Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

5 night western Carribean cruise

Sail Date: January 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The 5 night cruise to Cayman Islands and Cozumel was a great cruise for 1st time cruisers like us. Not too short and not too long. Lots of shore excursions to choose from. NCL's Freestyle dining is great. They have a cafeteria that is open about 16 hours/day, plus the have 2 large dining rooms that operate restaurant style. We'd ask for a table for 2 or 4, we'd be seated, handed a menu, and waited on. The Dawn also has other restaurants that for a $10 - $25 per person fee you can get tex-mex, asian, italina, french, of steakhouse food.

The caliber of the entertainment was outstanding. Great carribean music at the pool for 4 hours every day and at night 1 lounge act, 2 piano bars, and a 7:30 - 9:30 theater show.

Pros: Ship activities and hospitality

Cons: time at ports of call too short

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food was good but not exceptional. This was not important to us. We just wanted basic meal and not to gain too much weight. The breakfast buffet was as good as a Sunday brunch. Lunches and dinners had a lot of variety including fast food, a pasta station, and entries. NCLs Freestyle dining meant we coulkd show up at the cafeteria or restaurants anytime we wanted which was great.
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
We had a balcony room which was excellent.
Service and Staff
The staff was friendly and excellent.
There were lots of entertainment activities and options. The cruise director staff works very hard and made entertaining the ship seem easy.

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