Norwegian Joy Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Highlights, Ports, Tips & Bummers

Review for the Western Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Joy
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cruisekrazykaze
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023
Cabin: Family Balcony Stateroom
Traveled with children

We chose this cruise primarily for the dates - because it lined up with my family's spring break. Here are a few thoughts as I reflect on our experience.

Highlights:

• The staff of NCL Joy were beyond fantastic. So accommodating and friendly. I can't count the number of crew that stopped to talk to our 3 year old and make her trip special. I also appreciate that without asking, they bring the kids meals before the adult meals to appease starving kids a d give them more time to eat.

Cabin Review

Family Balcony Stateroom

Very clean, great amount of storage. We were on deck 13 starboard aft and felt some engine rumble on one night when it was a bit rough, but otherwise very quiet and smooth. It is closer to the elevators which means more traffic going by your room and a bit more hallway noise but we never found that overly bothersome.

Port Reviews

Cozumel

Port area is huge and congested - we exited the port area and grabbed a taxi to Nachi Cocum. This was a perfect choice for our family because we were tired of the over congested ship and beaches. Nachi is capacity controlled so you get space and relaxation. We often had the pool almost exclusively to ourselves!

Harvest Caye

Harvest Caye, absolutely fantastic, huge pool and beach. We were able to snag chairs with shade despite not rushing off the ship. The food and drinks are outrageously priced unfortunately... Total money grab by NCL. Despite them saying no food off the boat.... You can take snacks and water off. They don't bother checking bags. We didn't eat in Port, but ordered room service as soon as we got back to our room (very well timed food after hours of beach and swimming)

Roatan

We booked the 'best of Roatan' private tour with Victor Bodden tours. The sloth/monkey place was the highlight of our trip. So many great photo opps and memories made. West bay Beach (Henry Morgan resort) was also beautiful and we loved having the option of a pool or beach for $20 per person. We were very frustrated and dissatisfied with the communication between us and our guide. When booking the Best of Roatan tour you fill out a long form indicating your interests. Despite this, it seemed our driver took is where he wanted and wasn't clear on what the plan was, how long each would take, etc. This resulted in us going for an island tour for far too long in a vehicle with poor AC. Never been so happy to get out of a car in my life.

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