A very relaxing cruise

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: March 01, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago

We sailed on the Dawn for 11 nights in March of 2006 and really enjoyed our trip. We went on Norwegian for the first time to try the freestyle dining. This we really liked. You don't have to worry about being back on the ship at a certain time to get ready for an assigined dinner seating like other cruiselines. You can eat anytime starting at 5:30 and you don't have to get dressed up in a suit or gown. Casual dress is allowed in all dining rooms. (no shorts or jeans) You can still dress formal if you like. There are 3 main dining rooms to choose from and 4 specialty restaurants plus the buffet to eat at. The specialty restaurants have an additional fee of between $15 and $25 and you need to make reservations at these. We didn't eat at any of these. We had an inside cabin which seemed smaller than other cruiselines and there was only 3 draws for clothes. There are places we found to put all our clothes, but it would have been nicer to have had more draws. The shower is bigger than other ships and it had glass doors which made it nicer. The layout of the ship took some getting used to. Our room was on the 8th floor and if you were at the front of the ship and wanted to get to the back, you had to zig zag you way there,.it wasn't a straight hallway. We don't know how it was on the other floors.
The staff and crew did an excellent job answering any questions you may have. Also the service in the dining rooms , bars and lounges was excellent. The nightly entertainment was very good. They had the usual comedians, magicians, singers and dancers. We would recommend this cruise to anyone.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The 3 main dining rooms serve the same meals in all 3 and the food is excellent. If you don't want to eat in the restaurants you can always eat in the buffet where you can wear shorts and jeans if you want.


5 out of 5
There is always something to do onboard whether it be play games, watch a movie in the cinema, sit in a lounge and listen to the entertainment,or just sit and relax.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The exterior of the Dawn is beautifully painted and the interior is kept very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Pros: freestyle dining

Cons: lack of space for clothes

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