A cruise to Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. I wanted to go so bad that I have been collecting loose change over the last ten years because I was determined to make it happen. So, you can imagine my excitement when we set sail aboard the Norwegian Joy to make that dream a reality. I am still amazed that it happen!

Woman in front of a glacier

When you are on the Norwegian Joy, there are so many things you can do (not including all the excursions you can enjoy at each port), so I wanted to break it down to 40 things (in honor of me turning 40 this year). So, check them out because I don’t want you to miss a moment! After all, you are cruising to Alaska and I know what a big deal that is.

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40 Things To Do and Enjoy When Cruising to Alaska Aboard the Norwegian Joy

Kick off your cruise vacation at the Sail Away Celebration.

Try your luck in the Casino.

Take a thrilling ride on the Speedway while overlooking the ocean. It is a thrilling experience!

people in a race car

Laugh out Loud at the Levity Comedy Club.

Expand your pallet at one of their eight specialty restaurants.

man at a restaurant

Let your inner artist be inspired during a Canvas Painting Class.*

Discover Dance in a Salsa, Nashville or Party Line dance class.

Sip a Virgin Pina Colada, or more than one (because they are that good). You can also order an alcoholic beverage if you prefer.*

Frozen drink

Join the Cruise Director’s staff for a Guided Ship Tour of the Norwegian Joy.

Treat yo’ self at the Spa! You can indulge in a massage, get your hair done or enjoy and manicure and pedicure.*

Experience Norwegian’s signature production, “Elements” that incorporates the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) with magic and acrobatics.

Get your glow on! Wear neon or white and get your Glow on at Norwegian’s most illuminating party at sea.

Do some shopping onboard. After all, it’s tax and duty free so stock up.

woman holding shopping bags

Grab your favorite snack and take in a different movie each day and enjoy them at a variety of locations throughout the ship.

Take in a show…their Footloose production brings this classic movie to life.

Footloose Show Sign

Join in on the song or simply enjoy the music (and jokes) with Jim Badger at the piano at The District. He is really funny!

Let your teens hang out in Entourage, a place filled with movies, art, video games, sports and more. This means alone time for the parents (Yes please!)

Enjoy your favorite Starbucks beverage or snack.

Cup of coffee

Try your hand at juggling or plate spinning at the Family Circus Workshop.

Game on! Suit up and put your game faces on during a fun game of Laser Tag.

family playing laser tag

Go for a swim in one of their Swimming Pools.

Tease up your hair, dust off your neon apparel for a totally, rad and Awesome 80’s Party.

Sign your kiddos up Splash Academy, a free youth program filled with creative play, sports and more. I’ve said it before but it is worth mentioning again…this means parents get some alone time.

kid standing in front of a sign

Bingo! Play for your chance to win some moolah. Even if you don’t win, the process of playing is fun.

Lay out on the Sun Deck and unwind. Yes, even when it is a bit windy outside.

kids hanging out on pool deck

Fore! Play a game or two of Mini Golf.

Try their 7D and VR Rides in the Galaxy Pavilion.* Let me just say that their 7D is so much fun!

Immerse yourself in the world of Video and Arcade Games.

girl playing arcade games

Read and catch up on your favorite book.

Enjoy the majestic Glaciers.

ice floating in the water

Slide your way into fun on the Aqua Racer.

Be a star and belt out some tunes, or simply watch others perform (which can be very entertaining) during Karaoke Madness.

Check mate! Enjoy a game of Chess.

father and daughter playing chess

Collect Norwegian charms on the free bracelet you can receive while on the ship.

Take in some fresh air as you walk along the ship.

Relax and unwind in the Hot tub.

Compete in a Dance Battle where passengers are paired with the stars of the Joy to compete for the 2019 Dance Champion Title.

Grab some paddles and take part in a game or two of Ping Pong.

family playing ping pong

Taste 6 wines while dining on a 3 course meal and enjoying a musical comedy at the Wine Lovers The Musical.*

With all the beautiful views you can find throughout the ship, be sure snap a few pics.

Please note that activities listed followed by the asterisk(*) sign have an additional fee.

Our entire experience aboard the Norwegian Joy was amazing!

Getting to cross going to Alaska off my bucket list still gives me all the feels. I can’t believe I was finally able to see just how beautiful Alaska is…and getting to do so aboard the Norwegian Joy was what brought it over the top! Want some more information or are you ready to book your Alaska cruise? Simply visit their website.

Lady in front of big sign

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