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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail Date: June 29, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Review Summary

Overall it was a very enjoyable cruise. The embarkation process was very well organized, no long waiting times to board. The food was great in all the restaurants we visited, as was the entertainment and shore excursions. Disembarkation was also well organized and efficient. However, vehicle traffic on Alaska Way in the vicinity of the ship is a problem. Traffic was backed up on eastbound streets leading to Alaskan Way. Our driver experienced at least three traffic light cycles before he could turn onto Alaskan Way. Access to the load/unload zone was also difficult. Similar problems during disembarkation in the load/unload zone. We had to lug our luggage about half a block to where our driver could find legal curb space. There needs to be improvements.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very efficient & organized. Color codes were used to organize disembarkation of passengers & luggage in the terminal was organized by the same color codes which made it easy to locate luggage.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was great in all five specialty restaurants, the main dining room & buffet. The staff was friendly & helpful.

Teppanyaki

5 out of 5

Great food and entertaining chef.

Garden Cafe

4 out of 5

Excellent variety of food from which to choose. Sometimes difficult to find seating in the area.

Observation Lounge

5 out of 5

Excellent! A suffiently varied menu. I especially liked having our unused bottle of wine saved and available to us the next time we dined regardless of which restaurants we were dining in.

Q Texas Smokehouse

5 out of 5

I was pleasantly surprised at how good the barbecue was, although the potato salad was prepared differently from what I’m used to, not using mayonnaise.

The Manhattan Room - Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Food was excellent, friendly wait staff.

Savor Restaurant - Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Excellent food & drinks. Friendly wait staff.

Ocean Blue

5 out of 5

One of our favorite places on the ship.

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

Food and wait staff were excellent.

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Food and wait staff was great!

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Food was excellent & wait staff was very friendly and helpful.

Cafe at the Atrium

5 out of 5

Very convenient while watching entertainment, especially having drinks brought to our seats by the wait staff.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Very large fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Atrium

5 out of 5

Great entertainment. I liked the spaciousness of the area.

Pulse Fitness Center

5 out of 5

Lots of equipment to accommodate users even at the busiest times.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Saw Elements perform. Great show!

Social Comedy & Night Club

5 out of 5

Excellent comedy show!

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly & helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Great layout. I especially liked the Atrium on deck level 6. All areas were clean & well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was clean & well maintained. Cabin was smaller than we expected for a mini suite.

Ship Tip

Visit as many of the specialty restaurants as possible

Ports Of Call

Seattle, Washington Did not visit port

We live in Seattle

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
We visited Saxman Village. Loved it.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Best of the ports visited, went whale watching.

Skagway, Alaska

1 out of 5
Did White Pass Yukon Territory, very exciting experience.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Loved it. Visited Buchart Gardens & walked around downtown.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very organized & efficient. Disembarkation was organized by color codes with groups disembarking when their color was called. The same color codes made it easy to locate luggage in the terminal.
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