Great Cruise, but Freestyle Dining is a Fiasco

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 29, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 12009
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

The ship was great, shore excursions were really great, the entertainment was excellent, the buffet was great, the cabin steward was outstanding. The Dining Room experiences were terrible. I guess freestyle dining, where you have to wait in line every night for dinner with a different waiter each night, is not for us. We much prefer a standard seating time (e.g., 6:00) with a few other guests at the same table every night. The waiters were all very good, but the wait each night was absurd - even at 8:00. Moreover, the dining rooms ("Aqua" and "Venitian") never seemed to be open for lunch  when we wanted to eat-  closed for an art show or only open for 1 and a half hours. We would probably consider Norwegian again, but other passengers seemed to agree that something needs to be done about the Freestyle dining.


Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food and Staff great ; Freestyle dining - absurd

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Great staff on the ship.

5 out of 5
Outstanding guide on this tour on the last day of the Cruise.
5 out of 5
Wonderful snorkeling off the pirate ship (3 reef tour) - Great guides.
5 out of 5
Great Zip Lining and Cave Tubing
5 out of 5
Fantastic diving at Anthony's Key resort
5 out of 5
World's Best Beach Party on the Jaguar tour (red bus), plus we go to ride tandem bicycles.
Was this review helpful? 1

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other Reviews Of This Sailing

* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top