Norwegian Cruise Ship Begins Sailing from U.S. West Coast for First Time

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After a huge $50 Million renovation the Norwegian Joy cruise ship has arrived in the U.S. for the very first time and has already departed in the first preview cruise from the west coast.

Norwegian Joy Arrives on U.S. West Coast

The fifteenth ship in the NCL ship has arrived in the U.S. after a huge $50 million dry dock upgrade. The ship departed today on the first of two previews cruises from Seattle, Washington launching the ship’s new service from the U.S. west coast for the very first time.

Norwegian Joy has been based in China since first joining the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in 2017. The ship was purpose-built for the Chinese market but after a major upgrade is now ready to showcase new offerings to the U.S. market.

Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart said:

“We are so happy to bring Norwegian Joy to North America to sail alongside her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss.”

“These preview cruises will allow us to properly showcase this innovative ship to members of the media as well as our travel partners, who will experience firsthand how incredible she is.”

The Breakway-plus class vessel will begin regular cruises from Seattle on May 4, 2019. The first official sailings will last for 7-nights and include calls in Alaska. All cruises to Alaska will call at Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C.

Also Read: What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise (More Than 50 Items!)

In the fall of 2019, the NCL cruise ship will sail the Mexican Riviera out of Los Angeles, California. From the same port and Miami, Norwegian Joy will also offer sailings to the Panama Panel. In 2020 the ship will be based out of PortMiami to sail Caribbean cruises.

The 167,725-ton cruise ship has a guest capacity of 3,804 at double occupancy along with 1,821 crew members. The ship was constructed at the popular Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany as is almost identical to sister ship Norwegian Bliss which is currently the newest in the fleet until Norwegian Encore arrives this year.

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