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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced enhancements to its 2019 and 2020 itineraries. One of the biggest headline grabbers is that Norwegian Joy will join sister ship Norwegian Bliss sailing seasonally in Alaska next summer before heading to the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal. In April 2019 Norwegian Joy will head to Seattle to offer seven-day voyages to Alaska, replacing Norwegian Pearl as Norwegian Cruise Line’s third ship in the region, joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel.


Prior to her arrival in Seattle, Norwegian Joy will undergo a makeover to enhance her already popular features and bring her designs and offerings in line with those of her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss - the newest and most successful ship in the line’s 51-year history. To complement Norwegian Bliss’ itineraries and provide guests with more places to explore and experience the natural beauty of Alaska, Norwegian Joy will cruise a variety of itineraries featuring Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Holkham Bay and Icy Strait Point - long recognized for its untouched wilderness, rich culture and fresh seafood. She will also call into Victoria, British Columbia.


Norwegian Cruise Line expanded the Alaska cruise experience as the first line to sail to the state from Seattle over 24 years ago,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “With $50 million in enhancements including the addition of a Starbucks as well as enhanced restaurant, bar and entertainment options, Norwegian Joy will be a welcome addition for guests looking to cruise on a world-class ship in one of the world’s most sought after destinations. Guests will experience incredible ocean and glacier views from our stunning observation lounges and they’ll have access to unrivalled entertainment options including ‘Galaxy Pavilion’ which features thrilling simulator rides and interactive video walls, as well as our race tracks and laser tag arenas, available on both ships.”


Following her inaugural Alaska season, Norwegian Joy will sail to Los Angeles for a season of Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal voyages in winter 2019/2020. This move will mark a turning point in the historically underserved winter cruise market on the West Coast of the United States with the arrival of a premier, state-of-the-art cruise ship.


NCL’s great deal - Premium All Inclusive – makes budgeting for a cruise holiday so much easier as it takes away any nagging doubts about extras that appear on your on-board account at the end of a cruise. For the cruise line that introduced Freestyle Cruising, it’s great to see an evolution of this concept that allows passengers to feel free to order what they want, where they want, when they want. For more details of cruises aboard Norwegian Joy in Alaska and the Mexican Riviera as well as the benefits of Premium All Inclusive call 0800 484 0370.

  • 16th October 2018

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.