Race Track, Water Slides & Parkland Highlight Norwegian Joy
Upon boarding a cruise ship, most people don't expect to see a dodgem car arena, two-level racetrack or wide-open green parkland.
Those expectations will need to be reconsidered once Norwegian Cruise Line christens its newest and most innovative cruise ship, Norwegian Joy, in 2017.
With home ports in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy is being designed exclusively for Chinese passengers with first-class level accommodation, onboard facilities and unique experiences all intended to appease the holiday wishes of Chinese guests.
This isn't a problem for Western travellers. As it turns out, we all tend to love the same things about cruising: luxury, entertainment and revolutionised living. Take a look and see if the following features don't float your boat.
The Haven By Norwegian
Norwegian Cruise Line's exclusive ship-within-a-ship luxury suite complex called 'The Haven' will be the focal point of Norwegian Joy's accommodation.
Guests staying in The Haven (only 74 glamorous suites available) will need a personalised key card to access their private oasis complete with personal butler and concierge, private restaurant and courtyard, and observation deck with 180-degree views, canapes and drinks. Priority access to entertainment and specialty dining will also be included.
Can't afford such opulence? The brand new Concierge staterooms will still provide a VIP experience with a dedicated concierge to help with dinner plans, larger balconies and an exclusive Concierge lounge with private bar.
Race Track & Waterslides
Once summer hits the Northern Hemisphere in 2017, the world will be able to experience the first-ever competition race track at sea. Spread across two levels, this is one of Norwegian Joy's premier entertainment features, accompanied by an open-air laser tag arena, all on the ship's top deck.
When it's a bit too hot for racing, guests will be able to cool off with rides down one of two multi-story water slides. The Double Aqua Loop is all about speed and even sends you off the ship at one point, while the Aqua Racer lets you race a friend on inner tubes.
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Galaxy Pavilion Virtual Reality
Virtual reality (VR) is one the biggest breakthroughs in modern entertainment and it has made quite an impact to onboard living with Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Joy's Galaxy Pavilion will boast an array of VR experiences including ride simulations and interactive video walls.
There's a state-of-the-art racing simulator, flight and car simulators, the Star Wars battle pods video game that puts you in the pilot's seat of a fighter spaceship, and more virtual fun with the Oculus.
Those needing a break from screens will be able to crash into friends and family while driving hover craft bumper cars.
Back on the top deck, unwinding won't be a problem, thanks to the dedicated park with wide-open spaces, lush greenery, pool and chaise lounges.
Whether you want to lose yourself in a good book, meditate, or take part in tai chi or yoga, this will be the place for utter relaxation.
All good cruise ships come with shopping. Norwegian Cruise Line knows this better than most and will fit its latest ship with an enormous shopping venue.
Duty-free shops, international brands, jewellery, electronics and more will all be available to cruise passengers.
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