Cruise & Travel Lifestyles

Making Waves: Norwegian Spreads the Joy

THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF BUZZ about Norwegian Joy – and with good reason! This ship absolutely lives up to her name. The 15th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet and the second in its popular Breakaway-Plus Class, Norwegian Joy is one of the most innovative in the fleet, featuring industry firsts that include an onboard go-kart track, an open-air laser tag arena and the Galaxy Pavilion, a dedicated virtual reality and gaming venue. While many of these involve an extra fee, the added fun they offer is well worth it.

When this exciting ship made her U.S. debut in April 2019, she became the only ship in the fleet to offer the concierge-level stateroom category, which features spacious suites with 24/7 concierge service and private dining. One of her most beautiful areas is the Observation Lounge where guests can relax, contemplate the sea and enjoy the serenity. Elsewhere on the ship, the mood is more exciting, with outstanding entertainment such as the Broadway musical Footloose and the fantastic bars and restaurants that keep Deck 8 hopping all the time.

In addition to the three main dining rooms – the Manhattan Room, Savour Restaurant, and Taste Restaurant – guests can enjoy sumptuous buffets at the Garden Restaurant, the Local (serving pub-style fare around the clock), or go for seafood at Ocean Blue, Japanese hibachi cuisine at Teppanyaki, enjoy classic American fare at the American Diner, dive into a great steak at Cagney’s Steakhouse, try a fusion of international cuisine at Food Republic, savour some Mexican sizzle at La Cucina or try a taste of France at Le Bistro. Our favourite? The downhome barbecue served up at Q – one of the few genuine barbecue places at sea.

The Norwegian Joy is designed to celebrate the sun with giant waterslides, several pools, large sunbathing areas and the adults-only Spice H2O sun deck if you’re dying to escape the under-18s – all perfect for the outdoor-focused itineraries she’ll be sailing in the Caribbean, Canada and New England and Alaska.