Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great Cruise, but Freestyle Dining is a Fiasco

Sail Date: March 29, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

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.


Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Food and Staff great ; Freestyle dining - absurd
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
New Orleans, Louisiana
Outstanding guide on this tour on the last day of the Cruise.
Cozumel, Mexico
Wonderful snorkeling off the pirate ship (3 reef tour) - Great guides.
Belize City, Belize
Great Zip Lining and Cave Tubing
Roatan (Isla Roatan), Bay Islands, Honduras
Fantastic diving at Anthony's Key resort
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
World's Best Beach Party on the Jaguar tour (red bus), plus we go to ride tandem bicycles.


Great staff on the ship.

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