(1:20 p.m. EST) -- Norwegian Joy will relaunch in May 2019 after a $50 million renovation, featuring an entertainment lineup that includes the sea debut of Tony Award-nominated musical "Footloose," as well as cruise line favorites "Elements," an aerial acrobatics show, and "Wine Lovers: The Musical," billed as "the world's first wine tasting musical production."
"Footloose" is based on the popular 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon as a dance-loving city teen whose family moves to a small town with a dance ban.
"We are very excited to showcase 'Footloose,' a feel-good, positive show that encourages people to embrace new ideas, stand up for what they believe in and dance their hearts out," Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart said.
Norwegian is known for quality mainstage entertainment, including Vegas-style revues and Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics acts. Straight-from-Broadway productions now being shown on other ships include "Rock of Ages" on Norwegian Breakaway and "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" on the Norwegian Epic.
Shows that include food and/or drink, like "Wine Lovers: The Musical," carry an extra charge. "Wine Lovers," already a feature on three other Norwegian ships, is a for-fee experience that includes six tasting glasses of wine.
Norwegian Joy is relocating from China to North America in April following a $50 million renovation that includes an extended go-kart track and new dining and bar concepts. Joy's first seven-day roundtrip sailing from Seattle to Alaska departs May 4. The ship will offer Panama Canal sailings in October and weekly sailings to the Mexican Riviera in November. Joy, a sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, houses almost 4,000 passengers.