The Ultimate “Joy” Ride
élite Magazine was recently invited for a sneak peek of the Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Joy after she went through a $50 million ultimate refurbishment. Norwegian Joy recently relocated to the United States, and begins with a season of Alaska cruises out of Seattle, which will be followed by a series of Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal sailings.
There are a number of brand-new cabin categories onboard, it now has more family-friendly suites and rooms with connecting doors. The new Concierge Level unique to Joy is located directly below The Haven, where passengers enjoy a number of extra perks.The Haven, Norwegian’s signature ship-within-a-ship concept is the biggest on a Norwegian ship yet. The Haven is keycard accessible only, with butler service, a dedicated concierge, priority access to specialty dining and entertainment, a private restaurant and an enclosed courtyard with a swimming pool and hot tubs. It also has its own high-rollers casino.
There are lots of choices for free dining including: Savor and Taste (Deck 6); Manhattan Room (Deck 7); Garden Cafe (Deck 16) ; Speciality Dining Includes: Teppanyaki (Deck 6): Teppanyaki is Norwegian’s Japanese hibachi restaurant. Food Republic (Deck 8): Asian cuisine. Cagney’s Steakhouse (Deck 8): Cagney’s is a traditional chop house featuring premium cuts of meat. La Cucina (Deck 8): Italian restaurant. Le Bistro (Deck 8): A French restaurant. The Bake Shop (Deck 8): This boutique bakery sells cupcakes, macaroos, chocolate pralines and Japanese mocha sweets.
Entertainment is No. 1 onboard. The Joy Theater features two shows: Paradis, inspired by a Moulin Rouge-style Parisian club; and Elements, a revue-type show with music, dance and acrobatics. There is a huge casino — which takes up most of Deck 7.
The Galaxy Pavilion on deck 16 is a new area for games and virtual reality simulators and features hovercraft bumper cars, a state-of-the-art racing simulator, three interactive dark ride simulators (where you appear to be riding a roller coaster in the dark), a Star Wars battle pods video game, six Xbox console stations and Oculus, a virtual reality game, as well as a 4D cinema and a simulated hang glider.
Outdoors you will find Aqua Park (Deck 17): The park boasts two multi-story water slides. The Double Aqua Loop free fall slide has two loops, one that extends over the side of the ship and one that is see-through. The Aqua Racer slide allows passengers to race side-by-side on inner tubes for more than 360 feet. A Race Track (Decks 18 & 19): A two-level competitive racetrack, the first at sea. Ten passengers race each other in electric carts over a split-level course (lasting five or six minutes) at the aft of the ship, and have photos taken at the end. Rock Climbing Wall (Deck 19): Two-level rock climbing wall. Laser Battle (Deck 20): A for-fee open-air laser tag course, on what is the top deck Sun Deck on the other Breakaway Class ships.
The Mandara Spa (Deck 16) has hot tubs, a Finnish sauna, steam room and thalassotherapy pool as well as several treatment rooms. Treatments on offer include reflexology, acupuncture and a range of massages and beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures.
The Pulse Fitness center offers classes like indoor cycling, step aerobics, Zumba, yoga and Pilates. There is also a running track on Deck 17.
Much of Deck 5 is given over to the huge Splash Academy, which caters for kids from ages 3 to 12-years-old. They’ll learn to juggle during circus workshops, play plenty of sports and enjoy a wide variety of other fun activities. The only downside: it’s deep in the bowels of the ship and enjoys no natural light.
To book your next cruise visit ncl.com.
A few interesting facts:
There were 3,625 specialists involved with the renovation
1,750,999 hours worked
902,016 square feet of new flooring
2,240 new light fixtures
21,527 square feet of upholstery
ADVERTISE WITH US
Can you believe summer is coming to an end? Before you know it, kids will be back in school. It’s crazy how fast times goes when you are having fun. I just wanted to take a minute to thank all you for reading our magazine. You guys inspire us to do what we do. This...read more
At 12 years-old, Malia Brauer is already an accomplished chef who is well on her way to the top. As a contestant on season seven of MasterChef Junior, she wowed the judges and viewers at home with her mature demeanor and prowess in the kitchen. Throughout the season,...read more
Married: November 3, 2018 The Blomgren Estate in Santa Clarita, CA photos by Ceara McCreary Bride: Alise Mullen | Groom: Matthew Kerr How They Met: Matthew and Alise met multiple times through mutual friends, even though neither of them remember it! On a random night...read more