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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: December 01, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 4 years ago

I would give this cruise a 5-star rating but for a few hiccups. When we arrived at embarkation\, 10 of us with our luggage\, we stood around for a good half hour wondering what to do\, where to go. Once we determined where we needed to be\, check-in went very smoothly. The cabins were ready when we boarded\, and our steward welcomed us aboard. The mini-suite was spacious\, for a ship\, and we quickly settled in. Of our 10\, we had four kids\, 14\, 14\, 13\, and 12. NCL held firm to the teen club being for those 13 and over\, despite the fact that the 12-year-old in our group was almost 13 and our pleas that the separation would isolate the 12-year-old from his family with whom we traveled from another state. We pleaded and we begged\, to no avail\, and that really did not sit well and started our vacation off on a bad note. We understand the need for rules\, but when accompanied by other teens\, and with under extenuating circumstances\, I believe exceptions should be made. The first day was a bit of a bust\, as the adults worked to accommodate the kids\, as they were forced different directions\, but we recovered the first day in port. The cruise was wonderful\, and the ports all great (be sure to book an excursion through the ship in Belize to make the most of that port)\, but it was busy. We were up early on days in port to make the most of those days. Everywhere but Belize we ventured out on our own\, very comfortably.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
The teen club was great for teens\, but the age split was very difficult for my family/traveling group.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: the cabins\, itinerary

Cons: the weather

Recommends Norwegian Dawn? Yes!

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