Norwegian Cruise Line’s next cruise ship, Norwegian Joy, will feature hull art by renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping. Norwegian Joy is scheduled to go into service in the Summer of 2017 and home port in Shanghai and Beijing.
Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship to be purpose-built for the Chinese market. The ship will feature “First Class at Sea” experiences starting with VIP accommodations. The distinctive hull art by Tan Ping will underscore the cruise line’s commitment to providing a one of a kind experience for Chinese consumers.
David Herrera, President of Norwegian Cruise Line China, gave the following statement:
“We are incredibly honored to be partnering with Professor Tan Ping. Tan Ping’s ability to design concepts that easily blend traditional Chinese culture with moving and changing aspects of life is inspiring. He has perfectly captured the feel of Norwegian Joy as a luxurious, technologically advanced ship while honoring traditional Chinese values. The hull art embodies the essence of the best of The East meshing perfectly with the best of The West.”
The artwork’s color palette is dominated by red and yellow, traditionally the two most regal colors in China. Red signifies joy, a perfect match for a ship of the very same name. Yellow represents grandeur, the feeling that a ship of this size evokes in those who see it. The design also includes hints of blue, signifying the sea. These three colors are also primary colors, the starting point for all other colors in the spectrum of visible light.
His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix, an iconic mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all birds of the world. It is a ubiquitous motif in Chinese art and can be found throughout the centuries in paintings, silk brocades, architectural flourishes, and more.
Norwegian Joy will be the second Breakaway Plus Class ship from Norwegian Cruise Line and will accommodate 3,850 guests. The ship will have luxurious suites in the exclusive The Haven, a “ship within a ship” complex.
In addition to The Haven, there will a brand new Concierge category of staterooms to go along with the traditional inside, ocean view, and balcony cabins that are found on most cruise ships.
Entertainment on Norwegian Joy will feature the first racetrack at sea, two multi story waterslides, an open space park, state of the art Virtual Reality gaming at The Galaxy Pavilion, and unparalleled duty free shopping.
Dining options will feature both Chinese and Continental cuisine.
Norwegian Joy will be the 15th cruise ship in Norwegian’s fleet when launched in the Summer of 2017. Norwegian Cruise Line has been an innovator of travel and has revolutionized cruising in the 49 years history of the company. The cruise line was recently named the “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards.