Most extensive range of restaurants ever offered on a cruise ship has been tailor-made for local palates on Norwegian’s first ship purpose-built for China, coming in June 2017
The international cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line has this week presented the wide array of culinary offerings that will be available to guests on board the line’s newest Breakaway Plus-Class ship Norwegian Joy when she starts sailing from her Shanghai homeport on 28 June 2017.
From Chinese hot pot, to sophisticated French haute cuisine, the freshest Japanese sushi to hearty American burgers, Norwegian Joy promises 28 different food and beverage outlets on board – the widest array of dining experiences yet on any ship that has been purpose built for China.
As part of Norwegian’s signature Freestyle Dining, Norwegian Joy guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of complimentary dining options, while a host of additional premium dining experiences are also available at nominal extra cost.
Among the inclusive options is the Garden Café, which will feature Chinese and Western cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet-style, as well as the elegant Manhattan Room, offering traditional dining experiences including a vast selection of Chinese cuisine complemented by Western-style classics such as steaks and seafood.
The aptly named Savor and Taste restaurants will also serve a wide array of Chinese cuisine, from traditional to forward-thinking Chinese fusion cuisine with pronounced Korean and Japanese accents.
Among the premium offerings, Food Republic allows diners to take a culinary tour of the world without even entering a single port of call from the flavours of Japan to such far-flung destinations as Peru. Here, guests can indulge in an extensive sushi selection and enjoy creative fusion dishes, like Food Republic’s signature hamachi taquitos.
Teppanyaki offers an authentic taste of East Asia with Japanese hibachi cooking performance at the guests’ table. Diners also have the option of preparing their own meal with a selection of meats and fresh vegetables at a Hot Pot or Korean barbecue table. For fresh hand-pulled Chinese noodles and exquisitely crafted dim sum, there is the Noodle Bar.
Cagney’s Steakhouse will feature premium cuts, like tender filet mignon and succulent bone-in ribeye, as well as other classic chops, like rack of lamb. Meanwhile, American Diner promises the best in American comfort, from meatloaf and potpies, to burgers and fried chicken.
The azure Pacific waves that carry Norwegian Joy from port to port will no doubt induce in passengers’ craving for fresh fish, which can be satisfied at Neptune’s. This seafood specialty restaurant will feature a stunning buffet of fresh seafood, both chilled and raw, on ice.
La Cucina will specialise in a mix of contemporary Italian pastas and handmade gnocchi, along with meat and seafood dishes, while Le Bistro will serve the most refined French cuisine on the high seas.
For those with a sweet tooth, The Bake Shop is a boutique bakery offering a tantalising variety of handmade baked goods, like cupcakes, macarons, chocolate pralines, and Japanese mocha sweets, to name a few.
Finally, for liquid refreshments, Norwegian Joy will be flush with options. Venues like The Grand Tea Room will serve high-end loose leaf teas from China along with elegant snacks and high tea-style finger foods to savour on a leisurely afternoon.
French for “The Cellar”, La Cave is Norwegian Joy’s source for fine wines and spirits. Guests can enjoy a glass of world-class wine or whiskey at the bar and, if they taste anything they like, they can make a retail purchase to take home with them after the cruise. After a laidback drink or two, they may wish to retire to Humidor, Norwegian Joy’s exclusive cigar lounge to relax in style.
Handcrafted cocktails from martinis and manhattans will be served at Mixx Bar, pre-dinner drinks at Prime Meridian, refreshing frozen poolside cocktails at Spice H20, and specialty coffees and teas at Atrium Bar.