Meyer Werft Floats Out Norwegian Joy

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

By Eric Haun

Norwegian Cruise Line's first cruise ship custom designed for
China has been floated out of Meyer Werft's covered building dock
II on March 4 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 168,800-gross-ton
ship has been under construction since September 2015. Beginning
early Saturday morning, the 3,850 passenger vessel, Norwegian
Joy, departed building dock II.

Now well on its way to completion, the 324-meter-long and
41.4-meter-wide Norwegian Joy will move into the final phase of
construction ahead of its April 27, 2017 delivery. The cruise
ship will then arrive to its home ports in Shanghai and Beijing
(Tianjin) in summer 2017.

"We are thrilled that Norwegian Joy is now one step closer to
delivery and one step closer to delivering on our promise to
create a First Class at Sea experience for our Chinese guests,"
said David J. Herrera, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings China

Norwegian Joy is the second cruise line in NCL's Breakaway Plus
Class, and its first purpose-built for the Chinese market, with
amenities that cater to the unique vacation desires of Chinese
guests. The ship features hull artwork designed by Chinese artist
Tan Ping and is the first-ever with a two-level competitive
racetrack at sea. The ship will also have a laser tag course,
simulator rides and interactive video walls, hover craft bumper
cars, a racing simulator, two multi-story waterslides, an open
space park and a large upscale shopping district.

With capacity for 3,850 guests, the liner includes a range of
accommodations such as larger VIP balcony staterooms, staterooms
designed specifically for families, connecting staterooms for
extended families traveling together, as well as an array of
mini-suite, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms, many
with virtual balconies.

Mar 6, 2017

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