Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) first cruise ship custom designed for China, was floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II on Saturday (March 4) in Papenburg, Germany, where the 168,800-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015.
The 3,850 passenger vessel, with its distinctive hull artwork designed by Chinese artist Tan Ping, is the second ship in NCL’s Breakaway Plus Class.
Arriving this summer with home ports in Shanghai and Beijing (Tianjin), Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian’s first purpose-built ship for the Chinese market.
Norwegian Joy’s float out represents a major milestone in the vessel’s construction. With the ship being well on its way to completion, it will now move into the final phase of construction with delivery taking place on April 27.
Joy will offer engaging and innovative activities including a first at sea two-level competitive racetrack, an open-air laser tag course, simulator rides and interactive video walls at the Galaxy Pavilion, as well as hover craft bumper cars, a racing simulator and two multi-storey water slides. In addition, Norwegian Joy will house a tranquil open space park as well as the line’s largest upscale shopping district, complete with everything from exceptional duty-free shops to world-renowned global luxury brands.