Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Great Time Had by All

Sail Date: August 12, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

First cruise and travelled with a big group, which I believe made it all the more fun. Ship was beautiful. Took in some activities, but mostly hung out by the pool during the day. Evenings involved going to the pub for karoke, dancing at Spinnaker, gambling at the Casino (which allows smoking, kind of a drawback for a non-smoker), or catching a show. Shows were short enough so you were able to fit dinner in before or after at a reasonable time.
Only big complaint heard was the size of the pool. If there was something going on, there was not a seat to be had or a spot to stand by the pool. We discovered the heliport landing to catch sun. Nice and quiet, but not near the pool and no drink delivery.

Pros: Food, activities, Bermuda

Cons: Size of room, room attendant service

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Very very small rooms but we made do. Wish there was more space for unpacking. One of our rooms had 4 kids in it...they never took their clothes out of their suitcases as there was no where to put it. That being said, the beds were very comfortable. Hard to get towels some days.
Service and Staff
OUr butler was nice, but not very serviceable. For a party of 6, he would only give 4 towels. Seemed like he was tired of the whole routine and was just getting by. The staff at Aqua was awesome. We were a party of 57 and Mr P in Aqua kept us entertained! Had one party member who needed gluten free meal, and the manager there (can't remember name) took care of her every night.
Tons of options for everyone. Kids loved the Teen activities. Adults loved the comedy shows. Mixed reviews about Bollywood. Entertainment was there if you wanted it. Would have liked a little more quiet at the big pool.
Ship Quality
Very clean ship. Size was great, but not overwhelming. A bit confusing trying to find restaurants some times, as you could only get there from one side of the ship or the other. Pool WAY too small for the number of guests.
Food and Dining
Ate dinner only at Aqua and the Venetian. Very good food, but could have been a little more variety. Loved the food at the cafeteria style restaurant - went there every morning for breakfast and to grab a snack mid day or evening. Loved the 24 hour restaurant - went there almost every late night for a snack. Loved ordering room service the night before to be delivered in the am. Also loved when there were cookouts by the pool - great burgers and chicken.
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Went to the Scuba Beach on last day. Very crowded and expensive to rent masks, etc. Kids did rent the paddle boat, $15 for half an hour which was good.

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