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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 24, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: GTY

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was the first time to join Norwegian Cruise. Most certainly Norwegian is the best for us so far. We confused some of payment system such as premium beverage package and Children's meal services because we strongly expect a REAL all inclusive plan without any additional payments except for very limited special activities. However we all very much appreciated all of cruise staff members and we were so lucky to see very thoughtful people. We are looking forward to seeing you next time soon!!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
A new big ship and dining at night fascinated us.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Beautiful dining locations and high quality meals fascinated us at anytime. However we were very confused the extent of premium beverage package especially in case of exceeding $15. It was NOT necessarily applied to pay the deference. We always needed ask people if it is applied or not. So I thought there is a very complicated system. Additionally regardless of paying much service charges, tax, etc. in advance, every time we get alcohol drinks approximately 10% has been added to our account. We wanted to enjoy "the REAL all inclusive plan" on the ship without any additional payments and concerns.

Observation Lounge

5 out of 5

We went there every morning because we could enjoy the unbelievable view from this lounge.

Ocean Blue

5 out of 5

That's amazing seafood we got. Further all of wine has been served by the glass of RIEDEL Veritas series!!!!! We were so impressed such kind of thoughtful.

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

That's awesome!! All of wine has been prepared by the RIEDEL glass!!!!!!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Galaxy Pavilion. This was really fun. However $5 per game looks like not affordable price. $20 per game machine is too expensive.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Foot loose, Elements, Beatles show and Magic show. All of them was perfect and excitement!! these performances were very high level. Then I wanted to watch many movies at the theater as possible during this voyage.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5
My daughter loved to join the splash academy program. All of instructors were very trained, friendly and kind. Further children could perform something at the theater. we were so impressed!! However we only unsatisfied with being required some additional costs for each child meal service during children's programs. We thought that these service should be included originally because these meals are not special but normal, which means to be provided at complimentary dining restaurant and from complimentary menu.

Splash Academy

4 out of 5

All of instructors were friendly, kind. We respect them. But only one thing we wondered why child meal service during the program has been required costs.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of staff has been trained. They work hard for customers at anytime. We were so impressed to see them.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
JOY is the brand new ship as well as cleanliness!!! Beautiful, gorgeous and cutting edge! Everybody must be excited to get in the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The room has been kept being clean at any time and new equipment has been set. So we feel very comfortable but only one thing the size of room was small for us. We needed a little more space to spread our suitcases in the room.

Ship tip

Meal level on the ship is definitely high comparing to other cruises.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5
For the port, nothing special but it's OK. We got a good seafood meal in Seattle.

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
Enjoy walking around port and we enjoyed salmon river!! That was amazing. We were suffering from rainy.

Juneau, Alaska

2 out of 5
Nothing special. Just walking around port.

CRUISE ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER Did not visit port

We didn't join anything.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
We have no words!!! We were so rocky with a very nice weather and comfortable temperature. We love Skagway especially!!

Victoria, British Columbia

3 out of 5
Nothing special.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Honestly we wanted to stay at the ship by enjoying the final breakfast service as long as possible. At least we wanted to stay on the ship until around 10:00 am in order to enjoy the breakfast.

Traveler Photos

Delicious dessert!! Great view! I can not believe that it is served at a complimentary restaurant! My favorite main course! That's awesome!! Big cocktail shrimp! Sparkling wine at the theater!! Amazing Lobster bisque soup!
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