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Norwegian Joy Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
282 reviews

Great nightly entertainment, great staff, limited hot food selections in buffet

Review for Norwegian Joy to the Panama Canal & Central America
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Inside Stateroom
Cargo ship passing thru Miraflores locks guided by electric 'mules'

For our 17th cruise, we wanted to experience the Panama Canal. We had taken NCL in Sept. to New England and in October around the Western Mediterranean. This 3rd Norwegian cruise was a charm. We are a couple in our 60's recently retired and it's time to travel while we're still able to do so. While working and limited to 7 days off, we did the East, West, and South Caribbean total 10 times over 17 years. This time we went to the Panama Canal area. ABC isles, Cartagena, Colon, Panama Canal, and Limon. from Miami. 12 days on the Norwegian Joy 020220 - 021420.

Our Embarkation was terrible as we had to wait outside for 2 hours in hot weather as we were in a Carnival terminal (why?) and all passports were checked slowly for recent travel to China in lieu of the new Corona virus concerns (that's good that we were checked).

The ship was very nice. Clean, recently updated, and very comfortable but for a very small pool on Deck 16. Most of that area is empty for lounging. The pool takes up less than 5% of the open deck area. It made for easy seating to view the Superbowl on departure day. Even though out of Miami where the Superbowl was, we had a Latin America TV feed with commercials for soccer and Cricket. The same 3 commercials all game, at every time out.

Cabin Review

Inside Stateroom

Cabin was ok except for storage area. A 3' long closet with the safe and shelves along the inside making it difficult to hang clothes and access the shelves too. We survived. The bathroom was large for a ship cabin, large shower(!) and the lighted bathroom with the door closed was our night lite. It was a small cabin for 12 days but we really only use it for sleeping. We don't spend time in the cabin, nor do we use a balcony. I would certainly choose it again if I had to.

Port Reviews


We went directly to the ship.


We took an independent tour passing many of the same places the ship offered.

Santa Marta

This port call was cancelled due to time constraints.

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