Overall a Great vacation experience .

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

4 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: Suite

Cabin number: 12526

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Overall good experience . Good island selection .Captain found warm weather by second day :) . Dissatisfied by lost rafting photos :( Request Norwegian follow up and assist rafting contractor with recovering lost purchased photos . Please text George Krajewski@ 973 879 6905 with outcome . Thanks PS strongly suggest going forward Norwegian Not Providing Public space (Pool Area Nightly ) to any one single group . This made the two week experience very uncomfortable .


4 out of 5
Having booked a penthouse room and being a platinum member the boarding was extremely pleasant .

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The specialty restaurants lived up to the past favorable experiences .Waiters were attentive and provided a pleasant dining experience when asked not to rush food from kitchen . Two wine stewards were pleasant and recalled what beverages we favored when dining at the specialty dinning . That was a nice touch knowing then number of guests they service each night .

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
we purchased a spa pass for the entire trip . I must say the spa on the Dawn is Sub Par in the current layout . Having past spa experience on board other ships that were pleasant i would not recommend the spa package on the Dawn until it is configured to accommodate the number of daily passes sold . Hearing 60 passes were sold and having very limited lounge chairs (11) in believe is shorting the customer . Also lacking a thermal pool stretched the idea that the dawn has a qualified sap experience . Way to much gender only areas took away from the couples experience . When the GM was approached with feedback he replied that the Dawn was a old /small ship and it should not be compared to newer /larger ship spa's .my takeaway is Then the Dawn should not have a option for a spa pass and allow all guests to use the space as a in door pool and hot tub .


4 out of 5
The ships band leader and sacks player showed a passion for her team and music during all performances .Brian at the piano also reached his audience extremely well each night . I suggest booking her and or Brian at the wine bar as they both offered contagious in-gagging experiences . PS the wine bar could be best utilized when live music is in the background .

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
All good restaurants experiences except for the food court ( limited food selection daily )with selections catered to the 200 plus senior culture diets group that made a poor experience as they did not respect anyone personal space . The main dining room lacked supervision to a dining experience and focused on resetting tables instead . To say it was a poor dining experience is a understatement .

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
the ship was clean overall . the ship layout was confusing as the flow bow to stern changed from floor to floor . We had to back track often .

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
what a great experience .

Ship tip

it is a old small ship with limited entertainment . great for daily ports but would be a poor experience for anything over a 3 day voyage at sea .

Ports of call

New York, New York

4 out of 5
Local to home and a good way to start the voyage .

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Great large fine white sand beaches , short walk to public bus ($2.80 each way ) one loop around island with service about every 20 minutes .

Santa Marta, Colombia

5 out of 5
Booked on line a free walking tour . Excellent guide that provided in sight to public murals , food and drink . Town has numbered streets that make navigating easy . Locals were helpful / polite when asking for help. Some natural begging but they were not harassing .

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Free walking guided tour offered town history but lacked the passion for the job .

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5
What a great experience . One of the top 3 highlights of the entire trip .being able to see passage thru the canal and having the local guide on board made for a excellent experience .

Colon, Panama

1 out of 5
Did venture off ship for a block or two . Made a return to ship as port area had nothing to offer and presence of police cars suggested visitors were not welcomed . Travel guide suggested town visit would be a bad experience concerning crime .

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
one of the top 3 places visited .With good and bad thru trip . Had a great experience on Ship sponsored rafting trip ,Guide was one of the best guides I ever experienced (charming , experienced , helpful just a great rafting trip experience ) We enjoyed the rafting so much that we purchased photos taken by the tour company . This however turned to Major Disappointment since the photos were not linked as promised !! Very disappointed in Norwegian oversight of this contractor .

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Booked island beach snorkeling trip . Short 3 minute ferry ride from port . Great place with interesting rescue exhibits well maintained beach and restrooms . They offer a dock and personal to snorkel reef which was very well done .

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5
Very easy to get to . clean with unlimited shaded lounge chairs . Water warm but somewhat cloudy on day of visit . you can snorkel but not much to see .

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
Port exit hard to find . Seems shop area arranged in circle to keep shopping the main feature . We walked to beach about 1.5 to 2 miles away . Short walk following tree lined path in center of road . Just follow all the taxis to end of road make left to light house then follow beach road . Unlimited beach areas with free beach chairs along with food / drink service . Great place for a $20 massage and good Mexican food .

Tampa, Florida

4 out of 5
We did not visit port but we took taxi for a short Sunday morning ride to airport to return home .


5 out of 5
Great having the benefit of pre / post priority boarding .
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