Norwegian Joy is undergoing a US $50-million renovation ahead of her relaunch in May this year, and will feature the Tony Award-nominated musical “Footloose” for the first time at sea when she does.
Norwegian Joy will also offer cruise line favourites “Elements,” an aerial acrobatics show, and “Wine Lovers: The Musical,” billed as “the world’s first wine tasting musical production.”
Like “Jersey Boy’s” aboard Norwegian Bliss, and “Kinky Boots” aboard the upcoming Norwegian Encore, due in 2019, “Footloose” looks set to be the most popular mainstage production aboard Norwegian Joy following her refit.
The musical is based on the popular 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon as a dance-loving city teen whose family moves to a small town with a dance ban.
“We are very excited to showcase ‘Footloose,’ a feel-good, positive show that encourages people to embrace new ideas, stand up for what they believe in and dance their hearts out,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart.
The production is the latest addition for a cruise line known for its quality mainstage entertainment, including Vegas-style revues and Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics acts.
Straight-from-Broadway productions now being shown on other ships include “Rock of Ages” on Norwegian Breakaway and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” on the Norwegian Epic.
Shows that include food and/or drink, like “Wine Lovers: The Musical,” carry an extra charge.
The for-fee experience that includes six tasting glasses of wine, is already offered aboard three other Norwegian ships.
Norwegian Joy’s renovation will re-Americanise her for the North American market, as she is relocating from China to the US in April.
The US $50 million renovation includes an extended go-kart track and new dining and bar concepts.
Norwegian Joy’s dedicated tea rooms will be replaced with The Local – the renamed O’Sheehan’s restaurant and pub and there will also be an additional beer-themed bar.
The many designer shops and huge casino will give way to more entertainment, restaurant and bar venues, including Los Lobos Cantina Mexican restaurant.
Her first 7-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle to Alaska departs May 4th, 2019. The ship will offer Panama Canal sailings in October and weekly sailings to the Mexican Riviera in November.
Norwegian Joy, a sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, carries almost 4,000 passengers.