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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Kudos to the Cruise Director and Team--very fun cruise!!!

Norwegian Joy Cruise Review by Silverstar25

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Shout out to Terri (DT) and Julian who did an amazing job.

NCL arranged transportation. You meet them in the baggage claim area and wait for bus that takes you to port. Check in was (despite reviews I had read) was very organized and quick. From drop off to on the ship was 30 minutes.

Cruise staff, entertainment, and food were all great. Ship is large and easy to find your way.

Good cruise for solo travelers as there are plenty of outgoing people.

Observation Deck on 15 was a great place to unwind at the end of the day, have a cup of tea, and meet people or read a book.

Sign up for meals and entertainment prior to boarding the ship. Free style was great if you had those reservations. Staff in The Local were always organized, friendly and helpful. The TASTE was much more organized that The Savor. Manhattan was good too.

Helpful hint--don't wait for your tag color to be called at the end of the cruise or you will, as did many people, miss you flight. Clearance was given about an hour behind schedule and If I had waited I would not have made a 2pm flight. Also, it is worth getting your bag and asking for the porter to take you in a separate line and you clear re-entry very quickly.

Overall, the ship staff was amazing, friendly, interactive. The ship was clean and they made efforts to maintain hygiene.

I would take the cruise again.

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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

THis cabin is right over The Cavern Bar and you will be serenaded by the Beatles music throughout the afternoon and evening. I originally thought it was a MUZAK in the room and had asked the attendant if they could shut if off (this was Sunday the day we boarded.) After that, it was just background and I was so tired, slept through until the last night when things were a little louder and raucous.

The bathroom did have a tub which was great. It also had the previously mentioned sewer smell from the drain so I would periodically put water down which seemed to help.

Room has plenty of plugs, needed my nightlight, space to put things away. Balcony is a good size.

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