It has been labeled – for good measure – as the “most innovative and luxurious ship ever” commissioned, and the Norwegian Joy is of interest to us because it has an interesting array of automotive-related attractions.
The Joy is billed as Norwegian but has actually been designed exclusively for Chinese guests when it will enter service next summer – and anyways they are indeed the world’s largest auto market. So, based out of Beijing and Shanghai, the cruise ship will have a roster of automotive-themed activities including the mentioned race track and even a professional race car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art racing simulator. Guests can also mindlessly enjoy hovercraft bumper cars while they wait in line to try out the assortment of car and flight simulators.
The non-automotive related interesting activities include an open-air laser tag course, multi-story waterslides, and a tranquil park. There are also Star Wars-themed battle pods and a shopping venue that has “everything from exceptional duty-free shops to high-end international brands” in fashion, jewelry, and electronics. The Joy has space enough for 3,900 guests and upscale bookings are possible at the Haven by Norwegian. This is a “ship-within-a-ship suite luxury complex,” with key card access, a private restaurant and an observation deck with 180 degree views. There are 74 “spacious and meticulously decorated suites” and amenities such as a butler or concierge.