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The ship is very crowded. The sense of constantly having to think strategically and complete with others became stressful after a few days. For instance they have a small library but unlike other cruise ships we’ve been on, the books are locked up except for a few hours a day. This frustrated my kids terribly. They saw the books they wanted to read but couldn't get to them. When there is so much down time, why would they lock up books? They didn’t even staff the library when it was open so why keep the books locked up like that? The internet costs a fortune and for the most part your phone service doesn’t work. It was usually too cold for the water slides. It was hard to get into shows, and they were constantly up selling , pushing raffle tickets before each show etc. I loved the Beatles tribute band. They were very good. The guy playing John Lennon seemed to be happy to be there, but the other guys were stoic. Maybe that’s just how the Beatles performed. In any case their shows were very enjoyable- they played many songs from early middle and late Beatles years and all were perfect. I loved every second. We all liked the food a lot. In the non buffet restaurants the food was generally much better than what was available at the buffet but that is the case for every cruise I’ve ever been on. We had excellent meals in the Manhattan Savor and Taste restaurants, which all have the same menu. There were many good points, but if crowds and competing for limited resources (like a place to sit or room in an elevator) stress you out, maybe skip this huge ship. I noticed that as the week when on people became irritable with their fellow guests and it’s easy to understand why that would happen. With these crowds the other guests start seeming like competitors, not people on vacation in the same lovely place.

Crowded, fun things to do but you must compete

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by Mr.Spock

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
The ship is very crowded. The sense of constantly having to think strategically and complete with others became stressful after a few days. For instance they have a small library but unlike other cruise ships we’ve been on, the books are locked up except for a few hours a day. This frustrated my kids terribly. They saw the books they wanted to read but couldn't get to them. When there is so much down time, why would they lock up books? They didn’t even staff the library when it was open so why keep the books locked up like that? The internet costs a fortune and for the most part your phone service doesn’t work. It was usually too cold for the water slides.

It was hard to get into shows, and they were constantly up selling , pushing raffle tickets before each show etc.

I loved the Beatles tribute band. They were very good. The guy playing John Lennon seemed to be happy to be there, but the other guys were stoic. Maybe that’s just how the Beatles performed. In any case their shows were very enjoyable- they played many songs from early middle and late Beatles years and all were perfect. I loved every second.

We all liked the food a lot. In the non buffet restaurants the food was generally much better than what was available at the buffet but that is the case for every cruise I’ve ever been on. We had excellent meals in the Manhattan Savor and Taste restaurants, which all have the same menu.

There were many good points, but if crowds and competing for limited resources (like a place to sit or room in an elevator) stress you out, maybe skip this huge ship. I noticed that as the week when on people became irritable with their fellow guests and it’s easy to understand why that would happen. With these crowds the other guests start seeming like competitors, not people on vacation in the same lovely place.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BF 11196
The cabin was very nice.
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