Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest new build cruise ship, the 167,800 gross tonne Norwegian Joy, has completed its conveyance on the Ems River, having recently left the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
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.
Over approximately 17 hours, the 326 metre long Norwegian Joy was carefully manoeuvred down the Ems River in reverse. Such a manoeuvre requires the right conditions. Winds must not exceed 20 knots, tidal barriers are closed and there must be either a full or new moon.
Norwegian Joy is now berthed at Eemshaven, the port at the mouth of the Ems River. The ship will later 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.