Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda

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4 out of 5

Norwegian Dawn--Almost Perfect

Sail Date: June 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

With at least 15 cruises under our belts and many of them top-notch, this cruise was a 3-run homerun, if not a grandslam. The Dawn was stately, massive, beautifully appointed and visually stunning.
Our room was exceptionally well-tended, the food--especially with the "Freestyle dining" option--was exceptional, as was our service. The staff was friendly and helpful, not an easy task with almost 3000 customers to serve. With three boys under 15, the one-price/week-long soda deal was a best buy, and the casual dinner dress was a godsend.
Egress and ingress at ports of call couldn't have been easier, but the embarkation in NYC was both crowded and hectic, and the disembarkation process was far too long.
The convenience of NYC area departure was an added plus, and baggage loading was handled very well. Even so, an early arrival at the pier is an advantage.
I've sailed with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America and others, and i had good experiences on almost all of them. None was better than the Norwegian Dawn, and we'd go back in a heartbeat--if we had the money.
I'm glad we went before the college bills started arriving.

Pros: Size and amenities of the ship, food and cleanliness

Cons: An overly tedious embarkation/disembarkation process

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Food and Dining
Loved the Freestyle concept and every place we ate in had great food and great service.
Cabin / Stateroom
Maybe we just had the top grads from steward school, but they were wonderful.
Service and Staff
Gracious, polite and helpful,
A series of shows that rivaled things I've seen on Broadway
Children's Programs
We always knew where our kids were, what they were doing and who was in charge of the activities.
Ship Quality
Very clean, very comfortable and very efficiently run.

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