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Norwegian Joy offers resort-style vacations to Alaska
Launched in April 2017, Norwegian Joy is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced ships to date from Norwegian Cruise Line. Passengers can enjoy an upscale resort style vacation with top-flight entertainment, fine international dining and duty-free luxury shopping with the freedom and flexibility found on all Norwegian ships.
A sister of Norwegian Escape, which launched in late 2015, Joy is the second of two Breakaway Plus-class ships, making Joy and Escape the largest in the fleet, just a tad bigger than Norwegian Epic. The ship features the best passenger-to-crew ratio of any contemporary-class ship in the fleet, in part because she carries 250 fewer passengers than Escape.
Some highlights of the ship include the free-fall slide, the figure-eight Ocean Loop waterslide, the ship’s bumper cars and go-karts, the wraparound observation and concierge lounges overlooking the front of the ship, the virtual reality games and the Broadway musical "Footloose" at night.
Where Norwegian Joy sails
Norwegian Joy offers cruises to Alaska and along the West Coast of the U.S. and the Mexican Riviera during the summer. The ship will also cruise to the Caribbean, Bermuda and Panama Canal in 2020-21.
Activities & entertainment on Norwegian Joy
Norwegian Joy features onboard experiences catering to the preferences of primarily Chinese-speaking holiday-makers.
Activities and entertainment include a two-level go-kart racetrack on the top deck — the first ever at sea — in which 10 guests in electric carts compete in a 5- to 6-minute race. There’s also an al fresco laser tag course and a new Galaxy Pavilion entertainment complex, complete with interactive video walls.
Deck 16 activities feature Oculus virtual reality technology in several variations, including walking a plank between buildings, hang gliding and a design-your-own roller coaster module. Laser tag, a giant touch screen for young children, hovercraft bumper cars, waterslides with transparent panels that go over the side of the ship and several karaoke rooms are also featured.
The upper deck features a Serenity Park with a new open-air area for relaxing in a lounger among a pool and greenery. Rounding out the activities is Norwegian’s largest shopping venue selling duty-free items and well-known international brands as well as three casinos. There's also a formal tea room and what Norwegian touts as the cruise line's fastest ship-wide Wi-Fi Internet at sea.
Norwegian Joy guests can choose from 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.
Restaurants and food bars include:
- Private Room at Taste (100-seat, group private dining venue)
- Savor Restaurant (complimentary)
- Taste Restaurant (complimentary)
- Le Bistro (French specialty dinner-only restaurant; $20 US)
- Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, $25 US)
- O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (sports bar, complimentary)
- Shanghai’s Noodle Bar (Asian cuisine, complimentary)
- Food Republic (specialty restaurant with international cuisine)
- Pincho Tapas Bar (Latin dishes)
- Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant, $30 US)
- Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse, $20 US)
- La Cucina (Italian specialty restaurant, $15 US)
- Sakura & Hibiscus (Korean hot pot restaurant, Korean barbecue)
- Manhattan Room (Chinese cuisine and Western-style classics)
Most Norwegian Joy staterooms are 170-square-foot balcony cabins. There are a total of 2,206 staterooms in 42 categories. Forty-seven are wheelchair-accessible rooms. The largest staterooms are the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites at 900 square feet.
Joy features an expanded Haven for guests who pay extra. The private, upscale space features an outdoor terrace, private restaurant, courtyard area with retractable roof pool, whirlpools, spa treatment rooms, separate sauna and private sundeck.
- The ship cost $920 million to build.
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