Too big a ship, very commercialized

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 29, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 14832

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Had booked smaller ship, 2000 people, Norwegian put ship in for rehab, was switched to Joy, 3800 people. Just too big, too many people, lines and noise.


5 out of 5
Smart to have assigned boarding times with that many people

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We ate at complimentary restaurants. Didn't want to pay more for specialty ones. Not a fan of buffets. Was looking forward to salmon, but all fish over done.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
In our 60's not interested in race track, laser tag, etc geared toward children. Pool nice & well kept. Hint for quiet head for observation deck.


4 out of 5
Shows good, comedians great, entertainers enthusiastic. With that many cruisers make sure to make reservations for everything!

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service people worked hard and very pleasant.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
For the amount of people service people were always there taking care.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The extra room was nice and amazingly quiet, except people slamming doors at all hours. Our steward, Noel Miniones, was on the ball and pleasant.

Ship tip

Make reservations for everything, be prepared for crowds & noise. Bring ear plugs. Wonder what the decibals were?

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
No excursion, visited friends.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Very commercialized, but guess people want their souvenirs. Did jeep ride, canoe & "salmon bake". Tour people very organized and nice. 20 people canoe not 2 man like brochure and salmon bake was a salmon spread on bread, clam chowder was just broth no clams or potatoes in mine.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
Lots souvenirs. Tour guide, Tara, lots of info, funny and nice. Mendenhall glacier actually sad receding so fast. In 30 yrs you won't be able to see it from that spot any more. Tram very disappointing. Waste of time, long lines.

Skagway, Alaska

4 out of 5
Skagway White Pass train a must. Very well organized and informative. Old cars wonderfully taken care of.

Victoria, British Columbia

4 out of 5
Beautiful town. Took a bus tour. Hint take a taxi to The Empress, only $10. one way. We split with other couples. Shuttle $15.95 round trip, long lines.


4 out of 5
Well organized, color coded. Take advantage of the FREE luggage pick up from room to your flight. We just took the shuttle through ship for $20. a piece.
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