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Norwegian is a beauty, although having a sister ship now in its class it was the first. Stepping on the ship was different, you can feel the space, from the decor and the staff. Q smoke house is a great way to begin your experience. Then of course Ocean Blue. Mandara Spa has a wonder scrub to cleanse you. Please do not forget to driving the speedway, play laser tag, mini golf ,or go down the aqua racer. OH yes and then head over to the spice h2o the hot tub is huge and the bartender is very nice.
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Sail Date: April 2019
Cabin Type: Inside
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Destination: Mexico
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Norwegian Joy

89 reviews
Traveler (112)
Common Areas (30)
Dining and Bars (13)
Itineraries for this ship
7 Night Cruise to the Mexican Riviera
Departure date
Sunday, 12/08/19
Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles
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Passengers: 3,802   |   Crew: 1,821
Passengers to crew: 2.09:1
Passengers to space: 43.9:1
Launched: 2017   


  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
  • Deck 10
Additional decks
Deck 5 layout
  Mid-Ship Oceanview with Large Picture Window (OB)  
  Guarantee Oceanview (OX)  
  Inside (IC)  
  Guarantee Inside (IX)  
  Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window (O1)  
  Oceanview - Connecting Stateroom (O8)  
  Family Inside (I1)  
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    Cabin size: 175 - 276 sq. ft.
    Connected rooms: 116
    Accessible rooms: 16
    Maximum passengers: 4
    Number of cabins: 992

    Activities & Entertainment

    Activities (38)
    • Aqua Racer
    • Arts & Crafts classes
    • Beauty Salon*
    • Behind the Scenes Tour*
    • Chess and Card Room
    • Dance Classes
    • Deck Parties
    • Fitness Center
    • Fitness Classes*
    • Game Shows
    • Gaming Lessons*
    • Hot Tubs (9)
    • Hydrotherapy Pool*
    • Jogging Track
    • Karaoke
    • Laser Tag
    • Late Night Music and Dancing
    • Live Nightly Music
    • Mandara Spa*
    • Mandara Spa
    • Medi Spa*
    • Mini Golf
    • Ocean Loop
    • Ocean Loop
    • Ocean Loop
    • Pools (3)
    • Poolside Games
    • Race Track
    • Sports Games Televised
    • Trivia
    • Vibe Beach Club
    • Vibe Beach Club Sun Deck
    • Waterslide (5)
    • Wine Tasting*
    • Kids' Aqua Park
    • Splash Academy
    • The Haven Courtyard Sun Deck
    • The Haven Library
    Entertainment (12)
    • Box Office
    • Comedy Performances
    • Galaxy Pavilion
    • Joy Casino*
    • Joy Theater
    • Joy Theater
    • Observation lounge
    • Onboard Movie Screenings
    • Social Comedy & Night Club
    • Spice H2O
    • The Haven Lounge
    • The Haven Observation Lounge
    Dining (33)
    • Savor Restaurant - American
    • Taste Restaurant - American
    • The Manhattan Room - American
    • Food Republic - Asian Tapas
    • The District Brew House - Brewpub*
    • Garden Café - Casual
    • American Diner - Casual Diner*
    • The Humidor Cigar Lounge - Cigar Bar*
    • A-List Bar - Clubby Bar*
    • Skyline Bar - Clubby Bar*
    • Mixx Bar - Cocktail Bar*
    • Sugarcane Mojito Bar - Cocktail Bar*
    • Starbucks - Coffee Shop*
    • Le Bistro French Restaurant - French*
    • Le Bistro on the Waterfront - French*
    • La Cucina Italian Restaurant - italian*
    • La Cucina on the Waterfront - italian*
    • Teppanyaki - Japanese*
    • Los Lobos Mexican Restaurant - Mexican*
    • Los Lobos on the Waterfront - Mexican*
    • Coco's - pastries*
    • Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Surf Bar - Pool Bar*
    • Waves Bar - Pool Bar*
    • The Local - Pub
    • Ocean Blue - Seafood*
    • Q Texas Smokehouse - Southern BBQ*
    • Cagney's on the Waterfront - Steakhouse*
    • Cagney's Steakhouse - Steakhouse*
    • The Haven Outdoor Restaurant - Suite Guests
    • The Haven Restaurant - Suite Guests
    • The Cellars - Wine Bar*
    * May require additional fees
    Traveler rating
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    Had a Balcony cabin 13282, lovely big bathroom. We were surprised that the boat didn't feel crowded even though sold out. The Joy is beautifully decorated and well laid out. Restaurants - Must mention that we were blown away with our experience at the Food Republic and Le
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    The cruise ship was nice there was a lot of activities onboard we cruised from sept 14 to sept 21 of 2019 it was nice kind of chilly but overall a great cruise. We saw whales from the balcony the scenery was beautiful, the staff was nice.
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    Our family sailed from Seattle to southern Alaska on the Norwegian Joy cruise ship on September 7, 2019. The embarkation and debarkation times were very minimal, as the cruise personnel moved us quickly and we had very little wait times at all. Seattle's port was a breeze to
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    We have been on our share of cruises. We were really impressed with the ship and the staff of the Norwegian Joy. Since the ship is new, it was spotless and the staff appeared to take pride in that and were constantly cleaning. I even joked that they were sweeping invisible dust!
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    Great time once again on the Norwegian cruise line. Don't plan on swimming etc. but lot's of activities on deck. It's too cold in Sept to need a balcony other than for the view. The buffet food has expanded options (Indian, Chinese, etc.) since the last time we cruized 2015.
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    Upcoming Itineraries

    7 Night Cruise to the Mexican Riviera
    Departure date
    Sunday, 12/08/19
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