Norwegian Dawn

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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Norwegian Dawn is a large ship, carrying 2244 passengers and 1066 crew, and sails from Boston, Massachusetts and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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First Norwegian Experience= Last Norwegian Experience

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Review of our cruise experience

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Everyone was nice and accomodating to us. Our cabin Housekeeper was just awesome (First Noel) he greeted us everyday and if we had questions he answered them for us. I would recommend this cruise to everyone who I talk to.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Great time on norwegian

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

 Norwegian cruise staff was great and so friendly one reason why we come back to Norwegian. We were disappointed with the ship. There wasn't much room to sit by the pool. The pool area was overcrowded no matter how early you were there. The food was just average. We ate at the French restaurant and was very disappointed. Our one daughter is a vegetarian and it was difficult getting something made for her st the restaurants. Thankfully she was able to always find something at the buffet. We cruised to Bermuda and that was great. Bermuda is such a beautiful island and the beaches are so pretty 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

the cruise was great. We have been on this cruise 6 times and enjoy the trip. My problem is with BJ's  I was promised on board credits which are part of my contract and did not receive them. NCL told me I had to contact BJ which I will. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Norwegian Dawn Cruise review

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Our favorite part of the cruise was kids sailed free, an incredible value! The Ship sailed extremely smooth and was clean.  The food however was unremarkable and disappointing compared to Royal Caribbean. If you are a foodie I would not recommend this cruise. However if average food is not important to you then this cruise is for you.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

One of the best vacations yet

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I  absolutely loved the ship. It was clean, nicely decorated, modern, the whirlpool was amazing, the deck, the music and bands and how there were several genres. The food is the top attraction, and I am constantly eating at new restaurants everywhere. It was absolutely delightful and I was shocked to find out I did not gain weight. The employees "sale" second and fourth and etc trips, they are so courteous and pleasant. 

The ONLY minus and disappointing experience was the day at the beach chair and umbrella. It cost $29.00 per person for half a day. The girl who was supposed to meet us outside was late. We were expected to be at the beach from 8:30 to noon. So she came late and took forever to get everyone w the bracelets. After that she said well it's a five minute walk ...There was no van. We took the free trolley at the

beach I found out it was only $5.00 to get in plus a few more bucks for chair and umbrella, and we could stay all day! So that was kind of a rip off shocking after all of the super nice everything else.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Everything being casual

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

You can do anything you want, come and go as you please. Cagney's was the best for a steak and our server was the best you could every ask for. I was surprised because she was our server 2 years ago on the Dawn. Her name is Veridene (i think that is how you spell it) Can't wait to go back on the Dawn in 2019

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

First Norwegian Experience= Last Norwegian Experience

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We have cruised in the past, mainly with Royal Caribbean  and were extremely disappointed with this cruise company. Because of the Freestyle Cruising offered with Norwegian you never have a set dinner table, time, or any guest service members specifically assigned to you. With this option they also pool tips and automatically charge you a certain amount a day for both bar services and food services. I believe because of this setup none of the crew members are held accountable for their service- they will receive a pooled tip anyway. We noticed this especially with the bartenders, some of them were extremely rude. One in particular worked in the coffee bar in the morning, greeting you with an annoyed expression, and then as the pool bartender for the afternoon and evening. By then he could care less about serving you. Overall that seemed to be the same feeling with all of the staff around the ship.

The food was also terrible. You could find some great dining options in the main dining rooms but the buffet was subpar. It was the same food everyday in a setup that looked like a poor cafeteria. There were also never any table in the buffet cafeterias. 

Lastly, the boat itself was dated and had way too many sleeping room compared to activities and seating at dinner and public areas for the number of people on board. Everywhere you went felt crowded. The pool is tiny and there was little daily entertainment for all age groups. Since we had 2 full sea days on the way to Bermuda and the way home it grew tiring since there was nothing to do but drink. The beds in the room were also extremely uncomfortable! 

Overall, we were less than impressed with our cruise experience and will not cruise with Norwegian again. We have also let all of our friends and family know of our experience. We were required to pay $400 in tips- $100 each for the bar services and $100 each for the food and other services. On top of the cost of the cruise and taxes, after poor service we were then hit with the $400 in charges and were extremely disappointed!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Family with young adults

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Great food and service.  Bermuda tourist staff on land is very helpful and there are many options to travel around.  We could see America Cup boats practicing from our balcony - awesome!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Don't go for the food

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The cruise was wonderful except for the food menu remained basically the same each day period to get variety you had to pay extra to go reserved restaurants. The scheduled seedings as well as the buffet each day served the same choices.  The rooms are perfect in the room Steward was fantastic thank you Noel. Lots to do in Bermuda and we went the week that the America's Cup was there practicing which added to the enjoyment. The drink card for alcohol was extremely expensive. The rule that everyone in the room had to purchase one is onerous and very expensive. Despite what I just said I am my daughter had a wonderful time I'm and would recommend the cruise especially for those who are first timers. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Excellent experience except for the Karaoke

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The staff of the Norwegian Dawn are very attentive hard working people who always anticipated our needs. 

I did have one bad experience when we went to karaoke one night.  There were young children in attendance and some of the participants picked songs with foul language and inappropriate sexual and violent lyrics.  The MC stopped one performer because of this but then 2 other performers sang similar songs.  I feel that he should have stopped them and mostly I feel that those songs should not have been available in the play list. Very inappropriate with families with young children.

The ship itself was clean and we had no other problems.

 

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Deck 12

Deck 12 features staterooms in categories SA, SD, SJ and IC, as well as the Library, the Oasis Pool, Topsiders Bar, Sprinkles Ice Cream Bar, Kid's Cafe,...

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Deck 7

Deck 7 is completely surrounded by a teak promenade, and features the Stardust Theater, Bamboo Restaurant, Sake Bar, Sushi Bar, Java Cafe, The Pearly Kings...

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Deck 6

Deck 6 features staterooms in category O1, as well as the Dawn Club Casino, Gatsby's Champagne Bar, Impressions Italian Restaurant, Havana Club, Wine Cellar,...

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Deck 13

Deck 13 is devoted to fun in the sun with acres of teak deck space, jogging track, sports deck, and a whirlpool. Other entertainment options include T-Rex...

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scober42596
Contributor Level: Third Mate

I like the smaller ships for you don't get overwhelmed as with the bigger vessels. It's a more personal and relaxing atmosphere.

cmorin41
Contributor Level: Purser

Get to know the layout of the ship on your first day at sea. It will help you plan your activities.

CarefulPlanner
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Staterooms were too small and cramped, but overall it was comfortable. Free room service for breakfast was a great option.

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Price

L

Size

Dec 2002

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

2244

Total Passengers

2.11

Crew to Passenger Ratio

11

Number of Decks

1170

Total Cabins

36

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