Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Norwegian Dawn Western Caribbean cruise

Sail Date: April 05, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This was my first cruise and was a little overwhelming. I forgot to fill out a form for one of the onboard credits so it was forfeited which was disappointing. Parking in New Orleans was very confusing. It took us three tries to find a parking area as the "whale" lot was full? when we arrived at port. Balcony room was just the right size and well located above the theatre which was OK. Dolphin swim and ride excursion was a good experience although renting a locker is not necessary as there are bins near the pool for personal items. Suggest bringing your own snorkel equipment (with mouthpiece) for Sharks, Rays and Island getaway as only mask was provided and I swallowed alot of salt water that day.Our guide Karim was excellent though and we did see plenty of rays and sharks along with plenty of fish. Roatan zip line and Island tour was well worth the price. We had an excellent guide (Diane) for the island and glad we chose the monkey and sloth farm over the Iguana Farm as interacting with the animals was encouraged. Costa Maya was our least favorite port. very dirty and we got sick from food or drink from this port. Entertainment on ship was excellent. food on ship was varied and plentiful. loved the pool side bbqs after a day in port. shopping consultant on ship was focused on jewelry and watches and promoting certain "approved" shops and provided little guidance on negotiating with the natives on other types of items like textiles (blankets, clothes). Suggest watching cell phone usage if not on an international plan as using ships wifi is expensive. we had a $200 charge by day 3 and turned our phones off after that. Overall a great experience and would likely do it again with adjustments from the lessons learned above.

Ship Quality
child was disappointed there was no water slide as this was an smaller, older ship
Food and Dining
plenty of choices in menu items. food was well prepared
Cabin / Stateroom
Balcony is the way to go. just right for two.
Service and Staff
our steward was amazing and very friendly. Cruise Director, Dingo Dave is the best!
production cast, aerial act and Neil Diamond band were superb
Children's Programs
did not experience
Onboard Activities
there was always something going on
Destinations and Excursions
Costa Maya was our least favorite port. Belize was un-belize-able!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Stay at Hilton Riverside for easy access to French quarter and cruise port.
Cozumel, Mexico
very touristy. They have a Starbucks!
Belize City, Belize
Snorkeling the reef here with sharks and rays was an un-belize-able experience!
Roatan (Isla Roatan), Bay Islands, Honduras
Better be a Steelers fan if you visit Daniel Johnsons monkey and sloth farm. LOL!
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Food and drink here did not agree with us. Kayaking was fun at Beach Resort


The ship is definitely geared towards an older crowd (no waterslide). Staff was very friendly. Overall a great experience. I would choose this ship again with nothing less than a balcony stateroom.

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