Norwegian Cruise Line has taken delivery of its newest cruise ship which is purpose-built for China.
The Meyer Werft shipyard in Penburg, Germany has officially handed over Norwegian Joy to the cruise line. This handover transfers responsibility of the ship to NCL as the ship is now ready for service and its maiden voyage. The handover ceremony took place in Bremerhaven, Germany which is where the ship has been based since leaving the Papenburg shipyard in March 2017.
Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line, said:
“As Norwegian Cruise Line continues our global growth, Norwegian Joy’s delivery marks a momentous occasion in our company’s history, signifying our official entry into the Chinese cruise market.” “We are very grateful for the outstanding team at MEYER WERFT, along with our operations teams and more than 1,800 crew members, whom once again have delivered an exceptional vessel.”
This is the first purpose-built vessel for the cruise line which also has the Chinese name of 喜悦号 (Xǐ Yuè Hào) will cater to Chinese guests. The ship has some of the best features in the fleet with the first ever Racetrack at sea branded by Ferrari and an all-new The Haven Observation Lounge.
Following her delivery, Norwegian Joy will begin her journey to China, where she will be showcased through a grand inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, as well as VIP partner cruises from Norwegian Joy’s home-ports of Shanghai and Beijing (Tianjin). The ship will be christened in an exclusive star-studded event for honored guests on June 27, led by her Godfather, the ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom.
Norwegian Joy is 167,725 gross ton vessel and can carry 3,883 passengers. It is Breakaway Plus class vessel designed to offer a first class experience at sea.