The ship will sail from Shanghai and Tianjin, and is designed to provide 'First Class at Sea' experiences specifically for the Chinese traveler.
The 3,900-passenger Norwegian Joy's VIP accommodations include The Haven by Norwegian with a new Observation Deck, plus a new Concierge Level of spacious balcony rooms.
The Haven by Norwegian will have 74 suites, a dedicated concierge, priority access to entertainment and specialty dining, a private restaurant and enclosed courtyard. It also will feature a new Observation Deck with 180-degree views, and gourmet canapés and premium beverages.
The Concierge Level will offer larger balcony staterooms with luxurious en suite amenities and a dedicated concierge, plus a concierge lounge with a private bar and refreshments available throughout the day.
Norwegian Joy also has a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, ocean-view and interior staterooms, many with virtual balconies. There will be staterooms designed for families and a multitude of connecting staterooms.
The top of the ship will sport a two-level racetrack and an open-air laser tag game where friends and families can compete.
The Galaxy Pavilion will offer virtual reality experiences, simulator rides and interactive video walls. Passengers can go for a spin on hovercraft bumper cars or start their engines in a professional single-seat racecar that’s been converted into a racing simulator. Three interactive dark ride simulators provide real-time 3D graphics, 360-degree surround sound and multi-sensory special effects, while flight and car simulators will let users take flight or take to the road.
Other attractions are a Star Wars battle pods video game and six Xbox console stations. Virtual optic experiences by Oculus include designing and then riding a personal roller coaster, soaring to new heights over mountains and oceans or walking along a cliff or atop a 10-story building.
Outdoors, Norwegian Joy will offer multi-story waterslides. The high-speed Double Aqua Loop free fall slide includes two loops, one that extends out over the side of the ship and a second see-through loop that stretches down to the deck below. The tandem Aqua Racer slide allows side-by-side racing on inner tubes.
The ship's top deck will also feature a tranquil open space park, with a partially covered serene setting designed for relaxation. With greenery, a soothing pool and chaise lounges, it’s a spot for sea-gazing, meditating or practicing tai chi and yoga.
The upscale shopping venue will be the largest in Norwegian’s fleet with high-end international brands in fashion, jewelry and electronics.
Norwegian Joy will offer bow to stern Wi-Fi connectivity, the fastest in the Norwegian fleet.
The 164,400gt ship is under construction at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for 2017 delivery.