Good and the bad of the Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 18, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12511

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Nice cruise to reconnect, but I will ask a lot more questions from now on. It seems like things that were free,on previous cruises are now added,fees and no on tells you until you are on board. And a premium drink package does not include ALL premium,drinks or coffee or bottled water. Other than that a great cruise with great people.


3 out of 5
Chaotic at times, too many people telling you too many things that conflicted at the NYC cruiseport.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
We never used the MDR it was freestyle dining. Enjoyed the Venetian, Aqua, and the Bamboo was over the top. The drink service was very confusing, while in port at dinner time we were told that the wine was unavailable because one bar was open. But if you ordered a bottle it was brought right to you. Go figure I will not by a drink package again without asking a million questions.

Bliss Ultra Lounge

5 out of 5

A party not to be missed and the band VIP from Columbia ruled the place.

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

5 out of 5

Like a 99 but on a very bad night, horrible food,and,service.

Gatsby's Champagne Bar

5 out of 5

Great music and drinks and daytime trivia with,Ruby.

Bamboo Asian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Outstanding on every level especially the head cook with my wife's allergy.

Aqua Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Outstanding except for the night of the Cordon Bleu we could not get a glass of wine because of on bar on the entire ship being open, however if you wanted a bottle you had wine with your meal.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Did not use them.


5 out of 5

Taught us how to play blackjack and win.


5 out of 5
Been on almost a dozen cruises NCL entertainment is the best. Elements is breathtaking. And the cruise director Luz and her staff were outstanding.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room Steward Marvin knew what we needed before we did and cared about our days plans and evening. The food was at the top of their game.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
For an older ship she was well cared for by her,crew.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
More spacious than we expected and the water pressure and temp was unexpected having been let down by RCCL on numerous cruises.

Ship tip

Gatsby is a great place for the evening, but the Atrium with the Azalea was a highpoint not to be missed.

Ports of call

New York, New York Did not visit port

Embarkation point

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5
Private excursion, hop on hop off should be called hop off and wait an hour for another bus.

Saint John, New Brunswick

5 out of 5
Private excursion on the trolley. Jody,was the best and Callies bar is a nice place to visit.

Bar Harbor, Maine

3 out of 5
Live near there, nothing special.

Portland, Maine

3 out of 5
Not special a half hour from home. But the bicycle rentals for 20.00 and the guides map,are priceless even for a local.

Newport, Rhode Island Did not visit port

Weather turned bad.


5 out of 5
The best ever we self assisted and were off ship in 10 minutes.

Traveler Photos

First sunset 5/18
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