mixx Bar (live piano music; pre-dinner cocktails); Bar 21; 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar; Tobacco Road Liquor Bar; The Humidor (cigar lounge); The Cellars Wine Bar; Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Prime Meridian Bar; Studio Lounge
  • Carlo’s Bake Shop (cakes, pastries, bakeries; cupcake classes)
  • Grand Tea Room (high-end Chinese loose leaf teas, elegant snacks, high tea-style finger foods)
  • La Cave (fine wine and spirits bar)
  • Art Gallery

  • Casino (served by Skyline Bar)
  • Ultra Lounge & Nightclub
  • The District Brew House (craft beer hall featuring a keg room, 24 draft beers on tap and 50 different bottled beers; via partnership with Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami)
  • Dolce Gelato (Italian ice cream)
  • Atrium Boutiques (tax-duty free shops); Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Waterfront Promenade (1320 ft/402 m long; open air dining and entertainment venues)
  • Aqua Park (3-deck, with two pools, 2 racing twist-slides and 5 multi-level waterslides)
  • Kids venues, club lounges (Kid’s Aqua Park, Splash Academy for kids 3-12 yo, Guppies Nursery for kids 6 months to 2 yo)
  • Mandara Spa & Fitness (Thermal Suite, Snow Room, Salt Room, Medi Spa, 24 Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, fitness classes)
  • Spice H2O (adults only; served by Breezeway Bar & Grill)
  • Entourage Teen Centre (jukeboxes, table football, video arcades, teen disco)
  • “The Haven” (Suite- and Villa-passengers only complex; consists of The Haven Courtyard, The Haven Restaurant, The Haven Lounge)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Jogging Track; Sports Complex (Spider Web – enclosed 24ft/7m tall kids climbing wall with spiral slide, Bungee Trampoline, 9-hole Mini Golf course, the largest at sea Ropes course, Zip Line, The Plank – 8ft/2,5m extending platform)
  • The ship’s top deck features a 2-level electric go-cart track, an outdoor laser tag course. Other prominent features are a virtual-reality gaming center, hovercraft bumper cars, water park with 2 multi-story waterslides, an outdoor park for tai-chi practicing, luxury-brand shopping center. One of the waterslides extends over the starboard side of the ship. The other waterslide is transparent.
  • Vibe Beach Club (adults only).
  • Curious fact is that NCL Joy’s official onboard language is Mandarin (Chinese), and not English.

Class and type: Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 168,800 GT
Length: 325.9 metres (1,069 ft)
Beam: 41.4 metres (136 ft)
Draught: 9.00 m (29.53 ft)
Decks: 20 decks
Propulsion: 2 × Azipods
Speed: 22.5 knots (25.9 mph)
Capacity: 3,883
Crew: 1,700