Norwegian Cruise Lines has revealed details of Norwegian Joy, its purpose-built ship for the Chinese market, which will include the first go-kart track at sea.
The 3,900-passenger vessel – 喜悦号 (Xǐ Yuè Hào) – will homeport in Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing) when it launches in 2017.
It will boast a two-level competitive racetrack, laser tag and Galaxy Pavilion, which offers immersive virtual reality experiences, simulator rides and interactive video walls.
This includes hover craft bumper cars and three interactive ‘dark ride simulators’, which feature 3D graphics, 360- degree surround sound and multi-sensory special effects.
The ship will also feature a Star Wars battle pods video game, Xbox console stations and virtual optic experiences by Oculus that include designing and then riding a personal roller coaster, as well as two two multi-story waterslides.
The line said that Norwegian Joy will also boast The Haven by Norwegian, the company’s exclusive, ship-within-a-ship suite luxury complex, accessible only by personalised key card.
The Haven boasts a personal butler service, dedicated concierge, priority access to entertainment and specialty dining, a private restaurant, enclosed courtyard and 74 suites.
The top deck of Norwegian Joy will also feature an open space park, which the line said “offers greenery, a soothing pool and chaise lounges [and is] the perfect spot to meditate in the fresh air, gaze out to the open sea or practice tai chi and yoga.”