Great Cruise, but Freestyle Dining is a Fiasco

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 29, 2015
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 12009
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 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

Entertainment

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.
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