Itinerary was wonderful, but the food left much to be desired.

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8068

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

The itinerary for the cruise was fantastic. We truly enjoyed the spa on the ship as well as all of the entertainment. Again the cruise director was great. We were really let down by the food. We definitely expected more. Believe me we were not alone in this sentiment. We took part in the cruise next promotion where we basically put down a deposit for a future cruise. We are seriously considering canceling it because the food was so poor in our opinion. We cruised last April on RC and the food was spectacular.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was easy! Took all of 10 minutes.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The food was pretty bad. We had 3 nights of specialty dining. They were sub par at best. The main dining rooms were worse. We had high expectations and were severely let down. The drinks and drink package were average/good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
There was always something going onboard the ship. Tons to do. Richard Mattic the Cruise Director was fantastic.


4 out of 5
We loved the comedian but didnt care for the show. But everything was good. It really is personal preference.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The service and staff were excellent.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We loved the ship. Although the ship was sold out, it was never crowded anywhere. I think we waited 1 night to be seated for dinner at the main dining room for maybe 5 minutes.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was very nice. My only complaint was there was no seating area. It was more than suffice for our needs.

Ship tip

Check out the spa and thermal pools.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
I thought this port was great. Shoipping, Casinos and just people watching. Beautiful beach.

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
Beautiful beach. We went to the Boatyard. It was cheap and a very nice place for the day. It had a beach with slides and trampolines, etc. Snorkeling was included.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
We did the catamaran snorkel and sail. It was a very nice day. Its is beautiful, beautiful place.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Tons of shopping and jewelry stores. Very nice.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
St. Maarten was very nice. We rented a go cart/ buggy for the day. Very cool to choose where you want to stop. Very good experience.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Tons of shopping. Was very nice.


5 out of 5
The worst line was the customs line. But we waited maybe 10 minutes.
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