The largest cruise ship ever built for Norwegian Cruise Line, the 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Joy, was floated out from the construction hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on 04 March 2017.
Norwegian Joy is the first ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet to have been specifically designed for the Chinese cruise market. The ship's striking hull art has been created by renowned Chinese artist, Tan Ping.
During the float out the ship was carefully manoeuvred from the construction hall and then moored alongside a berth outside. Here the ship's funnel was added, as it is too high to fit inside the construction hall.
Norwegian Joy is due to leave the shipyard later this month, navigating the narrow Ems River. The ship will berth in Bremerhaven for further construction and outfitting to take place.
The ship will undergo sea trials at the end of the month, before setting sail for Shanghai in April. Norwegian Joy will begin cruise operations in China from June.