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Singles/Friends

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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 06, 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:
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 06, 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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Cruise Rating

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Dec 06, 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 06, 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

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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:
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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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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mdyess
Purser

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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BillM265
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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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7 day western caribbean on the Dawn

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

Upon boarding the Norwegian Dawn in New Orleans, I was happy with the embarkation process. We were on board in less than 30 minutes from taxi, to stateroom. The luggage arrived in about an hour to our room. The balcony stateroom we had #10110 was pretty tight to get around. Other cruiselines that we've cruised with had better layout than this. There was literally only two places in the entire room that my wife and I could get past one another. Royal Caribbean, and Carnival were both easier to navigate in the room. 

The ship was in good condition, and was always clean. There is a little wear on this ship, but that's to be expected on a ship that's this old. The food in the Garden Cafe (buffet) was always fresh, and tasty. The buffet is a little segmented. We would walk all the way around to see what was available, and the walk was worth it.

We went to three of the specialty resturants on this ship. The Italian one, La Cucina, was reasonably priced, and delicious too. The Steak House, Cagney's, was the most expensive at $30.00. I had the Bone in Rib Eye with mushrooms. It was cooked to perfection, and very tender. The best specialty resturaunt on the ship is the Brazilian Churrascaria, Moderno. This is a must for anyone who likes an amazing salad bar, and meat of all kinds. The fried bananas were delicious!  I highly recommend Moderno!

The itinerary for this cruise was great. Two sea days, with four ports of call. Cozumel was first. Shopping, and then a trip to the beach. Great fun. Then came Belize. This is a tendering port. This is my one real complaint. We booked the river tubing excursion through the cruises only website. We were told to get tender tickets on board, so we got to the Spinnaker lounge early and got ticket numbers 007, and 008. We were told that we would be on the first tender going ashore. That was a lie. Once the tender boats started going ashore, we were told that ALL the people with excursions purchased on the ship would have priority. Even though our excursion was leaving earlier. By the time they let us get on a boat, we were 45 minutes late for our tour. We went to the perser's office like it said to on our tickets from cruises only, and they told me that my excursion was too early, and we would have to wait for all the Norwegian excursion holder to go first. Thanks to Ecotours for waiting for us to finally get there before they left. After Belize came Roatan Island, Honduras. This island is beautiful. We went to the private island across the harbor from the ship. It was very nice. It started to rain after we had been there for a couple of hours, and it rained for probably an hour, then I went snorkeling again and had a great time. After Roatan was Costa Maya Mexico. There we went to Senor Frogs all inclusive beach party. A good time was had by all at senor frogs.

Only one more minor complaint. It seemed to everyone in our party that the crew on the ship was always struggling to keep up with whatever they were doing. Whether it was bringing more drinks at dinner, or something to our cabin, they all seemed like they didn't really have time to do anything above and beyond just the basics. It seemed like the cruise ship might have needed more crew. On the other cruises that we've been on, the crew was always on top of anything we needed. And it seemed like the other cruises were very good at antisipating what we needed, and getting it done before we ever asked. Ok... enough about that.

Then another sea day back to NOLA.

All in all, I would recommend this cruise. 

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