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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Bermuda

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 47

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: July 22, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9726
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

the food and entertainment on this cruise was excellent, as well as the courtesy of the staff and waiters and other servers.  I am only giving the cruise 3 stars because the few things we did not care for are actually deal breakers for us and we probably will not sail Norwegian again unless we get a fabulous price.


The Dawn is a smaller ship with about 2500 passengers, however there is only 1 pool located forward on the ship with Stadium seating for multi levels surrounding it.  On hot days, which everyone was, the entire ship it seemed was concentrated in this one area.  Too many people in one place, the pool was extremely overcrowded and with kids jumping and splashing around as kids will do, it was not the place to be.  In addition due to the number of people in the pool at any given time it was not clean, hair and paper and food were always present.  Due to the numbers it did not appear to be a safe environment. 


the other issue was our balcony stateroom bathroom.  It had separate stalls for the shower and the toilet, Husband is tall and large frame, he had little or no room in the toilet area and for him this was a huge issue.


We enjoy cruising and have done so many times and will do so again, however we probably will not consider Norweigian again due to these issues, they do not appear to be something that can be corrected.  Our other cruise line preference offers similar itineraries at similar pricing and the two things mentioned above are fine on those ships so that is probably where we will look again.


We chose this trip for the destination and to give Norwegian a try, food, service, and entertainment were great and compared well with other cruises we have been on but the things we perceived as the negatives will remain in our memories and will more than likely give us pause before we consider a Norweigian again.




Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
only one pool for too many people, bathroom set up poor

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
cabin at aft was fine except for bathroom set up, separate stall for toilet is too small for a large person and not practical, can't see why it is necessary to have separate toilet area in such a confined space. Also closet and drawer space is limited,
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