Great Time on NCL Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 06, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago

There are many pros for Norwegian Cruise Lines.  This was our second cruise on NCL.  We have gone on 4 other cruises with other cruise lines.  The staff was excellent; everyone was extremely friendly.  Food was excellent and as well as the "family friendly" entertainment that we enjoyed every evening.  


The main complaint is that there is too much smoking allowed.  It was hard to avoid it.  For non-smokers this was very disappointing.


It seemed that on other cruises our room was attended to more frequently.  On this cruise our room was not "made up" until very late in the morning in most instances, while we were out of the room early in the morning.  It seemed that our room attendant may have had too many rooms to keep up with since he seemed to be working hard. 


It was disappointing to have our stop at Roatan cancelled.  We understand that it was due to an incident of robbery and murder of an NCL crew member on another ship and had happened recently.  However, we are from the Myrtle Beach, SC area which is a tourist area as well and we have reports of robbery and murder and the town doesn't shut down because of it.  The excursion that we booked was refunded, but we felt there could have been another benefit added such as a meal at one of the restaurants on the ship at no extra charge, for example.  We did not understand why we had to spend an entire day at sea due to not stopping at Roatan.  Maybe NCL knew more about the situation than was public knowledge and it was for our protection.  


Otherwise, we had a great time.  .We would definitely plan another cruise with NCL.  

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Maine Lobster tails the first night!!!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
loved that it was clean

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
from what we saw

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
extremely friendly

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

We enjoyed being served in the Venetian Dining room for Breakfast. Otherwise, we liked the buffet for lunch and the Aqua Dining room for dinner. Eating dinner at 5:30 allowed enough time to go to the 7 PM show.

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Need more excursions. The Cave Tubing is too difficult for many
5 out of 5
The taxi to a private beach worked out great.
3 out of 5
We only went off the ship for a little shopping.
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