Norwegian Joy is Norwegian Cruise Line’s 2017 debut, the second ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class. The vessel primarily serves the Chinese market, sailing from its home ports of Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing) to destinations in China and Japan.
Joy is the most innovative ship from Norwegian to date, offering resort-style accommodations and activities for an unparalleled vacation. Renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping created the hull design, which emphasizes Norwegian’s commitment to its Asian clientele.
The ship is sister to Norwegian Escape, and it weighs in at 163,000 gross tons with the capacity to serve 3,900 passengers. Mandarin is the official language spoken onboard, setting the tone for an immersive cruising experience that celebrates Chinese culture.
Guests sailing Norwegian Joy will be able enjoy the best of Asia with adventures to Tianjin, Nagasaki (Japan), Kitakyshu (Japan) and other exotic ports.
Norwegian Joy offers 29 restaurants, giving travelers a comprehensive range of culinary delights. The ship’s main dining rooms, Savor and Taste, serve traditional and fusion Chinese fare with hints of Korean and Japanese flavors. The Garden Café is a buffet featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner options with Western and Chinese classic selections. Like all Norwegian Breakaway-class vessels, Joy has a Manhattan Room, but its version of this eatery focuses heavily on Chinese entrees. Other places to enjoy a meal on Norwegian Joy include Food Republic, the Japanese hibachi restaurant Teppanyaki, La Cucina and Sakura & Hibiscus.
Bars and Clubs
While sailing Norwegian Joy, cruisers can slip into informal and high-end bars and clubs for drinks and dancing. In the ship’s 678 Ocean Place, a dining and entertainment venue that spans 3 decks, there are several bars and spaces for grabbing a cocktail or 2. Joy also offers O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (a sports bar), Mixx Bar (live piano music), Bar 21 and 5 O’Clock Somewhere, in addition to Tobacco Road Liquor Bar, The Cellars Wine Bar, Sugarcane Mojito Bar and The District Brew House (featuring a keg room and 24 beers on tap).
The 678 Ocean Place multi-use venue on Norwegian Joy is bursting with entertainment in the evenings, offering live music shows. Joy also features a 800-seat Broadway-style theatre that turns out musical productions and shows every night. The ship’s Headliner’s Comedy Club & Lounge, as well as its Casino, offers good times while on an Asian excursion.
Step into the Galaxy Pavilion on Joy to experience a virtual world like you’ve never seen. Immersive VR, interactive video walls, and thrilling simulator rides are the highlight here. Shopping on Norwegian Joy is a treat, with couture brands available to choose from in the largest shopping district on the open ocean.