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Lots of Bling, but didn't always hit our spots
"We wanted the all-immersive Chinese atmosphere this cruise ship offered. We also wanted to visit its home port, Shanghai, and the 3 Japanese ports. The ship is new, and we also wanted the 'new ship' experience...."Read More
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losangelina

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy

Review for Norwegian Joy to Alaska

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BirdTravels

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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 inaugural Bliss last year and we were scheduled to be on “inaugural” Joy after her $50M refurbishment to move her from an Asian-based ship to an “American” ship. But, NCL had other plans and ...
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Sail Date: August 2019

Departure Port: Split

Cabin Type: Concierge Villa Suite with Balcony

32 Helpful Votes


AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!

Review for Norwegian Joy to Panama Canal & Central America

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bwatton

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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 experience of choosing the Joy to finish our back-to-back cruise and travel through the Panama Canal back to California. Boarding was a nightmare with long lines. While standing in line 4 ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

7 Helpful Votes


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

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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Toastboy

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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 targeting a specific location. It was our first time on one of the LARGE ships, and I was afraid that it would feel crowded. I did not find this to be the case. After a few days, I ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Concierge Villa Suite with Balcony

6 Helpful Votes


We were in a safe bubble

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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travelbug10

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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 was absolutely amazing how the ship was sanitized. Everyday a new process was implemented. throw pillows were removed from cabins and common area, tables were not set until people sat ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Traveled with children

Traveled with disabled person

5 Helpful Votes


Disappointed

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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Nopenope

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

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 entertainment area had folding chairs and no sloped seating. Felt like an auditorium in a school. Only 2 shows instead of one very night. Food was absolutely awful in the main dining ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

4 Helpful Votes


Above and beyond!

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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calaforte

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

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 the plate to make sure all the passengers on board were always safe from infection. There were extra precautions put in place with sanitation throughout the Joy and instructions for ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

4 Helpful Votes


Most recent cruise to Panama Canal, Miami to Los Angeles

Review for Norwegian Joy to Panama Canal & Central America

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2pedersens

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

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. News is today that they are encouraging their sales force to tell people how safe it is on their ships and not to worry about Corona virus. To me, that is just plain stupid with the ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Departure Port: Wellington

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

1 Helpful Vote


NCL Joy

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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mousy56

10+ Cruises

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 before going to Q smokehouse it was a lot of food. My husband and I did not like the Local. Atmosphere was noisy and poor food. Also too many high top tables. We enjoy O’Sheehans much better. ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

12 Helpful Votes


No joy on the Joy

Review for Norwegian Joy to Mexican Riviera

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jbpcalifornia

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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, it was a horrific experience with few bright spots: * transfer bus from lax took 2 hours due to staff slowness and multiple stops at lax. note: traffic was light and not an issue. ...
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Sail Date: March 2020

Departure Port: Hong Kong

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

Traveled with children

3 Helpful Votes


Crowded, cancelled excursions, poor service

Review for Norwegian Joy to Pacific Coastal

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Travel Hounds

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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 be ready to wait in line Buffet food was at best sub standard, think of it as a notch below golden corral and was always crowded. At times we walked around searching for an open table ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Departure Port: Brisbane

Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom


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