Once in a lifetime

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

16 Night Panama Canal (Los Angeles To Miami)

Sail date: October 11, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 14776

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Cruise was a once in a lifetime experience. Ship is big but was not fully booked, so made the trip very pleasant.


5 out of 5
Quick and easy.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Everything was great, especially LaCucina for breakfast for CA cabins.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The racetrack takes up valuable space with limited availability. Pool and hot tubs had way too much chlorine for my comfort. Loved the observation deck and District Brewhouse.


4 out of 5
Footloose was outstanding, Elements was very good, Marrambolla was breathtaking! Cryptic Duo were very talented

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was very helpful! Out room steward, Gusti was outstanding along with the bar waiters in the District, Adrian and Navio.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Loved the Obsevation Deck on 15. The casino with the closed-off smoking area was a very pleasant surprise. The racetrack was not open most of the time so seems to be a waste of valuable space. As usual, the Atrium was overcrowded and noisy. We really couldn’t take advantage of actives there.😕 The entire ship was clean and rust-free!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Wow! Tub with shower, walk in closet, robes, plenty of drawers, sitting area, chairs with table and a wonderful balcony! And let’s not forget, Gusti, the room steward, who always had the ice bucket filled and catered to our schedule. ❤️

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5
Reasonable priced hotels and restaurants near the port.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

3 out of 5
Sad that our scuba was cancelled. Enjoyed a little shopping.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

3 out of 5
Not much to do but shop; level 3

Mazatlan, Mexico

2 out of 5
Level 4, stayed near the port.

Acapulco, Mexico

1 out of 5
Captains Choice snorkel not very good. Water was full of trash. Boat staff did not enter water with us or have catch bags so we could cleanup trash. Also level 4

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

3 out of 5
Stayed near the port, level 3

Panama Canal Transit

4 out of 5
Very sad that the captain gave us the wrong time for going under the Bridge of Americas but everything else was great.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
DePalm Island snorkel was wonderful! Transportation to and from German too. So much to see under the water. Food and beverages included.

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5
Getting off was easy, found our Lift driver to take us to FLL


5 out of 5
CA makes life so much easier!
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