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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 73

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

12 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 21, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12515

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We had a good time, but I don’t think we will go on the Dawn again! We are smokers and the smoking section is at the front of the boat on deck 14 by the Bimini Bar and it was cold and windy up there most of the time in the evenings and morning! They also took out a few tables and made a small area even smaller. We were told that they were revarishing the tables but we also heard there were complaints from the people on the 12th deck about the smoke. We thought it was strange to have the smoking deck at the front of the boat. It would have been better to have the kids pool area at the front and the smoking at the back. Overall it was a good cruise and we had a great time! The weather was very chilly the first 2 days but other than that it was a great way to spend 12 days!!


5 out of 5
Very quick and easy, we were on the boat within 30 minutes

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We didn’t have the speciality dining package. Aqua was very loud, we liked Venetian but sitting at the back of the restaurant made me sea sick, loved Bamboo and O’Sheehans. The buffet was good also lots of options and good breakfast. We spent most of our time at the Bimini bar and the drinks were good, the waiters were pretty good, but it did get busy there.

Bliss Ultra Lounge

4 out of 5

We only went one night and it was crowded but fun!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
We didn’t do any of the activities.


5 out of 5

Stardust Theater

5 out of 5

The shows were great!! They were at 7:00 and 9:00 and lasted about 45 minutes. We saw a different show every night. We went about 15 minutes early and didn’t have any problems finding a seat. The Elements show was the best, I think it was on the 9th it 10th night.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward, Nijitt, I hope I spelled it right, was great!! The bar tenders were busy but did a good job. The waiters at the dining rooms were good, meals took about an hour but were good!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is a little funky on some floors but the ship was clean and easy to get around on.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was big enough for the 2 of us with plenty of storage for all our stuff! Our cabin steward was great!

Ship tip

Get the patches for sea sickness! They worked great.

Ports of call

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
We went to Harbor Lights at Carlisle Bay, it was a beautiful beach! Our favorite beach on this cruise!

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
We liked Tampa, we stayed at the Tahitian Inn, they have free shuttles to the airport and cruise port!

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
We took a tour around town, it was $15 each and available as soon as we got off the boat. It was good, we saw the highlights and they dropped us off at the shopping district, or they would take you back to the ship. We went to a fort and it was really cool, but you had to walk up a pretty good hill to get to it, worth the walk. Then ate lunch at The Parrot of old San Juan it was pretty good!

Basseterre, St. Kitts

3 out of 5
We went to Reggae Beach, it was just okay! Beautiful but the water was not as clear and the snorkeling was not very good.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
We took a tour from Cosol Tours! It was the best excursion we have taken on any cruise so far. St. Lucia is a beautiful island and we got to see so much of it without feeling rushed. The food and drinks were great!! Take your water shoes for the beach part, it was rocky but good snorkeling! I didn’t go in the mud bath but several people did and they loved it.

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
We took a land tour, Experience Antigua, I think that’s what it was called. It was a great tour of the country side that included an authentic lunch, and a great beach.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
We went to Coral World, and liked it a lot. Then went to Coki Beach, right next door.


5 out of 5
We carried our luggage off and it was very quick. We left our rooms around 9:00 and we were off the boat in about 20 minutes.
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