Norwegian Dawn Overview

By - Updated Aug. 27, 2019

Norwegian cruises are known for their innovative, world-class entertainment, and Norwegian Dawn lives up to that reputation with a stacked lineup of fantastic shows and specialty acts. From a mock singing competition where passengers get to vote on the winner to the visually dazzling ELEMENTS!, which combines magic, dance, and aerial performances, Dawn’s onboard entertainment is first-rate.

Norwegian Dawn also includes plenty of activities to satisfy the active traveler, with its lap pool, full-service gym and outdoor sports courts. After a workout, cruisers can enjoy a muscle-relaxing soak in one of the ship’s six conveniently located hot tubs or enjoy a cigar and cognac at the Havana Club Cigar Bar. For passengers feeling lucky, the ship’s onboard casino lets passengers try their hand at roulette, blackjack, and a variety of exciting slot machines.

In 2016, Dawn underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment through the Norwegian Edge program. The renovation included the addition of Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse where the meat is carved tableside, as well as enhancements to the ship's staterooms, public spaces, and a number of back-of-house areas to improve the overall passenger experience.

Norwegian Dawn sails from Barcelona, Miami, and New York, to destinations including New England, Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Europe. Specialty voyages also include sailings to the Greek Isles and the Panama Canal, along with occasional 14-night transatlantic repositioning cruises.

Ship Highlights

  • Bliss Ultra Lounge
  • Splash Academy kids’ club and Entourage Teen ClubDawn Club
  • Casino
  • Mandara Spa and Pulse Fitness Center
  • Havana Club Cigar Bar
  • Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian steakhouse
  • The Stardust Theater
  • The Cellars — A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar
  • Oasis pool and T-Rex kids’ pool
  • Six hot tubs
  • Video Zone
  • Internet Café
  • O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
  • Los Lobos authentic Mexican dining

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Dawn:Cruisers looking for a fun-filled and destination-focused vacation without the crowds and navigational challenges of a larger ship will appreciate Norwegian Dawn’s multitude of exciting activities and somewhat more intimate atmosphere.

You Should Know: Dawn doesn’t have the waterslides, rope courses, or other cutting-edge onboard activities found on Norwegian’s newer ships. Families and active travelers looking for more onboard activities may prefer to sail on other Norwegian ships like Joy, Escape, or Bliss.

Norwegian Dawn Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,340
  • Total Crew: 1,066
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.20
  • Built: Jun 2002
  • Refurbished: May 2011
  • Number of Decks: 11
  • Total Cabins: 1,170
  • Cabin Categories: 36
  • Gross Tonnage: 92,250
  • Length: 965
  • Beam: 105


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.0
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 3.8
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.1


1170 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(269 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 144 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $141/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(204 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 159 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $187/night
Balcony Balcony
(299 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 247 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $269/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(160 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 948 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $309/night

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Le Bistro Le Bistro
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Cagney's Steakhouse Cagney's Steakhouse
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Onboard Activities

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The Pearly Kings Pub The Pearly Kings Pub
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Wine Cellar Wine Cellar
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Casino Bar Casino Bar
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Good value cruise by isle4girl

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Expecting a small ship experience will not lead to disappointment. The ports are fun. The food is mediocre. The shows are good. Norwegians freestyle is nice. The small ship benefit is there is always room for you, whether a lounge chair, a place at the pool at Harvest Caye, and usually in the dining room.

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Panama Canal Transit Cruise not to be missed! by Marilynd

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Wonderful and relaxing cruise. The ports were clean. First time at the ports we stopped at. Not fond of the tendering at Roatan Bay and Harvest Caye as it takes a while to get on and off and waiting etc. Met some fun folks and the staff and crew are so accommodating and welcoming. Love the Dawn and the mini-suite balcony

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Great partial Panama Canal cruise by ese735

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This repositioning cruise was good with lots of things to do and a lot of fun and interesting ports of call and we only had a couple of issues

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May 26, 2015

I like the smaller ships for you don't get overwhelmed as with the bigger vessels. It's a more personal and relaxing atmosphere.

Apr 03, 2015

Staterooms were too small and cramped, but overall it was comfortable. Free room service for breakfast was a great option.

May 18, 2015

Get to know the layout of the ship on your first day at sea. It will help you plan your activities.

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