Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Nickel & Dimed

Sail Date: March 14, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Suite

Overall impressions are that it is a nice ship and with a few minor adjustments could be a great ship and could easily provide a better cruising experience for all those involved.

Pros: Overall the Food Quality was very good.

Cons: Cover charges for the specialty restaurants; Mandatory $12/day/pp gratuity

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? No.

Service and Staff
I can't think of one example where somebody went above and beyond for us on the entire trip. Anytime we asked for anything it seemed like we were putting somone out. WE asked for a converter for a laptop to be used at the table and the engineer cam by and we were not there and we never saw or heard from him again. We decided not to even use the lapto we brought but still.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was nice, it was a minisuite. We had problems with light fixtures. I think one went out everyday and our stewards did not always fix them when they went out. Our stewards did not always clean our room when we were away and only once did the put the hideabed back away. We had to do it ourselves the rest of the time. The first night there, they did not even make up the hideabed for our son. I got the disticnt impression they only wanted to work as hard as they had to to get by.
Lots of things to do. Mostly chasing our 3 year old so did not take advantage of as many as possible.
Ship Quality
No problems with the Quality of the ship.
Food and Dining
Food was great. Buffet wwas better than average with something for everyone. If you couldn't find what you wanted on the buffet you weren't trying very hard. Specialty restaurants were outstanding. The cover charge is an annoyance and completely unneccessary. Sureyly the cruise could just raise stateroom prices by 1% and offset the cover charges. The cover charges just cheapen the experience.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
If you like crowded beaches, this is your port. This tiny island proceeds to park all 2200 passengers plus staff and crew on the same 50-75 yard stretch of beach. Even if you get the first tender boat, which we did not, and you got your choice of beach spots, it would be so crowded within an hour that you would lose all enjoyment. You would be better off staying on ship and enjoying the ship's pool. Our son loved digging in the sand though and he could care less about the crowd.
Don't Miss: Good Question.
Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.
Skip the excursions from the ship. Get a guidebook and go to a local beach that is not crowded.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Excursion was a waste of time and money. Skip the excursions and go straight to Megan's Bay Beach. Big beach with plenty of space to find yourself not jam packed with everyone else.
Don't Miss: Megan's Bay
Cayo Levantado (Samana), Dominican Republic
Cloudy and dreary here so tough to review effectively.
Don't Miss: I would not know

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