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Norwegian Joy overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Packed with both adult-oriented and family-friendly amenities, Norwegian Joy brings the upscale side of Norwegian Cruise Line to the shores of Alaska and the beaches of the Mexican Riviera. Originally built in 2017 for the Asian market, Norwegian Joy received $50 million in refurbishments in 2019 before being repositioned to the American market to join her sister ship, Norwegian Bliss, in Alaska. Today, the redesigned Joy offers an impressive variety of activities, entertainment, and dining developed especially for North American travelers.

Competitive families will feel right at home thanks to the onboard laser tag, five-hole miniature golf course, and two-story go-kart speedway. There's also a fully equipped water park with two exciting features, the high-speed Aqua Racer and the Ocean Loop, whose enclosed tunnel slide spirals precariously over the edge of the deck. Plus, families can take advantage of the Entourage teen club and Splash Academy activity center for complimentary childcare. A mini water park for little ones and a virtual reality space filled with 3D games for all ages round out the ship’s extensive lineup of onboard activities.

Adults can catch the sunset from the open-air Waterfront promenade, wander into one of the poolside lounges, or head to the theater for an evening of music and laughs. In addition to stand-up, live DJs, and classic rock bands, Joy has two signature shows, the musical Footloose, and the earth-inspired acrobatic revue ELEMENTS! Passengers can also book tickets to Norwegian's popular Wine Lovers The Musical, a dinner theater production that, as you might have guessed, comes with plenty of drinks. Top dining choices include premium cuts at Cagney's Steakhouse, French favorites at Le Bistro, pasta and seafood at La Cucina, and the hibachi restaurant Teppanyaki.

Norwegian Joy cruises visit destinations along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Alaska with periodic visits to Miami via the Panama Canal. The ship's Alaskan cruise season begins in May and runs through September, and all 7-night Alaskan cruises depart from Seattle, Washington. In the fall, Joy heads down the coast to its second homeport in Los Angeles. For much of the year, Joy takes passengers on 7-night trips across the Mexican Riviera, including ports of call in Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Longer 16-night cruises travel through the Panama Canal between Miami and L.A.

Norwegian Joy ship highlights

  • Three pools and nine whirlpools
  • Water park featuring the Ocean Loop and Aqua Racer slides
  • Kids’ aqua park
  • Go-kart racing, laser tag, and mini-golf
  • Splash Academy kids club
  • Entourage teen club
  • Galaxy Pavilion virtual reality games
  • ELEMENTS! acrobatic stage show
  • Broadway shows, including Footloose
  • Wine Lovers The Musical dinner and drinks theater
  • Seventeen lounges, including the Sugarcane Mojito Bar
  • The Waterfront open-air promenade
  • The Cavern Club rock venue
  • Social Comedy and Night Club
  • Casino at 678 Ocean Place
  • Adults-only Spice H2O
  • Mandara Spa & Salon
  • Pulse fitness center

Before you book

Why sail on Norwegian Joy: Norwegian Joy caters to couples, families, and mature travelers seeking a destination-focused cruise experience while still sailing on a large, cutting-edge ship with the latest innovations.

You should know: While other cruise lines relegate their older, smaller ships to sail destination-focused itineraries like Alaska, Norwegian Joy is a huge, brand-new ship full of action and excitement. If you’re just sailing to explore America’s last frontier and don’t care about high-tech bells and whistles, you can find cheaper (and less-crowded) options elsewhere.

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Norwegian Joy ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 4.1
  • Entertainment 4.2
  • Food and Dining 4.2
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.4

Norwegian Joy cabins

1925 cabins and 37 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(6 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 160 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $119/night
Oceanview Cabin


(1 Review)
Avg. Size: 283 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $155/night
Balcony Cabin


(58 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 342 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $173/night
Suite Cabin


(33 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 530 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $267/night

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Norwegian Joy dining

Ocean Blue

Ocean Blue

(7 Reviews)
The Haven Restaurant

The Haven Restaurant

(2 Reviews)

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Norwegian Joy onboard activities

Horizon Lounge

Horizon Lounge

(1 Review)
Sugarcane Mojito Bar

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

(9 Reviews)
Skyline Bar

Skyline Bar

(1 Review)
Maltings Whiskey Bar

Maltings Whiskey Bar

(3 Reviews)

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Very fun trip! by mtjames

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Overall we had a really good time with a few issues here and there. Nothing too major. Just wish communication was better. Beautiful scenery, good food, and relaxation makes for a really good trip, which is what we received.

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Cruise to Mexico by julieoslove

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Overall we had a great time - but prefer smaller ships

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Great way to see the Canal by sailordan07

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Great way to see the canal. We were disappointed in our room location and noise. Service was not as good or as friendly as on previous NCL cruise.

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249 Norwegian Joy tips

May 13, 2019

make reservations for the dinners, shows and activities as soon as you can. I really wanted to try Ocean Blue restaurant & Teppayanki but couldn't get in because there weren't any openings.

Aug 13, 2019

Get to observation lounge early. It is packed. It was offensive to me to see people sleeping on all the couches all the time I think this should not be allowed.

Dec 26, 2019

Bring everything you paid for on paper, but the check in process before getting on the ship, completely messed up my kids room and changed their package by accident and it ended costing me more money for something I already prepaid.

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