Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Another good cruise

Sail Date: February 21, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

I have cruised about 20-times (on about 6 or 7 lines).

The experience was very good -but still some room for improvement

1.Having to pay $18 a day to park my car is not something I enjoy doing.

2. Being charged a $15 fee to carry my one bottle of wine aboard in my carry on bag is not something I enjoy doing.

3. Several members of our group picked up a cold on-board (cough, congestion, headache, fever, etc) near the end of the cruise (I am almost over it now).

4. I wish there were more adult only hot tubs -or that the kids would stay out of the adult hot tubs.  I have read that kids really do tend to load the pool up with bacteria.

5.  The food was excellent -but the service at times was a little slow.

6. The entertainment was excellent.

7.  Costa Maya has sure improved over the years and this year I really enjoyed stopping and shopping here ((great prices -especially on silver and colored topaz stones -sometimes also called clear sapphire, blue sapphire, Mexican fire opal (LOL)).

7. Embarkation & Debarkation were both smooth and excellent.

Overall, I certainly will be going on another Norwegian Cruise vacation.

Cabin / Stateroom
However, I paid for the cruise well in advance and later noticed that some people who paid for the cruise much closer to departure got a much better price and/or upgrade. It would have been nice to have been offered an upgrade. The next time, I may wait until closer to departure and see if the price will drop for me.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Very clean ship.
Destinations and Excursions
Cozumel: Always excellent
Roatan: Good snorkeling -but the road to the beach is just awful.
Belieze: Long tender to shore. Approached by local and offered 'weed'. However, felt fairly safe walking into town.
Costa Maya: Loved the dauphins and the shopping.
Onboard Activities Did not really participate in many -due to have gone on more than 20 previous cruises.
Children's Programs
no kids
Performers were very good; talented and fit.
HOWEVER, the 'Not so Newly Wed Game' needs to be cleaned up a little.
AND, I certainly appreciated that there did not appear to be a vulgar 'Adult only Comedy Show' . I have had to walk out on the last two I went to.
Service and Staff
The room steward (sorry, I forget his name but he was from the Philippians.
Also RICHARD, the cruise director was VERY ENTERTAINING. He also should get an 'excellent'!
Food and Dining
I like open dining -but miss lobster nite
New Orleans, Louisiana
Reduce parking from $18 to $12 (what nearby parking lots are charging).
Cozumel, Mexico
Always fun
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Bad Roads!
Belize City, Belize
Avoid Bob Marley. He approached me and offered to sell me weed
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Good Shopping

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