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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
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Norwegian Dawn

14 Night Southern Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 02, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9608

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Review summary

A nice time with visits to places we had never been to. In the Caribbean there is not much to see/do except water sports and ziplining. Limited historic sites (unlike Europe) but we tried to see which ones we could. Many of the excursions offered by your tour company were sketchy at best, and seemed second rate in relationship to the ones offered by the cruise company. You may want to go on some of these tours to weed out bad ones.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Long slow lines, would help to assign staggeredarrival times

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Limited and unimaginative main dining rooms, long on fluff and short on substance. Cagney's steaks were just OK both times, La Bistro was a real disappointment. Seems like the chef is more interested in feeding his ego than feeding the passengers. On the other hand Teppanyaki was excellent both nights we were there.

Teppanyaki

5 out of 5

Great food and great entertainment by the chefs. They sang and entertained like pros, better than the lounge singers elsewhere on the ship.

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

5 out of 5

Great for what is was, a centrally located place to have a drink or a snack.

Le Bistro

1 out of 5

Bad food, just ok service.

Gatsby's Champagne Bar

2 out of 5

Lounge singers were absolutely horrible, couldn't sing or carry a tune.

Cagney's Steakhouse

3 out of 5

Steak was second rate both times.

Bamboo Asian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Good food, nice service.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool area was nice and service good.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Lots of variety and very enjoyable in the main auditorium, that was excellent especially the piano player and elements. The lounge singers were absolutely awful especially Angel.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Especially Jose in the Bamboo bar, Ruby the hostess, and our steward

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Design OK, smaller rooms. Common areas clean and well maintained. Seems like everything about the ship was "the second team" either on this ship hoping to get promoted, or demoted from another ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
A bit smaller than other cruises/ships, especially the bathroom. Bathroom was cramped and poorly designed, especially the commode area.

Ship tip

You better like the intinerary, because the ship is not that great. Everything was not "the first team" from the ship to the food, especially the food.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Stayede in a local hotel the night before, drove home the day after the cruise

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
No excursion, just went into shopping area in town

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Nice excursion, drove around island. Pretty desolate place, like desert (cactus, etc.) with water around it.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

4 out of 5
Interesting excursion, saw the salt mine, very different. Port had nice shopping area and restuarant for local foods.

Bridgetown, Barbados

4 out of 5
OK excursion, would have liked to visit George Washington House.

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Great excursion, great guide and driver. Saw Pitons and visited volcano, very interesting.

St. John's, Antigua

2 out of 5
Just drove around island in an extremely old van that looked like it came out of a junk yard. Driver had to shake the battery cables to get it to start. Went to some high spots where the wind practically blew us off the spot. Time at Nelson's dockyard too short, could have done without the driving around and just go directly there with time to explore. Guide/driver had little idea of what he was doing, he was part time and not very well trained.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
Drove to both sides of island and had a nice stop in French marketplace. Driver, Deuce, was very good. It rained at the beach so couldn't say much about it as we spent entire time in a local (very good) restaurant.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5
Great guide, Sesa(?), drove us around the city and stopped to take us around various points of intertest. A clean nice city with port right near old town.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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