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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 46

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 5303

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Atrium set up is horrible. You can't hear when trying to talk with guest services or cruise next. It's just way too loud in that room.


3 out of 5
We were supposed to have priority embarkation but it was closed off. We were sent to another long line that was supposedly also priority.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food, drinks and service.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Lots of trivia but hardly any actual activities like ring toss competition, corn hole, shuffle board, etc. Those activities were on every other NCL ship we've been on.


3 out of 5
What entertainment they had was good but on other ships there was usually a different show every night. They had comedy in the little room called The Social. We were told we needed reservations but we not able to make any. The comedy has usually been in the theaters on previous ships.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Can't say enough about the staff. Especially dining staff.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Design of Atrium is awful. It is too loud in there to talk with guest services or cruise next. The shows and music were way too loud for that size venue.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very comfortable. Very clean. Enough storage.

Ship tip

Be warned that the Atrium is always loud. Even the piano player was too loud.

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Whale watching was great!

Mazatlan, Mexico

5 out of 5
Topless Bus trip was fun.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

4 out of 5
Just took a local tour around. Interesting trip. Stopped at a little tequila factory and received samples. Some very good tequila out there! Chocolate, coffee, mango, etc. Yum. And I don't even like tequila.


5 out of 5
Easy process.
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