Tendering is NOT Fun

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 03, 2009
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
I have been on many cruises and this was my third with NCL. I was very disappointed that they have chosen to tender their passengers off the ship instead of docking. I assume it is cheaper. It took 2 hours to get off the ship everyday and it left little time to spend on the islands. I have decided not to sail with NCL anymore. The ship is okay, but I prefer spending time on the island during the day.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
I thought the food this time was better than last year's cruise on NCL Sun.


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The NCL Dawn's inside staterooms were very small compared to other ships.
3 out of 5
Samana was not as bad as some said. It's no different than the Honduras or Belize. We found a very nice quiet beach to spend the day on and found great souvenir deals.
5 out of 5
Snorkeling was great at Smugglers Cove. It has a nice little bar with food available. Some others in my party went to Cane Garden Bay and said it was awesome!!!!
Don't Miss: Cane Garden Bay Beach
3 out of 5
It was okay. The water was pretty, but I felt like I was still on the ship. The beach was very crowded and, again, we were tendered. It was my second time there and I probably will not choose to go there again.
5 out of 5
Always great. We usually go to Trunk Bay at St. John's, but decided to go to Sapphire Beach. IT was very nice.

Pros: We liked the ship -- overall good service.

Cons: Tendering

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

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