Norwegian Cruise Line’s bosses sure weren’t kidding earlier this year when they said they had big plans for the cruise line’s new ships.

The brand’s President Frank Del Rio promised “innovative guest facing” features, extra entertainment and at sea firsts.

That was about as much detail as he could provide at the time, leaving us to call upon our imaginations to determine how Norwegian would best existing offerings such as Royal Caribbean wave riders, Genting Dream’s zip lines and Celebrity Cruises’ forthcoming Magic Carpet.

Our guesses weren’t that great – Pitbull-themed karaoke room? For shame!

But alas, the Norwegian team managed to come with up something fresh and somewhat outrageous… are you ready for it?

A two-level Ferrari-branded competitive racetrack!


Yes, an actual racetrack where petrolheads can spend their days at sea riding around as though they were in an enclosed area on land.

The first Ferrari-branded racetrack will be installed on the top deck of the cruise line’s first purpose-built ship for the Chinese market, Norwegian Joy.

The activity will come at a price, however, Norwegian Joy’s The Haven and Concierge class will enjoy a number of complimentary rides as part of the amenities and benefits of their suites and staterooms.


Up to 10 drivers will be able to race each other at a single time in electric go-carts and they’ll have their photo taken at the finish line to commemorate their ride.

Aside from the Ferrari-branded racetrack, Norwegian Joy will give some 3,850 guests access to a multitude of VIP accommodation, a new Observation Deck featuring 180-degree views and more.

She’s scheduled to make her debut on 27 June when she’ll home port in Shanghai and Tianjin.

What do you think of Norwegian’s racetrack?