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Norwegian Joy Review

4.0 / 5.0
409 reviews

Overall I'm impressed with the ship, and amazed by the crew.

Review for the Mexican Riviera Cruise on Norwegian Joy
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2020
Cabin: Concierge Villa Suite with Balcony

We chose this cruise because it is convenient for us in Arizona to go to the Mexican Riviera. We have been to all of these ports multiple times, so the trip was more about the experience, and getting away than targeting a specific location.

It was our first time on one of the LARGE ships, and I was afraid that it would feel crowded. I did not find this to be the case. After a few days, I figured many people must have cancelled at the last minute due to the corona virus scare, so I asked a customer service, and they confirmed that there was 4,300 passengers the week we sailed. Double occupancy is only 3,800 so it was a pretty full ship, yet I never felt too crowded. A synopsis of some of the good/not so good is below.

Embarkation - we had flights included with our cruise fare, and arrived later than we would have planned for ourselves. Those that arrived before 10:30 got through security, health screening, and embarkation within about 1/2 hour. since we didn't get to the port till about 1:00 it took quite a bit longer. They were doing extra screenings of passports, and had extra health forms everyone had to fill out, so that slowed things down, that of course was not NCL's fault. Overall would have been better if we had arrived earlier.

Cabin Review

Concierge Villa Suite with Balcony

The Cabin was great. It was spacious, conveniently located, large balcony, tons of storage (2 full closets) lots of drawers, long countertop/vanity, King sized bed (not 2 twins pushed together). I was concerned that being below the observation lounge could have sound bleed through, but we never heard anything from above, below or our neighbors.

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