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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 20

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Dawn

11 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9088

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed the trip. A bit calmer seas would have been nice but we managed that just fine. Everyone was helpful when we needed it and all went well.


5 out of 5
Fairly slow but there are a lot of people. The port workers were very nice and helpful

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was excellent. However, we were extremely disappointed with the Teppenyaki. Oriental is my favorite specialty food. But the loudness made it impossible to carry on a conversation. I had shrimp and scallops. The shrimp was excellent but the scallops, served last, were so salty that they were almost inedible. The young man preparing the food had already departed by the time I tasted my scallops. I probably wouldn't have said anything at that point since the cooking was over. But we will not eat at that restaurant again on Norwegian. We have traveled on the Dawn twice and really enjoyed Teppenyaki before. I need to emphasize that the "playfulness" of the cooks was not fun. It was too loud and grating. We were not traveling with a group and we enjoy meeting and talking to others. This was impossible. All of the other experiences were wonderful.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The Dawn has some of the best entertainment around. We made a point of going to as much of the evening shows as we could manage. The last big production at thee end was spectacular. I, in particular, enjoyed the piano player. But it was all excellent. We have traveled on other ship lines and we have yet to find shows as good. We also enjoyed the pool and shuffleboard and walking the deck. We had a balcony and spent a lot of time there. It was great for slowing down and enjoying the time off.


5 out of 5
All were fabulous. See part of my note above.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was great.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was clean and nicely maintained. The only thing I had trouble with was fining restrooms. The opposite sex RR was always the one I found first. This is a silly complaint and I know it but I thought that I would mention it.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I enjoy a balcony. I don't feel closed in that way. And I also survived some really rough water by being able to see out and sit out when I could. Our cabin steward was very nice. He provided things that I needed. And once, when he was unavailable, another steward provided me with what I needed. All stayed clean.

Ship tip

Don't miss the shows.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Got away and back with relative ease here.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We got off and walked around. Enjoyed seeing the town.

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We visited the rain forest. Had a very interesting guide. We will be back to San Juan and visit other places when we travel in that area again.


5 out of 5
We wouldn't want to rate leaving very highly but it went off without a hitch so what the heck
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