Norwegian Dawn

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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Norwegian Dawn is a large ship, carrying 2244 passengers and 1066 crew, and sails from Boston, Massachusetts and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Harvest Caye is terrible

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Good cruise but a few items that were not so good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

I have not cruise on NCL in 15 years and was disappointed in a few items 

 

We were told the ship featured a indoor lap pool and hot tubs.  I went to use them and was kindly told that if I wanted to use those amenities it would cost me $159 for the week.  Absolutely crazy stupid!!!   I paid a huge fare for our family and don't feel it should be expected to pay even more for a pool.  I mean really, the ship features 1 pool and 4 hot tubs plus a small kids zone.  The indoor pool area should not be an up charge.  

 

Our cabin steward was a bit slack. He did not leave us sheets each night for our 3rd and 4th beds and took up our wet pool towels and did not replace them. As you know NCL charges $25 per towel.  So each night I had to track him down to get fresh towels so we would not be charged for the ones that were removed.

 

Elements was phenomenal and the entertainment was very good

 

Harvest Caye was beautiful except the water was closed due to dangerous jellyfish that if stung would result in a high fever and mandatory hospital stay.  Hope they clear out for future cruisers

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Harvest Caye is terrible

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Norwegian's private island (Harvest Caye) was the worst port of call we have ever had. Everything on this island costs extra money.  The selection of excursions did NOT include any snorkeling options even though there is great snorkeling in Belize. Overall on the cruise the food selections were average at best.  All beef options come with brown sauce.   An unexpected surprise was the freestyle dining, it worked very well.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

wifi

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Great trip, wonderful crew.  Everything was great,  food, service.  This is my second trip on the Dawn.  I would do another.  The only negative for me was the lousy wi fi system.  Let's have a wifi system that is easy to use and easy to get. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Dawn was nice, more Port time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The Dawn was nice, the port times are a bit too short. The Tender in Honduras was embarrassing. Some passengers gave up and stayed on ship. We left ship almost noon from 8am waiting to be tendered. Not enough time to see island. NCL White Party was nice but it ended at 11pm, then followed by the boring Bliss/Disco lounge. NCL should continue White Party until 2am on Pool deck, as everyone was present. NCL seems to shutdown the bars way too early even when full to capacity. I was told its to control the UBP deal, I hope not. NCL seems to always want to send us inside ship even on when we are enjoying the amenities outside .

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Nice Cruise but no Belize

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The cruiseship was very nice,the rooms were very clean and staff was very professional. The food was Excellent! 😁 I traveled with a group of 12,we  but were very disappointed when we found out you can only see Belize mainland by purchasing  an shore excursion. Yes, NCL Island was nice but that's not what we paid for.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fabulous Vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The Belize destination was wonderful!  Relaxing and everything you need within reach.  The weather couldn't have been any better and there were plenty of areas to relax.  There were shops available and lots of bars/restaurants. The pool was beautiful. Loved the areas to sit on benches in the pool.  Music was an added perk.  The activities on the ship were a lot of fun.

Loved Bliss night club.  DJ Trapp is fabulous!  White out party was very fun as well.  All in all it was a great vacation!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Excellent cabin, good ports of call, mediocre food, mediocre ship activities

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The family suite was spacious and newly refurbished with very good service. Cozumel and Roatan were ok but Harvest Caye and Costa Maya were excellent stops. The shore excursions were a bit expensive but well organized and worth it, especially for first-time visits. 

The fitness room and walking/jogging track were nice but the rest of the activities on the ship were very limited with only one small pool.

The biggest disappointment was the food. Most of the food tasted bland and about the same. We had a speciality restaurant package but visited only one speciality restaurant (Le Bistro). The food there was so uninspiring that we opted to forgo the remaining package.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

The new Dawn

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We were very excited seeing the decor on the Dawn. The refurbish sparked new life into the Dawn. This is our third or fourth sailing on the Dawn. We have always loved the size but realized she was beginning to show her age. What a surprise. The theater was remarkable, lounges, dinning rooms and specialty dinning areas were lovely and comfortable. The crew and staff were very friendly helpful and hardworking. Great food, entertainment throughout the ship kept everything fun and lighthearted. Love the new wine bar, a great addition. Many of us had the ultimate beverage package and the bartenders were professional and very well prepared to serve their thirsty customers. The new look on the cabins brought us up to the new millennium. The clean fresh look of the bedding and furnishings was very inviting. Good job, Norwegian. Great cruise.Happy

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

No more NCL

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We were very disappointed in this cruise.  The cruise line changed their main dining room menus the week we were on this ship.  They were very bland and unappetizing. There was never a shrimp cocktail or lobster or any special dishes offered.  The so called volcano type dessert offered was baked and turned out in the plate and by the time you got it was very dry.  We ate in the specialty restaurants 2 times and were very unimpressed with the dishes.  We had a scallop and a shrimp dish (both listed as jumbo) and both times the seafood in the dish was small and tough and had to be cut with a knife.  The only dish we had that was good was a T-bone one night. They do not have any elegant dress night.  When we asked about it at the Guest Desk, we were told you dress as you like. Many of the men even wore Docker type shorts and t-shirts in the main dining room. It was surprising to us, as one night when in line for one of the specialty restaurants we ran into a gentleman we met on deck with the captain and 2 other officers also waiting for the restaurant to open, and all four of the gentlemen and lady officer commented on our dress and how it looked so nice like it use to be.  Which seemed to do them harm also as not many of the photographers were taking elegant pictures to sell.  I asked the desk for my past cruiser pin and was told that was another program they stopped. 

We were also very disappointed in their ports, (partially our fault when booking) as 2 of our 4 ports were either private islands or new private ports with really no shopping and no tours to take.   There was nothing unless you were beach people, as we are not.  We are shoppers and like historic tours.  The employees were all very friendly and helpful as they could be in all areas. The entertainment was ok, but not totally wonderful.  We were very disappointed in NCL as we paid more for this cruise with them than we could have paid for the same ports with Carnival, to try them again after 10 years as we very much enjoyed our last cruise with them.  We will not be going on NCL ever again or at least for another 10 years.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great Cruise

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Norwegian is a great cruise line.  The entire staff is helpful and friendly at all times.  The Dawn is a beautiful ship and the activities on board were great fun.  The food was always good - breakfast, lunch or dinner.  The island in Belize was the best, we really enjoyed it - except the prices - way too high.

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Deck 12

Deck 12 features staterooms in categories SA, SD, SJ and IC, as well as the Library, the Oasis Pool, Topsiders Bar, Sprinkles Ice Cream Bar, Kid's Cafe,...

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Deck 7

Deck 7 is completely surrounded by a teak promenade, and features the Stardust Theater, Bamboo Restaurant, Sake Bar, Sushi Bar, Java Cafe, The Pearly Kings...

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Deck 6

Deck 6 features staterooms in category O1, as well as the Dawn Club Casino, Gatsby's Champagne Bar, Impressions Italian Restaurant, Havana Club, Wine Cellar,...

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Deck 13 is devoted to fun in the sun with acres of teak deck space, jogging track, sports deck, and a whirlpool. Other entertainment options include T-Rex...

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scober42596
Contributor Level: Third Mate

I like the smaller ships for you don't get overwhelmed as with the bigger vessels. It's a more personal and relaxing atmosphere.

cmorin41
Contributor Level: Purser

Get to know the layout of the ship on your first day at sea. It will help you plan your activities.

CarefulPlanner
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

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Price

L

Size

Dec 2002

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

2244

Total Passengers

2.11

Crew to Passenger Ratio

11

Number of Decks

1170

Total Cabins

36

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