Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda

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4 out of 5

Bermuda on Norwegian dawn

Sail Date: August 21, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We booked a suite for this cruise entitling us to VIP treatment which began before we even boarded and continued to our debarkation. Suite/VIP is the only way to go.  We arrived at the pier at noon only to find that about 2,900 passengers had arrived before us!  However, after showing our reservation to a terminal employee, the VIP treatment began.  We were taken to a special check-in line where  the process took about 5 minutes.  We were then escorted by the ship's  concierge to a comfortable waiting lounge.  Minutes later, our suite butler escorted us to our suite.  The suite was at the  stern. It was well appointed and a bottle of champagne chilled in an ice bucket.  As suite/VIP passengers, we were entitle to eat breakfast and lunch in Cagney's, thus avoiding the lines in the other eating venues..  Our reservations included the drink and restaurant packages.  Well prior to the cruise, we made advance reservations in Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Moderno.  Our only regret is that we did not also make reservations in advance for the other 3 nights of the cruise since every thing was booked for the last 3 nights.  The main dining room was good but paled in comparison to the upscale restaurants.

We have been small ship cruisers for the past 6  or more years.  However, we were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the suite/VIP experience.  Next, we want to try an NCL ship with Haven 

Cabin / Stateroom
As a retired Navy officer, I like going to sea and I love looking at the wake so our suite could not have been better. The bed was very comfortable and the closet that can be accessed from two sides is a great idea.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The musical productions were good but the trained birds did not interest us.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining


Dawn had a neat feature, which I suspect is fleet wide, and that is the design of the passage way carpets. The fish "swim" towards the bow with the exception of the red fish which swim towards the stern. It took us two days to discover this feature, but is certainly handy on a ship as big as Dawn.

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