The Tony Award-nominated musical Footloose is coming to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy following the ship’s repositioning in North America to sail Alaska cruises. The move will mark the first time the musical, which is based on the classic film that follows a Chicago teen who moves to a small down where rock ‘n roll is outlawed, is played at sea.
Originally designed for the China cruise market, the Norwegian Joy will homeport in Seattle following a renovation project designed to bring it in line with Norwegian’s newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss. Replacing the Norwegian Pearl as the cruise line’s third ship in the region, the Norwegian Joy will offer seven-day cruises to Alaska starting in May. The renovation will make the Norwegian Joy “virtually identical” to the Norwegian Bliss, the cruise line has said, with features like an extended go-kart race track and new dining and bar concepts.
Footloose will debut on the Norwegian Joy as part of a revamped entertainment lineup that will also include the aerial acrobatics show Elements on the ship’s main stage. Themed around the four elements of earth, air, water and fire, the show will include magic, acrobatic feats and music and dance. Additionally, the ship’s Social Comedy and Night Club will host Wine Lovers: The Musical, a dining performance that will allow guests to take part in a wine tasting while enjoying a musical comedy about the joys of wine and love. During the show wine will be served to guests 21 and older.
Following the revamped ship’s Alaska season, in October the Norwegian Joy will offer Panama Canal sailings before repositioning to Los Angeles in November, sailing itineraries along the Mexican Riviera.