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We have cruised to Alaska previously, but wanted to try out the new NCL Joy. As we live only an hour from Seattle, it is an easy drive to the pier. We arrived at the parking facility, walked across the street to check in our luggage, and were checked in and boarding in less than an hour. Great service and smiles by all the NCL staff. We know not to follow the masses, and went to one of the main dining rooms instead, to wait for our luggage to arrive in our rooms. We did not hear an announcement that rooms were ready, but wandered up to our cabin at 1:30 and our room was made up and ready to go. We ate in several of the specialty restaurants: Cagney's, Le Bistro, "Q", Ocean Blue, American Diner. "Q" is a BBQ restaurant, with huge servings; Ocean Blue had wonderful seafood; Le Bistro's Coq au Vin and Duck were both amazing *our favorite!); and Cagney's, as usual, had great steaks. We went to the American Diner as we noticed they had lobster rolls - something we had been craving since our last trip to Maine. They were small sliders, and not quite like I remember the Maine lobster tasting - but good none-the-less. We were the only ones in the restaurant, but it was a port day and we had chosen to stay onboard the ship. With that being said, we did stay on the ship in Juneau, as we had been there several times on previous cruises. We both had a massage in the spa - which was wonderful, and played a few games in the video arcade since most of the kids were on shore. We got off in Ketchikan and went to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show - which we would highly recommend. Very entertaining and a good value. Icy Straits was a little disappointing. We had not booked an excursion, and the little Native American area did not have much to offer. However it was a beautiful area. We also chose not to get off in Victoria, BC as we only live several hours away and have been there more times than we can count. The shows on the NCL Joy were spectacular, to say the least! We only went to the two main shows: Elements and Footloose, and would highly recommend both of them. The Internet Package was a joke. Fortunately we did not have to pay for it, as it was part of our "perks", but we were not able to get online most of the week - and when we did, it was so slow it ate up much of our minutes. It could have been the location (Alaska), but our next cruise we have decided we will travel "unplugged"! All in all, it was a great trip. Our previous travels on NCL have been on the smaller ships. We came to the conclusion that although this was a beautiful ship with many, many things to do - we think we prefer the Jewel, Dawn and Sun Class ships.

Joy to Alaska

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by Pollyanna Dreamgirl

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
We have cruised to Alaska previously, but wanted to try out the new NCL Joy. As we live only an hour from Seattle, it is an easy drive to the pier. We arrived at the parking facility, walked across the street to check in our luggage, and were checked in and boarding in less than an hour. Great service and smiles by all the NCL staff.

We know not to follow the masses, and went to one of the main dining rooms instead, to wait for our luggage to arrive in our rooms. We did not hear an announcement that rooms were ready, but wandered up to our cabin at 1:30 and our room was made up and ready to go.

We ate in several of the specialty restaurants: Cagney's, Le Bistro, "Q", Ocean Blue, American Diner. "Q" is a BBQ restaurant, with huge servings; Ocean Blue had wonderful seafood; Le Bistro's Coq au Vin and Duck were both amazing *our favorite!); and Cagney's, as usual, had great steaks. We went to the American Diner as we noticed they had lobster rolls - something we had been craving since our last trip to Maine. They were small sliders, and not quite like I remember the Maine lobster tasting - but good none-the-less. We were the only ones in the restaurant, but it was a port day and we had chosen to stay onboard the ship.

With that being said, we did stay on the ship in Juneau, as we had been there several times on previous cruises. We both had a massage in the spa - which was wonderful, and played a few games in the video arcade since most of the kids were on shore. We got off in Ketchikan and went to the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show - which we would highly recommend. Very entertaining and a good value. Icy Straits was a little disappointing. We had not booked an excursion, and the little Native American area did not have much to offer. However it was a beautiful area. We also chose not to get off in Victoria, BC as we only live several hours away and have been there more times than we can count.

The shows on the NCL Joy were spectacular, to say the least! We only went to the two main shows: Elements and Footloose, and would highly recommend both of them.

The Internet Package was a joke. Fortunately we did not have to pay for it, as it was part of our "perks", but we were not able to get online most of the week - and when we did, it was so slow it ate up much of our minutes. It could have been the location (Alaska), but our next cruise we have decided we will travel "unplugged"!

All in all, it was a great trip. Our previous travels on NCL have been on the smaller ships. We came to the conclusion that although this was a beautiful ship with many, many things to do - we think we prefer the Jewel, Dawn and Sun Class ships.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 13838
The rooms are spacious and well laid out, with plenty of storage for the 2 of us. The empty suitcases fit nicely under the bed. We have cruised quite a bit, and know to bring the little things that make it a non-clutter trip: over-the-door shoe hanger for all of our bathroom needs (although there are quite a few shelves and storage in the bathrooms); magnets for hanging the dailies and invites, etc. on the walls; and magnetized hooks for coats, scarves, binoculars, etc.
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