Norwegian Joy

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The Norwegian Joy at Kochi.
  • Norwegian Joy
  • 诺唯真喜悦号
Owner: Breakaway Four[1]
Operator: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Ordered: 17 October 2012[1]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $ 1.4 billion (together with Norwegian Escape)
Yard number: 694[1]
Laid down: 14 August 2013;[1] 5 April 2016[2]
Launched: 4 March 2017[3]
Christened: 27 June 2017 (planned)[4]
Acquired: 27 April 2017[4]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 167,725 GT[1]
Length: 333.46 metres (1,094.0 ft)[1]
Beam: 41.4 metres (136 ft)[1]
Draught: 8.722 m (28.62 ft)[1]
Decks: 20 decks
Installed power:
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) (maximum)
22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph) (service)
Capacity: 3,883[4]
Crew: 1,700

Norwegian Joy is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service in April 2017. She was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.[5]

Being a ship of Norwegian's Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Joy is a sister ship to the Norwegian Escape, which was completed in October 2015.[6] The ship was originally going to be named the Norwegian Bliss. The original name for the ship was selected through an online contest hosted by Norwegian Cruise line.[5] The construction of the Norwegian Joy started on 16 September 2015.[7]

It was announced on 12 October 2015, that the ship would be built with a different name, be reintroduced and redesigned specifically for the Chinese market.[8] On 30 March 2016, the ships new name, Norwegian Joy, and the new home ports of Shanghai & Tianjin (Beijing) were announced.[9] In October 2016, construction of a new ship was announced, taking over the Norwegian Bliss name and will be delivered in 2018.[10]

The Joy is unusual in that it was given a godfather, Chinese singer Wang Leehom, rather than a godmother. The vessel was christened June 27, 2017.[11]

It was reported that she would visit Dubai on her re-positioning cruise to China.[12] The keel was laid on 5 April 2016. A first section was launched on 4 June 2016.[13] A second section was launched on 19 August 2016.

On 28 September 2016 a fire broke out on the ship. On 8 October 2016 another fire broke out.[14][15]

On 19 July 2018 Norwegian announced plans to move the Norwegian Joy from China to the U.S. The company plans to utilize the ship for cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Panama Canal, depending on the season. Norwegian Joy will undergo ~$50M worth of upgrades to bring her designs and offerings to be virtually identical to those of sister ship Norwegian Bliss.[16]

Ship engineering[edit]

Norwegian Joy has five main engines with total output power of 102,900 hp. The vessel has two MAN B&W 14V48/60CR, each with power of 22,520 hp and three MAN B&W 12V48/60CR, each with power of 19,300 hp. The propulsion system is two ABB Azipod XO units with total power of 40 MW, which allows service speed of 22.5 kts, while the maximum speed during trials exceeds 25.0 kts. The ship also has an air lubrication system installed, the Silverstream® System,[17] which creates a carpet of tiny air bubbles along the hull to reduce drag.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Norwegian Joy (33556)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Keel laying ceremony for the Norwegian Joy". 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Norwegian Joy has just been floated out!". CruiseBe. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of First Purpose-Built Ship For China". Norwegian Cruise Line (Press release). NCL Corporation Ltd. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Norwegian Joy Cruise Ship: Expert Review on Cruise Critic". Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ "New Cruise Ships on Order". Cruise Critic. 8 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Press Release | Start of Steel-Cutting for Norwegian Bliss". 16 September 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line to Send New Ship to China - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Cruise Industry News. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Features of Norwegian Joy, Company's First Purpose-Built Ship for China". Norwegian Cruise Line (Press release). 30 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Steel cutting for Norwegian Bliss". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  11. ^ Leehom
  12. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line change name of new ship ahead of China debut". Cruise Arabia & Africa. 1 March 2016. Archived from the original on 21 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Teil der "Norwegian Joy" verlässt Meyer-Werft-Dock" (in German). 4 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  14. ^ "50000 Euro Schaden nach Feuer auf Meyer-Schiff" (in German). 28 September 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Feuer auf Schiffsneubau unter Kontrolle" (in German). 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Will Move Another Mega Ship to Alaska in 2019 - Norwegian Cruise Line". Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  17. ^ "Norwegian's Latest Cruise Ship Will Have a Race Track". The Maritime Executive. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
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