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.

Embarkation

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

Entertainment

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

Disembarkation

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