6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I am the basic economy cruiser. When I cruise solo, I choose Norwegian for a number of reasons. First, they have an excellent solo program, with an assigned solo cruise director. Second, their single supplement is generally less than 100%, ... Read More
I am the basic economy cruiser. When I cruise solo, I choose Norwegian for a number of reasons. First, they have an excellent solo program, with an assigned solo cruise director. Second, their single supplement is generally less than 100%, especially if you are able to book at the last minute. Third, they let me take a bicycle on board, keep it in my room, and use it in every port if I wish. For this cruise, I flew economy with a carry-on and a backpack. From the Seattle airport, I took the light rail ($1.00 for seniors) to downtown and walked to Port 66, about 30 minutes. I arrived at the port at my scheduled arrival time and experienced no difficulty in embarkation. My room was almost ready, I dropped off backpack, and set off to explore Seattle. I seemed to be going in the wrong direction in leaving the ship, but there was no problem. Pike Market was really crowded (it was Saturday), but I found a wine shop there and was able to sample a flight of Washington wines. I found the production quality of the two main shows, Footloose and Elements, to be excellent and enjoyed both of them. I took most of my meals at Taste and Savour, because I enjoy being waited on and sitting at a table with a tablecloth and I eat less when ordering from a menu. When my dining partners had a scheduled excursion, the breakfast staff was accommodating and they made it to their point of departure on time. The food was good, pretty much as expected from previous cruises, and the deserts were generally exceptional. I avoided the Café as much as possible, finding it difficult to find a seat and with people everywhere. However, the crepes and ice cream at the Café were a major draw after the shows. Being an economy cruiser, I didn’t have any additional expenses on board except for the bundled laundry service and tips. I don’t gamble (the expected value is less than zero), drink alcohol on board, take ship excursions, or partake of any other add-ons. I find the value of Norwegian cruises to be exceptional. The work-out facilities on Norwegian ships are fairly small and tucked away in an upper corner of the ship. When I wanted, I was able to find machines and space for a work-out, however. I must admit that I greatly enjoyed the ropes course on the Breakaway and wished it had been duplicated on the Joy. Disembarkation wasn’t a problem. Customs just waved me through. I rented a bicycle from a shop in Seattle rather than using one of the many sitting around. I was able to store my suitcase for a couple of hours and got good advice on where to bike in the two hours I had available before I had to catch my flight back. Personally, I find the bike trails and weather in Denver to be preferable to those in Seattle, but the rental agency assured me that if I had more time, they could direct me to a better path. I took the light rail from downtown back to the Seattle airport with no problem. Read Less
Norwegian Joy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.5 3.8
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.4
Family 3.5 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.5 2.9
Service 4.5 4.0
Value For Money 3.5 3.2

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