Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall the Cruise was nice. I have already stated why I would not cruise again on this one.


5 out of 5
Awesome, came in on 1:00 in our rooms by 1:20

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining rooms had wonderful food, the buffet had the same exact food almost everyday especially breakfast.

Aqua Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Food was wonderful, easy to get in.

Gatsby's Champagne Bar

4 out of 5

Service was good, same entertainment every night a young guy playing the piano.

Garden Cafe

3 out of 5

Same food everyday. Except for adding a omelet spot and pasta.

Bimini Bar And Grill

2 out of 5

We ate here two nights. I would have rather have eaten at McDonalds. The chips and cheese had this weird velvety cheese on it. The food look like it had been in the back for awhile and cold.

Bamboo Asian Restaurant

1 out of 5

We made reservations once we were told we needed one quite rudely. We found out that the sushi was not included in our in food package. We paid extra. One of sushi was good the other not good. We ordered soup never received it. The food on the meal plan was gross and we did not eat it. We were sat right next a very large group even with a ton of other tables available(I know reservations) We had to ask three times to move, they were not happy with us. Hour later they only sat one person at the other empty 4 tables.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Pool. I did not realize when I booked it was only one pool for all the guest. It said two online. They considered the kids pool two. I don't think many kids used the kid pool considering they were on in with us.

Lap Pool And Jacuzzi

2 out of 5

One pool for all the guest, not good. Overall crowed. Terrible music and same person every day.


3 out of 5
During the day at the pool they had a young lady signing with her band. They sang every day and off key. It was terrible. Many guest complained of the same thing. I would rather have had music through the intercom. I would think with a 7 day cruise they could have changed it up. At night there was mainly a couple that sang in the main lounge. They were great but not everynight. We found out they did have a different band for a hour while we were in our show. Missed that. After the show we just went to bed since the music was the same. :( We really enjoyed the shows. The dance off was funny, the dancers in the main lounge, and the comedian was great.

Bliss Ultra Lounge

4 out of 5

The dance off was funny.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
I gave it a four because we had a really hard time getting drinks at the pool and when we where sitting at the tables on the upper level.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Our room was always cleaned nicely. There was this table crammed in the small cabin and the young gentlemen that cleaned our room helped me move the room around to try to make it better.

Ship tip

I have sailed many different cruise lines. Norweign it self I am sure is great. The ship itself I would say dont do. I say this because of the reasons above. My husband and I will be crusing with our older childern next year and we would not pick this for them or us again.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We went to Old San Juan which was very nice.

Castries, St. Lucia

4 out of 5
We had the resort taxi pick us up. The package included lunch, a massage(or a water sport), 4 drinks, and pool chairs. It was very reasonble price and beautiful area resort but the city itself was very very dirty.

Bridgetown, Barbados

2 out of 5
It rained this day but we did do some shopping.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
We had a tour guide pick us up right by ship and take us to a bus that brought us to view the city. You could do the zipline or the basket zipline. We liked it but not worth the money. 55 dollars a piece for a ride in a ski lift and back down.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
The port was wonderful. The boardwalk to the beach was wonderful. The beach,bars, shopping, and music were wonderful. our favorite.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
We took a taxi to the Ferry to cross over to Water Island. We asked a local since the people at the desk on the ship knew nothing about the ports except for the excursions they were selling. That was dissappointing. We had no idea what we would encounter when we got off ship. Water Island was wonderful but not advertised by ship.


5 out of 5
Easy and quick
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