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  1. We just got off the Joy yesterday from the 5/11 Alaska sailing. As always had a great cruise. Ship definitely working some kinks out for example left our Canadian customs form for our cabin steward (as instructed) and he took it, - but ship never received it so had to fill in another (not a big deal but annoying). They switched footloose and elements shows around and on arrival we had a letter saying date/time for new Elements show. Didn't think about it at time but then found out Footloose had moved as well but they had not re-booked us for that - we had no reservations. Party of 12 for us so very difficult to get that fixed. Long lines at Guest Services and many had this same problem on bookings. Buffet was excellent (seafood night especially), MDR's "ok" (not fan of NCL MDR's in general versus other cruise lines), Cagneys, Ocean Blue and Q were excellent as was "The Local". Entertainment was good but Atrium just not large enough for the crowds there. Effectively only two main shows in theater or three if you include The Beatles. Cavern Club crazy small for the crowd first Beatles show draws. Listen to the advice above on Hoonah. We enjoyed a lovely walk into the town (nothing much to see/do but its just a great walk) and we took the $3 shuttle back. Or grab lunch at "Fishermans Daughter" (i think that was name) and walk back too.... I didn't like the Joy as a ship. Elevators crazy crowded (our cabin was mid ship next to "front elevators" which are busier due to buffet) but only other elevator bank is at back of ship. Major pain point and Garden Cafe incredibly crowded too - often hard to find seats (tip: go outside to pool area it has heating above in the side areas). Social Club way to small - didn't bother trying to get in there. Also hated not having the Garden Cafe area go out onto the back of the ship for open air aft dining/drinking.
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