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Fantastic Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

This was our first cruise and Norwegian really gave us an amazing experience! The rooms were very comfortable and a decent size. I never once felt crowded or as though I didn't have any space. The restaurants were great and even the food offered in the free buffet was tasty! The staff gets most of the credit. They were so friendly and attentive. They really gave customer service a whole new meaning! I was really blown away. This will definitely be the first cruise of many more to come.  My favorite characteristic was the animal towels and chocolate during turn down. I would wait all day thinking of what animal we will get tonight. It is a great touch!  The down fall is the fact that there was only one main pool. Which everyday that we were at sea it was crowded. Next time I might choose a boat that has more than one pool.   

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alklem
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Great time

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Good price. Love freestyle cruising where you do everything on your own time.  There were a lot of activities offered on sea days.  Good entertainment.

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This cruise and cruise ship is the best one I've been on so far.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

I enjoyed everything about this cruise.  All of the islands were amazing places to visit.  I think Belize was my favorite.  We took a city tour on each island except for Costa Maya because it didn't look to interesting from ship, but did buy some items in the tourist area.  Cozumel had the best prices out of all the islands, so if your buying buy there and save.   The staff on the Norwegian Dawn was excellent as always.  The food was the best I've tasted out of all 4 cruises I've been on.   I would suggest this cruise to anyone

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A really nice cruise!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

We had a great time.  Pretty good food. We aren't much for the entertainment.

The room was great, Jay our steward was superb. Disembarking was way better than the Jewel.

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Norwegian Family Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

Service, Crews, Tours, Butler and Steward  were absolutely fantastic.  Restaurants provided epicurean delights every night.  My Excursions were so much fun and the tour desk made sure I had the most up to date service and fun with my family's needs and answered all my questions.   I had my teenage granddaughter with me and both my butler and steward were both patient, knowledgeable and kind to assist with her needs as well.  The suites were roomy and absolutely perfect for our needs.  Tours and guides gave fantastic services.  Would definitely go Norwegian again and Use Cruises Only again with all the changes we made our Travel Agent made this Cruise easy for us, Thank you. 

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Great, couple caveats...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

Pros: 1. Had 4 stops whereas the Carnival Dream (same port, same day) had one less stop, both in Western Carribean.

2. Friendly staff! I felt pampered all week. This was my honeymoon and my wife said that it was "The best week of my life". 

3. Excursions I went on were great, but the Dolphinaris tour charges $38 PER PHOTO they take. The Gumbalimba Nature Reserve tour in Roatan, Honduras was Great! They have white faced capuchin monkeys that climb on your head and macaws on the ground! They let you take your own photos!

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1. NCL "hides" some charges to show a lower fare rate. The fare in consideration is lacking a $12.95/person/day "Service Charge" that they claim goes to pay the service staff like housekeeping and the cooking staff. That should be included in the fare. 

2. Belize City, Belize is a @#!^hole, take an excursion and stay out of the city. Not NCL's fault, but please don't visit that town. Other notes: WORTH going, just beware the additional charges and cities. 

*** EDITED 3/25/15 by COMMUNITY MANAGER TO COMPLY WITH OUR COMMUNITY GUIDELINES ***

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YDNTN
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Not great for teens

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

Our interior cabin was way to small for four people and the ship didn't really have much for my two teens to do on the days at sea.  The freestyle dining to us meant wait in line for 30 minutes and then wait with a pager for 30 minutes.  Two positives...food was great once you got it and shows were great.

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epriebe1
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New Orleans to Mexico/Belize/Honduras 3/8-3/15, 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2015

I really wanted to rate the cruise Very Good, since NCL staff does a very nice job of running the cruise.   The servers and the stewards, the entertainment, and all others work very hard and it shows.   But there were a few surrounding things that made the trip unpleasant, but didn't ruin it, just made it un-fun at times.   Such as, the booking.   NCL plays games with providing promotional items to get you to book the cruise, then doesn't offer the same promotions to people that probably paid more for an earlier booking.   I had booked 6 months prior to the cruise and wasn't offered any further promotional opportunities, yet as late as the week before the cruise other people were getting on board with free drink or meal promotions.  Terrible unfair practice. And the end of the cruise financial administration is very unorganized and disappointing.    I saked up front if I could split the final bill on two credit cards, they said no problem.   And untimately that did happen.   But not without large holds being placed on both cards, rendering them useless for a week following the cruise.   Heres an example.    They charged $560 to one credit card, yet they also held an additional $560 on the same card for one more week.   Tying up $1120 on that card.   Which caused me undo problems.  These things caused a nice vacation to be a little sour. 

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imbayne
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2015

Where to begin.  I came back with BED BUGS..... I was bitten on the ship.   NOT HAPPY.  The SPA Hydro Pool almost broke our hips because of the extremely deep steps getting into the hydro pool.  Had a charge on my card after I received the final bill which was not delivered until after they were suppose to be.  The steward brought it the day of departure.  This is so bad.  Now I have call American express to find out what it is. 

The food was fine and Noel in Agua dining was very good.  The Venetian was very pretentious and we at one dinner didn't get waited on until I asked if anyone was going to do it.  The coffee was horrible through out the trip.  The bacon was raw.  Not good

Our cabin Steward was very pleasant and efficient  Samson.

There was only one outlet in the stateroom across from the bed so my CPAP cord had to be draped across the room on the floor which was very dangerous.

The bathroom had two narrow door to the toilet and shower so anyone of size would have difficulty

The Venetian dining room was not easy to get into cause of the stairs   The Aqua was very good

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Highs and Lows

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Dawn | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2015

Positives - medical staff and housekeeping staff (both went over and above from a service perspective)

Negatives - the food is terrible.  Very limited selection in the buffet, the main dining rooms had very similar menus, which were all very bland and often overcooked.  The specialty restaurants weren't any better.  Very tasteless food, and all of the desserts had a very gelatinous look and feel.

Lastly, a word of warning regarding shore excursions.  In Belize it's a tender situation.  If you did not book a shore excursion through Norwegian, you have to get in line for a tender boarding number.  I picked up my ticket at 8:30am when it supposedly opened, and was number 336.  It took HOURS to get on the tender to head to the mainland.  The folks with excursions through Norwegian were able to board first, and received preferential treatment.  Sadly, Belize was the only port in which I didn't book through Norwegian.  Their website does not talk about this, so I thought I'd share.

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Don't pay extra for a mini suite, they were not roomy enough. The buffets were better than on most other Ships in the same class

Reservations for restaurants will save you time! No need to bring hair dryer because there is one in the staterooms. Plenty of towels in bathroom as well as pool beach towels given to you at the pool.

Enjoyed breakfast as well as dinner in the dining room

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