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Normally I would say Good Night at this point, but we are concerned about sleeping with this fellow. 

 

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THANK YOU for all of the time and effort you put into the review!  We all appreciate it. Gonna be on the Joy soon.  Can't wait!

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One great thing about Alaska cruises is the hot soup station on the pool deck. Sip hot soup while working on your tan. Salmon chowder is on the menu today. 

 

Actually, we had a soft serve in one hand and the chowder in the other 🙂 

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Canvas by U - paint a master piece was offered 4 times on the cruise (whale tail twice) Sign-up in the Social as soon as you board. Sells out fast. $35 per session. 

 

Instructors take you through step by step. No prior experience required. Works better with a large glass of wine. 

 

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Well folks, that’s a wrap. Thank you for joining the Bird on a wonderful 7-day Alaskan adventure on the beautiful Norwegian Joy.

 

We had great “shorts weather” in each of our ports. The past couple of days returning from Icy Strait, the water was almost glassy most of the time making it easy to pick out whales and sea life. 

 

We arrived in Seattle in a pouring rain. But our voyage is over. 

 

Self Assist walk off didn’t start until around 7:15 (delays clearing the ship). We left our room around 7:40. The concierge routed us to priority disembarkation. But we were held at the gangway and again in the terminal due to long lines at customs. The CBP officers wer out of their booths doing a quick ID check and verbal declaration, but it was still a long line. 

 

We used the NCL shuttle for $20 pp. as fast as they could load the motor coach, they were sending them to the airport. We were elated that we were not standing in the pouring rain looking for an Uber. 

 

Bye!

 

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Wonderful review, I hope you had a great trip!  Thanks for sharing everything and answering all the questions.  

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Thanks again for another wonderful review.  Your photos are always top notch.  The bear and whale photos were taken during an excursion?  If so, which was it.

How was the Galaxy Pavilion?  I heard NCL changed their 90 minute unlimited games and is open to anyone now.  True?  Was it crowded?  If true, I could see a long wait for some games on sailings with lots of kids (Encore and the Caribbean).

What was your room?  Balcony concierge?  Overall, how was it staying in these kind of suites.  Was it truly a Haven-lite experience?

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34 minutes ago, david_sobe said:

Thanks again for another wonderful review.  Your photos are always top notch.  The bear and whale photos were taken during an excursion?  If so, which was it.

How was the Galaxy Pavilion?  I heard NCL changed their 90 minute unlimited games and is open to anyone now.  True?  Was it crowded?  If true, I could see a long wait for some games on sailings with lots of kids (Encore and the Caribbean).

What was your room?  Balcony concierge?  Overall, how was it staying in these kind of suites.  Was it truly a Haven-lite experience?

Bear and whale were on the Icy Strait Whale and Wildlife shore ex and the Juneau Glacier Explorer shore ex. 

 

Dispite what the internet says, the Galaxy Pavillon was pay-by-the-ride. Most rides were $5 (some a little more). There was initial interest on the first day, then a slow trickle on other days. NCL must be making money since they are taking space on the Encore for one. 

 

Concierge Balcony (vs fake balcony). It is a small ship suite (not Haven) lite. Very little benefit (other than a bigger room and upgraded amenities). In some ports, they allowed us to bypass the boarding lines. Others not. Nothing written down. Even in the Seattle terminal, no one could provide information on where lunch was and where priority suites seating was. Not that it mattered, several hundred non-suites/non-priority guests were boarded before they called for Concierge passengers.  

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3 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

A busy day at the Vibe at 11:30 on our second sea day. 

 

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it is great that NCL is sending 2021 Encore with a bigger Vibe to Alaska. Nobody has to worry about not getting a seat at the vibe.

 

great review / pics. thank you. thinking about booking a Alaska cruise for 2021.

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Thanks for sharing.  Headed on the Joy in October and detailed info like yours is sparse. 

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Fantastic review...thanks for sharing.....

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I just love your reviews!    We really appreciate all the work you put into sharing these with us.

  Hope you are booked for the Encore😎

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On 8/8/2019 at 7:15 PM, Ptroxx said:

Is anyone decorating their doors?     Seems some cruises have been told no more door decorating.   

There were no decorated doors near us. 

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We were on the same cruise....wish I had known you were sailing at same time, we could have met up!!!  Great cruise and can't wait to see your TR!!!!  See how they compare!!!

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:01 AM, BirdTravels said:
On 8/6/2019 at 1:01 AM, BirdTravels said:

On port days, in addition to Value pricing, the spa offers specials. Multiple mini treatments for a fixed price. 

 

Wish I had gotten this one!!

 

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On port days, in addition to Value pricing, the spa offers specials. Multiple mini treatments for a fixed price. 

 

 

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On 8/8/2019 at 5:15 PM, Ptroxx said:

Is anyone decorating their doors?     Seems some cruises have been told no more door decorating.   

We were on this sailing and had our door decorated.  We were also on deck 8, last cabin in front of ship, so hardly anyone could see it, until glacier day and they opened employees section to upper deck so a ton of people saw them!!

 

 

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On 8/8/2019 at 12:46 PM, BirdTravels said:

Tag, you’re it! Time for a round of Laser Tag ($9.95). 

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It was so fun. although our team had it butt kicked!!!

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On 8/8/2019 at 6:10 PM, BirdTravels said:

We have a very special room steward!  

We had no towel animals.   Very disappointed!!!    I'm sure the girls (both 11) would have enjoyed them!!   We learned a very valuable lesson....do not pay extra for a large balcony cabin!!!!  We were in 8112, one of 4 large balconies.  Super excited for this balcony room, had 2 chairs, large table and 2 lounge chairs....could have had more!!  Could hardly use it...while sailing too windy, even in Seattle, that day was breezy and  ruined it for us.  Wanted to use it for glacier day...didn't last, until they slowed down and did the rotate thing.  We were so disappointed, as we seriously paid a lot extra for this room and with mom being cane assisted, it was a chore to get to the room!!!  Such a long walk to room and let's not even begin to discuss elevators!!!

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On 8/8/2019 at 6:25 PM, BirdTravels said:

Who can you meet on an Alaskan cruise?

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Where was this excursion???

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