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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Good Experience for a 1st time Norwegian Cruiser

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Being that this cruise was my first Norwegian Cruise, I can say that it was a good experience. The Vessel and state rooms were immaculate and beautiful. The Cruise crew were phenomenal and very pleasant.  The destinations were amazing. I would recommend this cruise to an age demographic of 55 and older. As a cruiser in the 28-42 age range the activities on board this trip was more dedicated to a much more seasoned crowd. Also the food options outside the specialty restaurants was not the greatest. Advice to persons considering this cruise prepay all gratuities, maximize your time at the stops, and be prepared to REST AND RELAX. 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Worst food on a cruise ever!!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

I have been on several cruises.  I loved the ports of call, the freestyle dining, and entertainment, but the food was awful!!!  This was the first cruise that I didn't gain weight.  The menu needs to be completely changed or fire the chef.  Very little shrimp, no lobster, no complimentary wine.  Five different desserts looked different but tasted the same, like whipped cream, carrot cake had no sugar, and the cheese cake wasn't even good.  Very little fruit and it wasn't very fresh mostly over ripe.   I also always take my kids, this was the oldest average cruise age ever.  Motorized wheelchairs galore.  Most people were friendly but there was a lot of crabby old people that didn't even want to be in an elevator with children much less the theatre.  Overall, my kids had a lot of fun but for me Norwegian is now my least favorite cruise line.

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Fun on the open water

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

I have only been on one other cruise and it was a different cruise line.  The other ship was a bit nicer and the staff were a bit more friendly.  The staff on this cruise were nice and of course we grew to enjoy some staff more than others.  I would do this cruise again.  My husband, the other couples we went with and I did have a great time. 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

The entertainment on the Norwegian Dawn was fantastic.  The cruise director was so funny and all of the staff doing the entertainment was great.   The food was very good and the waiters were so nice.  The room steward really did a good job and told us that if we needed anything to let him know.   Customer Service was very accommodating. The ship did not have a machine to check our onboard charges, but we were told that they were working on this now and soon we would be able to pull this information up on our television in our room.   Also, each person was allowed one bottle of wine on the ship, but we did not know there was a corkage fee of $15.00, so our bottle of wine was held until after the cruise.  Carnival and Royal Caribbean does not charge this fee.   

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

1 out of 5
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Terrible Cruise the worst I have ever been on.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

I will never cruise Norwegian again.  The food was terrible and at time uneatable.   The state room was dirty with bugs.  The bed sunk down in the middle of each twin bed.  The commode smelled thru out the room.  The linen on the bed was sub standard something you would buy at Kmart or less store.  We take about three cruises a year and this the first on Norwegian and the worst.  We have cruised on all the other lines.  But yours is sub standard and I would never recommend to any one else.  And I will use all social media to let people know how bad you are.  I did talk with all departments on the ship and no one seemed to care.   

 

Brenda Joan Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 out of 5
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NCL Dawn

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Did not really care for this ship, it felt very claustrophobic.  What once had been a multistory atrium has now been closed in to add restaurants, internet café, shops, etc.  Very few open deck areas.  Service in the dining rooms was not great, average eating time was 1 1/2 hrs.  In the garden café they were constantly out of silverware.  Would not go on this ship again.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 out of 5
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A nice ship for a beautiful cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

The Dawn is one of the "older" ships in the fleet (if you consider a 2002 ship old that is ;-) ), but she does the job beautifully. The ports of call over plenty of activities, and even on the days at sea you won't be bored. 

Overall, this is a great cruise!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Good, but not our favorite

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

This is our 5th cruise, 1st time on Norwegian. Definitely suited for those older customers who only want a couple options of entertainment. By that, it's either you gamble, watch variety show, or there's a few bars to sit and listen to live music (love songs, piano, guitar)....and that's it. Of course there's bingo and the newlywed game on all the ships. The guitar guy "Pedro" was absolutely FANTASTIC! WOW! We saw him every chance we could. He made it fun for us, cuz he's so darn talented. That guy needs someone to find him and make him famous. The stage shows were very good on this boat! No complaints about them at all. Good performers and singing. The magician David Da Vinci was excellent! Really great! If you get a chance to see him anywhere then do it! =) wow! As for the food. ....it seems as though anytime you eat in the dining room, its barely warm or just plain cold by the time it's put in front of you. ( not just this cruise, the last few) For me, I'm happier eating hot food at the buffets. I'd prefer to be served; but tired of cold food. We did 2 specialty restaurants. Cagneys Steakhouse ( Fantastic! )....spend the money to eat here! You will love it! Teppanyaki ( didn't like)....plain & bland , everything gets same flavor of garlic butter, and everyone gets same 2 dip sauces. When we've done this style before, each meat/seafood had it's own seasoning flavors and own dip sauces. ...and the flavors were amazing! So this place on the boat was a waste of our money. So if you've never had it before, you'll probably like it. If you've had it before. ..don't go to this one on the boat. The staff was very nice. There was always someone cleaning. We had a nice time. Our room was always attended to, no complaints. We are 42, and so far. ...Princess is our favorite. Carnival was fun , 1 out of 2 was good. 2nd one sucked service and everything; everyone complained whole trip. Celebrity was okay, but adult pool was awesome. This ship was just okay. 1 pool. The one on the back of the boat you had to pay for ; it was in the spa. Everyone keeps telling us to try Royal Caribbean. So that's what we'll sail next time. =)

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Great cruise!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Enjoyed the cruise very much. My favorite entertainment was "TWICE AS NICE".  They are definitely an asset to have.  They were great!

All entertainment was good!

Food was good!

Relaxation was good!

Had one bad day due to illness of one of our team but it was handled well.  Spent the day on Tuesday in Belize hospital.  They were wonderful and the B.E.R.T crew that ambulanced her to the hospital was good. Tender to shore was stressful. The captain came by at the time this was happening and he was most helpful in aiding her to the medical dept. Much appreciated!

 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

3 out of 5
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Good but not my favorite line .

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014

Room - 8656 was fine.. spacious.. liked large window.  Room steward provided most personal inter play of all ship staff.     Food was not as well laid out as other lines.  Seemed to be "cafeteria" style  set-up whereas both RCL & Carn had sep. islands for desserts & salads.  also I really missed the usual formal night LOBSTER tail.   The NCL substitution  of pasta w. lobster was not well- received.  The last nite's prawns Thermidor.. a dish usually made with lobster  added to my disappointment.  the shows were really a highlight of the cruise.  Saw 3 & all were above average. Speaking of islands.. with RCL we got a private island stop w. food but for NCL it was a supplementary charge to go from Roaton to private island.

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