Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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3 out of 5

Our First NCL Cruise

Sail Date: September 09, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We rarely felt that this ship was so large (except when traversing the whole length of the ship to get somewhere). Public areas are broken up nicely. The Venetian (largest of the 3 main dining areas) is gorgeous. Everything is well maintained, bright and comfortable. However, we never did find La Tratorria, and access to the Venetian is 1/2 flight of stairs down from Deck 7. Menu selection/variety in all of the dining areas is wide, but much of the food is just OK. Not bad, but not special. This was our first Freestyle dining experience, and it wasn't bad. Reservations are required for all but the 3 main restaurants; but we got in to every one (except La Tratorria) we wanted by showing up early if we had not planned ahead. While there is a per-person surcharge for some of the restaurants, on most nights it was 2-for-1 on the surcharge (announced the night before in the bulletin) for all of them. The Bamboo restaurant's food was exquisite (when they say a dish is "hot" it is REALLY HOT!) The Sushi Bar (no reservation needed) has a $10 all-you-can-eat special. Conveyor belt brings around already prepared servings, and you can request other items from the list. Choices are limted, but sashimi and more exotic items are available and sometimes provided at no extra charge (the sushi chef really tries to please). Don't miss the lamb rack. Cabin size just right, mostly. King-size bed and duvet were exceedingly comfotable; pillows not great, but plenty of them. Shortage of drawer space, but we use those mesh "envelopes" (1 for socks, 1 for undies, etc.) and stacking them in the open cupboard worked fine. Balcony was great. FYI: Midships starboard is where tenders un/load. Commode area tough for a big (tall or wide) person, but shower and sink OK. Lounge entertainers quite talented, and shows were well done with excellent talent. Dinner at 5:30 gives time to get to the 7:30 show; but if you're late, there are always seats down in the front rows and at the very top on the sides (people just don't bother going there to look for seats, so they're empty). Be sure to take umbrellas or ponchos for sightseeing. Lobster night on the ship is "tails" only. For lobster lovers, "lobster roll" (lobster salad on a bun) is available in lots of places (including McDonald's) at most of these ports, and steamed lobster is reasonably priced and perfectly prepared almost everywhere.

Pros: Itinerary, layout of ship

Cons: Restaurant surcharges

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