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Norwegian Joy Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Joy
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Excellent

64

Very Good

79

Average

42

Poor

53

Terrible

42

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280 Norwegian Joy Cruise Reviews


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BirdTravels

13 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION This was an Alaskan adventure on the newly refurbished Norwegian Joy. Alaska is one of our favorite locations to sail. The scenery and sea life can’t’ be matched. We sailed on ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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bwatton

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!

The 4 and 5 star reviews about this ship must have come from crew, family members or first-time cruisers. If you've ever cruised on other ships, you recognize them as lacking accuracy. We had the unfortunate ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Toastboy

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Overall I'm impressed with the ship, and amazed by the crew.

We chose this cruise because it is convenient for us in Arizona to go to the Mexican Riviera. We have been to all of these ports multiple times, so the trip was more about the experience, and getting away than ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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travelbug10

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

We were in a safe bubble

20 of us from the Houston area sailed on March 8th - our spring break. While we considered cancelling, we made the decision to go forward not knowing that this would be the last sailing for the Joy for a while. It ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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Nopenope

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Disappointed

This was our first and last Norwegian cruise. Not anywhere near as good as Royal Caribbean. Boat was blah-no fun art anywhere, not colorful, small theater with cup holders like a movie theater-no balcony, other ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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calaforte

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Above and beyond!

My BF and I just got back from our first Norwegian Cruise which was also the last that sailed before Corona Virus stopped cruise lines from continuing their cruises. I just have to say that Norwegian stepped up to ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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2pedersens

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Most recent cruise to Panama Canal, Miami to Los Angeles

I chose Norwegian because we cruised Mexico last year and just returned from a Panama Canal cruise. Both cruises have been enjoyable, but recent news, if true will make me think twice about cruising with them again. ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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jbpcalifornia

6 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

No joy on the Joy

First cruise with the entire family, including 3 kids, ages 4 and 2. thought this would be a good starter since it was relatively close and we had been on the itinerary before with other cruise lines. Overall, ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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mousy56

9 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

NCL Joy

NCL Joy was a very nice ship. Food in specialty restaurants was wonderful. We tried Cagney’s, le bistro, Q smokehouse, Ocean Blue, and la cucina but main dining Manhattan room was just ok. Don’t eat all day ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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briancj

1 Review Written

NCL Joy - Mexican riviera cruise Mar 2020

All and all it was an average cruise, wasn’t our best or worst one. Pros Observation deck was one of my favorite places on the ship. They had light snacks (cheese, meat, crackers, fruit) and games to play ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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Travel Hounds

1 Review Written

Crowded, cancelled excursions, poor service

Ship was extremely crowded, the size of the ship is not large enough for the number of cabins. Use the stairs the get around, elevators were always crowded and slow. Getting on and off the ship was very crowded, so ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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SS17

5 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Who designed these ships

Whoever designed these ships most have been on some drugs. When you hold all your games and talks in the Atrium, which has future cruises, guest services and and tours, you are asking for trouble. You have to yell ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Dholm

1 Review Written

Great trip

Overall a wonderful trip. The ship is magnificent. Boarded in Miami and was so glad to have just moved up to platinum as my line to get on was 10 minutes long, the others were in the hundreds and took 3 hours to get ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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ofbp Walt

5 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Halfway through Panama and back...

We selected a 12 night cruise to see the Panama Canal. We got to visit some cool places in addition, and have lunches in local bistros. We're not into sailing or snorkeling, but would rather walk/tour around to get ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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dbebushesldifnhs

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great way to see the Panama Canal and a bit of South and Central America.

This was our 9th cruise on Norwegian and our 17th cruise overall. This was our first time on the Norwegian Joy. Due to the size of this very large ship, embarkation was a bit frustrating with very long lines, but ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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memajajo

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Disappointing

We took the Norwegian Joy from LA to Miami on Jan 17, 2020 because it went through the Panama Canal, which was on out bucket list. We have done several cruises on various cruise lines, but this was our first ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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angelfish888

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great nightly entertainment, great staff, limited hot food selections in buffet

For our 17th cruise, we wanted to experience the Panama Canal. We had taken NCL in Sept. to New England and in October around the Western Mediterranean. This 3rd Norwegian cruise was a charm. We are a couple in our ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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RogerLJ

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Near Perfect Cruise

This was our 8th NCL cruise but our first on a large ship. My wife and I were a bit concerned about the size, but were pleasantly surprised to discover that large doesn't necessarily mean crowded and congested. ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Igo4fun

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Never Again

My Husband and I were looking for a winter getaway from the cold of the Midwest and choose the Panama Canal Cruise because of the January departure from Los Angeles, Ca. This was one of those bucket list trips for ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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key2860

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Beware ! Norwegian Cruise Line

BEWARE ! NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE. After 14 cruises over the last 30 years with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Carnival, and Norwegian — including 2 European cruises, an Alaskan Cruise, an Atlantic/Bahama ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Notgonnalie

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Mixed Feelings

This cruise experience was truly a mix of positive and negative impressions. Our biggest frustration was that the Joy changed our itinerary without explanation less than a week before taking off. They eliminated a ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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lindykaye

1 Review Written

Overall, had a great time!

We were on this cruise as part of a tour group to experience going through the Panama Canal. Therefore, most of the planning and details were taken care of for us. When we got to the ship, there was a long ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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tortuga777

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great staff and food, but this boat is just too big!

Is bigger always better? That depends, of course, on whom you ask. In my opinion The Norwegian Joy is just too big. My wife and I took the Joy, from LA to Miami because of the itinerary: a full transit of the ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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lsnhc

4 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

We had a wonderful time, but..............................

The Joy is, unquestionably, a beautiful ship. That being stated, there are several deficiencies as to the ability to handle 3800+ guests. The theater is not able to handle the crowds and unless you got there at ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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COOP4444

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

A fully delightful Cruise experience!

As Platinum travelers on NCL and having cruised multiple times with other cruise lines all around the world, my wife and I selected this NCL cruise as we have never cruised through the Panama Canal and wanted to do ...
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Sail Date January 2020


Norwegian Joy Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.53.9
Dining4.03.4
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms4.53.7
Fitness Recreation3.53.4
Family3.53.4
Enrichment3.52.9
Service4.53.8
Value For Money3.53.1
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