Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy has wrapped an over $50 million renovation that the cruise line says makes her almost identical to her sister ship, the Norwegian Bliss. The revamped ship is now sailing on the first of two inaugural preview cruises before her first official sailing out of Seattle to Alaska on May 4.
The Norwegian Joy was originally designed for the China cruise market, debuting in 2017 as the second ship in the cruise line’s Breakaway Plus class, initially homeporting out of Shanghai and Beijing (Tianjin). The ship debuted with many of the headline features of the Breakaway Plus class, such as a go-kart track and an open-air laser tag arena on the top deck, as well as the Galaxy Pavilion, a dedicated virtual reality and gaming venue. The renovation project enhanced the go-kart track and the Galaxy Pavilion and added a number of new dining and bar venues. The ship’s Alaska season will also mark the debut of the Tony Award-nominated musical Footloose, the first time the show has been performed at sea.
Following the preview cruises, the ship will sail seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, BC. Beginning in the fall, she will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, CA, as well as the Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami. She will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020.
Travel Agent is sailing on the preview cruise -- stay tuned here for our firsthand impressions of the revitalized ship.