Love the free-style dining

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: April 07, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9090
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago

The free style dining is so nice! You don't have to get dressed up every night, and that saves more time to do other things on the boat. There were some great activities on the boat, but I noticed there were more catered to the elderly. I would have liked more activities that were for the late 20's age range. There were a lot of sport things to do and music choices to listen to. It was a bummer we had to skip one port, but they made up for it by giving free rum and punch drinks for a couple hours. I went on the cruise for my honeymoon, and we REALLY enjoyed it. I usually get motion sickness, but I didn't on this cruise (we had really smooth sailing). I would definitely cruise with Norwegian again, it is the best bang for your buck!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Buffet had just as good food as the dining room.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There were plenty of games to play around the ship. We never had to wait to play ping pong, or golf, or chess. I like that the library had activities to do.


3 out of 5
Shows were a little corny, and they need to gear the activities for all age groups. Whenever we went to an activity they chose the elderly people to participate.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
I didn't have children on the ship, but it seemed like there was a lot to do. They even had a teen only area, and a toddler day care.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
EVERY staff member always greeted you as you passed by.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very nice and updated.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Plenty of room for two people.

Ship Tip

I think the buffet food was just as good as the dining food (if not better). The first night in the dining room there was lobster and steak, so I expected just as good dining the rest of the nights, but it wasn't. Stick to the buffet.

3 out of 5
Not much to do around the port. Book a flight closer to your cruise arrival.
5 out of 5
Roatan was the most beautiful island. Get a massage from one of the locals. Good and cheap.
3 out of 5
Skip cave tubing. We only went into one cave and the water was cold.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico Did not visit port

We didn't get to go because the winds were too high.
5 out of 5
We went snorkeling, it was pretty, but stay closer to the shore, there is way more fish there.
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