There were 12 of us cruising to Bahamas and Bermuda. We did a snorkeling extersion in Bahamas from 1-5pm. We did not have time to shop in the straw market because it closed at 6pm. We were docked until 1am in the morning but there was nothing open in Bahamas. Bermuda was beautiful. Wish we would of had more time in Bermuda and maybe had docked in Hamilton instead of Kings Wharf. We did not care for "freestyling", to us it was "frustrating". You have to make a reservation in one of the restaurants the day before you want to dine there and when you get in touch with the reservation desk - there were only very late dinner times left (example 8:30 - 9:30) and when you are traveling with elderly parents - that is not a decent time for them to have dinner. The buffet was just alright - it seemed to have the same dinner and lunch selection every day. There was no midnigt buffet for you to grab a snack at night. Everything was closed. The only thing that was open was the Blue Lagoon restaurant and that was very small and always packed. Room service for midnight snacks took over two hours. The shows on the ship were excellent. Enjoyed them very much. The piano player and Matt the cruise director playing the harmonica was great. The pool was very small, they should have an adult only pool because there were alot of kids on the ship(700 to be exact). The BBQ around the pool every day was ok. Our stateroom was a mini suite with a balconey for 4 people (2 adults and 2 older children). I thought the room would of been a little bigger. We had no room to put our clothes in draws. We had to live out of suitcases every day. The photographer was around everywhere which was great. We got alot of nice pictures for a rememberance but my gosh they were so expensive. They throw the pictures away after the cruise. There was a big table full of thousands of pictures that they were discarding. Why don't they lower the price a little and more people would buy the photos and have a wonderful rememberance. This was my 2nd cruise, 1st on a Norweign cruise and I don't think I would go on a Norweign cruise line again.
Cons: freestyle dining
Recommends Norwegian Dawn? No.
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The ship was clean. We had a mini suite on the 11th deck. It was very accessible.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a mini suite with a balcony which slept 4. Could of been a little bigger - lack of draw space. Very clean.
Service and Staff
Didn't think anyone went above and beyond because they were already getting their tip which was added to our bill daily. ($10 per person per day)
Food and Dining
Quality of food was just ok. The "freestyle" is not what it is advertised as. You had to make reservations to eat in the dining room or other restaurats and some had an additional cover charge ($10 pp) in addition to all the money you spent for the cruise
The shows were great. We saw every one. The piano player and Matt playing the harmonica after the shows were great too.
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