NCL unveils changes for Norwegian Joy cruise ship during drydock refurbishment in 2024 January

   July 21, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line announced that its Norwegian Joy ship will undergo drydock refurbishment in January 2024 to enhance the onboard guest experience. The upgrades include a new Thermal Suite in the Mandara Spa & Salon (deck 16), an expanded Vibe Beach Club, 24 new staterooms, redesigned Three-Bedroom The Haven Premier Owner's Suites, and more.

During the 3-week dry dock from January 22nd, 2024, to February 12th, 2024, Norwegian Joy will undergo transformations to offer an enhanced onboard spa experience with the new Thermal Suite. This suite will be the largest among the Breakaway-Plus class ships. The design incorporates guest feedback and features an elegant entrance corridor with waterfalls, a separate lounge area with more hot tile loungers, and access to relaxing experiences like a sauna, ice room, and aromatic steam room. Innovative offerings include a Biostation with IV Drip Therapy, four-senses loungers, and Kneipp haptic foot therapy. The Thermal Suite will replace the Galaxy Pavilion, the ship's virtual-reality complex.

To provide guests with more accommodation choices, the redesign will include adding 24 new balcony staterooms, repurposing part of the Observation Lounge. Additionally, 40 new spa balcony staterooms with direct access to the Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite will be introduced. The popular The Haven by Norwegian Premier Owner's Suites with a Large Balcony will be expanded to three bedrooms, offering luxurious amenities and dedicated experiences.

The exclusive adults-only Vibe Beach Club, known for its popularity, will also be expanded by taking over the existing Laser Tag Arena on Deck 20. The enhanced space will feature a layout similar to the Vibe Beach Club on Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss, with new private luxe cabanas.

Following the drydock, NCL's Joy ship will resume sailings on February 13th, 2024, starting with an 11-day Transatlantic crossing from Southampton UK to PortMiami Florida ( In March 2024, the ship will operate 7-day roundtrips from Miami and then sail to Bermuda from New York for the summer of 2024.