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Very enjoyable week on the Norwegian Dawn

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

My adult daughter and I went on the Boston to Bermuda cruise on 7/17-7/24/2015.  We had a "sideways" cabin on deck 9, #9673.  Our cabin steward, Christian, went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed.

 

We didn't eat at any of the premium restaurants, but we're very pleased with The Garden Cafe, The Venetian, and Aqua.  Service in all three was friendly and fantastic.  Food quality was very good with the exception of so-so Asian food in Bamboo.

We saw shows in The Spinnaker Lounge (Second City as well as a couples game show) and the massive Stardust (Elements).  Elements was beautiful with excellent choreography, lighting and music.  The shows in Spinnaker were in a smaller environment and pretty decent.

The casino wasn't bad--Just get Foxwoods or Vegas out of your mind.  Most of the time it was crowded, and trying to get a seat at the slots was iffy. If you are a smoker, this is the only place to smoke other than out on the promenade deck 7.

Check out the shore excursions online and book directly with them to save some money.  Booking thru NCL is more expensive, BUT you will have the assurance that the ship won't leave without you if your excursion is on the last day in port.

We took the ferry back and forth to Hamilton, which is a lot quicker than taking the bus.  Shopping was fun, and if you like Lilly Pulitzer, there's a huge selection in one of the stores whose name escapes me right now, but you can't miss it.  Hog Penny Pub is a quaint, delicious place for lunch.

We took the number 7 bus to Horseshoe Bay.  Yes, it's a tourist spot, but it's so incredibly beautiful!  We spent the entire afternoon in the 85 degree clear aqua water.  This is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take the $2.00 tram ride back up the hill when you're ready to get the bus back to the Dockyard.

The spa on the ship was amazing.  My daughter had a massage and facial.  We both bought the week-long pass to the thermal spa which included use of the steam room (Oh-my-gosh-loved-it!), the hot tub, the warm lap pool, the sauna, the incredible bubbly huge lounge pool, and the quiet "reflection" area featuring teak lounge chairs, fluffy bathrobes, and floor-to-ceiling windows all across the stern of the ship where you recline with a cup of cool lemon water, listen to the tinkling wind chimes and gaze at the ship's wake.  This is truly an adults only area, and after experiencing the supposed adults-only hot tub at the deck 12 pool area, it was a welcome respite.

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AWESOME

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Ship had more than what I could have had imagine. Dinner choices were wonderful. Shows were great. Staff was attentive and helpful. Somethings could have been better. Conflict with dinner and showtimes.  I preferred dining room than buffet for dinner.  Showtimes on some nights too close to leaving dining room even when I planned accordingly.  Dinner was always delicious. Seating was always available within 10 minutes. Longest wait time was 20 minutes.  Staff was amazing and attentive.  Always willing to accommodate.

 

 

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Back to Bermuda

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda, 7 days of absolute relaxation, pink sandy beaches and snorkelling. The Dawn is a nice size of ship and Bermuda is a good size island to explore in the 2.5 days do led at the Navy Dockyard. Be adventurous and take the public transit (buses and ferries) to beaches, caves, Hamilton and St. George.

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Very enjoyable, with some disappointments

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 17, 2015

Departing and returning to Boston was such an easy experience for us who are used to the long day of flying to get to a cruise port!  There were 4 of us, booked into 2 staterooms with balconies.  The rooms were fine, with ample storage space, except for the suitcases which remained in front of the couch as there was no where else to put it.  The steward, Wayan, was fantastic - so friendly and accommodating.  In fact, the entire staff went out of its way to be helpful and pleasant.  Our beds were like concrete, so we asked Wayan for pads to soften them, which he found.  We neglected to make reservations in any of the added-cost restaurants when we first boarded, and after a few days found there were none to be had, so we ate exclusively in the included restaurants.  The food was very good, and we really liked the service and ambiance of the Venetian, so we ate there most of the time.  The buffet always had plenty of choices for all meals and the food there was pretty good. as was the afternoon barbeque on the pool deck.  Hint:  bring a water bottle to fill in the buffet as they charge for water anywhere outside the dining rooms.  The nightly entertainment in the theater was superb - don't miss it!  We also enjoyed the nightly game shows in the Spinnaker lounge.  The gym is well-equipped and roomy, and you can get a good walk on the promenade - 4 times around is a little more than a mile (helps to keep the weight gain down!) 

The negatives have to do with the pool and the drinking.  There are 1 too many days at sea, especially since the pool is tiny and the area is crowded, with plenty of smokers!  The amount of heavy drinking at all hours of the day is astounding, even among adults with young kids with them!  Most offensive was the fact that teenagers are allowed to drink all they want (I was told that those 18-20 are served if their parents sign a form, but I swear some of the kids were barely 17 or 16.)  They formed a group on one side of the pool - acting rowdy and obnoxious.  At one point it was like a frat party, complete with a funnel and tube for drinking games followed by cannonballing into the pool!  No one stopped them, though there were plenty of people with little kids watching.  What they do is not my business, but the fact that it made sitting by the pool so uncomfortable was.  That night I complained to the staff, and I must admit I saw security around the pool the next day (which was very choppy and windy so it was hard to tell the effect.)  If you choose not to sit by the pool, there are plenty of activities to entertain you. 

Last thing - Bermuda was beautiful!  I've never seen anyplace so clean and the people are very friendly.  On the first day we took a taxi tour of the island.  The drive's name is One Leg (seriously - he had one leg!)  He told us he is a Blue Flag driver (licensed guide) but it turned out he wasn't.  He was colorful but stretched the tour to make it 5 hours ($50 an hour), which was at least an hour too long.  Make sure you get a real blue flag taxi if you do this.  We did stop at amazing places, including the Sea Glass Beach, Swizzle Inn for a drink, lots of gorgeous beaches and historic sites.  He recommended we spend the next day at Warwick Long Bay beach, especially the coves, which we did.  We rented chairs and sat at Jobsen's Cove (at Warwick), which is now my favorite beach!  The sand was truly pink, with bits of brightly colored (blue, green, pink, etc.) coral in it.  The cove is gorgeous, with calm turquoise water surrounded by rock formations.  There were neon-colored parrot fish and schools of silver fries (minnows) swimming in the cove - none of which bothered anyone.  It was nirvana!  The 3rd day we went by ferry to St. George (pretty town to walk through but nothing much to do except for the nice tour of the Lily perfume factory - you have to ask for the tour in a small historic home.)  Took a bus to the Grotto caves, which underwhelmed us, then back to Hamilton for the ferry back to Dockyard.  $19 buys you a day pass for any bus/ferry transportation on the island.  I prefer to hire a knowledgeable driver who gets us where we want to go directly and tells us what we are looking at.  The self-guided brochure in St. George was not very helpful or interesting. 

Overall - a fun experience.  If you're not big into the drinking crowd, go in the spring or fall and have a great time!  Say "hi" to Wayan, midship on the 9th floor!

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Bermuda 7/17/2015

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Great time...a few too many collage age kids drinking...I think because of the beverage package and 18YO drinking age. Seemed a little like a spring break party at times around the pool. Good weather and the service was awesome. Bermuda is getting a little run down and some of the outside areas were unsafe to walk at night...I felt it and was told by locals to be careful. All in all a good time. Would book again!

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Excellent Cruise!

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This is a free style cruise which was excellent for us.  We could have dinner whenever we were ready and did not have a set time to abide by and the drink package was a great deal as well.  The Staff was excellent in every way and the food was great.  Overall a great Cruise for the money.

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Norwegian Dawn

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

Would recommend Boston to Bermuda cruise on Norwegian Dawn.  Services and food was very good.  Liked the Asian restaurant and the cover charge Italian restaurant...

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Limited activities on an old ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

This is a small ship and only has one swimming pool.  This was a summer cruise and there were a lot of children in the pool.  Unfortunately, with few parents in sight, the kids went wild.  There were no places to sit in the sun unless you get to the pool before 8am.  Towels were used to save seats and in some cases no one ever came and used the lounges all day.

Our stateroom was just OK.  Its an older ship and needs an update.  Beds very uncomfortable and each room had a pull down bunk bed that took up a lot of space even in the stored position.

The food was good, restaurants were nice, service good.  Freestyle cruising means you go to any restaurant with a reservation.  Unfortunately, reservations meant nothing.  Anyone shows up when they want and it really becomes first come first served.  If you eat before 6:30 PM in the dining rooms, usually no waiting, after that long lines.  Specialty restaurants were excellent.  We ate in Cagneys and Le Bistro and were very impressed with the food and service.

All food and drink purchases have an 18%  tip added to the bill.  I found this convenient, but it seemed some wait staff in the bars were not very motivated and service was disappointing.

Disembarkation was the best I have ever experienced!   Well done NCL.  We were off the ship exactly as scheduled.

Shows were pretty good, especially "Element".  Don't miss it.

I have had 9 previous cruises on 3 other cruise lines (most on Princess) and I would not do NCL again.

 

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GREAT EXPERIENCE

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

THIS WAS MY FIRST CRUISE , THE KIDS AND I HAD A GREAT TIME ON THE CRUISE , THE SERVICE WAS GREAT . OVERALL I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE I HAVE NOT ONE COMPLAINT THE CREW MEMBERS ALL OVER THE BOAT WAS COUTEOUS AND FRIENDLY THE SERVICE WAS GREAT . THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS GREAT ALWAYS HAD SOMETHING TO DO NEVER A DULL MOMENT . I REGISTERED MY KID IN A VERY NICE PROGAM FOR TEEN CALL ENTOURAGE THEY LOVED IT MADE NEW FRIENDS AND THEY LOVE THE LADY IN CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM HER NAME IS ANITA (ANCHOR)  SHE IS LOVELY. MY DINING EXPERIENCE WAS ALSO GREAT FOOD AT ALL TIME AND VARIETY EVERY DAY SO WE HAD CHOICES SO THAT WAS GREAT. thanks BJ'S  YOU GUYS MADE THE PROCESS EASY AND PAINLESS.

Sincerely, Ginette , LJ

 

 

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Overall Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2015

Trip: 7/10th to 7/17

Pros: Nightly Entertainment shows, Foods, Services especially house keeping staffs, Check-in/Check-out processes.

Cons:  Ship shows wear, tear and old. Room cleanness.  Annoying photographer keeps taking pictures everywhere, especially at main dining rooms every night. Service Staffs may need some time-off while on ship, they looks tired and less friendly (most of them work for 8 months straight, no days off...too much)

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