Norwegian Joy is Great!

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

16 Night Panama Canal (Miami To Los Angeles)

Sail date: February 14, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 14178

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Great Ship. Great Staff. Norwegian’s freestyle cruising really suites me.


3 out of 5
Long lines in Miami. We had a package that included priority embarkation but did not see signage telling us where to go to get that. We instead waited in the long standard embarkation line with other passengers. It took quite a while but we met some great people there.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food and drink was excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The ship is just great. Pools, Waterfront, Ocean Loops water slide was great.


4 out of 5
There is quite a variety of entertainment on board. We did not see everything but what we did see was nice.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff onboard were just great. I mean everyone! Smiling, friendly, helpful. They are what really made the voyage as terrific as it was.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Great layout. Easy to get around. A little crowded on Port day mornings when many travelers were going ashore but great overall.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Just great. I loved our cabin!

Ship tip

Enjoy every minute of your trip. I would do it again in a minute it was so good.

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

2 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

2 out of 5

Mazatlan, Mexico

3 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

4 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5


1 out of 5
The only thing that was rough was the disembarkation experience in LA. They tried to get people to come off the ship in groups but everyone came off at once creating huge lines for immigration. Although that was not good, I had such great a great experience on the ship that I can put the disembarkation experience behind me and not dwell on it. Only so much they can do to control passenger behavior.
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