Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed its newest cruise ship, Norwegian Joy, to her new home port of Shanghai, China, after maiden calls to Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
“Norwegian Cruise Line is extremely proud to welcome the newest addition to our fleet, Norwegian Joy, to her home port of Shanghai, China,” said David Herrera, president of NCLH China. “Norwegian Joy’s arrival demonstrates our commitment to the Chinese cruise market. She was custom-built with Chinese cruise guests in mind.”
Norwegian Joy’s features include staterooms especially designed for multi-generational families travelling together. Las Vegas-style performances are among the features of an international standard of entertainment, as well as a wide variety of luxury shopping options.
On a preview voyage that departed from Shanghai on June 10, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed more than 1,700 VIP members and guests of online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group for a four-day preview cruise.
“It was our distinct pleasure to welcome Alibaba’s members and guests to enjoy a ‘First Class at Sea’ experience on Norwegian Joy during this preview cruise,” Herrera said. “The voyage marks the latest step in our recently announced partnership with Alibaba and supports one of its main objectives, which is to promote, develop and expand awareness and attraction of cruising among Chinese travellers.”
The ship’s christening ceremony will take place on June 27 in Shanghai, featuring its Godfather, ‘King of Chinese Pop,’ Wang Leehom. Year-round voyages on Norwegian Joy from Shanghai begin on June 28, with a season of sailings from Tianjin from August 26 to Sept. 15.