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Have been wanting to experience the transit through the Panama Canal. It was quite the experience, especially since it was the Joy's first transit. We opted for a Concierge Villa Suite and the accomodations and service provided were excellent. Had a great time on board and met some very nice people through the Cruise Critic Roll Call. We got together several times throughout the cruise, to play games or just chat. The specialty restaurants were not fantastic and really no better than the regular dining. The two theater productions, Footloose and Elements were kind of amateurish, not quite up to par with what we have come to expect from NCL. The ports were just so-so, but we enjoyed the ship so much, it really didn't matter. The crew was the friendliest we have ever encountered on any other ship, Norwegian or otherwise. We would happily choose to sail on the Joy again in the future.

Inaugural Panama Canal Transit on the Joy

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by HBBro

Trip Details
Have been wanting to experience the transit through the Panama Canal. It was quite the experience, especially since it was the Joy's first transit.

We opted for a Concierge Villa Suite and the accomodations and service provided were excellent.

Had a great time on board and met some very nice people through the Cruise Critic Roll Call. We got together several times throughout the cruise, to play games or just chat.

The specialty restaurants were not fantastic and really no better than the regular dining. The two theater productions, Footloose and Elements were kind of amateurish, not quite up to par with what we have come to expect from NCL.

The ports were just so-so, but we enjoyed the ship so much, it really didn't matter.

The crew was the friendliest we have ever encountered on any other ship, Norwegian or otherwise.

We would happily choose to sail on the Joy again in the future.
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Cabin Review

Concierge Villa Suite with Balcony
Cabin CC
Very spacious, with lots of storage room. Enjoyed having the shower/tub which was roomier than a typical stand alone shower.
Great location on ship, just one flight down from the fantastic Observation Deck.
Deck 14 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins