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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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

4.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin number: 10212

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Good cruise with lots to do, but also lots of crowds and activity around. If you want relaxing, hang out on the observation deck or in one of the small cozy areas of the ship. Having a balcony is a must. Room service is great to eat quietly and if you drink, get the pre-paid drink package. You can carry plates of food and drinks all over the ship. Also, there is an area just for adults which is nice for some wanting a kid-free area


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The 3 main dining rooms were great, and the Local was wonderful for variety. Portions were not huge so not that much wasted food which was perfect as you could order how much you wanted to eat. Food was presented very artistically - sometimes almost too pretty to eat!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Unfortunately the race car track was closed almost the entire trip due to weather, although the weather wasn't bad. The laser tag also closed a lot. Pools were too cold to enjoy but the kids liked the water slides.


5 out of 5
The shows were amazing. Elements Show and Footloose were so great due to the talent of the performers and the sets. The Beatles Revolution in the Cavern was so fun, every evening a segment of their career, advancing to 1970's.

Children's Programs

The kids did not want to go to the kid's club which was fine with the rest of us.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
All were nice, respectful, and friendly but the room stewards seemed a little over booked.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Since this ship was only 5 months old, it was like new - even had the "new ship smell". The only issues were that there was always a wait (sometimes 5-10 minutes) for the elevators, and the balcony doors "knocked and banged" and made a lot of noise while at sea due to the wood cabinet casings around the doors.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was rather small - as was the balcony for a mini-suite. However, the bathroom was big and included large vanity with 2 sinks and a huge walk-in shower with 8 jets of spray.

Ship tip

Find quiet places on the ship (there are several) to remove yourself from the crowds and truley relax.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5
We disembarked our last day in Seattle so we checked our bags and walked to Pike Street Market, took the monorail to the Space Needle and did a little shopping. We still could use our pre-paid transfers by taking a bus returning to the airport after dropping folks off for the next cruise since our plane didn't leave until 3:30 in the afternoon.

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
We did the boat excursion Eagles, Totems and Lighthouse and it was wonderful. Boat was staffed with great folks and we saw lots of eagles and a close up view of the amazing coastline. Included snacks and salmon spread and lots of hot chocolate. Weather was partly sunny, 65 degrees and beautiful!

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
We only docked for 5 hours so we booked a shuttle to the glacier ourselves from one of the pier vendors. Wonderful experience with a narrated tour through the town to the glacier where we explored on our own. Saw 3 bears, tons of salmon, and we all got to play on the glacier "beach". Weather was sunny and beautiful. Magical day being at the glacier and enjoying the outdoors.


5 out of 5
We did not dock here, only cruised up the Endicott straight. Huge icebergs were in the straight and all of us thought of the Titanic. The ship opened the forward decks so those who wanted to get outside could view from there, but we stayed on our balcony and had great views. Weather was freezing, snowing, and windy. It was so bad the ship could not get very close to the glacier and we had to turn around sooner than the captain had hoped as we could not get closer due to all the icebergs.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

2 out of 5
Not a good place to visit. Tiny town with nothing to do, other than a small brewery establishment which was nice, but the locals did not seem happy to have people there. Actually could not get waited on in a crab restaurant and others had been waiting for service for over an hour. We decided to leave and when we were going out the door, the waitress said "I don't like serving big city people". As we were waiting for our bus to return to the ship a local street vendor told our crowd to have fun on the Terminator Ship.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Wonderful day in Victoria. We had signed up for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour but the bus never came, so after waiting over an hour, and only getting a recording on the 2 local numbers to call for the bus, we decided to walk around ourselves. We walked to Fisherman's Wharf, took a water taxi to Chinatown, and walked back to the ship via the Parliament, Princess Hotel, and several other stops, including a wonderful lunch in a café overlooking the water. Weather was 70 degrees and sunny.


4 out of 5
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