Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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5 out of 5

*****An Adventure of a Lifetime*****

Sail Date: January 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

The crew absolutely WOWED us. Joequim Joanes, Marissa, Agus Sutama, Cynthia Dixon and Mr. Anderson, our housekeeper were the most respectful, hard working and friendly people we have ever had the wonderful opportunity to meet. They made the cruise an entire joy to be on even with the high swells and storms that we had to endure.

The island of Roatan was absolutely a paradise. It's lush surroundings and unbelievably friendly nation people made us feel at home and will be an Island that we definately visit again. The Tabuyana beach was an absolute paradise, although we would have rathered sampled the native food, rather then the stale burgers etc...that the Dawn supplied.

The island of Belize was a mixed contrast - from the Catamaran (with a GREAT CREW) to snokeling the Great Barrier Reef - to the private Island back to Old Belize City was a whirlwind. We would recommend the Smoky Mermaid Restaurant if you have the knowledge of good direction from the Pier as you leave the guarded gates.

The snorkeling at Cayman Islands was surreal - because the guides feed the fish and they were swarming. The wreck was a dissappointment. The island deals in Cayman Dollars and be careful at Jimmy Buffetts because a light lunch for four with no alcohol cost of $96.00US Dollars.. Most shops are closed on Sunday and the beach service at the restaurant is close to non-existant. (Waited over an hour to be served lunch and left after no one even came to take a drink order.)

Cozumel has definate signs of the hurricane but if you are in the mood to shop for souveniers this is the place. Try Pancho's Backyard several blocks on the right past the large flagpole and just ignore the rather tenacious shop owners on your way. The music and ambience is well worth the stroll and the gift shop is superb with noone hounding you.

Jamaica was much different. Very crowded with all sorts of traffic and armed guards at every bank. By this time we were tired of the excursions and instead decided to purchase a day pass to an all exclusive within eyesight of the Dawn. It is called the Sunset Jamaican Beach Resort. The pool is not heated but runs close to a mile long. The drinks are free but the booze is bottom shelf as is the food. If you want to relax for the day either at two of their private beaches (FAR SUPERIOR THAN THE ONE OFF THE BOAT TO THE LEFT) or hang out in the waterfalls in their pool then this is the place for you. DONT EAT THE BURGERS OR DOGS AS THEY TRULLY LOOK LIKE THE PINK CORAL WE SAW THROUGHOUT OUR SNORKELING SAFARIS!!)

All in all, the boat was definately the highlight. Joe at Gatsby's from India will take very good care of you and has a great sense of humor. Marissa at the Java Cafe served a beautiful Mexican Coffee with lots of smiling and interesting conversation. If you are poolside, ask for Agus, he has the best smile east of Long Island and will have you guessing what he is saying in his strong native tongue and laughing along side you as you try to decipher him. Cynthia Dixon, also in Gatsbys was a pleasure. Her beautiful face and wonderful disposition will have you wondering all about her native upbringing. Mr. Anderson, our housekeeper, of our same last name, was a beautiful caring and compassionate person who helped to make our cabin feel, as always, warm and comfortable. Many times he assured me that the rocking, rolling, pitching and creaking were just NO BIG DEAL.

All in all we look forward to embarking again on the DAWN, wishing and praying that these hard working, energetic and interesting crew members will be there to share more wonderful memories with and know t hat if they are we will have another exotic adventure to hold in our hearts forever.

Pros: The Crew

Cons: The rocking, pitching and creaking of the ship throughout 75% of the cruise

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Food and Dining
The convenience was outstanding - we never waited in line and never had a problem with reservations. The service was always impeccable. The food was just a tad too salty in the main dining rooms.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our suite was phenomenal. Just enough space and the housekeeping service by Mr. Anderson and his partner was superb. We will request to be placed under their care on future cruises. The shower pressure was the best out of many of the 5 star hotels I have stayed at and the cleanliness unbeatable.
Service and Staff
As I already mentioned, the crew was entirely the most hard working, long working, yet amiable and respectable crew I have ever seen. They worked together like a team and seemed like a family. With the hours they work and the little time they had for time off, I can't believe how disciplined and well mannered they were. The NEVER complained about anything and deeply respected their superiors and the officers. It was amazing to see how a ship functions and how the crew interacts. I think some major US Corporations out to take some lessons regarding team work and commradery from this ship.
Entertainment
I rarely saw Darin the Cruise Director but did see Heidi the Assistant Cruise Director and she was amazing. I think that some of the entertainment could be updated and some seemed canned. The later entertainment in the Spinnaker Lounge was hilarious but could use a little more organization. We didn't see all of the shows in the Starlight because the timing was off from our dining experiences but the two shows we saw were good.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Not impressed- We felt taken advantage. Snorkeling tour delayed two hours - beach reminded me of Long Island and the restaurant raped us in Cayman Dollars - light lunch no alcohol for 4 = $96.00 - Lots of shops closed....
Belize City, Belize
Catamaran to Snorkeling on the Barrier Reef and Island Party - EXCELLANT - had time after to tender into Belize and shop and sample Belikan Beer at a beautiful restaurant.
Don't Miss: Smoky Mermaid Restaurant
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Tabayan Beach Party and Snorkel - DEFINATELY SNORKEL HERE!!!!! The pool of surrounding coral is out of this world.......tranquil and like a paradise. The most beautiful beach on the cruise.
Don't Miss: Tabyana Beach
Cozumel, Mexico
Jeep and Snorkel - Excellant tour and guides with enough time for lunch and shopping. Even saw a Mayan Ruin!
Don't Miss: Pablo's Backyard Restaurant
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sunset Jamaican Beach Resort.....good place to relax. Beautiful pool.
Don't Miss: Not Much


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