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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 80

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 12000

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We had a great time. There were a great variety of ports and many excursion options. The ship was clean and the food was good. I can’t wait to sail back on Norwegian and back to these ports and try new things


4 out of 5
Embarkation was pretty painless, no long waits or anything.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We only ate in the dining room once. The food there was decent. The specialty restaurants were very good. The Italian can vary with quality on some ships but this was one of the good ones. The Cagneys is amazing and my favorite a usual and is very filling. The garlic truffle fries were kind of soggy though.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The pools were not overly crowded but there was a fight for seats at the pool as to be expected on a school break cruise. The onboard activities were fun. There was always something to do.


4 out of 5
The live music at the pool was good. The performances at night were great. The parties were also fun to be at.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone on this ship is a hard worker and is friendly. The room steward always said hi to us in the hall.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was pretty clean and maintained. The buffet is a little dirty but that is about it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was huge, it was full of luxury’s and a amazing bath tub. We even brought a bath bomb onboard and used it in the tub like our own personal spa. We were always comfortable. The pull out couches were a little uncomfortable but. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever laid down in.

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5
A very nice place to embark on. We did not do a tour here, but we just stayed at the pool in our hotel for a day. The airport was nice and embarkation was easy

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
We didn’t book an excursion. There is some nice shopping and a port to walk around in.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
We booked a scenic rail ride through Norwegian. It was amazing and we got some beautiful pictures. They brought a choir onboard to sing and they had some delicious drinks. Either non alcoholic or alcoholic.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
We did a hop on hop off tour booked through Norwegian. We went to maho beach where we got some amazing pictures. We also got gelato from the carousel and tasted Gouda cheese near a dock.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
The port has lots of shops and places to walk. We order tickets to paradise points and to the ski lift up and got some amazing pictures of the port and ship.


4 out of 5
The disembarkation was also painless no waiting we just got our bags quickly and headed to the airport.

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