Joy meets Bliss as both sisters will sail from the US soon
NCL lovers rejoice! Norwegian Joy will be sailing from the U.S. year-round for the first time. The ship will be based in Seattle, Washington and sail on Alaskan itineraries as well as cruises from Los Angeles.
Norwegian Joy was purpose-built for the Asian market and has been based in China since entering service in 2017. She will reposition from Asia to Seattle in April 2019. Then she will begin Alaska itineraries that include port calls at Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Holkham Bay, Icy Strait Point and Victoria in British Columbia. Outside of the Alaska season, Norwegian Joy will sail from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal.
Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line says:
“Norwegian Cruise Line expanded the Alaska cruise experience as the first line to sail to the state from Seattle over 24 years ago.”
“I am extremely excited to further strengthen our presence in the region with the addition of Norwegian Joy, sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, the most successful ship in our 51-year history. With $50 million in enhancements including the addition of a Starbucks store as well as enhanced restaurant, bar and entertainment options, Norwegian Joy will be a welcome addition for guests looking to cruise on a world-class ship in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.”
The ship will undergo a major $50 million drydock refurbishment before she hits U.S. shores to bring her in line with sister ship Norwegian Bliss which is already sailing from Seattle. Upgrades that will be installed include a new Starbucks store, new restaurants and new entertainment options.
With the departure of Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Spirit will begin servicing the Asia region seasonally from Summer 2020. Norwegian Pearl, which is currently based on the West Coast, will be making way for Norwegian Joy and joining Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Jade in cruises in Europe and Australasia.