Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5

9 day Southern Caribbean trip

Sail Date: February 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The Dawn is a lovely mid-size ship with classic features, reasonable deck and poolside (one medium, extended water complex for adults), and wonderful lounge and main theatre entertainment. This itineray is a great one, with interesting islands, and lots of time at sea (if you like that). The economy or at least cost-saving has effected the Norweigan experience. Breakfast and lunch buffets are standard and somewhat boring, but certainly very adequate. Not enough outside dining space in the non-smoking area of the deck, but just barely adequate. The main dining rooms have a standard dinner menu on the left side that never changes, and a right side daily page with only a few changes to the main, repetitive choices on the left. If you know about things like a shrimp cocktail (three small-medium shrimp) they will bring it to you, but it was never on the menu the whole time. Lots of complaints about poor overall variety of dinner entrees by others, not just ourselves. The dining staff are very attentive, even though you rarely have the same team twice. Deck staff are often 'indifferent' about clutter on the deck areas and likewise in room hallways. Trays and food dishes can sit in the hallways for hours, with staff just walking by them. Housekeeping did well with the rooms. The main theatre and lounge performers were first rate. The comedian played too much on his obesity and was fair. Gymnist/creative dance duo from Russia a highlight, along with the juggler. Looked like a great kids program, especially for under 10 years of age, with a T-Rex pool and play area in the back of the ships. Lot's of 'nickle and dime' payments for things which bothered many guests. The free pizza in the buffet was the best we have ever had on any ship and beats most pizza shops, too. We had a great time, mostly because of the wonderful weather, nice overall ship, and putting up with a few issues, as noted above.

Pros: great itinerary, lovely medium size ship, lots of places to 'get lost'

Cons: main dining room dinners substandard, deck staff ambivalent at times

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Ship Quality
It was clearly not the newest, most exciting ship, but traditional cruisers will find it just fine.
Food and Dining
see above
Cabin / Stateroom
rooms somewhat small, but had stocked refrigerater, and good closet space. Bathroom was somewhat larger, with nice sliding doors to shower
Service and Staff
Dining staff and cabin staff were the best of the group
Hard to beat the entertainment. Some complaints about deck side entertainment during the day, but that was not our priority. Crew show at end of cruise was excellent (daytime and easy to overlook).
Children's Programs
Looked great, Things for all ages including wii and video

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