Thermal Suite Relaxation Lounge

NCL’s Norwegian Joy tapped for several enhancements during three-week dry dock

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Joy is scheduled for a three-week dry dock early next year, during which it will undergo several enhancements that will elevate the onboard guest experience.

From Jan. 22 to Feb. 12, 2024, the dry dock will include a brand new Spa Thermal Suite, soon to be the largest of the Breakaway-Plus class ships. Replacing the Galaxy Pavilion, the ship’s virtual-reality complex, the all-new Thermal Suite will feature a more centralized layout, elegant sculptures and an entrance corridor with waterfalls. A separate lounge area with three times as many hot tile loungers gives guests easy access to relaxing experiences including a sauna, ice room and aromatic steam room. Plus, there’ll be a new Biostation with IV Drip Therapy, four-senses loungers for deep relaxation, and Kneipp haptic foot therapy, which massages the feet as guests walk across a pebbled moving stream that alternates between hot and cold foot baths. 

In an effort to provide more accommodation choices, the redesign will also include repurposing a portion of the Observation Lounge to create 24 new balcony staterooms, as well as recategorizing 40 new spa balcony staterooms, which will include direct access to the Mandara Spa and the new Thermal Suite. 

Additionally, as a result of unprecedented demand, Norwegian Joy’s The Haven by Norwegian Premier Owner’s Suites with a Large Balcony will be expanded to three bedrooms. The two suites will include three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a fully renovated living room master bedroom outdoor balcony furniture, and a new separate dining room overlooking the forward-facing The Haven Horizon Lounge. The Haven by Norwegian is NCL’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship, key card-access only complex that features concierge service, a private pool area, a restaurant and bar.

In addition, the popular and nearly always sold-out adults-only Vibe Beach Club will be expanded, taking over the existing Laser Tag arena on Dec. 20. The space will boast a similar layout to the Vibe Beach Club found on Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss, with new private luxe cabanas.

“Delivering exceptional experiences across our fleet is what we strive to do,” said David J. Herrera, president of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We have listened to our guests and have taken action. With this revitalization we are adding some of the most beloved spaces and offerings across our ships to enhance the guest experience aboard Norwegian Joy. Guests will have a greater variety of staterooms to choose from and a world class, full-service spa to spend their days at sea fully immersed in relaxation.” 

Norwegian Joy will resume sailings post-dry dock on Feb. 13, 2024 when it embarks on an 11-day Transatlantic voyage from Southampton, United Kingdom to Miami. In March 2024, the ship will cruise seven-day roundtrip Caribbean voyages from Miami before sailing to Bermuda from New York for summer 2024.

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