Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by Travel Dreamer05
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Inside
We took this ship on an Alaskan trip. Although I was happy with the ship, I still would not recommend this ship for this itinerary. (I would however consider the Joy in the Caribbean or similar route). The port times were very short and with so many people to move, your time on shore is limited. If you are taking an Alaskan cruise as a “once in a lifetime experience”, do yourself a favor and do the longer one way route with more time to experience Alaska, which is probably the reason you are looking at an Alaskan trip.
The only real complaint that I have is it feels like there are so many "up charges". We did get our cabin at a reduced (last Minute) rate then but managed to spend over a thousand dollars on extras even though we were very careful. Even the free deals come with a cost. (Tips are added to drink and speciality dinning packages and when the “bill comes” they want to know if you would like to pay an additional tip! The race track looks fun but we did not feel a need to pay the extra charge to ride.
Entertainment: Footloose was by far the best show I have ever seen on a cruise ship. Great show and very talented cast. Elements was also good but not quite to the level of Footloose. Unfortunately the theater seating is very limited, so make sure to register for a show seat before boarding the ship.
Meals. The included restaurants were fine. (I avoid the buffet whenever possible). It was easy to get a seat whenever we wanted one. The service was adequate although a few times they were quite slow. The extra dining was excellent. We especially enjoyed the Teppanyaki and the Bistro was one of the best meals I have had in a very long while with very excellent service.
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