All about the Norwegian Joy

The Norwegian Joy was built in 2017. It was rennovated in 2019. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,094 ft long and 136 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3 football fields, as wide as 2.6 tractor trailers and the same height as a 15 story building.

The Norwegian Joy can hold 3,802 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the number of people to the total tonnage of the boat, the Joy has a space to person ratio of 44. Depending on this stip, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more spacer per person) so this ship's space to person ratio is about average.

ClassBreakaway Plus
Gross Tonnage167,725
Passenger Decks15
Passengers (double occupancy)3,802
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.1
Passenger To Tonnage Ratio44

Dining Establishments

Food is a big part of any cruise, and on the Norwegian Joy, there will be plenty of it. You have 18 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 6 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 12 options have an additional fee. Some options are a set price and some are a'la cart menu pricing. Only 33% of the dining options are included which means you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeDress CodeCostType of Food
American DinerSit downCasualA la cartAmerican
Cagney's SteakhouseSit downFormalA la cartSteakhouse
Food RepublicSit downFormalA la cartFoodie
Garden CaféQuick serveCasualIncludedBuffet
La Cucina ItalianSit downFormalA la cartItalian
Le Bistro FrenchSit downFormalA la cartFrench
Main Dining RoomSit downFormalIncludedDinner
Ocean BlueSit downFormalA la cartSeafood
Q Texas SmokehouseSit downFormalA la cartBBQ
StarbucksQuick serveCasualA la cartCoffee
TeppanyakiSit downFormalFlat feeAsian
The HavenSit downFormalExclusive
The LocalSit downCasualIncludedAmerican

There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink pacakge, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Pools and Hot Tubs

The main pool on the Norwegian Joy
The main pool on the Norwegian Joy

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. We're a firm believer that if you want to just spend all day for 7 days in a pool, a cruise isn't for you. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day. The Norwegian Joy has a total of 3 pools and 9 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 1 of the pools and 4 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools3
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only0
- Pools - Exclusive1
Total Hot Tubs9
- Hot Tubs - General Access3
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive4


There are quite a few things to do on the Joy. These are the main ammeneites that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while other have an additional charge.

CasinoA la cart
Comedy ClubIncluded
Fitness CenterIncluded
Laser TagA la cart
Mini golfIncluded
Observation LoungeIncluded
Race TrackA la cart
Shows - Broadway playIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Splash parkIncluded
Virtual ArcadeA la cart
Water slidesIncluded

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