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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 173

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Inagural

Sail date: April 26, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10752

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Norwegian Joy was a fun ship and trip. Delicious food, every drink imaginable, fun activities and shows that keep your interest. I would recommend this ship to everyone from retired couples to families, there is something for everyone!


4 out of 5
Pretty painless, there were some lines but we got there right when we could board as we couldn't wait to see the ship! Other passengers that went later said there around 1ish did not experience any lines. Everyone was very pleasant.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The bbq restaurant, Q, was very good. Make sure you try the ribs, sides and corn bread with a peach margarita. Normally, I don't like buffets but the Garden Grill had everything it was fresh and tasty. Make sure you visit on the seafood buffet day. I went to the Local Cafe which is open 24 hours! I went for sit down breakfast and lunch. The Watermelon Greek Salad and the white bean turkey chilli were standouts as was the tortilla bowl and the country platter for breakfast had everything you could as for and more. Food Republic had yummy firecracker shrimp, dumplings and green tea dessert were standouts. The sake and sushi, were great too. American Diner had comfort food, burgers, bbq, onion rings, nachos and lobsters rolls were my favs.

Q Texas Smokehouse

5 out of 5

Great BBQ, sides, cornbread and desserts. In addition, the peach margarita is delicious

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

5 out of 5

Best mojito I have ever had!!!

The Local

5 out of 5

Open 24/7 and great food at sit down restaurant. For those who aren't crazy about buffets, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The pools were a little small and the hot tubs were cold. I wish it had been warmer to have tried the slide. Make sure to bring closed toed shoes if you want to race the cars.


5 out of 5
You have to see Footloose. I was so good and so much fun. I sang along and really enjoyed the performances.

Children's Programs

I didn't bring my 16-year-old son however he would have loved the activities. From the race track to the virtual reality games and laser tag, there was a lot to choose from for fun!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very helpful and kind. The steward opened the door for me when I was carrying too much. You were always greeted with hellos and big smiles from the staff.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
It took a few days to get acclimated to the layout. I never could figure out which elevator was closest to the room. Register early for dinners and activities. There are areas posted throughout the ship, which are very helpful. Look at the hallway rug, fish swim forward toward front of ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I loved the room. Nice comfy bed with new movies playing on TV. I was very surprised by the size of the bathroom. It was very large.

Ship tip

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.

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5
Vancouver was beautiful. I arrived at the airport at noon however it took a while (about 30 minutes) to go thru customs. There are lots of great places to eat from food trucks to restaurants. I had the best oysters ever there and that says a lot as I'm from Florida.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5
I did not have a good experience at this port. It is located in an industrial area and there really was not much to do or see. We were put under a huge tent to wait for our Lyft driver.


4 out of 5
We exited the ship pretty quickly.
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