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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

7 Night Alaska With Inside Passage (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 31, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 14806

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, I would rate this cruise a 5. Everything was exceptional. I would recommend NCL to anyone who would like to enjoy a great cruise. The food, drinks, service, entertainment and things to do are perfect (at least for us)! We will be back!!!

Embarkation

1 out of 5
Quick and painless experience

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We love the steakhouse, Cagney's. The steak and seafood is succulent and the desserts are amazing. The Teppenyaki is always a great show and the food was perfectly cooked. Too much food, so we did not have the dessert. There was a great variety at the buffet. The food was always delicious. We love the freshly made eggs and omelets in the morning and lunch and dinner had different choices every day (night). The bar service was top-notch. We tried just about everything on the menu and the service was exceptional.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We loved the water slides. Be prepared for the exhilaration of the slide off the side of the ship. It was so fun that we did it over and over again. The hot tubs by the main pool always had kids, so we went to the other adult hot tub in the H2O lounge. The jets in this tub was much better. We did not get to the fitness center as much of our workout was on shore. However, the fitness centers looked amazing. We did play mini golf which was a hoot! Spent a bit of time in the casinos.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The two main shows were excellent, Elements and Foot Loose. The magician was so fun to watch. The musicians and DJ's around the ship were fun but the best was Dan Dan, the cruise director, singing "Time to say Goodbye" on the last night. He was amazing!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everywhere the service was superior!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Huge ship but always clean. Once you figure out the ship's design, you are good to go.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
There were three adults in our room. We had lots of room, always clean and ready for our arrival. Anytime we called for assistance, our steward helped us out!

Ship tip

One piece of advice, is that your keycard turns on the lights in your cabin and make sure you make your reservations for the main entertainment.

Ports of call

Ketchikan, Alaska

5 out of 5
The weather was iffy to start, but became a beautiful day. We did our own hike up to the fish hatchery and then up to Redbird Trail to the college and then back to town for shopping and a beer at the Asylum!

Juneau, Alaska

1 out of 5
We paid for a ride on one of the white buses for $45 a person to go to the glacier. The glacier is a must stop. We hiked the trail there to Nugget Falls. So beautiful. Our bus driver back was a Native Indian and he gave us some great information and he was very funny. He dropped us off at the Red Dog Saloon for a beer and a duck fart. Then time for shopping and a halibut sandwich at the little green shack by the visitor center (always my husbands favorite stop)!

CRUISE ENDICOTT ARM & DAWES GLACIER Did not visit port

Because of foggy conditions, we were unable to continue this route. I understand, but we did really want to see this.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

5 out of 5
What a wonderful place to stop. The shopping and activities at the port were nice. But we continued down to the village (1 1/2 mile hike one way). Just a beautiful stop. We wanted to do the zip-line, but it was already full.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Victoria - I would love to stay here longer. This town is so beautiful. We walked to Fisherman's Wharf and then took a water taxi to Chinatown. From there, we walk through shops and the local sellers alley and then to the government building. We had a free tour through the Parliament building. From there we walked to the huge park and then to the shore and back to the ship. Some day, we will take an excursion here.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Because NCL takes our luggage to the airport for us, we just walk off the ship when we were ready. Our flight did not leave until late afternoon, so we strolled to the Space Needle and then back to Pike Place Market for some amazing chowder (I think it was at Jack fish market). Then we took the train to the airport.
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