Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean

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4 out of 5

Repositioning Cruise

Sail Date: October 30, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

We enjoy cruising with NCL, and on the Dawn. We've always had a good time, and love to meet the crew and the folks that make it all happen. We have noticed cut backs, more each cruise. This year the pizza delivery was discontinued, a big disappointment. Room service went from $0 to $8 per delivery, and that took care of that. The buffet is always good, but quite repetitive. Encountered a few issues with our cabin, that also seems to be becoming commonplace. The people who deserve the biggest accolades are the ones behind the scenes that passengers never see, they work the hardest. The bar crew is always the best, whether or not ordering beverages. They are fun and friendly, entertaining, they like to have a good time and genuinely enjoy meeting people from all over. Unfortunately bar prices also increased significantly, not good. Entertainment on the pool deck was very good this cruise, but not enough of it. For a Caribbean cruise we want to be out by the pool bar and enjoy live music offerings. More activities are needed on deck. The repositioning cruise is attended by a more senior set, therefore deck activities seem to be lacking. The ports were enjoyable, have visited most several times now, a little more diversity is always welcome. Very little interaction with cruise director's staff and Officers, not much visibility on deck. We had a good time, met some great folks, reunited with old friends, we laughed, we ate, we drank. Third repositioning cruise, will consider a different itinerary next time around.

Cabin / Stateroom
NCL mini-suites are smaller than other cruise lines, balconies are smaller as well.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation seamless. Disembarkation in New Orleans was a nightmare. Any issues should have been resolved last season. Waited over hour in line getting off for a cab after clearing Customs. Terminal procedure should be reversed, have guests leaving exit doors 1-4 on left to waiting taxis, and guests entering from other side to avoid people crossing over and literally tripping over the ones anxious to board. A better process can easily be accomplished.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
More offerings on deck both day and night would be appreciated.
Service and Staff
Great bar staff!
Food and Dining
Dining staff very nice. Mostly ate in open offerings as opposed to dining rooms.
Boston, Massachusetts
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Willemstad, Curacao
Oranjestad, Aruba
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Love the people! One day hope that Jamaica is more friendly, and as attractive as other Caribbean islands, and the vendors less aggressive. People will spend more and visit more if shopping and browsing is more pleasant. A beautiful island, want to see more.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Cozumel, Mexico
New Orleans, Louisiana


Prefer smaller ships. Do not care to cruise on the larger ships with 3,000 passengers. Enjoy meeting and getting to know the staff who work so hard for the passengers. Bigger ships are too overwhelming to navigate.

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