Norwegian Joy floats out of Meyer Werft shipyard as she prepares for inaugural sailing — Cruise & Travel Asia

Norwegian Joy floats out of Meyer Werft shipyard as she prepares for inaugural sailing

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s first Asian-based ship, the Norwegian Joy was floated out of the Meyer Weft shipyard earlier this week.

The 3,850 passenger vessel which is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway Class, will be arriving in the North Asia summer of 2017. She features distinctive hull artwork designed by Chinese artist Tan Ping and will also have the first-ever racetrack at sea.

She’ll be homeported in Shanghai and Beijing and will have ‘First Class at Sea’ experiences which include VIP accommodation including The Haven by Norwegian (a ship-within-a-ship suite luxury complex), larger balcony staterooms, interactive walls at the Galaxy Pavilion as well as hover craft bumper cars, two multi-story waterslides, the line’s largest ever luxury shopping district and much more.

Construction is moving into the final phase with the delivery taking place on April 27, 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 President.

This is a big year for brand new ships in Asia with the Majestic Princess from Princess Cruises also entering service next month.

She is also purpose built for the Asian market and will be homeported in Shanghai.