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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 74

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

11 Night Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 17, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10110

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Enjoyed our fifth cruise. Cruising very relaxing. Enjoy Norwegian because of free style eating. I'm probably in minority but if I'm on vacation I don't want to have dress up to eat. Enjoyed visiting the Caribbean islands.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Like Tampa and especially the River walk the night before. Port Authority personnel were informative. Did not pressure for a tip like some other port although I did tip the baggage handlers. Norwegian only had three persons at start to check-in people. They did add others later and lines started moving. Should of had more people from start and people would not have stood in line an hour.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Had great experience eating at four specialty restaurants. Cagneys was best. Ate there 3 times, Steaks were good. Service great. eating at buffet was chaotic. Loved eating breakfast at Venetian. More formal and people not going everywhere like at buffet.

Aqua Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Aqua was good It is not as crowded as Venetian. Has same menu as Venetian. Only open for dinner.

Teppanyaki

4 out of 5

Might rate higher except these shows are same twirling knives and flames on grill are old. Food was more than we could eat and very good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Cagneys great. enjoyed the NY strip and fillet mignon Deserts were great service outstanding.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Entertainment ok nothing to write home about. Went to the 60s show and magic show. entertain something to kill time if you have nothing to do.

Children's Programs

Did not have any kids with us

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Service was good. Staff was polite and informative.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
easy to get around ship. ship was clean. washy washy washy in resturants! Ship has been renovated and seems maintained. Lovely view from elevators to public areas below

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Loved setting on balcony very relaxing. Bed was comfortable room was big enough. on some cruises stored luggage under bed after unpacking. Stored in closet on this cruise. Stewart was excellent.

Ship tip

Pack a multi-outlet power strip for phones camera ect.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Good experience embarking great disembarkment. Got of ship and to out car quickly. Stayed at Barrymore Hotel with free parking for the eleven day cruise and free shuttle to and from port. Loved river Walk night before tour.

Key West, Florida

3 out of 5
Cold and windy the day we were there. Made for unpleasant day. Walked around town and took picture of area. Docked at Navy base with shuttle to town, Can't take any picture while on Navy base

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Did not take any tours. Had an excursion planned but Norwegian changed arrival time and had to cancel. Arrived on Sunday and some venues closed. Town was good, clean and vendors weren't pushy.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Very pretty town. Excursion of area was great. Used shore excursioneer for excursions. We were only persons who booked this tour with shore excursioneers there we had a private tour. Guide tailored tour to our desires. Again vendors weren't pushy.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
very enjoyable tour of island. Again excursion with shore excursioneer. Van was very nice tour guide very informative. Salt manufacturing interesting. Ocean was crystal clear and blue. World known for scuba diving although I'm not a diver.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Again had a private tour with shore excursioneer because no one else booked. Guide was excellent tailored tour to our wishes. Dunn river falls was beautiful and interesting. Guide took us to a strip shopping area where I purchased Blue Mountain coffee $10 less per pound than what vendors wanted in town or in areas around ship. Vendors very very pushy. Do not make eye contact nor conversation unless you are interested in buying.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easiest and quickest time ever getting off ship. Port authority personnel very helpful and polite,
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