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Vacation fun in the sun!

mesuyen reviewed 1 day ago

What people said about this ship:

"We felt the food in the main dining room did n't offer as much variety as we have had on cruises..." in 46 reviews.

"we ate at the specialty restaurant s every night and all were very good with the of -..." in 7 reviews.

"...but were long lines at times in the dining room and the pool area was way over crowded." in 32 reviews.


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Large Group

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Best Vacation Ever!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: May 16, 2014

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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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From a Platinum member:

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: May 09, 2014

The stateroom we stayed in had an ominous scent in the closet as well as the hallway. Very musty odor, all cruise. So bad that we dreaded going back to the stateroom. I think paying gratuties previous to the sailing is wrong. person who receives the tip should earn it first. paying before hand allows for poor service, why should they care? Tips already provided. I have yet tippped a waiter or waitress before I ate my meal in any restaraunt. The embarkation was deplorable as was the disembarkation. I was promised a different line for getting on the ship as well as getting off the ship. Embarkind took appr 2 housr, disembarking was approximately 2 hours. Nobody we talked to had any idea where or when platinum members were supposed to disembark. Food was great, however we never used the main dining rooms or the specialty dining areas. And again, why should we pay gratuities for something we never used?.

While using the Casino, I had to request the pit boss to remove a dealer who was rude,obnoxious,belligerant, and pushy, Let-It-Ride table! I believe it was Thursday 5-15 at 4pm.

One of the smoothest sailing I have been on, as far as the ride aboard ship goes.

I shall not allow these inconveniences to mar my future plans to sail with NCL. While onboard we took advantage of the offer to put a down payment on our next cruie, perhaps on the Breakaway from New York to Bermuda (love this cruise).

Thanks for your time,

Ed & Lynne

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Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
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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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Room Type:
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Experience:
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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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Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
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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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Popular Tips for Norwegian Dawn


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!

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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Norwegian Dawn
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Members on Cruise

14 Night Caribbean Escape (Boston To New Orleans)

Sail Date: Nov 07, 2014
Ship Name: Norwegian Dawn
32 Ship Mate app members

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Norwegian Dawn
18
Members on Cruise

7 Night Bermuda (Boston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 05, 2014
Ship Name: Norwegian Dawn
denisegagnon
denisecruise53
+ 16 Ship Mate app members

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Norwegian Dawn
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7 Night Bermuda (Boston Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 31, 2014
Ship Name: Norwegian Dawn
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