Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Norwegian Joy
When is Norwegian Joy slated to resume operations?
Norwegian Joy will resume sailing on November 20, 2021, offering week-long Caribbean itineraries from Miami. Port stops will include Roatan (Honduras), Costa Maya (Mexico), Cozumel (Mexico), and Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island, Harvest Caye.
Norwegian Cruise Line is requiring that ALL guests and crew be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof of vaccination for sailings. The line strongly encourages all guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72-hours prior to their sail date as an extra precaution. All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by Norwegian, at the pier prior to boarding and receive a negative result.
Cruising on Norwegian Joy? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Norwegian Joy was built with a wide variety of activities for both kids and adults alike. The ship was refurbished in 2019 so you can expect upgraded amenities throughout the vessel. Some of the highlighted features of Norwegian Joy include: three pools and nine whirlpools, a water park, go-kart racing, laser tag, mini-golf, kids and teens clubs, Broadway-style shows, seventeen lounges, the Waterfront open-air promenade, a casino, and a spa and fitness center.
Activities + Entertainment: Norwegian Joy features some of the best onboard activities in the line’s fleet. Kids can have endless fun on the two-story go-kart speedway and at the Aqua Park. Teens and active adults can zoom down the waterpark's Ocean Loop water slide or the high-speed Aqua Racer. There's also several adult-only spaces including Spice H2O and the Vibe Beach Club, and the Mandara Spa & Salon.
Dining: Norwegian Joy has a strong dining lineup in both the complimentary and specialty categories, with 15 restaurants onboard. Unique specialty venues include Ocean Blue, Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, La Cucina, Food Republic, Teppanyaki, as well as several others. Complimentary options include the Manhattan main dining room, Taste and Savor, The Garden Cafe buffet, and the 24-hour Local pub.
Pricing: As sailings are filling up quickly with the return of cruising, the prices seem to be changing daily for cruises on Norwegian Joy. Right now you can expect to pay about $70 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin, so you have your own private oasis to watch the scenery as you sail through the Caribbean. These rooms start at $105 and go up based on location. If you find a price you like for the sailing you want, book it as chances are it won't last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Procedures
Norwegian Cruise Line has a 100 percent vaccination requirement. This means that many protocols you may see with other cruise lines at this time may differ from what you will find on any Norwegian ship. You can expect a number of health checks and requirements for embarkation.
Norwegian has designed an enhanced, staggered embarkation process and a new check-in system to streamline check-in for guests by allowing documents to be signed electronically. Prior to boarding, guests must acknowledge vaccination status prior to their sailing and bring proof of vaccination to the terminal for their cruise. All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by Norwegian, prior to boarding and receive a negative result. In addition, every guest will have a PCR swab taken that will be sent to a lab separately and results processed the following day as part of the Bermuda pre-arrival requirements.
Onboard, Norwegian will offer a mask-free cruising experience, no social distancing, all restaurants and venues will be open, and no capacity restrictions. Note, as government regulations evolve, health and safety protocols may evolve to comply with local requirements.
For more details on Norwegian’s Sail Safe plan and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Tips from Our Community Members
Do not miss the observation deck. We did not discover it until the 3rd day. You will be impressed. - frdrices
Come prepared to have fun. Determine ahead of time the things you want to do and make appropriate reservations. - KelvynKsy
Explore the ship after checking in to get to know the locations of everything. Once you are comfortable where things are, you can really relax and you are not wasting time getting to where you are going. - tjones73wku
With so much to see and do in the various Caribbean ports that Norwegian Joy will visit, you will want to make sure to book your excursions as early as possible. The top-rated excursions by port are:
Harvest Caye, Belize - Harvest Caye is Norwegian Cruise Line’s own private island! The destination is a 75-acre oasis in Belize. Here expect to enjoy activities like the pool area with a swim-up bar, beachside cabanas, and a saltwater lagoon that’s perfect for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and riding on electric float boats.Check out our guide on the Best Things to Do at a Cruise Line’s Private Island.
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