Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Good itinerary on tired ship

Sail Date: April 03, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

The itinerary (including New Orleans) for this cruise is one of our favorites. Roatan and Costa Maya are beautiful beach stops. Belize and Cozumel have interesting excursions available as well. The Norwegian Dawn is an OK ship for it's age. We found it a little weird in it's layout and getting around. The staff of the ship was great and the entertainment was very good. The food was pretty average but not bad. It sounds like the ship is do for a dry dock refurbishment in May 2106, so that should really help spruce it up and make it feel new again. I would recommend this cruise itinerary for first time cruisers or someone with just a little lower expectations. Knowing what we know now, we would go on this same itinerary again.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin and balcony were a little smaller than on other ships. however the bathroom seemed bigger. Our steward was great and kept the cabin clean and stocked with ice the whole time. The bed and pillows were comfortable and the room was pretty quiet. Our room was right off the elevator lobby, so really convenient.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Being able to walk off the ship with your luggage and not wait around was great. Getting on the ship was pretty easy also.
Ship Quality
The ship is getting a little old and is average in size compared to some of the newer ships out there. The ship was showing age in some areas, but is getting a full refurbishment in May.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The entertainment was really good. They had 2 acrobats and 1 magician plus second city comedy group. The house singers were OK but not spectacular. Over all really good entertainment.
Service and Staff
The cruise director Richard was very good. Our room attendant (Emmanuel) was awesome. The rest of the staff was good also.
Food and Dining
We only dined in thee main dining room once. The food was pretty average compared to other lines. The buffet was decent and had good variety. The Crepes were really good.


The bar in the casino and also the star bar above the pool are less crowded and quicker to get your drinks during busy times. The Crepes in the buffet are really good. This ship is a little smaller than some, but didn't feel over crowded (except the pool on sea day). Don't miss the entertainment.

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