Western Caribbean

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 05, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 5083
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Some days better than others, but overall good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Dingo Dave the cruise director was great.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Needs updating

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Little hard to get around the room once the twin beds were pushed together.
5 out of 5
We did our own thing, try Cafe Beignet, the beignets were better than Cafe DuMonde.
5 out of 5
Enjoyed the Tulum Mayan ruins and Pamela the tour director was great.
5 out of 5
The Cave tubing and rain forest excursion was fun, but disorganized.
5 out of 5
Loved the Gumbalimba preserve and Tabyana Beach.
5 out of 5
The Chacchoban Mayan ruins are not to be missed.
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