Not what I expected.......

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5
Sail Date: December 01, 2012
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago

The Mayan Ruins at Costs Maya were amazing and the atmosphere in Cozumel were what I expected in all ports, but Rotan Bay and Belize City were awful...... Soldiers in camo with automatic weapons..... dirty, smelly city, people were so poor. Convenience store employees handed your purchases through bars.... People bathing with hoses in the open and they lived in little shacks with no running water or electricity. I would never go back to these ports. Thousands of dollars are spent in these ports daily by several cruise ships, but none of that money makes it to the people in these cities..... I can't believe cruise ships would consider this a vacation environment.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The "speciality" restaurants cost addition money and the restaurants that were included in the cruise had the same old same old menu night after night. By the time our 7 day cruise was over I couldn't eat another meal.....


5 out of 5
The evening entertainment was good, but alot of the entertainment was additional money...... Bingo (expected) but a tour behind the scenes of the ship was $55.00 per person..... I thought that was really pricey....

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were friendly and kind......

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ships was large with many different restaurants and good entertainment.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Clean rooms, great service.

Pros: Ship was nice, great service and great entertainment.

Cons: Rotan Bay and Belize were awful. My campanion and I did not feel safe.... Guards with semi-automatice weapons visible.... Cities were dirty and it felt like you were in a third world counry.

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

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