Disappointing and enjoyable at the same time on different levels

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

3.7 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

15 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (New York To Tampa)

Sail date: November 09, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed this cruise but noticed many cutbacks including buffet items previously available, ie smoked salmon, no moisturiser in bathroom as previously, no safe in cabin.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Main - good. Specialty - very good. Buffet - disappointing evening choices.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool was most enjoyable being salt water, access to pool was very good. Other activities not applicable


5 out of 5
Very good range of entertainment.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
No complaints at all.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Constant clearing of tables, mopping floors from excess water (from pool area) was great.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
All good except NO SAFE!

Ship tip

Be prepared to hear music being played very loudly in all areas of entertainment!

Ports of call

New York, New York

5 out of 5
Great location, no excursion as joined the ship there after 3 days booked separately

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
No excursion as had been before and enjoyed just walking around the area.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Another very good stop, no excursion

Santa Marta, Colombia

1 out of 5
Absolutely awful, been before and seemed even more neglected.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Been before but still like it despite the bothersome traders. No excursion

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

4 out of 5
Been before so enjoyed the history of this canal, no excursion

Colon, Panama Did not visit port

Was unable to get off ship at this port

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Loved this port, no excursion

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

1 out of 5
Did not like this port but an excursion might have been a better idea here.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the facilities, which were many, on this island. No excursion

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Good port facilities for shopping, eating and drinking if that’s your thing. No excursion

Tampa, Florida Did not visit port

An absolutely diabolical disembarkation at this port. No excursion


1 out of 5
Abysmal due to disorganised luggage removal, US immigration computer system being unavailable causing excessive delays.
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