Norwegian Cruise Line’s Newest Ship Set To Begin Sea Trials

Norwegian Cruise Lines newest cruise ship is all set to depart its shipyard this Sunday for the very first.

The 4,200 passenger Norwegian Joy which is in the final fitting out stage before entering service is scheduled to depart the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for the very first time on Sunday, March 26. Not long after, the Breakaway-Plus class vessel will begin Sea Trails which is one of the last major milestones before being delivered.

The ship will depart the shipyard on Sunday evening to begin its conveyance along the Ems River. It will be a long process with the help of tug boats. Norwegian Joy will head through the locks in reverse and will arrive in Eemshaven, Netherlands on Monday evening as long as weather conditions are in favor.

Details By Meyer Werft:

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Approx. 08.30 pm: ship in waiting position (Papenburg)
Approx. 09.00 pm: ship passes sea lock (Papenburg)

Monday, March 27, 2017
Approx. 01.45 am: ship passes Friesenbrücke (Weener)
Approx. 04.00 am: ship passes the Jann Berghaus bridge (Leer)
Approx. 08.30 am: arrival at the river Ems barrier (Gandersum)
Approx. 12.30 am: ship passes the Ems barrier

Once docked in Eemshaven the Norwegian Joy will begin sea trials. Sea Trials will include testing the maneuverability, propulsion systems, and technical aspects, the process will last several days.

Norwegian Joy has been purpose-built for the Chinese market and is 168,750 gross tons. Once delivered to NCL on April 27, 2017, the ship will sail towards Asia for year-round cruises out of China.


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