Norwegian Joy, the world’s first cruise ship with a go-kart track, will arrive in the U.S. for the first time next week after Norwegian Cruise Line gave the vessel a $50 million renovation.
Norwegian Joy was originally built for the Chinese cruise market and first debuted in 2017. The cruise line gave the ship a $50 million transformation to prepare the vessel for cruises from the States. After a handful of preview cruises, the ship will begin sailing to Alaska from Seattle next Saturday.
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Norwegian Joy is the fifteenth cruise ship in the cruise line’s modern fleet of sixteen ships, and the second in the Breakaway-Plus Class. The cruise ship is one of the most innovative in the fleet, featuring industry firsts including an onboard go-kart track, open-air laser tag arena and Galaxy Pavilion, a dedicated virtual reality and gaming venue.
The cruise ship is the only vessel in the fleet to offer the Concierge-level stateroom category, which features spacious suites with 24/7 concierge service and private dining. Following the extensive renovation, a variety of new dining and bar venues have been added.
Norwegian Joy will offer seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle with calls to Ketchikan, Juneau, Icy Strait Point and Skagway, Alaska, and Victoria, B.C.
Beginning in the fall, she will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, California as well as the Panama Canal from Los Angeles and Miami, Florida.
Norwegian Joy will cruise to the Caribbean from Miami beginning in 2020.
Norwegian Bliss has been sailing out of Miami since last year, it has a go cart track.
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