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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

14 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 02, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9519

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The ship is going to get a 100 million dollar refurbishment. It will become an adult only after the dry dock some time in 2020. To my horror there was no Latin band on board. They had plenty of musical entertainment which had very, very good attendance throughout the cruise, terrible dance classes by staff, but good line dancing classes taught by Jodie the C.D. Jodie was great but the C.D. staff was inexperienced, the Production shows were packed, I only attended a few. All and all the cruise was ok for me but the lack of a Latin band was a tough pill to swallow.


4 out of 5
Terrible, there is always been a back up with embarkation in Tampa. Two hours to get to the ship!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dinning was good, the food was tasty and warm when served and the service was excellent. The buffet food was good for the most part but hit or miss on temperature of some of the food offered.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The Pool is way to small, hundreds of chairs with towels and no one in them and there was no way these people were all in the pool and hot tubs. Fitness center was good.


3 out of 5
Cruise Director Jodie was great although the same could not be said for her staff, they all seem to just wing it and very inexperienced. Some of the game shows need to be updated.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The wait staff is friendly and very hard working. I didn't meet any that didn't have smile. The Officers are not as friendly as on the Escape.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was always clean. There was always members of the cleaning team on the move checking restroom and other areas. That is a BIG plus for me.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was good enough in size and the steward did a decent job at keeping us happy with the service.

Ship tip

There was no Latin band on this cruise, I could not believe it, on an NCL ship no Latin Band!

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

1 out of 5
Old terminal needs replacement

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
Nice beaches, great streets to ride my bike on, so it was excellent.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Took a van tour on the port and it was a nice place to see.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Took a van tour on the port and it was a nice place to see.

Bridgetown, Barbados

3 out of 5
3 hour van tour with nothing to see but trees and shore line with nice beaches. Do yourself a favor and just go to the beach, you be happier that being struck in a van 2 to 3 hours of boring road.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Very nice beaches to visit, we went to Beautiful empty Rodney beach while everyone else got suckered in over rated Pigeon Beach. Even the entertainment crew went to Rodney beach.

St. John's, Antigua

3 out of 5
Did another bus tour for $20 each. Each little island looks about the from one to the other.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Just walk to the beach, follow the crowd to the port exit and hang a left out the gate, it's a ten minute walk to the beach on the left of the Port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Always a great place to get off the ship and have fun, sight see and eat. REMEMBER San Juan is US territory.


5 out of 5
Last day off we walked off the ship and it was super easy if you can carry your own bag without help.
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