Not a great experience

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Bahamas & Bermuda (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 30, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our second cruise as a family and probably our last. NCL free style cruising in theory sounds good, but it wasn't all that it was marketed to be. The difficulty in getting reservations along with additional charges to use, made the dining experience hectic when it shouldn't be. Departing from New York had its advantages, but being at sea for the majority of the 7 days along with the large crowds didn't feel like a vacation. Getting off this ship in ports of call was difficult due to NCL photo staff holding everyone up trying to take photos even if you didn't want them. It bordered on absurd!
5 out of 5
WOW....this was a very clean and upscale place to visit. Shopping was expensive but relaxing given the size of the island.
Don't Miss: Royal Dockyard Pub
1 out of 5
Get there on the first boat out or you'll miss being able to get a good seat or rent some of the more popular items. By noon, the place was packed and not much fun. Definetly not quiet and relaxing.
1 out of 5
We arrived 5 hours late and everything was closing. We did stroll around the town, but to be honest even if the stores were open later, it wouldn't be high on our list of things to do. We managed to go to the Straw Market which was highly recommended. We observed several rats strolling around the market which the natives laughed at and claimed were their pets. NCL staff played up the Atlantis resort, but quite honestly if I wanted to go to Atlantis, I wouldn't have paid NCL to take me there.
Don't Miss: Getting back on the ship
1 out of 5
We arrived 5 hours late and everything was closing. We did stroll around the town, but to be honest even if the stores were open later, it wouldn't be high on our list of things to do. We managed to go to the Straw Market which was highly recommended. We observed several rats strolling around the market which the natives laughed at and claimed were their pets. NCL staff played up the Atlantis resort, but quite honestly if I wanted to go to Atlantis, I wouldn't have paid NCL to take me there.
Don't Miss: Getting back on the ship
5 out of 5
WOW....this was a very clean and upscale place to visit. Shopping was expensive but relaxing given the size of the island.
Don't Miss: Royal Dockyard Pub
1 out of 5
Get there on the first boat out or you'll miss being able to get a good seat or rent some of the more popular items. By noon, the place was packed and not much fun. Definetly not quiet and relaxing.

Pros: Free style concept in theory is great.

Cons: NCL staff pushing their photo and lottery offerings

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? No.

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