Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


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5 out of 5

First Curise

Sail Date: January 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

As this was my first cruise I read many reviews and was starting to rethink NCL. Don't believe all the critics out there. From our first moments on the ship we were treated great (please and thank you's go along way with staff) our housekeeper (Beverly) took excellent care of our cabin all the staff we met tried hard to please. Some people just can't be happy. We smoke and contrary to other complaints we could only smoke in designated areas deck 7 the casino the cigar bar and one side of deck 12. I heard many complaints of walking thru deck 12 of the smoking from non smokers, IDEA use the other exits or entrances. The food was great dining can be a little cramped but it was still excellent. I wish some parents had kept a better eye on their teens, we ran into some very foul mouthed teens while walking the deck who directed rude comments at us. I love the curfew makes parents accountable. We had such an excellent time we are already planing our next cruise. Disembarkation was disorganized but that was passenger fault not crew. The captain and crew kept us informed of what was happening every step of the way. We arrived late because of river traffic but the crew did it's best to keep disembarkation  flowing smoothly passengers became aggravated and impatient trying to leave before we were cleared from the port inspection.  Like any vacation you make it what it is and we loved it if you expect perfection then you'll never have a relaxing vacation because every vacation has it's up's and down's.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Beverly was amazing I can't say enough good things about her. Very clean
Embarkation and Disembarkation
embarking was effortless disembarkation was late not the fault of the ship exactly, the captain explained the river traffic slowed us down but some people can't listen to instructions to wait for disembarkation and created havoc and disorganization no fault of NSL but of rude inconsiderate guests
Ship Quality
beautiful ship and well maintained by staff
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
we only watched one show but it was good
Service and Staff
The staff was amazing some were very friendly while others were quiet but did their jobs efficiently my only complaint was watching workers get berated in front of passengers for minor problems, NCL should handle that away from the public
Food and Dining
We ate at all but 3 restaurants and enjoyed all the food, the meal package was well worth it
New Orleans, Louisiana
Cozumel, Mexico
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
don't complain its a poor country but so beautiful
Belize City, Belize
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
keep to the port here it is a dirty city but beautiful port


The Dawn is a smaller ship which was perfect only tendered in to Belize we were able to dock at all the other ports making it easy to get on and off the ship.

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