Norwegian Cruise Line today took delivery of Norwegian Joy, the brand’s fifteenth ship and the first custom-designed for the Chinese cruise market, from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft during an on board ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.
At 167,725–gross-tons and accommodating 3,883 guests, Norwegian Joy is the second ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class.
“As Norwegian Cruise Line continues our global growth, Norwegian Joy’s delivery marks a momentous occasion in our company’s history, signifying our official entry into the Chinese cruise market,” said Andy Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line.
In advance of the delivery, David Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Chin and executives from Norwegian’s offices in China gathered for a traditional blessing from the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, to ask for safe and pleasant voyages for the ship and all its guests. The ceremony was held at the Mazu Temple in Shanghai where, one year ago, the Norwegian team held a ceremony to obtain a blessing for the coins that were used in Norwegian Joy’s Keel laying ceremony.
“With Norwegian Joy, we have completed a highly sophisticated ship with a lot of technologically challenging features. Thanks to a dedicated team consisting of Norwegian Cruise Line, yard, classification society and suppliers, we have accomplished our goal of delivering a great ship on time, while meeting high quality expectations,” said Tim Meyer, CEO of Meyer Werft.
Following the delivery, Norwegian Joy will begin its journey to China, where it will be showcased through an inaugural port tour featuring one-day events at the ports of Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. The ship will be christened on June 27 by the ‘King of Chinese Pop’, Wang Leehom.