24 Jul 2023

NCL Announces Extensive Enhancements to Norwegian Joy

NCL Announces Extensive Enhancements to Norwegian Joy

Courtesy of NCL

(eap) The U.S. cruise ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced an extensive refurbishment of the “Norwegian Joy” for early 2024. The ship, which was built in 2017 and has a total length of 333 meters, was last renovated in 2020. The renovation now planned, which is scheduled to take place between January 22 and February 12, 2024, is aimed at improving the guest experience. 

For example, the Thermal Spa Suite at the Mandara Spa will be an entirely new spa area on board, the largest of NCL’s Breakaway Plus-class ships, decorated with sculptures and waterfalls. A separate lounge area will feature a variety of heated loungers as well as direct access to the sauna, ice room and aroma steam room. In addition, the new complex will offer so-called four-senses loungers for deep relaxation as well as Kneipp treatments. The new area will replace the Galaxy Pavilion – the ship’s Virtual Reality complex.

To expand the cabin options for guests, part of the Observation Lounge will also be converted into 24 new balcony staterooms and 40 new spa balcony staterooms, the latter getting direct access to the Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite. In addition, the Premier Owner’s Suites with large balconies in The Haven area – an exclusive complex with special amenities such as a concierge service and private pool, as well as a restaurant and bar – will be expanded to include three bedrooms each.

Also having to give up ground is the current Laser Tag Arena – this is where the Adults Only Vibe Beach Club will be expanded. It will be similar to its equivalents on the “Norwegian Encore” or the “Norwegian Bliss” and will also have private cabanas in the future.

“Delivering exceptional experiences across our fleet is what we strive to do,” explains David J. Herrera, President of NCL. “We have listened to our guests and have taken action. With this revitalization we are adding some of the most beloved spaces and offerings across our ships to enhance the guest experience aboard Norwegian Joy.”

Following the end of dry dock, Norwegian Joy will depart on February 13 for an eleven-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton to Miami. The ship will then make seven-day roundtrip voyages from Miami through the Caribbean in March before sailing from New York to Bermuda in the summer. ■

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