Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Summary of Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

Sail Date: January 19, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We enjoyed the cruise although we have been to the Caribbean before on this same cruise.  Newcomers would probably enjoy it more than we did.  We were disappointed to find out on the last morning (when our bill arrived) that we had been given $50 in onboard credit.  No one told us that we had this so we didn't spend all of it.  We had a couple of drinks, but we would have had others had we known about the credit.  We have now learned to ask at the Guest Services counter about any onboard credit at the beginning of a cruise.  This was very disappointing considering we did go to the Guest Services desk about a couple of other items.  All in all the trip went well.  We had enough time in each port so as to enjoy either an excursion or just our free time to wander around.  There wasn't as much variety in the food in the dining room or on the buffet as on other cruise lines, but it was all good food.  We were wondering  why we had to request cookies; they were rarely put on the buffet line so as to help ourselves.  Someone behind the food lines had to get cookies except for two or three different times.    

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Needed more activities for those who don't gamble and/or play bingo.
Children's Programs Have no knowledge of this.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Seems that Costa Maya wasn't a good stop at this time although we do realize that it is just now being developed.
Tampa, Florida
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Great tour of the island with Kimberly on the excursion.
Belize City, Belize
Great trip to the caves to go tubing with the excursion company.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Nothing to do in port other than taking a shuttle to the "new"area and then returning to the ship. A cost of $5 but there really wasn't anything of interest to do in the "new" shopping area.
Cozumel, Mexico
Mexicans tend to bother the tourists; always trying to get people to go into their shops. Then the tourists feel the Mexicans are bothering them rather than being helpful.


Buffet had good food all day long with juices, fresh fruit and quick service.

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