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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Bahamas & Bermuda (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 24, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Whenever the staff referred to the ship, it was always called "the beautiful" Norwegian Dawn, and corny as it may sound we had to agree. Its size is truly impressive, particularly for a first-time cruiser like me, and the amenities it offered never made me miss being on land much at all. In fact, most of the time the sailing was so smooth you'd never even know you were on a ship unless you looked out the window.
3 out of 5
There is basically nothing to do in Nassau that we were able to discern other than the usual shops full of expensive jewelry and tacky souvenirs. We took a taxi tour over to Atlantis on Paradise Island that was pretty nice; luckily our driver was very knowledgeable and had access to areas that were (supposedly) off-limits to people just wandering in off the street.
Don't Miss: Paradise Island
3 out of 5
Get away from King's Wharf as soon as you get there - nothing there but a prison, a pretty useless mall and a rocky manmade beach. We took a relaxing boat tour from the wharf to Hamilton, passing by some beautiful islands and houses on the way. Hamilton is kind of a fun place, if only for the sight of everyone wearing the famous Bermuda shorts as business attire. We grabbed lunch at a deli and had a lovely picnic in the park. Apparently some of the beaches on the south side of the island are quite spectacular but unfortunately we didn't have time to make it down there.
Don't Miss: Tour of unique houses
3 out of 5
There is basically nothing to do in Nassau that we were able to discern other than the usual shops full of expensive jewelry and tacky souvenirs. We took a taxi tour over to Atlantis on Paradise Island that was pretty nice; luckily our driver was very knowledgeable and had access to areas that were (supposedly) off-limits to people just wandering in off the street.
Don't Miss: Paradise Island
3 out of 5
Get away from King's Wharf as soon as you get there - nothing there but a prison, a pretty useless mall and a rocky manmade beach. We took a relaxing boat tour from the wharf to Hamilton, passing by some beautiful islands and houses on the way. Hamilton is kind of a fun place, if only for the sight of everyone wearing the famous Bermuda shorts as business attire. We grabbed lunch at a deli and had a lovely picnic in the park. Apparently some of the beaches on the south side of the island are quite spectacular but unfortunately we didn't have time to make it down there.
Don't Miss: Tour of unique houses
3 out of 5
Nothing here but a beach, but it's a pretty nice one and worth getting off the boat for. I would avoid renting the overpriced snorkel gear as there didn't seem to be a whole lot of things to sea underwater, but the $20 giant inflatable party float was a fun time.
Don't Miss: Party float!
3 out of 5
Nothing here but a beach, but it's a pretty nice one and worth getting off the boat for. I would avoid renting the overpriced snorkel gear as there didn't seem to be a whole lot of things to sea underwater, but the $20 giant inflatable party float was a fun time.
Don't Miss: Party float!

Pros: Ship condition, room size, food, staff helpfulness

Cons: Kids, ports, "upsell" pressure

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