Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Great Entertainment mediocre food.

Sail Date: September 11, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Having cruised on several different cruise lines. I felt that NCL was on the lower end in service, food. I felt I was being nickeled and dimmed for everything.  Small things like towel animals I only received the last two nights. There were no mints on my pillow. Room service even for coffee is a fee. The drink package lets you drink but you still have to pay 18% on every drink you order. The food was not bad but was just mediocre. Since you don't get the same server with the free style dining you never get those special touches.  Dress is very casual and they really push the pay restaurants.  When dining there you pay a fee plus 18%. If you want two entrees you pay $10.00.  Lobster is also extra.  In the specilty restaurants the food was superior to dining rooms or buffet.  The one thing that was superior on NCL was entertainment. The normal dancers and singers were only used twice and the magic, and comedy acts were spectacular.  If you are looking for a cruise where you don't dress up and want good entertainment NCL is the way to go.  If you want superior food try Celebrity.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Carpet looks dates bed felt old.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Easy and painless
Ship Quality
Ship is fine not glitzy like Royal.
Destinations and Excursions
Our tour guide did not stop talking for two hours.
Onboard Activities
Bingo is expensive 39.00 for three cards
Excellent better than other lines less of their dancers and singers
Service and Staff
Staff was pleasant but no one really went above and beyond
Food and Dining
Fair better in specialty restaurants
Boston, Massachusetts
Portland, Maine
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Gaspe, Quebec
Waste of a stop
La Baie, Quebec
Another waste of a stop
Quebec City, Quebec
Take a day to see old town it is like a small Paris.


It's a great cruise line if you don't want to dress up.

Was this review helpful? 6


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