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  • norwegian-joy-haven-Outdoor-Rest.jpg - Enjoy your favorite dishes while dining al fresco on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Rstnt-Grande-TeaRoom.jpg - Enjoy the lush elegance of the Grand Tea Room on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-haven-Restaurant.jpg - Norwegian Joy offers a ship within a ship for select passengers, including Haven Restaurant.
  • norwegian-joy-Rstnt-la-cucina-waterfront.jpg - Norwegian Joy features a variety of dining options including La Cucina, offering both indoor and outdoor dining options.
  • norwegian-joy-la-cave-Wine-Bar.jpg - La Cave is Norwegian Joy's source for fine wines and spirits.
  • norwegian-joy-oceanplace.jpg - Make an entrance on Norwegian Joy and you'll find yourself in Ocean Place.
  • norwegian-joy-haven-courtyard.jpg - Rain or shine, enjoy Haven Courtyard, a luxury retreat on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Serenity-pool.jpg - Chill by the pool at Serenity Park aboard Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-haven-courtyard-2.jpg - Treat yourself to luxury in the Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-atrium.jpg - Gather in the Atrium on board Norwegian Joy to enjoy all types of entertainment.
  • norwegian-joy-Galaxy-Pav-bumper-cars.jpg - Families will enjoy bumper cars and other amusements on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-concierge-lounge.jpg - Relax in the Concierge Lounge on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Aqua-Park.jpg - Families will enjoy the Aqua Park on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-haven-Obsrv-Lounge.jpg - Enjoy the passing seascapes from the Haven Observation Lounge on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Gocarts.jpg - Race your friends on Norwegian Joy at the Go-Kart track.
  • norwegian-joy-chess-card-room.jpg - Gather your friends for chess or a friendly game of cards on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Dutyfree-Tobacco-Spirits.jpg - Stop in the duty-free shops for premium tobacco products and spirits on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-casino.jpg - Test your gaming skills on Norwegian Joy at the Casino.
  • norwegian-joy-Serenity-park.jpg - Revel in the peace of Serenity Park, an adults-only retreat on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Retail-Shop-clothing.jpg - Avoid the crowds of malls and pick up what you need on your cruise on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-Galaxy-Pav-F1-car-Sim.jpg - Visit Galaxy Pavilion on Norwegian Joy, and experience the virtual reality thrill of a Formula 1 race car.
  • norwegian-joy-Retail-Bulgari.jpg - Stroll through the shops of Norwegian Joy to find the perfect Bulgari accessories.
  • norwegian-joy-haven-casino.jpg - Try your luck at the Haven Casino on Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-aerial.jpg - Norwegian Joy, which debuted in spring 2017, sails along the U.S. West Coast to Alaska and Mexico.
  • norwegian-joy-closeup.jpg - Sail to Alaska or Mexico on the new smartship Norwegian Joy.
  • norwegian-joy-aerial-above.jpg - Cruise to China and Japan on Norwegian Joy, which debuted in April 2017.
  • norwegian-joy-aerial-straight.jpg - Sail through Asia on the new Norwegian Joy.

Norwegian Joy offers resort-style vacations to Alaska

Are you planning to sail on Norwegian Joy? We'd love to get your take when you do. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

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. 

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Activities & entertainment on Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy features onboard experiences catering to the preferences of primarily Chinese-speaking holiday-makers.

Passengers can ride hover craft bumper cars at the Galaxy Pavilion on board.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LinePassengers can ride hover craft bumper cars at the Galaxy Pavilion. (Click to enlarge.)

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.

Enjoy the lush elegance of the Grand Tea Room on Norwegian Joy.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineEnjoy the lush elegance of the Grand Tea Room on Norwegian Joy.

Dining options

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)
The upscale bathroom in a Concierge Suite on Norwegian Joy.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineThe upscale bathroom in a Concierge Suite on Norwegian Joy.

Staterooms

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.

Fun fact

  • The ship cost $920 million to build.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Ocean Place
  • Where: Atrium

  • What: Go-Kart track
  • Where: Top deck

  • What: Aqua Park
  • Where: Main deck

Top dining options on board

La Cucina

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Haven Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • Available to Haven guests
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Al fresco

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

3,900 Passengers [?]
1,730 Crew
18 Decks
2017 Maiden voyage
163,000 Tonnage [?]
1,069 Length in feet
136 Width in feet (max beam)
26 speed (mph) [?]

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