Norwegian Cruise Line is known for rocking the boat when it comes to smashing the boundaries of cruising tradition, and this is certainly the case when it comes to their brand new ship, Norwegian Joy. Breaking convention, NCL made the decision to appoint a Godfather for their latest addition – she was christened in Shanghai by the multi-talented musician, actor and director Wang Leehom.
However, this isn’t the first time the cruise line has bestowed this honour! In 2015, rapper Pitbull was named as the first ever Godfather for the superb Norwegian Escape.
The lavish ceremony included a show-stopping performance by Wang Leehom for a crowd of VIP guests, followed by the breaking of champagne on a replica hull, triggering the release of an oversized bottle of Veuve Cliquot which shattered against the actual hull of the ship.
“After years spent carefully designing this amazing vessel, my team and I are both proud and thrilled to finally christen the world’s first cruise ship custom-designed for the wonderful people of China,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This is truly a special moment for the entire Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings family, our valued travel partners, honoured guests and dedicated officers and crew across our fleet.”
So what’s onboard Norwegian Joy?
She’s the first ship in the fleet to be purpose built for the Chinese market, with Mandarin being the primary language spoken onboard. She features many ‘firsts at sea’ for the cruise line too, including a two-level race track, open-air laser tag course and virtual reality game room. There’s even an all-new accommodation category named The Concierge Level within Norwegian Cruise Line’s luxury suite complex The Haven by Norwegian®. The Concierge Level provides guests with a VIP experience, including larger balcony staterooms and exclusive access to the Concierge Observation Lounge offering 180 degree panoramic views. There’s also more accommodation to specifically designed for families with an array of connecting staterooms, great for multi-generational cruising.
A world of choice
All the dining options are covered with 28 to choose from, with everything from authentic Chinese cuisine, French, Italian and Steakhouse fine dining. Not only that, guests can indulge in some duty-free shopping and luxury brands in Norwegian Joy’s shopping district.
What’s to come from Norwegian Cruise Line?
The next addition to the fleet, Norwegian Bliss, is scheduled to arrive in summer 2018! She’ll sail in the Caribbean and Alaska, and a further ship is due to be delivered in autumn 2019. That’s not all – there’s a whole new generation of four ships on order to arrive between 2022 – 2025! We can only imagine what awesome innovations these ships will have to offer.
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