Cruise Ships

Norwegian Joy

First Norwegian Cruise Line ship custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s 15th ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from German shipbuilders Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven on 27 April, 2017.

At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests,the shiphas been tailored to provide a “First Class at Sea” experience for Chinese guests, along with Norwegian’s signature cruising style that offers guests the freedom and flexibility to design their perfect vacation experience.

“Norwegian Joy’s delivery marks a momentous occasion in our company’s history, signifying our official entry into the Chinese cruise market,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian Joy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Joy was christened in Shanghai on 27 June, 2017, with an over-the-top performance by the ship’s godfather, singer songwriter and film director Wang Leehom.

Norwegian’s CEO, Frank Del Rio, said the new ship was designed specifically for the China market with accommodation, cuisine and onboard experiences that cater to the unique holiday preferences of Chinese guests.

“Our new purpose-built ship for China will have characteristics that are authentic to Norwegian Cruise Line and yet distinctively Chinese in all of its sensibility,” Del Rio said.

“With this new ship, Norwegian will unquestionably offer our Chinese guests a superior product and introduce a new standard of innovation and excellence into the marketplace, with an unrivalled level of customisation for the Chinese consumer. It will perfectly suit what modern Chinese travellers value from an upscale cruise experience.”

Vital statistics

Operated by Norwegian Cruise Line
Built by Meyer Werft, Germany
Registered: Bahamas
Cost: $1.4bn
Entered service: June 2017
Gross tonnage: 167,725 tons
Passengers: 3,883
Decks: 20
Crew: 1,730
Lifts: 9
Cabins: 2,100 including
:: With balcony: 962
:: Ocean view: 162
:: Inside: 450
:: Single: 59
:: With wheelchair access: 42
Crew: 1,821
Length: 1,094ft
Width: 136ft
Draught: 29ft
Speed: 22.5 knots
Engines: Diesel & Turbo


There area 29 dining options, varying from two main dining rooms to Teppanyaki and steak houses - many of the restaurants charge a premium -  three swimming pools (one inside), show lounge, three-storey theatre, bowling alley, ice bar, climbing wall, cinema, library, casino, fitness centre, sauna, steam room.

Norwegian Cruise Line

For 47 years Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionised the industry by allowing guests to eat what they want, wear what they want and do what they want. More...

Related News

Norwegian Joy’s godfather Wang Leehom goes overboard at christening in Shanghai

Norwegian Joy’s godfather Wang Leehom goes overboard at christening in Shanghai

Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, has been christened in Shanghai with an… More...


There are currently no related gallery images.

Follow Seaview Cruises