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7 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

7 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Ketchikan
  • Day 4
    Endicott Arm
  • Day 4
    Juneau
  • Day 5
    Icy Strait
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Victoria
  • Day 8
    Seattle

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
We have never cruised in the past so we did not know what to expect or to compare. I don't know what everyone was complaining about. Nothing is perfect but the staff tried to do what ever they could to make it perfect for you. I ... Read More
We have never cruised in the past so we did not know what to expect or to compare. I don't know what everyone was complaining about. Nothing is perfect but the staff tried to do what ever they could to make it perfect for you. I made reservations before we left for all the specialty dining and shows so were did not have any issues with reservations. They tell you well in advance to make these reservations for if you didn't, then you missed you opportunity. Getting on and off the ship for excursions was seamless. You need to listen to what they tell you about getting off which most people did not and then you grumble and complain. Yes the elevators where crowded but over 3000 people are trying to move through the ship on 18 floors, but this was not an all day occurrence. It would only happen during the busy times such as getting on and off the ship. Out bed was very comfortable. It had a nice pad on it and the pillows were very soft and supportive. We had a balcony and really enjoyed except someone again was not following the rules and was smoking on the balcony and butts would land on ours along with the smell. We did excursions on all the ports so enjoyed that. Icy Straits was truly Alaska as far as I'm concerned. I didn't go to Alaska to purchase items from china or give my money to vendors that go from one port to another. If you would go into the town of Hoonah you might not find the fancy store fronts but talking to the local residents you would get the true Alaskan experience. That is why we went to Alaska, The specialty dinning we had was fabulous. You could find food anywhere you went. The Buffet was ok if you wanted something quick. My biggest complaint about the buffet was the rudeness of the people cutting in front of you to grab the food. I never knew what the hurry was as we were sailing and had no place to go. You are on vacation so take a chill pill for petes sake. Entertainment was fair to good. We are not no Broadway so I didn't expect Broadway shows. Footloose was like a High School musical but it entertained us. Elements was excellent. We couldn't see the Glaciers as it was to foggy, no fault of Norwegian. If something would have happened if we would have entered the area then people would have something to complain about. The staff was always attentive. Our housekeeper steward was wonderful. Would always greet us with a warm smile and hug. Jing jing made us feel very special. We enjoyed trying all the different drinks offered. I really had to complaints and we really enjoyed our vacation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Picked the Joy because I hadn't been on her and knew that the Observation Lounge (from my experience on the Bliss) would be a great place to view the Glaciers. The weather on the cruise wasn't great--too foggy to do much glacier ... Read More
Picked the Joy because I hadn't been on her and knew that the Observation Lounge (from my experience on the Bliss) would be a great place to view the Glaciers. The weather on the cruise wasn't great--too foggy to do much glacier cruising or viewing. Employees were very friendly on the cruise, the Joy is in excellent condition being a new ship. The biggest disappointment was that there are no Thermal Suites on the ship. When the refurb was done to bring the Joy to the US, no Thermal Suites were added. The outdoor pool is very small with lots of empty floor around the pool. No food service by the pool. Plenty of lounges and tables to handle overflow from the Garden Cafe. Room stewards no longer provide towel animals or ice buckets. I suspect I could have gotten an ice bucket if I asked but I didn't. I found the food in the restaurants I tried (Q, Teppanyaki, Cagney's, Le Bistro, The Local, Taste and Savor) to be very good to excellent. Service was consistently excellent. My experience in the Garden Cafe was on the first meal after embarking and getting fruit salad for my cell mate in the mornings. So I can't speak much about it. I snacked a couple times in the Observation Lounge...the olives were excellent. The two major shows "Elements" and "Footloose" were both very good. Like the Bliss, the theater is very plain and undersized. But that was forgotten for me with the shows started. I saw little entertainment in the other venues so I can't comment. I hiked around Ketchikan and visited the Salmon Hatchery area which was very interesting along with Creek Street. Icy Straits Point was a new port for me. The Nature Trail was great but could have been much longer. The hike to Hoonah and back was pretty lengthy (1.5 miles each way) and probably better taken on the bus. It was a fun way to see the countryside. The gym is quite spacious and not very crowded during my early (6 a.m.) visits. Well maintained with plenty of equipment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
We have traveled with NCL before and had a great time. This time was absolutely the worst cruise/vacation I have ever been on. The Joy is Disorganized and overcrowded. Ship is under staffed, and overworked with rude employees. Not enough ... Read More
We have traveled with NCL before and had a great time. This time was absolutely the worst cruise/vacation I have ever been on. The Joy is Disorganized and overcrowded. Ship is under staffed, and overworked with rude employees. Not enough elevators, food was average, everything took longer than it should. Shows were booked, crowded, people standing along the walls. Some video games broken, WiFi wasn’t very good. (Has two unlimited packages). The ports were extra crowded. Victoria was so bad we didn’t even go into town. Everything seems like they are trying to get an extra dollar from you. I would avoid the larger ship and try to find something smaller if you decide to give NCL a try. We were really looking forward to this trip. We had enjoyed the last NCL cruise and bought the cruise next deposits. This time the 8 of us in our party will never sail with them again. Read Less
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