Norwegian Joy Cruise Review

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 69

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

12 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 27, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Loved our cruise on Joy, our 13th with NCL and probably the best. The staff were fantastic, the shows were very good and the food was outstanding...I just wish fellow cruisers were more positive and not so negative always looking to moan. Love NCL and cant wait for cruise number 14...


4 out of 5
Bit of chaos caused by stupid people thinking that the there was a prize for the first one aboard. A lack of control by port officials and NCL allowed the chaotic crowd surge to spoil embarcation.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We were so very impressed with every aspect of Joy's dining offerings...Cagney's and Le Bistro were our favorites but everyone was superb. The staff were also very good. Happy, very professional and a real difference in quality from some other ships. The buffet was very good although over 12 days it only varied slightly.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Something for everyone on Joy, if you love carting, water park, virtual gaming, mini golf choose Joy.


4 out of 5
Superb DJ the best on any past cruise, the shows were very good. My one moan was the Cavern Club, how can you have a club without a dance floor? Also the Beatles were not good infact the worse tribute I have seen. All other entertainment was typical NCL quality.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
A completely different class from every staff member. Well done NCL.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Perfect size, don't get the double size basin as its not sectioned you just use double the amount of water. Other than that we loved it, our cabin steward wss fantastic.

Ship tip

Enjoy the Observation Lounge its fantastic.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
Love Miami, mainy use to shop at Dophin Mall or the massive Sawgrass Mall, save a fortune on clothing. Done the city tour and with the exception of Venice, the best sail away port we have been too.

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5
Paradise, all food and drinks included on the island. Loved it. Why o why on an island where everything is inclusive are NCL charging $20 for a sun rediculous as shade was such a premium on a very hot first stop.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Used Victor Bodden tours, easy contact, great guide and a super tour including wildlife park and beach for $30 each fantastic value for a 5 hour tour...

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
Sadly, a very poor country, did a river tour that was pointless as we only saw 1 bird. Then a beach stop that had no sunbeds so all on all not worth the $90 paid for 2 people.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Leave the sanitized port and go to Mahahual, we had the best day on the beach of the whole trip. Go to Mazamo restaurant, beach chairs and food very well priced and great service.

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

4 out of 5
If im honest once you see the locks that are incredible the rest is is a bit boring.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
A fantastic cruise resort. For me way too sanitized and in no way a reflection of the real Belize. We wanted to snorkel and should have done a sepperate tour. Another question...Harvest Cay has nothing for free besides sun beds, yet Great Stirrup Cay has everything for free besides the sun shades at $20 a go...errrr dont get it.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
The best port visited on this cruise, a great natural wildlife area, shops and restaurant. Did a city tour that was great. Paid $45 total for a 3 hour tour. If im honest way to many street sellers at every stop just constantly hounding you to buy rubbish.


4 out of 5
Unfortunately not a good disembarkation, we had a tour booked and had to be in the theatre at 7.30am we then waited for nearly three hours as the systems were down. Obviously no ones fault but we missed a portion of the tour.
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