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Like Norwegian’s Freestyle dining options and itinerary to Alaska covering a couple of places we had not yet bee. Staff is helpful, efficient and well trained in all areas we used (casino, bar, dining, stateroom). Stateroom 12308 as described with no view blocked even though we booked a BX category in which that was a possibility. Cons: 1. Tried 3 times to book next cruise but the Atrium area was so congested and noisy with music and game shows we left without doing so. No privacy, no noise barrier. 2. Message in booking stated we should plan on port disembarkation up to 2 hours after docking and embarkation 2 hours prior to departure. I called Norwegian to verify and rep stuck to this guideline. NOT TRUE, plan accordingly. Disembark usually within 30 minutes of docking and embark within 30 minutes of departure from any port. Had we known we would have planned additional or longer shore excursions. 3.Norwegian Joy has no quiet space. Library hours barely open, not usually more than 2 hours morning and 2 hours afternoon/early evening. This leaves no quiet space to read onboard other than in one’s room. 4. Dearth of activities, especially as it relates to education on itinerary, other than one 1-hour program that included the usual shopping stuff. 5. We’re wondering about the Park West affiliation with so many cruise lines, Norwegian being no exception. After the devastating New York Times article on Peter Max’s dementia and his inability to do nothing more than being led to sign his name on painted over lithographs, we remain surprised his items as well as Dali’s are still being sold ships in general. Ditto with the deceased Thomas Kincade. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but it could be so much better with a little effort on increasing the variety of activities and education, and a rework of some of the space. Not everyone enjoys game shows, art auctions, and karaoke after all.

Basics are Excellent, Details Not So Much

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by Ymc8

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Guarantee Balcony
Like Norwegian’s Freestyle dining options and itinerary to Alaska covering a couple of places we had not yet bee. Staff is helpful, efficient and well trained in all areas we used (casino, bar, dining, stateroom). Stateroom 12308 as described with no view blocked even though we booked a BX category in which that was a possibility.

Cons:

1. Tried 3 times to book next cruise but the Atrium area was so congested and noisy with music and game shows we left without doing so. No privacy, no noise barrier.

2. Message in booking stated we should plan on port disembarkation up to 2 hours after docking and embarkation 2 hours prior to departure. I called Norwegian to verify and rep stuck to this guideline. NOT TRUE, plan accordingly. Disembark usually within 30 minutes of docking and embark within 30 minutes of departure from any port. Had we known we would have planned additional or longer shore excursions.

3.Norwegian Joy has no quiet space. Library hours barely open, not usually more than 2 hours morning and 2 hours afternoon/early evening. This leaves no quiet space to read onboard other than in one’s room.

4. Dearth of activities, especially as it relates to education on itinerary, other than one 1-hour program that included the usual shopping stuff.

5. We’re wondering about the Park West affiliation with so many cruise lines, Norwegian being no exception. After the devastating New York Times article on Peter Max’s dementia and his inability to do nothing more than being led to sign his name on painted over lithographs, we remain surprised his items as well as Dali’s are still being sold ships in general. Ditto with the deceased Thomas Kincade.

Overall, we enjoyed the cruise but it could be so much better with a little effort on increasing the variety of activities and education, and a rework of some of the space. Not everyone enjoys game shows, art auctions, and karaoke after all.
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Cabin Review

Guarantee Balcony
Cabin BX 12308
Standard cabin, comfortable with a nice built in couch that is easy to lounge on or turn into an additional sleeping space.
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