Cruising on Norwegian Dawn out of New Orleans January 2016

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 24, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5098
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The Norwegian Dawn provided a great venue for family reunion with all couples in their 60's.  The ship is scheduled for refurbishing in the Spring of 2016 which will be a welcomed upgrade.  The service was great at the buffet lines but slow in the Venetian and Aqua main dining rooms.  The shows were excellent for the most part and the ports were very good.  There were a few too many smoking areas for our taste and they served Pepsi products vs. Coke products which was not to our liking.  Therefore we did not purchase the beverage packages.  All-in-all, the service was excellent by everyone we encountered with the exception of the two main dining rooms where it was slow as mentioned, but very good otherwise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Excellent food in the buffets and all dining venues we tried, but service was slow in the Aqua and Venetian.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Not utilized.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The Aerialists and Illusionists were excellent as was the Elements show, but Second City was below normal expectation.

Children's Programs

Not utilized or needed.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Public restrooms were especially clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Room Steward was excellent. It would have been great to have had a pitcher of drinking water in addition to the ice bucket.

Ship Tip

Take your own preferred sodas on board as they only offer Pepsi products.

5 out of 5
The National World War II Museum is excellent.
5 out of 5
There is a Mega grocery store within two blocks to the right of where you disembark and cross the street.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The Mahahual beach was only a short distance away by taxi ($2 per person with four in a taxi) or $3 per person on the trolley. Recomment using the taxi. Beach was excellent, but snorkeling left lots to be desired.
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