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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

2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
Sail Date: August 2019
Let me start by saying if I could give a higher rating for the Joy, i would! We are seasoned cruisers with 40+ cruises....Platinum on CCL and RCCL and sailed Princess and Celebrity, so this was our first NCL cruise and we were SO impressed ... Read More
Let me start by saying if I could give a higher rating for the Joy, i would! We are seasoned cruisers with 40+ cruises....Platinum on CCL and RCCL and sailed Princess and Celebrity, so this was our first NCL cruise and we were SO impressed with this ship and it's crew. This is by far the best experience we have ever had. First of all, the ship is beautiful and so clean and spacious. You don't even feel like you're on a ship but in a gorgeous, fancy mall or hotel lobby. Next, the food was phenomenal! We had unlimited drinks and 3 specialty restaurants, Cagney's....awesome, Le Bistro...incredible and Teppanyaki...super, but honestly, everywhere we ate on the ship felt like a "specialty" restaurant! The Manhattan dining room food was as good as the specialty restaurants and the food comes out on a hot plate and has so much flavor and so many choices it's hard to chose! Even the Garden Cafe buffet was sooo good and with so many duplicate stations, we never had any problems getting right to the food and to a table. There is food all over the ship! And now the crew....the friendliest, happiest people you'll ever meet! They really made you feel special. The Beatles show is very good, so don't miss it, but get there early if you want a seat because the Cavern is very small and best to get a drink before you go because the bar service was very limited. Embark was very long and busy because we flew in and got there at peak time. Our friends were already in Seattle, so they got on the ship around 10:30am and walked right on, so if that's a possibility do go early. Disembark was a breeze and the Port Valet service is fantastic! It's free and they take your bags to the airport, check them in and get your boarding pass for you! We had a connection in Denver and didn't see our bags until we got to Houston! That was GREAT! We got off the ship around 8:30am and walked across the street to Pike Place Market and spent a few hours, then walked a few blocks to the train station and paid $1.00 (Sr. rate, or $3 under 65) for the trip to SEATAC! What a bargain! i can't believe they don't charge for this service! If I had one complaint, it would be the price of the excursions. I know it's Alaska and they should be high, but talking with friends that took other cruise lines to Alaska, NCL was much higher, so we didn't do excursions, except in Victoria and we did Butchart Gardens and the Craigdarrock Castle. Both were great and we had time to stroll downtown for shopping and a drink. Victoria is a beautiful city and you have lots of time to explore. We went to Icy Point Strait and if you don't have an excursion planned, it's really not worth getting off the ship unless you want to shop. There are some nice stores right off the ship with loads of stuff to buy. We hit them at 25% off everything, so it was great to get gifts to take home and really nice selection. Would not recommend taking the shuttle to Hoonah...there's nothing there except a bar and a restaurant and a few vendors. Was rainy and cold in Juneau, so we stayed on the ship. My husband used the gym everyday and was very pleased with the equipment. He uses a rowing machine at home everyday and they had 3 of them! Our balcony cabin was typical, but the bathroom was much larger and has a nice enclosed shower instead of a curtain. We liked that! Our room steward was very attentive and so nice. I read many complaints about the bed comfort, but ours was fine. The AList bar AFT was great and we went there every night. Drinks were really good! All in all, we will definitely cruise with NCL again...in February on the Pearl in fact!!! Read Less
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