October 2014 - Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda
We live just a couple hours from Bosron, so getting to and from the port was a breeze. Embarkation was fairly quick and well-organized, but I think Boston needs to spruce up its departure area (the arrival section was much nicer when we disembarked). Our balcony cabin was small, but the bathroom quite roomy with big shower. The cabin was dusty...when I moved magazines, trays, etc to organize, there was dust everywhere!! Other than that, it was clean. The ship itself was disappointing. We are older and like to find a quiet daytime lounge with a sea view for reading, talking.....there was none. Perhaps there was one on deck 14, but that deck was now exclusively for penthouse suite cruisers with special card access. Re food, the buffet was not good. Not only was the food mediocre, but it was terribly organized with ONE long line for everything. No stations for salads, pasta dishes, etc which would make lines shorter. We most often ate in the main dining rooms, where the food much better. The service was slow, but that's not unusual on a cruise. I must admit we were amazed at how casually some peopl dressed for the dining room. We did not eat in any of the 7 specialty restaurants. Entertainment was just okay. We went to a show first evening, but never went back because it was so loud.....even for my husband who has some hearing loss. So we just listened to music in the lounges. This cruise, the last of the season, had 2.5 days in Bermuda, which I gather is more than most Boston cruises. The weather was perfect, mid 70s.....though maybe beach goers would like it a little warmer. We only did one NCL excursions...the boat trip around Hamilton harbor and
smaller islands.....we hoped it would give us a glimpse of where we stayed on honeymoon.
it didn't, but it was a very enjoyable narrated boat trip of two hours. Other than that, we used the public buses and ferries to get around the island from one end to the other, very convenient and inexpensive.
All in all, I would have to say this is the last 7 day cruise we plan to do. We usually do longer cruises which tend to attract older, quieter people like us. The 20 -50 crowd is much livelier than us old fuddy-duds!!