1st time on NCL
Sail Date: May 16, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: GTY
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
The only thing I disliked about the cruise was the size of the staterooms! They were small compared to the other ocean view rooms I have had on Carnival. At least on Carnival I didn't end up leaving dented and bruised from walking from my side of the bed to the bathroom!
The embarkation process was quick. If you want to get right on, I suggest you be at the port for noon, we were a little after and it was very smooth. Tip the porter to take your bags and you can bypass the lines and go wait in line right away. The disembarkation process was just as quick. We of course do the self disembark and it was the quickest I have ever seen it, even on Carnival!
The food was good. A short wait here or there when going to main dining rooms, however, three of the seven nights we ate in the speciality restaurants. Cagney's Steakhouse was the standout for us. Great steaks! I would recommend you try it out when on NCL Dawn. We also ate at Teppanyaki, which was good. Get the steak and shrimp combo! La Cucina, was so so. I had Osso Buco and Lobster Pasta. The Osso Buco was delicious! However, the pasta felt like it was made on the buffet line...very lukewarm, and not very flavorful at all.
The entertainment on the boat was very good! There was always something for you to do or see! I keep telling myself maybe that is the reason for the such small rooms! Their show "Band on the Run" was very good. The music brought me back to the days of my family house parties growing up as a child. They had a magician, which reminded me of the movie "Burt Wonderstone". Second City Comedy Troupe was hilarious! "Luminescence" an aerial show, was absolutely amazing!
We did have some rough seas on our way down, I think because of the weather. When we left Boston it was raining, so we couldn't enjoy our normal routine of watching the skyline disappear as we sailed out of port. But once we hit Bermuda, it was sunny skies and the most beautiful blue-green water I have ever seen!!
You must go to Horshoe Bay Beach, and the Crystal Caves!! Bermuda is very beautiful and picturesque! Photographers would enjoy themselves immensely. I am no photographer, and I enjoyed it very much.
The Royal Navy Dockyard has something for everyone. There is shopping for you shopaholics to enjoy. Make sure you see Lisa Rego, and her amazing artwork, at the Clocktower Mall. Bars and pubs for the party crowd! And swiming with the dolphins for the families, all within a short of walk of getting off the boat.
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