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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

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

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

5 Night Pacific Coastal (Vancouver To Los Angeles)

Sail date: October 06, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Better than expected! Unsure of what to expect from NCL, large ship experience, and Fall weather.


5 out of 5
Very smooth, arrived later. Cruise terminal was not crowded at all and there were no lines for porter, security, check-in, etc. All staff were friendly and helpful.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food met and exceeded our expectations. Especially liked the specialty restaurants, we ate at the French and Steak restaurants. Service was excellence. Not every dish at the buffet was excellent, but the variety was so large that we could always find something good! Especially liked the ice cream, the rest of the dessert not to my taste. Would have loved some peanut butter and whipped cream at the crepe bar. Enjoyed the Sports bar food and location. Main dining room did not impress us, but food was good and service was great! The eighth deck was not as crowded but it has a great brew pub with a TON of variety of micro brews to pick from. We enjoyed live music and some hard to find beer! The mojito bar is also a not so crowded gem. The bartenders make each mojito from scratch and the quality is great, tried multiple mojito flavors!

The Local

5 out of 5

Always hopping and happening. Bartenders friendly and very efficient at the same time. Better food than we expected.

The District Brew House

5 out of 5

Went there twice. The variety on tap and the bottle selection could satisfy all beer tastes. We each tried different microbreweries that we cannot get at home.

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

5 out of 5

Awesome tropical flavored mojitos, loved the variety. My favorite was the guava/raspberry flavor. Bartenders were spot on, live latin music had folks on the dance floor.

Spice H2O

5 out of 5

Only hung out in this adults only section for a little while but it was a nice getaway from kids.

Garden Cafe

5 out of 5

Lots of variety

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

Our favorite dining venue on the ship. Appetizers were wonderful, lamb was spot on!

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Wonderful service, filet mignon melted in my mouth

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the mini golf, bingo, presentations, casino, deal or no deal. Shows were fantastic, excellent quality! Comedians added some spice and variety!

Mini Golf

5 out of 5

Only 9 holes, but very fun! Great views!


5 out of 5

largest casino at sea I've seen


5 out of 5

Loud at times, but always something going on

678 Oceane Plaza

5 out of 5

Great central location


5 out of 5
See above. Shows, music, and comedians provided great entertainment and variety.

Social Comedy & Night Club

4 out of 5

both comedians were very different. didn't care for one of the PG shows, it seemed as if the comedian was more comfortable doing the 18+ shows with adult oriented humor.

Galaxy Pavilion

4 out of 5

only played arcade games, they were great. virtual reality games were expensive, starting at $7

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
They work very hard, and with a smile!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful new ship, cleanliness level was impressive!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
First time with balcony, hard to go back!

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

5 out of 5

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
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