Fantastic family cruise!

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 14, 2016

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 12016

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review Summary

This was a fantastic vacation! We continue to be impressed with NCL and constantly comment on how surprising it is to see some of the negative reviews. 


We cruised with a 6,  8 & 10 year old who loved the Splash Academy Program.  They participated a lot which allowed nice quiet time throughout the vacation. Definitely take advantage if you can. 


Ship was in great shape and a refurb in the Spring  will make it even better. Very clean and well maintained.  While pool area could get crowded,  plenty of lounges are available throughout the upper deck.  We only did Goffs Caye in Belize and enjoyed the peaceful pool area during port days. 


Food was fantastic. All food! Breakfast and lunch at garden cafe, all specialty dining restaurants were great as was the main dining room. We ate a lot! 


We were lucky to get a great deal on a suite including beverage and dining package (plus other perks).  The whole family took full advantage. Beverage package was great!  Bar service throughout the ship was great.  Never had trouble getting a drink, whether at a bar, in theater,  by pool,  even at kiddie pool, one day the beverage manager walked through asking if anyone needed a drink! 


Entertainment, as many comment, is excellent. We saw about 50% of shows, but all were very good (magician, Elements,  second City etc). Lots of music through ship during evening.  Pool band was great. 


Service was impressive as well. All staff and crew were friendly and helpful.  Never had an issue, only positive experiences.  Were particularly impressed that our cabin steward knew us all by name (without being introduced)  as did a maitre d at la cucina for my daughter's birthday. She had a nice greeting when we arrived. 


Get to the ship early on Sunday if you can. Lunch starts at 12pm! Enjoy the cruise and seek out the positives because there were so many on the ship!  We can't wait to go next year! Already booked!

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Had dining package which was outstanding. We also ate in main dining room and garden cafe multiple times and they were all excellent.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Many activities offered, but we spent a lot of time relaxing on ship (and eating).


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Kids love the program. Gives parents lots of free time!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

We thoroughly enjoyed the size of ship. We enjoyed gatsby bar. Good service. Nice time to be by pool is during port days. Lots of quiet lounges on upper deck forward. Great cruise! Booked again next year.

Ports Of Call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
Stayed in hotel between French Quarter and convention center. Fantastic location. EASILY walked with 3 kids and 3 wheeling suitcases. That was nice! Airport was very crowded on disembark Sunday. Allow plenty of time before flight. We had a 1pm and walked off ship around 9:30am. Long line at southwest, but would not want to be cutting it close.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5

Belize City, Belize

5 out of 5
Goffs Caye excursion is great!

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
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