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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 11 years ago
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.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Not Much
Don't Miss: Smoky Mermaid Restaurant
Don't Miss: Pablo's Backyard Restaurant
Don't Miss: Tabyana Beach
Pros: The Crew
Cons: The rocking, pitching and creaking of the ship throughout 75% of the cruise