Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

An average cruise

Sail Date: January 01, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We recently sailed to the Carribeans on a 7 night cruise. The weather was very good for the time of year and my wife and I received wonderful suntans (in January yet!).
The nightlife on the ship consisted of kareoke that was 3 hours long with every singer wanted to sing "Crazy". After the first night, it got tiresome real fast. After that, there was a dance from 11pm until close, but the dance floor was about 25'x25' making it hard to even get on the floor (remember, there was a LOT of passengers on board with little to do that time of night). We wanted to go dancing at 11:30 but were unable to because it seemed every other passenger was there.
We had also signed up for offshore excursions. One of the excursions was going on a submarine ride. We had the tickets in hand, went to the meeting point at 13:50 (like it said on the tickets) and found out that the excursion was actually at 10:50. Nothing was done except not having to pay for the sub ride. We ended up walking around town but it wasn't something we wanted to do.
On thier private island, we left on the tender at 9:30 (one of the first 200 passengers to go to the island). We rented a float and was enchanted by the fish we could see at the bottom of ocean. After about 45 minutes, we went ashore to rest on the chairs. The beach was crowded with all the passengers from the ship, the people around us was arguing about smoking, one of the passengers kicked our float away from us (it wasn't even close to her). At that time, things were getting VERY uncomfortable (crowded and upset people) and the ocean area was FULL of passengers that you couldn't do anything but stand in the water, we decided to go back to the ship (an hour after we got there). On the ship at that time, we had an excellent time because we didn't have to "find" a beach chair on the deck that wasn't being saved for all day.

Pros: The swimming with dolphins (excursion)

Cons: most everything

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? No.

Ship Quality
The ship was in pretty good shape. We've been on beautiful ships before.
Food and Dining
Not enough variety in the buffet. It seemed that they have the same food for every meal. When we were signing for the cruise, we were told that it was a freestyle cruise and that we could wear t-shirts and shorts etc the whole time. We found out that in order to get into the Venitian, we had to had slacks and a shirt so we were unable to eat there.
Cabin / Stateroom
It was smaller than we expected. The toilet was hard to use because of the small enclosed space and after taking a shower, the main part of the bathroom was a pain to dry your body off.
Service and Staff
The staff seemed to give the attitude of "We're here, you're here, deal with it" mentaility. We've had cruises where we felt special, and waited on hand and foot. This one wasn't one of them
Entertainment
The variety shows were good, but only lasted 40-45 minutes. The "schedule" of things (it was a freestyle cruise) was below par for a cruise. When we were at sea for a day, there wasn't really any more options than when we were at port.
Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.
This was a great stop
Don't Miss: The swim with the dolphins excursion!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
This was the port where we were going on a submarine ride but the ship excursion staff messed up on the time. Nothing was done for us except voiding the charge. We ended up walking around town, wasting time that we wanted to use for the submarine ride.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
We had problems with the other passengers, and being able to relax on the beach


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