October 2015 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean
Fantastic cruise. The crew were wonderful. They were attentive, friendly and always smiling and cheerful. Our room steward was wonderful. Always looked after the small details. He was always easy to be found when we needed to speak to him but never intrusive. The food was excellent. We had lunch in the buffet most days but went to Bamboo for 1 lunch and 2 dinners. We only dined at 2 speciality restaurants, Le Bistro and Moderno and the food at each was great. The only negative I had for these two venues was that Le Bistro was much too cramped and crowded. All other dining venues allotted the diner much more space. The food was great though. The main dining rooms were great. The food was well prepared, and there was a good variety. Any steaks or beef I ordered was cooked to order. If I requested medium rare it always arrived piping hot and cooked to perfection. Never under done and never over done. The service was prompt and attentive and the servers were always polite and smiling. On the first and last night of the cruise we arrived at Aqua shortly after 7 and it was very busy and we were told there would be a 20 minute wait for seating. We were given a buzzer to carry and sent over to Gatsby’s Champagne Bar for a complimentary sparkling wine while we had to wait. On both occasions we were paged within 5 minutes, just after getting our wine. Very nice touch.
The ports were wonderful. We enjoyed them all with each one having it's own charm to offer and things to see. The weather was great with rain on only 1 morning and the seas were calm and smooth on all but one day and that was moderate. The entertainment was wonderful. Elements was quite the show and Jose and Patti in the atrium on most nights had the atrium and Blue Lagoon and the internet cafe packed with an appreciative audience.
Our only unpleasantness was on the first 2 days we encountered cigarette smoke (and other smoke) in our hallway outside our cabin. A quick call to the services people and this was looked after promptly and we did not have a repeat performance.
All in all this was an absolutely perfect cruise. I loved the fact that it was 14 days.