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Panama Canal Crossing on Norwegian Joy by Jean60

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We like: - any time dining - the water slide - the H2O - the Garden Buffet - the Joy RaceTrack We don't like: - the extreme difficulty to share a table at dinner with other couples - no life jackets in the cabin - the Joy is design for Asian market, poorly designed for US market - the need to book in advance for any show - the cost of the drinks - the minimum level at Casino to achieve complementary drinks, 5 x $1500 = $7500 compared to $1500 on Carnival Cruises Lines - the Theater, Cavern, Atrium... are all too small

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Good Panama Canal Cruise by CruisetoCruise

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

We were disappointed at the cruise lines last minute decision of not stopping at Costa Rica. A word of caution: Norwegian Cruise lines $99 offer of round trip fare wasn't as good as it sounded. For very budget minded cruisers it may work if you want to fly at very odd hours and with not so reputable airlines as well. Also, once they make the reservation for you to fly and at any time at their convenience (not yours), you are stuck with it. Under no circumstances, they will change it or even entertain any call from you as well. Their Airline Reservation department people are rude. My booking agent had the same experience when she tried to talk to them. We will not take this offer again from them. We will book our own airlines in the future. Overall, cruising experience was very good !

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Exceptional Panama Canal Cruise by smoosman1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

What a deal! Great ship/cabin/crew/entertainment.

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Fabulous Ship, Great Staff, Norwegian Joy by whiterockmaury

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Happy to have done this cruise. Highly recommend this ship. Newly refurbished. Huge amount of activities. Dan Dan is an excellent cruise director adding to the fun. Over 100 solos showed up the first night to the solo group meet.

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Trans Canal Cruise by Bill1114

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The cruise in general was very good. The Observation Lounge on deck 15 was my favorite place to hang out. "The Local" dinning area was open 24/7 and had some of the best food on the ship. I especially enjoyed the anytime dinning and the relaxed dress code. It was nice to be able to go to dinner without having to change from my day clothes. The food was about average for most cruise ships. My real complaint was that my shipboard credits could not be used to pay for gratuities. This policy was not to be found in any of the literature I could find and the customer service personal were unable to show me anything that stated this policy. In the last year I have cruised on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Cunard and none of these cruise lines had this same policy. I was really considering cruising more often with Norwegian until this issue came up. Now I will have to think long and hard before taking another cruise with them. There are too many other good cruise companies available with better cruise credit policies.

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Beautiful ship, good food, great bargain by kfingerl

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Overall this was a great voyage. After we booked, changes were made to ports we stopped at which was disappointing and the one big excursion was a disaster, but still a great vacation. Such good food in the specialty restaurants

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Great getaway by frdrices

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Coastal - West Coast

I am already looking for other destinations the Norwegian Joy travels to. Will be booking again soon.

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Disapointed by suewilco67

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Coastal - West Coast

The main port (Victoria) we did the cruise for was cancelled. Extremely disappointed!

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Perfect Fall Getaway by iluvislands

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Coastal - West Coast

Better than expected! Unsure of what to expect from NCL, large ship experience, and Fall weather.

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Awesome experience by parpana5

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

It was one experience we will never forget. Good to learn about Alaska and its history as I have a better appreciation for it now.

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Alaska by asotam1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

An ok cruise. Food was good but not the entertainment, especially the annoying lound musci blast at the sun deck.

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Very interesting cruise by lbreu232

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

This is a very informative and interesting cruise. It was interesting to see how people live in these areas of Alaska. Even though the towns and cities have decent populations, they are a distance from any other city. We really enjoyed the ability to sightsee and hike walking distance from the ship. The glacier was great - especially the NPS Rangers coming on-board to share information.

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Great Alaskan Cruise by davidbeauchamp0

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

The overall cruise was wonderful. My only complaint was the excursions seemed to be a little pricey, and we only had one full day in a port. If I had to do it again I would pick a longer cruise to allow more time in each port, 7 days was great but 14 would be better!!

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Very interesting cruise by WImiddleaged

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

This is a very informative and interesting cruise. It was interesting to see how people live in these areas of Alaska. Even though the towns and cities have decent populations, they are a distance from any other city. We really enjoyed the ability to sightsee and hike walking distance from the ship. The glacier was great - especially the NPS Rangers coming on-board to share information.

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A cruise in the Haven was like a cruise in Heaven by azgerhard

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We were so happy that we upgraded to the Haven. After reading reviews it was a no brainer. A little pricey but, well worth it. You can go down to the casino etc. with all the crowds of people and then come back to the peace and quiet of the Haven with its private restaurant and dining and pool etc. Our next cruise is Feb. on the Breakaway and yes in the Haven again. I am now good and spoiled.

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Beautiful Alaska by jrgleas

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

We had a great time overall. The internet was not good. Had 250 free minutes, which most of the time, it was not working. needs improvement. Entertainment was good. Service was friendly and timely.

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Not one of my best by Plantwoman2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Will not go on NCL again. A little boring on sea days. Comedy club was funny but did not realize material would be the same every time

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Great staff by mmendes6780

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Great experience. Casino has a smoking section so you don’t come out smelling like cigarettes, pool is too small. Staff is the best

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Relaxing Revisit of Alaska by BobSmolen

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Overall, very pleased with this return trip to Alaska. The choice of the JOY, and its number of passengers, concerned us at first, but once on board, we never felt crowded. Shore excursions were well organized, on-time, and interesting. Food as good as, and often better, than other Norwegian cruises. We will recommend this cruise.

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Enjoyable trip, met so many wonderful people, mostly couples on this trip. by mainsail93

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Joy / Destination: Alaska - Inside Passage

Always a good time on a Norwegian cruise. Food has always been good in any of the restaurants. Cocktails are a good pour. Staff is friendly. Ship is clean. Entertainment good. What more do you need ?

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