Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship is set to debut in China this month, marking the company’s first major foray into Chinese markets.

The 3,850-passenger Norwegian Joy has been crafted especially for Chinese travellers and was delivered by Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyards in late April. On arrival in China this month, the ship will embark on an inaugural tour involving a series of one-day events in ports including Qingdao, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Norwegian Joy sea trial

The ship will be christened on 27 June by the ‘King of Chinese Pop’ Wang Leehom and will sail from home ports in Shanghai and Tianjin near Beijing, becoming Norwegian’s first China-based ship.

Norwegian Joy is the second in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class and will take Norwegian’s fleet to 25 vessels across its three brands – Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

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