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"We frequently had to wait for a table in the main dining room s, but once we figured out that we 'd have to wait, we 'd..." in 48 reviews.

"It appeared that NCL was wanting to encourage patrons to pay for one of many specialty restaurants." in 7 reviews.

"Pool area poor." in 33 reviews.


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paultmunson
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Best Vacation Ever!

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Eight of us traveled to Bermuda on the Norweigian Dawn.  All employees on the ship were extremely friendly and helpful.  We saw a different show every night, and all the shows knocked our socks off!  The free style dining and dining rooms were tasteful;the food excellent.  Docking in Bermuda for three days really gave us a chance to see the Island.  We purchased a three day bus/feery pass for $35.00 each.  The pass paid for itself.  We spent a day and a half at Horseshoe Bay Beach, maybe one of the beautiful beaches I have ever been to.  The beach looks like it came out of a travel brochure.  While at sea, always  something to do, or do nothing but relax.  Our stateroom was very comfortable, with  a sliding door to a small deck.  Always slept with the door open to hear the ocean!  The ship and Bermuda were top of the line!!!!

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Beautiful waters of Bermuda Towel monkey

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Great cruise, Great value

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2014

We had a wonderful time on the Norwewgian Dawn. All the activities, the great food and the service was exceptional. We are hoping to go again next year if all is well. We love Bermuda and this is the best way of going there. We have cruised on other lines and we feel that Norwegian is the best. It was great to go out of Boston because we live in Massachusetts.

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salf29
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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Bermuda on Norwegian Dawn

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jun 20, 2014

The service on this ship was very good.  Our room attendant, Gusti, was always around with a pleasant greeting and kept our stateroom in very clean shape.  At the restaurants, the service was also very good. No waiting for any of our food or drinks and all were served by very pleasant people.  The only waiting you can expect is at restaurants that are inclusive on the cruise.  This is just the same as if you go to a restaurant at home without a reservation.  They hand you a pager and send you to a bar (but with a complimentary glass of champagne ).  This I did not like.  This being my 10th cruise, and the first time at free style dining, gave me my opinion that I don't care for the free style dining.  You lose the connection you get on other cruises with your favorite wait staff.  We weren't able to get seated after the first night with the wait staff we liked so well in the Venetian.  The food was mediocre on the ship except for Cagneys Steak House and Bamboo Restaurant which were both fantastic.  But, when you pay for a cruise, there didn't used to be paid restaurants and the meals on other lines were all great!  The pasta sauce was the most like jarred sauce possible, even at the Italian Restaurant.  Surprisingly, they had no night where they served lobster tails in the main restaurants.  That was shocking as every cruise I've gone on until now has had that lobster tail night.  Both main restaurants were good, the Venetian and Aqua.  Very different atmospheres from one another with Venetian giving the classic formal feel and Aqua a more modern contemporary feel. On board they have the Java Cafe (not complimentary), where they have confections made by Carlo's Bakery of the Cake Boss fame.  Worth trying if you've never had the confections most definitely, but an example of paying if you really want higher quality.  In short, this line gave me the impression that they would serve chain food for the cruise price, where the other lines I've cruised had high quality food everywhere and the specialty restaurants were more quaint in atmosphere as opposed to having to pay extra for a high quality meal.  The ship itself is in very good condition and really there are no complaints here.  The shows were good quality shows with a nice variety.  From a cirque de soliel type of act to second city comedy, the entertainment was comparable to other cruises.  Plenty of activities are offered all day everyday, so if someone is bored, it's their own fault.  However, again, you pay quite a lot for these games.  $30 to go bar hop at 5 bars on board.  $20 for a deal or no deal ticket, the cruise direction pushing scratch off tickets for $5 each at every venue, I heard one woman say Bingo tickets were $70 although I did not play so cannot confirm this.  The Casino had a mix of slit machines and tables so a nice variety of gambling fun.  They had tournaments you could enter, as other ships have had also. As far as Bermuda goes, once and done is my opinion.  You don't need more than two days at this very small island with not much to see and expensive prices.  Horseshoe Bay Beach is worth experiencing but if you're  not a sun worshiper, that's where it stops.  Not a lot of historic sites to see at all. We went on a deep sea fishing expedition (not offered through the cruise line) with Reef a Fishing.  This was well worth the $100 a person for 4 hours of fishing with guaranteed catch.  

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Worse cruise we have been on

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jun 13, 2014

The food was terrible. Tasted poorly and was cold most of the time. I even got just plain pasta and put butter on it because everything else was not good. At least they put the pre cooked  pasta in a warm bath before serving it.  The food was no better in the restaurants than in the Garden Cafe. They have a daily BBQ on the pool deck. THey had a pasta that would have been the best thing on the ship , it was cooked right and the sauce was very tasty but it was scooped from the top so that too was cold.On Many things they are almost there but they miss the final step to make things good.  Many little things that added up to putting it on the DO Not Do Again list. For instance. We got ice cream, 10 min after it opened. Held our  bowl with Ice Cream melting while 3 people tried to find spoons for us . Finally someone came with 6 spoons. That wasn't going to last long. We had to get fresh ice cream because our's was soup.

Our steward was good except he didn't put new beach towels in our room and we had an early excursion the next day. Had to find someone to get some. It seems you can't even leave a message for your steward if he's off.( unlike other ships we have been on. ) Other than that he was good.

In the halls and such we found  we had to step aside or get knocked over by staff several times. They just kept coming and we had to be the one's to move.  Not the politeness we see on other ships.  Waiting  to ask a question about special restaurant, when my husband asked, after waiting 8 min for staff to look up, if she worked there,  she rudely said you have to wait. Not, I'll be with you in a moment. The furniture was all scratched in the cafe and in our room the table was also, very dated.

The entertainment was excellant. Loved the dancers, comedian and all the shows.

 If I won a cruise on this ship  I would go but I would not pay to go. We have been on 13 cruises. I think if you are on your first you may say it's good but not if you have experienced the quality of food and service of other lines. We were quite disappointed.

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Traveled As:
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Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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NCL Dawn satisfaction review

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Jun 20, 2014

Liked: Most part, everything was as expected. Food, entertainment, cabin up keep, staff was overall good. Food in main dining was all most the same every day from starter to main course to desert. I was planning to enjoy dineer in main dining room throught the seven days, but had to go in Garden Cafe for the change.arnival, No more Lobster tail dinner ( Is this part of cost reduction of NCL?)

ZeeGomes of gift shop was very helpfull inmerchandising selection and purchase.

Compare to Carnival, Carnival offered better food choices, and also washer/ dryer facility. Because of this, we did not pack too many clothes and travelled ligh. 

 

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KCGile
Purser

Timing is everything!! Get your deck lounge chair early on sea days, only book in the dining room if your prepared to waste 3 hours, the main buffet is great but watch your time as it can get crowded quickly and the pools are salt water not chlorine!! Prepare for the SUN, sunscreen is not optional!!

If you go to the 4th deck and make your way to the back of the ship you can get some excellent pictures!

lovestocrusie
Second Mate

Get up early, before 8 or 9am and the pool deck is virtually empty. All the kids sleep in after partying all night. It's then best time to use the hot tub and the pool. At 6 am, I had the entire pool deck to myself. Like it was my ship alone. Best time to get a sun chair too.

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