Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Western Caribbean

Sail Date: April 05, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was my third cruise with NCL, chosen mainly because of the itineraries offered. I like the relaxed atmosphere and freestyle dining. The daily barbecues are a very nice feature. I enjoyed all of the ports, but liked Roatan, Honduras the best, we toured the Gumbalimba Preserve and Tabyana beach, very enjoyable. The ship itself needs an update, there was nothing that stood out on this ship. After cruising with Royal Caribbean and Princess, the Norwegian Dawn just doesn't compare. I don't know if we had unusually noisy neighbors, but the walls seemed paper thin. The room size is pretty standard. The entertainment was great, we enjoyed all of the shows. The food was good, some days better than others.The Garden Buffet was poorly designed, basically looked like a cafeteria, and just didn't flow well. The Aqua dining room opened promptly at 5:30 pm with people forming a line up the stairs as there was only one entrance and one person assigning tables. I would go on another cruise with NCL, but would go on a newer ship.

Ship Quality
Needs updating
Food and Dining
Some days better than others, but overall good.
Service and Staff
Dingo Dave the cruise director was great.
Children's Programs n/a
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Enjoyed all of the Excursions and ports.
Cabin / Stateroom
Little hard to get around the room once the twin beds were pushed together.
New Orleans, Louisiana
We did our own thing, try Cafe Beignet, the beignets were better than Cafe DuMonde.
Cozumel, Mexico
Enjoyed the Tulum Mayan ruins and Pamela the tour director was great.
Belize City, Belize
The Cave tubing and rain forest excursion was fun, but disorganized.
Roatan (Isla Roatan), Bay Islands, Honduras
Loved the Gumbalimba preserve and Tabyana Beach.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
The Chacchoban Mayan ruins are not to be missed.

Was this review helpful? 2

Be the first to comment

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.


* 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