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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 over-the-top performance by the ship’s godfather, singer songwriter and film director Wang Leehom.

At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy has 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.

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Wang Leehom on stage at Norwegian Joy’s christening in Shanghai

“After years spent carefully designing this amazing vessel, my team and I are both proud and thrilled to finally christen the world’s first cruise ship custom-designed for the wonderful people of China,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.

In homage to Norwegian Joy’s eye-catching hull art, designed by famed Chinese artist Tan Ping and featuring a majestic phoenix, the christening ceremony began with a performance by renowned dancer and choreographer Yabin Wang, with her interpretation of the spirit of the phoenix through dance.

Tan Ping, who also made a special guest appearance at the ceremony, selected the phoenix as the focal point for the ship’s hull artwork, as the iconic bird represents beauty and good luck in Chinese culture.

The christening ceremony came as Wang Leehom, Norwegian Cruise Line executives and local Chinese government officials simultaneously smashed bottles of champagne against the side of a replica ship hull, which released an oversized bottle of Veuve Cliquot that shattered against the ship’s actual hull.

Wang Leehom, who serves as godfather and brand ambassador for Norwegian Joy, ended the ceremony with an electrifying performance. “I’m honoured to officially welcome this incredible ship to China and share the cruising lifestyle with Chinese guests as the Godfather for Norwegian Joy,” he said.

Norwegian Joy will be cruising out of Shanghai and Tianjin.

Posted on 28th June 2017 at 02:33 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Norwegian Cruise Line |

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