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Great first cruise!!!

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Norwegian Dawn Western Caribbean cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

This was my first cruise and was a little overwhelming. I forgot to fill out a form for one of the onboard credits so it was forfeited which was disappointing. Parking in New Orleans was very confusing. It took us three tries to find a parking area as the "whale" lot was full? when we arrived at port. Balcony room was just the right size and well located above the theatre which was OK. Dolphin swim and ride excursion was a good experience although renting a locker is not necessary as there are bins near the pool for personal items. Suggest bringing your own snorkel equipment (with mouthpiece) for Sharks, Rays and Island getaway as only mask was provided and I swallowed alot of salt water that day.Our guide Karim was excellent though and we did see plenty of rays and sharks along with plenty of fish. Roatan zip line and Island tour was well worth the price. We had an excellent guide (Diane) for the island and glad we chose the monkey and sloth farm over the Iguana Farm as interacting with the animals was encouraged. Costa Maya was our least favorite port. very dirty and we got sick from food or drink from this port. Entertainment on ship was excellent. food on ship was varied and plentiful. loved the pool side bbqs after a day in port. shopping consultant on ship was focused on jewelry and watches and promoting certain "approved" shops and provided little guidance on negotiating with the natives on other types of items like textiles (blankets, clothes). Suggest watching cell phone usage if not on an international plan as using ships wifi is expensive. we had a $200 charge by day 3 and turned our phones off after that. Overall a great experience and would likely do it again with adjustments from the lessons learned above.

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NCL Dawn

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

Overall it was ok.  I think to say it was a  poor experience is not quite accurate; however, I could not rate it as a cruise I would recommend to friends.

What really detracted from the entire experience was the rudeness of the staff. This occurred mostly in the buffet areas, and happened every single day.  We never experienced this on our Carnival Cruises.

On the other hand, the food was good, out room was always taken care of nicely, and the ports were great.

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mfx1001
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Great first cruise!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

Since this was my first cruise, I did not have any preconceptions...The ship was nice but the crew on the Norwegian Dawn made this cruise wonderful experience.

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alan9963
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Enjoy some time away

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

Nice crew.

Clean.

As expected.

Good food.  Buffet area the meats may be a bit over done due to sitting under/on heat.

Enjoy some time "disconnected" from work and the like.

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Family Springbreak 2K15

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Apr 05, 2015

We were first time cruisers and not sure what to expect. However, we were pleasantly surprised with all NCL had to offer. I enjoyed the fact that we were able to see several different ports of call. The only downside was we felt rushed on and off the boat each time. We only ate the food that was included, no specialty dining package. The food was moderate to good, nothing great. The pool was so crowded we never got in, but it wasn't really a big deal because the breezes are so nice that we weren't usually hot. The workers are very nice and aim to please.

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First and last Norwegian Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

Sad I was very disappointed with my cruise on the Norwegian Cruise for a number of reasons.

1. Overall they were more interested in selling merchandise than providing service to the passengers. A large area of the small ship was taken up by vendors with overpriced merchandise that could be purchased onshore cheaper.

2. The food in the dinning room was not up to the quality or quantity I had experienced on other cruise lines. I heard that the food was better in the dinning rooms but at additional cost. Two of our waiters were unfriendly and not qualified.

3. I did not like the fact that the gratuity was added to the on-board account. If this is the pay for the ship personal it should be included in the price of the cruise. I would rather tip the personal according to the service that was rendered. I think that this would encourage the ships personal to give better service to be rewarded for good service.

4. The ship could have been cleaner and better maintained. The carpet in our stateroom was stained and there was rust and loose bolts on the balcony.

5. The entertainment was not as good as I have seen on other cruise lines.

6. My wife and I are in our 70's and would like a area away from the children and young adults where we could just enjoy the pool and sun without so much noise and activity. I would like to see an adult only area.

Of the five other Cruise Lines that I have used, I am afraid that I would have to rate Norwegian last.

 

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Freestyle might be a little too casual for some

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

The ship was clean and in good repair.  The  cruise director and his staff were informative and outgoing.  The featured entertainment was good.  Some smaller activities (trivia challenge and another game) that we had planned to attend on board were found to be moved or cancelled because of lack of space or staff.  There is only one dance floor on the boat, other dance activities were held on the deck by the pool.  Our cabin steward was outstanding.  He checked in with us regarding our preferences and made sure that there was nothing that we needed.  The cabin was cleaned and always at the ready.  One the other hand, dining tended to border on chaotic as people were coming and going constantly and the wait staff became dismissive after your order was taken, neglecting to refill beverages or check back to see if anything else was needed.  The Garden Buffet was open pretty much all of the time on deck 12 and had very good food to offer with very good variety, and was particularly good for breakfast and lunch. There was generally a cookout going for a couple of hours in the late afternoon, by the pool every day.   For dinner though, we wanted to have a relaxed dining experience to review the day's adventures and that never happened.  Reservations for specialty dining must be made early or you will wait quite a while to dine.  They have packages available to defray the cost of the specialty dining, but to make it cost effective you need to dine in one of those venues every night.  They do offer a paging beeper if you decide that you want to wait.  There were a few piano bar type places on the ship, but a couple of them seemed to be associated with the specialty dinner venues and we weren't always sure if we should access them if we were not dining in that area.  The shore excursions offered some excellent choices and the embarkation / disembarkation / tendering process went smoothly. 

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Size of cabins and storage available

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

I would not recommend cruising on the Dawn. It was not up to my expectations at all. The cabins seemed smaller than usual for a balcony cabin. The cabin steward was excellent with good service and friendly demeanor . I don't know how she was able to handle all she did by herself. She had 16 cabins to take care of with no help. The shows were ok, some good and some very bad. The choreography did not seem to go with the music, Some of the costumes were very drab.

Overall the crew was friendly, helpful, and worked very hard to make the cruise a pleasant experience. We had a great time in spite of the displeasure with the cabin.

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Great Cruise, but Freestyle Dining is a Fiasco

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

The ship was great, shore excursions were really great, the entertainment was excellent, the buffet was great, the cabin steward was outstanding. The Dining Room experiences were terrible. I guess freestyle dining, where you have to wait in line every night for dinner with a different waiter each night, is not for us. We much prefer a standard seating time (e.g., 6:00) with a few other guests at the same table every night. The waiters were all very good, but the wait each night was absurd - even at 8:00. Moreover, the dining rooms ("Aqua" and "Venitian") never seemed to be open for lunch  when we wanted to eat-  closed for an art show or only open for 1 and a half hours. We would probably consider Norwegian again, but other passengers seemed to agree that something needs to be done about the Freestyle dining.

 

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7 night western caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

This cruise was nice, the ship was ok, a little bit older. The constant side to side motion of the ship was a bit annoying at times, but other than that it was ok. Our cabin steward was amazing. The ports of call were ok. I would pass on going to Belize City and Costa Maya again. Loved, loved loved Roatan Honduras.

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

Don't pay extra for a mini suite, they were not roomy enough. The buffets were better than on most other Ships in the same class

Reservations for restaurants will save you time! No need to bring hair dryer because there is one in the staterooms. Plenty of towels in bathroom as well as pool beach towels given to you at the pool.

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