Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship the Norwegian Joy has completed its first preview cruise from Shanghai.
Norwegia Joy which is the newest ship for NCL and was delivered in April has completed its first preview cruise. The large Breakaway Plus class ship arrived in Shanghai, China to begin its new service for the Chinese market. The ship has just completed its first preview cruise from the Chinese port which departed on June 10.
David Herrera, President of NCLH China, said:
“Norwegian Cruise Line is extremely proud to welcome the newest addition to our fleet, Norwegian Joy, to her home port of Shanghai, China” “Norwegian Joy’s arrival demonstrates our commitment to the Chinese cruise market. She was custom-built with Chinese cruise guests in mind.”
Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed more than 1,700 VIP members and guests of Alibaba Group (Alibaba), the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, for a four-day preview cruise. The preview cruise also helps build up attention for its new service out of China.
Norwegian Joy which was built by Meyer Werft in Germany was purpose-built for the Chinese market and one of the most advanced in the region. One of the biggest highlights onboard is the first ever Race Track at sea which is Ferrari branded on the ship’s open deck.
Norwegian Joy which is also named in Chinese as 喜悦号 (Xǐ Yuè Hào) is a 167,725 gross ton ship which can carry 3,883 passengers. The vessel arrived back in Shangai yesterday after its preview cruise which included a call in Kochi, Japan. The ship’s christening ceremony will take place on June 27 in Shanghai, featuring the ship’s Godfather, ‘King of Chinese Pop,’ Wang Leehom. Year-round voyages on Norwegian Joy from Shanghai begin on June 28 with a season of sailings from Tianjin from August 26 to September 15.