Decent cruise, ten days at sea prior to drydocking. Six ports. Ship clean but ready for a sprucing up. Dined in MDR as well as five nights at Bistro and Cagneys. Food, ok for convention food, gets old quick. Crew mostly friendly, cabin steward outstanding. Very snippy future cruise representative, she gave a confusing speech about future bookings, and when visited in her office was rude and condescending. She would drive business away, NCL needs to have better marketing representatives.
This was our first cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines and the most enjoyable of the seven cruises we have taken. The Freestyle Dining allowed us to spend each day as we wished without being on a schedule. We had the Unlimited Beverage Package which allowed us simply relax and let our cares slip away. We also enjoyed that there were only a few announcements and all information could be found on the daily activities bulletin and on TV. The food and entertainment was outstanding. We enjoyed meeting and interacting with members of the staff. My only negative comment would be that some of the bartenders, especially at Topsiders, did not acknowledge guests waiting for service and were impatient in their interactions with them.
To be honest, I was very skeptical about this cruise having been a faithful Royal Caribbean cruiser, but what a pleasant surprise! The ocean view cabin was great and very well designed for comfort and plenty of storage room for clothes & stuff, and the bathroom was so very well designed and laid out. There is not enough space here to go into the culinary experience, in one word "fantastic". I enjoyed the "Freestyle" dining arrangement. The entertainment (shows) were some of the best I've ever seen on a cruise. There was always some activity going on that was of interest during the day, and plenty of music and dancing at night. A great cruise. I am sure the ship will be even better after the dry docking and I look forward to going on it another time.
Loved the ship...would love to sail again after it has finished at dry dock and completed renovations. Im not a fan of the real big ships, too many people and it seems to be a battle over lounge chairs. The Dawn as well as the Jewel class ships seem to be in that perfect mid range. Musical performers were very talented and wonderful people. As always the hardest part is leaving the ship on the final day...I'll miss the people i've met and ill miss the dawn. But there's always another cruise
Good cruise overall for the money. Well organized. Good food. On time. Good shore excursions. I understand this cruise was the first time to Guatemala which I would not recommend. The beach excursion there was an unattractive muddy beach with poor service and an old cracked pool. The only complaint I have about the cruise is that there is only one pool (there is a kiddy pool complete with dinosaurs and slides) however at the adult pool the reggae band blast the same songs over and over and the volume is soooo loud you cannot have a conversation and your ears are left ringing.
Physically this is a nice ship...mid size, nice floor plan, etc. However it is very dated and showing its' age. The good news is that on May 19, 2016 immediately after our cruise was over it went into dry dock for a multi-million dollar makeover. I'm sure when it resumes cruising that the décor, furnishings, floors and cabins will have a much improved feeling.
My sister and I booked a discounted NCL cruise out of NOLA to Mexico, Belize and Honduras for 7 days on the Dawn. It was an excellent value for the price paid. The food was excellent and the service of the staff was excellent. However the room and ship appeared a bit shabby. We were told that the ship was going into drydock within the month for renovations that were needed. The shops on the ship were grossly overpriced and some of the personnel in them seemed like carnival hawkers, far different than the staff who were worth every penny of the predetermined service fee.. I would greatly suggest the formal dining room, The Venetian, for all meals as they were superb and the service was great. Entertainment varied with those "partying hardy" and more quiet venues. Jose and Patti were an excellent musical duo that should be enjoyed by most. I had not cruised for years and was very surprised by the good service.provided. Also we booked two excursions thru NCL; a dolphin encounter in Cozumel and a Belize River Trip. Boith were very good. Also to me a balcony is now a must have. Was not happy about no internet without paying a fortune. Should be available for free in this day and age.
Very nice, relaxing cruise. We did not do any shore excursions as we have done many of these in the past and just wanted a restful cruise. Everyone was very polite and the food was good, along with the entertainment. Very easy to disembark which made it easy since we were local.See if you can get the walk way to the Hilton opened up as we had to walk almost a mile to Budget when it was right up the walkway from DAWN.........would make it more convenient and a selling point for you possibly
Don't get the wrong idea from the title. We have been on many cruises to many different destinations - Alaska, the Mediterranean, Hawaii, turn around, etc. Some on NCL and some not. This was an enjoyable cruise - good food, good ertainment, nice ship appointments compared to others we have been on. We had the food and beverage package and were surprised on the number of "service charges" on out bill. It would be nice to have those explained.
We did have two complaints. The tour of Roatan was not a great experience. We were regaled with how poor the residents were and how rough they had it - existing on (as we were told) $350 per month. Yet we saw folks with smart phones, cars, etc. We were taken to two drop offs one of which we were treated to a dance and the other in a very poor area we were given a tablespoonful of some kind of dish. Dirt and poverty prevailed. The whole tour seemed a poorly disguized quest for money and sympathy.
Second - we could not believe that our stateroom had only one electrical outlet. We had two cell phones, a kindle and two tablets. We hope when you refurbish the ship you take that into consideration. You launched in 2002 and many of the devices we now have were not in existence.
We will definitely sail on NCL in the future, but probably not in the very near future. Other travel plans.
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