July 2015 - Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda
My adult daughter and I went on the Boston to Bermuda cruise on 7/17-7/24/2015. We had a "sideways" cabin on deck 9, #9673. Our cabin steward, Christian, went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed.
We didn't eat at any of the premium restaurants, but we're very pleased with The Garden Cafe, The Venetian, and Aqua. Service in all three was friendly and fantastic. Food quality was very good with the exception of so-so Asian food in Bamboo.
We saw shows in The Spinnaker Lounge (Second City as well as a couples game show) and the massive Stardust (Elements). Elements was beautiful with excellent choreography, lighting and music. The shows in Spinnaker were in a smaller environment and pretty decent.
The casino wasn't bad--Just get Foxwoods or Vegas out of your mind. Most of the time it was crowded, and trying to get a seat at the slots was iffy. If you are a smoker, this is the only place to smoke other than out on the promenade deck 7.
Check out the shore excursions online and book directly with them to save some money. Booking thru NCL is more expensive, BUT you will have the assurance that the ship won't leave without you if your excursion is on the last day in port.
We took the ferry back and forth to Hamilton, which is a lot quicker than taking the bus. Shopping was fun, and if you like Lilly Pulitzer, there's a huge selection in one of the stores whose name escapes me right now, but you can't miss it. Hog Penny Pub is a quaint, delicious place for lunch.
We took the number 7 bus to Horseshoe Bay. Yes, it's a tourist spot, but it's so incredibly beautiful! We spent the entire afternoon in the 85 degree clear aqua water. This is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take the $2.00 tram ride back up the hill when you're ready to get the bus back to the Dockyard.
The spa on the ship was amazing. My daughter had a massage and facial. We both bought the week-long pass to the thermal spa which included use of the steam room (Oh-my-gosh-loved-it!), the hot tub, the warm lap pool, the sauna, the incredible bubbly huge lounge pool, and the quiet "reflection" area featuring teak lounge chairs, fluffy bathrobes, and floor-to-ceiling windows all across the stern of the ship where you recline with a cup of cool lemon water, listen to the tinkling wind chimes and gaze at the ship's wake. This is truly an adults only area, and after experiencing the supposed adults-only hot tub at the deck 12 pool area, it was a welcome respite.