Cruise was wonderful But very restrictive NOT smoker friendly at all!

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 18, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9200

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Cabin, food, ample elevators, service all excellent. Down side is SEVERE lack of smoking areas. Outside at spice H20 unsheltered 12X24 area CRAMMED with people trying to get around chairs,umbrellas, ash stands. Casino CUBE when open only. Humidor off limits to cigarettes so there are ZERO sheltered smoking areas if casino closed. Clearly NCL doesn’t welcome smokers.


3 out of 5
Terminal in town. Lots of walking

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Everything top notch

Garden Cafe

5 out of 5

Good variety excellent quality

Observation Lounge

5 out of 5

Gorgeous and spacious with comfy furniture

Spice H2O

3 out of 5

If you don’t smoke it’s wonderful! If you do smoke well good luck with that!

The Waterfront

4 out of 5

Not many people there but then it was cold and windy

The Local

5 out of 5

Excellent service and food. VERY clean!

The Humidor Cigar Lounge

5 out of 5

Comfortable, well ventilated but cigars ONLY

The District Brew House

4 out of 5

Pianist fabulous


5 out of 5

Always great!

Savor Restaurant - Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Beyond reproach!

Q Texas Smokehouse

4 out of 5

Great food

Horizon Lounge

5 out of 5

Gorgeous spacious

Atrium Bar

4 out of 5

Needs more staff

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Atrium activities all the time lots of fun, musical groups great but LOUD!


3 out of 5

Generous slots. Many tables empty or just a few people there. Slots in halls have very comfortable but VERY heavy chairs. A glass cube with approximately 75 machines close together little space for drinks hard to move around in. HOT in there. Ashtrays are carried or hard to find, not kept clean. Bar service there terrible and not many places to put glass because of sloping slot decks and so close together, VERY heavy chairs and rows too close together


5 out of 5

Entertainment, seating very nice


4 out of 5
Footloose good but toooooo long

Race Track

5 out of 5

Lots of fun though puzzled as to extra charge!

Social Comedy & Night Club

4 out of 5

Great entertainment

Laser Tag

5 out of 5

It was a Blast!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Excellent. Only real problem was the weight and density of chairs in casino. Very warm in our “glass cube”. Couldn’t move around easily and would be nearly impossible for the physically challenged. Even non smoking area though large chairs made it difficult to move around

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Beautiful, comfortable beds, ample shower

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

3 out of 5
Been many times

Ketchikan, Alaska

2 out of 5
Long walk to town


4 out of 5

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
Train excursion long but very nice. A long walk to train


4 out of 5
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