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Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Upcoming Enhancements To Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Upcoming Enhancements To Norwegian Joy

New offerings aboard Norwegian Joy will include a spa thermal suite, an expanded Vibe Beach Club, and upgrades to The Haven suite area.

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Norwegian Joy will undergo enhancements in January 2024 to elevate the onboard guest experience. The new offerings will include a Thermal Suite in the Mandara Spa and Salon, an expanded Vibe Beach Club, 24 new staterooms, redesigned three-bedroom Premier Owner’s Suites in The Haven, and more.

Norwegian Joy to enter dry dock in January 2024

Norwegian Joy will enter a three-week dry dock from January 22 through February 12, 2024. When Joy emerges from dry dock, cruisers will have access to an elevated spa experience with a brand-new Thermal Suite which will be the largest on the Breakaway-Plus class ships.

Norwegian Joy will receive several refurbishments during her dry dock in early 2024 (image courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Designed with NCL guest feedback in mind, the ship’s new Spa Thermal Suite will boast a more centralized layout with an entry featuring elegant sculptures and a waterfall-lined corridor.

A separate lounge area will feature three times as many of the popular hot tile loungers, and guests will be able to enjoy easy access to relaxing and reinvigorating experiences including a sauna, an ice room, and an aromatic steam room.

Norwegian Joy‘s new Thermal Suite Relaxation Lounge will debut in 2024 (image courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Additional offerings will include a new Biostation with IV Drip Therapy, a rejuvenating treatment delivering essential nutrients to the body. Four-senses loungers will be available for deep relaxation, and Kneipp haptic foot therapy—which massages feet as guests walk across the pebbled moving stream that alternates between hot and cold foot baths—will also be added.

Norwegian Joy‘s all-new Thermal Suite will replace the Galaxy Pavilion, the ship’s virtual-reality complex.

Joy’s refurbishment is based on guest feedback, says NCL

“Delivering exceptional experiences across our fleet is what we strive to do,” said NCL president David J. Herrera in a press release.

“We have listened to our guests and have taken action. With this revitalization we are adding some of the most beloved spaces and offerings across our ships to enhance the guest experience aboard Norwegian Joy. Guests will have a greater variety of staterooms to choose from and a world-class, full-service spa to spend their days at sea fully immersed in relaxation,” Herrera continued.

Norwegian Joy will feature more staterooms

According to NCL, in an effort to continue to offer guests more choice of accommodations, Norwegian Joy‘s redesign will also include repurposing a portion of the ship’s Observation Lounge to create 24 new balcony staterooms.

Forty cabins will be recategorized as spa balcony staterooms, which will include direct access to the Mandara Spa and the Thermal Suite.

Additionally, Norwegian Joy‘s two Premier Owner’s Suites with a Large Balcony in The Haven will be expanded to three bedrooms. The redesigned suites will also include three and a half bathrooms, a fully-renovated living room, primary bedroom and outdoor balcony furniture, as well as a new separate dining room overlooking the forward-facing The Haven Horizon Lounge.

The Haven is NCL’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept, a key-card access complex featuring the most spacious suites and dedicated experiences including concierge service, a private pool area, and a restaurant and bar.

For a sneak peek of some of Norwegian Joy‘s upcoming Haven updates, check out the slideshow below:

The ship’s Vibe Beach Club will be redesigned

During the dry dock, Joy‘s exclusive adults-only Vibe Beach Club will also be expanded, taking over the existing Laser Tag arena on Deck 20. The space will offer private luxe cabanas and will have a similar layout to the Vibe Beach Club found on Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss.

Norwegian Joy will resume sailings post dry dock on February 13, 2024, when she embarks on an 11-day transatlantic voyage from Southampton, UK to Miami.

In March 2024, the ship will cruise seven-day round-trip Caribbean voyages from Miami before sailing to Bermuda from New York for summer 2024.

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What do you think about the new offerings Norwegian Joy will have after the 2024 dry dock? Do the refurbishments make you want to sail on Joy, or would you prefer her old setup? Let me know in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen