Norwegian Dawn Overview

By Cruiseline.com

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.

What to Consider Before Sailing 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.

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.

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
  • ELEMENTS!
  • 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

Norwegian Dawn Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,340
  • Total Crew: 1,066
  • Crew to Passenger 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

Norwegian Dawn Cabins

1170 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.9
(265 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 144 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $129/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.8
(199 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 159 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $160/night
Balcony Balcony
3.9
(291 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 247 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $236/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.6
(151 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 948 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $276/night

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Norwegian Dawn Dining

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Le Bistro Le Bistro
4.9
(15 Reviews)
Cagney's Steakhouse Cagney's Steakhouse
4.5
(46 Reviews)

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Norwegian Dawn Onboard Activities

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The Pearly Kings Pub The Pearly Kings Pub
5.0
(1 Review)
Wine Cellar Wine Cellar
4.8
(4 Reviews)
Casino Bar Casino Bar
4.6
(7 Reviews)

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3rd Time is a charm !!!! by ziorob

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This is our third cruise on the Dawn. It is the right size ship.

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Amazing Fun-Filled Cruise by ddalphonse

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We had an amazing time on the Norwegian Dawn. There were plenty of activities every day for both children and adults. The staff is super friendly and accommodating.

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Great Trip! by fsyanagawa

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This was our honeymoon and we booked through using miles I had racked up for years. The whole experience was very relaxing and my wife and I enjoyed it a lot. The boat was launched in 2002, so the design is a little bit older and there are no water slides, but there is plenty of entertainment on board. We went to Cocoa Beach - swam and biked on the beach. The Great Stirrup Cay (GSC) and the underwater sculpture garden were fantastic. Since the GSC is a cruiseline private island, they serve free lunch there, which was awesome. Nassau is mostly a touristy place with lots of shopping, but you can definitely get to the beach. Overall, a great trip!

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976 Norwegian Dawn Tips

scober42596
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.

CarefulPlanner
Apr 03, 2015

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

cmorin41
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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