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

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Reviews: 3
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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Norwegian Dawn

11 Night Canada & New England (New York To Quebec)

Sail date: August 31, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 12510

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This would be a great cruise to introduce someone to cruising as we often couldn't tell we were on the water due to the slow speeds from port to port, etc. NCL needs to work on their food however, nothing ever stood out in the complementary dining venues, really need to pay for specialty dining to enjoy.


5 out of 5
No issues

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main dining was so/so, nothing impressive. Specialty dining much better, really enjoyed the Mexican one.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool was uncrowded & nice. They had an impressive kids pool area, though we had no kids with us.


4 out of 5
The comedian/musician, Harry O, was really good. The dance troop was just ok.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward, butler, etc were really good. In general staff seemed pleasant.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Layout was pretty simple, similar to othe NCL we have been on. Some of the windows seemed dirty or with broken seals, they could do better on those.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We ended up with an upgrade to a Suite, rather then balcony, #12510 is correct room #; good sized, comfortable, good storage. Only complaint was 1 panel of the wall of windows had a bad deal so was an obstructed view. The extra treatment with Suite status is great, especially having breakfast & lunch upstairs designated for Suite guests only since the food elsewhere isn't anything to write home about.

Ship tip

Make reservations for dining ahead of time or could end up in lines waiting for a yable.

Ports of call

New York, New York

4 out of 5

Newport, Rhode Island

5 out of 5
table. The on-off bus, stopped at all the hot spots

Boston, Massachusetts

5 out of 5
Find the Nat'l Park off on the Freedom Trail for a free walking tour by a Park Ranger, excellent.

Portland, Maine

4 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5
Took a bus tour of Acadia Park, very good info & sights

Halifax, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5

Sydney, Nova Scotia

5 out of 5

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Did not visit port

Had to out run hurricane so missed this port, did circles in the St Lawrence instead to keep us safe & smooth waters

La Baie, Quebec

5 out of 5
Be sure to get off boat early as Towns people have a great greeting for all.

Quebec City, Quebec

5 out of 5
Did historic & modern tour, really good overview of the city.


5 out of 5
Best organized departure ever thx to the Quebecians
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