Posted April 11th, 2016
4 Ways NCL Will Bring Us Joy In 2017
We haven’t even welcomed the new additions to the cruising industry in 2016 yet, but we are already excited about what will possibly be the launch of the year in 2017. Details were recently announced regarding Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest vessel, which is currently still being built in Germany’s Meyer Werft shipping yard, but which will be ready for next summer.
Set to join Norwegian Escape in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Joy will have the capacity to host 3,900 guests and, having been built specifically for the Chinese market, will homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin. Here are a few things that are amongst the many innovations you’ll find on board.
Many people would have thought that the ‘what unexpected thing can we put on a cruise ship’ competition was over after Royal Caribbean announced they would be adding a ten storey death slide to Harmony of the Seas. However, the revelation that Norwegian Joy will feature the first ever go-kart race track at sea has taken things to another level. The track will be found on the top deck and will offer two tiers of four-wheeled action to excited guests.
Concierge Level Accommodation
Norwegian Cruise Line can already boast the ultra-luxurious Haven on its ships, but sumptuous accommodation will be taken up a notch with the addition of Concierge level staterooms. Not only will passengers choosing this grade receive the services of a dedicated concierge to help make dinner arrangements and book onboard activities, they will also enjoy larger balconies, upgraded bathroom products and access to a VIP concierge lounge.
As far as onboard entertainment complexes go, Royal Caribbean’s Seaplex has so much going for it. However, from next summer there will be a new pretender for the ‘activities at sea’ crown in the form of Norwegian Joy’s Galaxy Pavilion. This innovative area will offer some of the most advanced technology ever to be installed on a cruise ship, including Oculus Rift VR headsets and a range of different simulators. There will also be hovercraft bumper cars, an immersive Star Wars interactive gaming experience and no less than six Xboxes. You’ll even be able to design your own virtual reality rollercoaster and ride it then and there.
If some of the above seems a little too fast-paced for you then this part of the ship will be perfect. Simply referred to as The Park, for the time being at least, it offers a relaxing place to escape on the top deck. There will be finely-trimmed areas of grass, manicured bushes and a small pool in which to take a soothing dip. Some of the seating areas will be shaded, whilst others will provide the perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing. Finally, a big screen will offer late night films or some leisurely daytime entertainment.
Itineraries are yet to be announced for this fantastic new ship, but when they are you can be sure we’ll have them available. Once they go on sale, you can contact our friendly team to book your exciting Norwegian Joy cruise.