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Norwegian Dawn

July 2016 - 7 Night Bermuda (Boston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

the good and the bad for us at least

the food and entertainment on this cruise was excellent, as well as the courtesy of the staff and waiters and other servers.  I am only giving the cruise 3 stars because the few things we did not care for are actually deal breakers for us and we probably will not sail Norwegian again unless we get a fabulous price.

 

The Dawn is a smaller ship with about 2500 passengers, however there is only 1 pool located forward on the ship with Stadium seating for multi levels surrounding it.  On hot days, which everyone was, the entire ship it seemed was concentrated in this one area.  Too many people in one place, the pool was extremely overcrowded and with kids jumping and splashing around as kids will do, it was not the place to be.  In addition due to the number of people in the pool at any given time it was not clean, hair and paper and food were always present.  Due to the numbers it did not appear to be a safe environment. 

 

the other issue was our balcony stateroom bathroom.  It had separate stalls for the shower and the toilet, Husband is tall and large frame, he had little or no room in the toilet area and for him this was a huge issue.

 

We enjoy cruising and have done so many times and will do so again, however we probably will not consider Norweigian again due to these issues, they do not appear to be something that can be corrected.  Our other cruise line preference offers similar itineraries at similar pricing and the two things mentioned above are fine on those ships so that is probably where we will look again.

 

We chose this trip for the destination and to give Norwegian a try, food, service, and entertainment were great and compared well with other cruises we have been on but the things we perceived as the negatives will remain in our memories and will more than likely give us pause before we consider a Norweigian again.

 

 

 

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Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska - We did not book and excursion in Hoonah but leisurely walked around and found plenty in the port area to see, The history of Hoonah is interesting and the facilities around the docking area are great. We were blessed with pleasant weather that day.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - We have been to Vancouver so we knew we would love it we went off on our own in beautiful sunshine. This is truly one of my most favorite places to visit. The problem here was that our arrival was put off from 8 AM until 11 Am. We did arrive at 11 however the ship was not cleared until after 12PM Some guest had booked non Carnival excursions and lost money due to the late arrival. No sympathy from Carnival
Skagway, Alaska - A little bit rainy to start the day. We rode the White Pass Railroad to the summit, this was 2nd time for us but we enjoyed the breathtaking views again. Being that it was a Sunday many shops were closed for shoping
Ketchikan, Alaska - We booked a wildlife, eagles and totems through the ships is gave us plenty of eagles to see but the rest of trip was lackluster, although the operators, were friendly and curteous, boat was warm.
Sitka, Alaska - great little city, which we toured before our excursion which was billed as an otter and wildlife viewing trip. We did indeed see otters and a few eagles but the best part were the humpbacks that put on quite the show for us including the young calf that breached every few minutes for almost 1/2 hours. Loved this part of the ship
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - We love the Spirit class ships, my only tip would be -exercise a degree of patience when debarking the ship. As many times as Carnival has debarked passengers, they have yet to get it right.
Juneau, Alaska - It poured to start the day but not matter we had a fantastic whale watch booked through the ship and got to see Orca's in addition to humpbacks
Roseau, Dominica - Not such a great stop, it was a sunday and the docking port was literally a freight port area, the island is very dirty and not much going on to walk to, I understand that an excursion to the rainforest part of the island was a better way to visit this island
Basseterre, St. Kitts - this was also not a great stop, island is not very clean and little to attract attention. tours only brought us to places to buy more time worn souveniers
Baltimore, Maryland - getting on and off the ship was great especially now that we are platinum
San Juan, Puerto Rico - we docked in Old San Juan, if you have never been to the city right at the port you can hop on and off a free trolley that will take you throughout the Old City area including to the fort.
Honolulu, Oahu - we enjoyed a trip around the island with an awesome guide, saw many sites and the visit to Pearl Harbor and to the Arizona memorial was a very moving experience
Nawiliwili, Kauai - ship docks at a freight terminal so have something in place to go to, we visit Weamea canyon, a breathtaking sight.
Kahului, Maui - another freight terminal port, we chose the trip to a beach resort, we were lucky it was a picture perfect weather day.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - this is a tender port, which tends to bog down early on. Not much to see and do at this stop, although it is possible to just walk around here as versus the other stops.
Hilo, Hawaii - another freight terminal stop, but many vendors to great the ship for excursion options. seeing an active volcano was a highlight
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - this ship has wonderful adult serenity area, which also includes an adult only pool. However spots fill up quickly especially on a nice day but all in all a lovely place to spend the day

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