Photography by Norwegian Cruise Lines
27 April 2017
The latest cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines, Norwegian Joy, is the first to feature an attraction aimed squarely at the automotive enthusiast.
Partnering with Scuderia Ferrari, the Joy is poised to launch to the Chinese market, with home ports of Shanghai and Beijing.
It’s positioned as “the fleet’s most innovative ship to date, styled exclusively for Chinese travellers, where guests can expect an upscale resort style holiday with world-class entertainment, fine international dining, unrivaled duty-free luxury shopping with the freedom and flexibility found on all Norwegian Cruise Line ships”.
It will be the first to boast an F1 inspired go-kart track only 20 decks above the waterline. Wealthy passengers on The Haven and Concierge decks will have rides included with their stay, while 3rd class guests will pay for access.
The latest build from Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyards, Norwegian Joy is 333-metres (1,094 feet) long with room for 3,850 passengers. At 168,800 gross tons, she is 3.6 times the weight of the Titanic!
Speed is rated at a decent 22 knots thanks to 102,900 horsepower propulsion, and the company is already at work planning new vessels to add to a fleet that comprises Norwegian Star and Norwegian Escape.
Renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping was commissioned for the largest work of his career to custom design the hull artwork.