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3.7

Fun cruise on a very nice ship with a few frustrations. by morganre21

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy

We had very high expectations for this trip, hoping that it would be better than our first cruise on the carnival inspiration. With how new the ship is, and all the amenities on the ship we thought it would be. But, at the end of the day we were very underwhelmed from this cruise experience, if I were to choose which cruise to do again, I would choose carnival over Norwegian unfortunately.

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4.8

First time on the Joy by emilykk

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy

This was my 4th cruise and my first that was not on the Jewel. I was hesitant about the larger ship and the number or passengers but was pleasantly surprised about the number of times I forgot how many people were on the ship.

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3.3

You could better invest in your vacation by dramsrt10

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

The cruise director was ill-prepared for the cool weather, and, having been on several other cruises, the potential was incredible. The execution was subpar. In short, my recommendation would be to find ANY cruise out of a different sort, and you might consider another brand. I will likely not sail on Norwegian again

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A different expirence by mlr92847

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

First time on a Norwegian cruse and was a bit disappointing...I'm disabled and was not warned when I booked that there was going to be a lot of walking to get to elevators. I was using a walker and could not use the stairs. Felt there were not enough daytime activities as other cruse lines and the evening entertainment was good but not enough. Also I have to add, it was worst drink service in public areas I've ever experienced on a cruise!

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3.8

Ship was too big. Still had lots of fun. Going to stay with smaller ships. by cruiserforlife63

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cruising is always fun but sometimes the ship is too big.

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Most stressful cruise ever taken but not cruise ships fault - nice ship by crcoverston

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Overall, would consider trying Norwegian again in future, but as of now, still trying to recover from this last one.

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4.4

No bad cruise, but... by lb0456

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

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.

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4.7

Great Cruise! Huge, clean ship by alost1033

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Joy

Overall, a great time! We enjoyed the Joy and would sail on her again. Try everything, there really is something for everyone!!

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Lovely Mexican Riviera Cruise, Great Ship by DJTexas

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Great cruise, great weather, very little to complain about. Would do this one again!

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3.9

Loved the Ports by Kait12345

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

First time with NCL, don’t think I will cruise with them again. Disappointed with the quality of the food and the service in most of the restaurants. Did like the reservation system they used. Very easy and simple. I did love the Observatory Lounge and the entertainment. Really disappointed with the cleanliness of the restrooms, especially after the Joy had returned twice in the month or so before will issues of possible illnesses. I saw it on the news. Maybe if I did a bit more research and paid more for a higher level cabin my experience might have been better.

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4.5

Nice Mexican Riviera Cruise by gard740

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

A nice cruise, would recommend a different time of the year as we were cold on the sea days and had to use blankets while sitting on the deck.

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4.7

Such a Joy by reaganbax

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy

A wonderful 7 night cruise. We had great weather in January and the ship was very nice. Food was brilliant and the entertainment was really good.

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5.0

Amazing first cruise on NCL! by alexthetraveler

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy

This was my first time sailing with NCL, and I can’t say nothing but great things. The Joy was such a beautiful ship and I gotta say I think this is my favorite cruise I’ve done in the 9 cruises I’ve been on. Norwegian offers such a great product. The food is delicious (especially Teppanyaki probably my favorite of the speciality dining we did), the ship is very clean, modern, and offers great amenities. Crew was friendly as well, and they were always going around making sure everyone sanitized their hands at the buffet and when boarding the ship after a day in port-really appreciate that! I highly recommend the Joy and I’m sure her sisters are equally as great too. I was very impressed and I’m glad I finally decided to give NCL a try. I don’t think I will be cruising other cruise lines after this because I simply fell in love and found the perfect cruise line for me! Highly recommend! Very happy NCL is sending us their best ships to the West Coast!

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Fantastic Mexican Riviera Cruise by jenmdominguez80

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

A fantastic voyage overall. Just a few minor complaints, but nothing that would affect the quality of my cruise.

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Not quite what we expected. by Jason92s

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Our 5th NCL cruise and very likely our last. We just felt like the ship was one big party and we were on vacation to unwind. Ship was beautiful and the food was outstanding.

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Amazing cruise to Mexico by Cruiser19277106

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Memorable, would definitely cruise this beautiful ship again

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4.7

New Years Cruise aka bucket list checked!! by nmb926

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy

Always wanted to do a NYE cruise and what not a better year than 2020! Being from California this cruise was practical for us as 1 hour flight in and 6 hour drive back to Northern California. Negatives, embarking was slow, and unorganized. Endless lines and took over an hour and half. Weather was cool, too cool for me to sunbathe, swim or use the fantastic water slides. Rained non stop in Mazatlan , sunny but not hot in Cabo , again too cold to snorkel for me. Weather was perfect in Pureto Vallarta! Most sea days were windy and cooler. Positives definitely out weigh any negatives. Beautiful brand new ship, amazing ocean view room biggest cruise room and bathroom I have ever had. Clean and comfortable, with big picture window. Easy to navigate, I never got lost on this ship and I have a bad sense of direction. Specialty dining is really good, Get it added on with room upgrades . Or purchase a plan , like eating at a Mortons or Ruth Cris . My boyfriend loved the cigar lounge and met buddies to smoke with . I do wish they had an R&B singer ,as music was mainly rock and pop. My last two cruises have been with NCL and will probably go back to Royal or Carnival for variety but only a newer ship.

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Challenging weather at port but nice onboard by mercedesmorrisg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Nice family cruise. While the weather was not great, we enjoyed most specialty restaurants, the shows and activities. Loved the sushi demonstration by Food Republic chef.

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3.4

Okay... nothing special by DRR24

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy

Love NCL... but will not sail on the Joy or Encore again or out of San Pedro. East Coast cruises only when it comes to sailing out of the US.

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4.2

Great Family Vacation! by steviem1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Mexico

Enjoyed the cruise with the family. Everyone had fun and no one got sick. Loved the casino set up. Segregated smokers in smaller casino that was enclosed. The rest of the casino, which was large, was all non-smoking. Bar tenders were friendly and fun. Staff is excellent.

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