Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Great family cruise!

Sail Date: November 22, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We cruised Thanksgiving week with two young children.  The Dawn is a lovely ship and just the right size for us.  We had two connecting balcony rooms on the 10th floor.  Our room steward was fabulous!  The Dawn has really nice kids amenities including a fabulous kids club!   We enjoyed breakfast and lunch daily at the buffet, and the kids liked the children's buffet area with small tables.  The dinosaur pool in the back of the ship was also a big hit and provided hours of entertainment.  The dinosaur pool however is not near any drink/bar service, and no adult seating.  We preferred the Aqua dining room over the Venetian as we found the staff to be friendlier with a more intimate atmosphere.  The food was very good, both in the buffets and dining rooms.  We had the unlimited drink package.  Most bar service was fine except for the pool bar which was hit or miss.  We really enjoyed our week and are booked again on the Dawn for next Thanksgiving.

Cabin / Stateroom
We had two connecting balcony cabins. No complaints. Excellent cabin steward. Really liked the extra room of two connecting cabins.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Our kids really enjoyed the kids club (happy kids = happy parents)!
Children's Programs
Fabulous kids club!!
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The Aqua dining room was very nice. The buffet food was better than the other cruise lines that I have been on, and the kids buffet area was a big hit with our kids.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Enjoy New Orleans. Many kid-friendly activities also such as the Louisiana Children's Museum, Audubon Zoo (with a great lazy river/water park in the summer), City Park, Aquarium of the Americas.
Cozumel, Mexico
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Belize City, Belize
Hate the tendering process in Belize. Hopefully will be at the private island next year.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Go into town (take the $ 3 trolley at the end of the port). You can walk along the Melacon (beach walkway) and find several restaurants/beach clubs to hang out at. Very safe and reasonable. Not built-up and more of a rustic feel. Had a wonderful beach day!


Take time to explore the ship when you first arrive. We found a lot of neat bars, etc. later in the cruise. Make reservations for the specialty restaurants early as the popular times will be taken quickly.

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