Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the completion of Norwegian Joy’s inaugural Alaska sailing from Seattle following its recent North American debut.
During the sailing, sister ships Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss, two of the largest cruise ships on the West Coast, met for the first time.
Departing from Seattle on May 4, with pier-side fanfare during Seattle’s official “Day of Joy,” Norwegian Joy set sail on its first Alaska sailing with calls to Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Victoria. While in Juneau, history was made as Norwegian Joy and sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, were united as the ships swapped berths at AJ Dock.
Now on its second Alaskan voyage, Joy will make history again as the largest ship to call to Icy Strait Point, Alaska, a cruise ship-exclusive destination that is Alaska Native owned-and-operated and features over 20 excursions, including whale watching tours, ATV and Jeep expeditions and the world’s largest ZipRider.
Norwegian Joy will also be the first ship to berth at Icy Strait Point’s upcoming ship pier, built in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. to accommodate the increased presence of the company’s Breakaway Plus class ships, which is scheduled to be completed for the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season.
Joy will continue to call to Alaska through Oct. 5 before sailing from Vancouver to Los Angeles on a Pacific Coastal repositioning cruise. From Los Angeles, it will sail to Miami on its first Panama Canal itinerary on Oct. 11 and will return to the West Coast after a series of Panama Canal-Caribbean cruises from Miami on Nov. 24 where it will begin cruising to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles until Jan. 17, 2020.