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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Norwegian Dawn

7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 01, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Norwegian Dawn is a great ship, crew, food and entertainment were excellent. I highly recommend NCL


5 out of 5
Fast and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Ate in 3 specialty restaurants and a few others

Venetian (Main Dining Room)

4 out of 5

Service and food were excellent

Sugarcane Mojito Bar

4 out of 5

Excellent mojitos, staff was great

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill

5 out of 5

The two bartenders we dealt with were fantastic day one while waiting for our room Matica kept everyone's glass full and always smiling and the other I didn't get his name but he called himself Chips Ahoy was an absolute joy

Los Lobos

4 out of 5

Food was excellent service was great

Topsiders Bar and Grill

4 out of 5

Only went there once service was really good

Casino Bar

3 out of 5

Service was adequate

Bliss Ultra Lounge

3 out of 5

Bliss has never been our favorite venue we aren't partiers

Aqua Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Ate here one night, pork loin was awesome

Bimini Bar And Grill

3 out of 5

Service was good couple times we were there but it was so windy for most of the cruise it really wasn't useable

Le Bistro

4 out of 5

Food was good service was great and I was surprised to find out I like escargot

Bamboo Asian Restaurant

3 out of 5

Was really looking forward to trying this one it was okay but not as good as I had hoped

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Awesome as always

Garden Cafe

3 out of 5

Only ate here for breakfast, food was typical buffet fare

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Didn't use

The Oasis Pool

3 out of 5

The one true disappointment for me, the pool is small the hot tubs are usually overflowing with kids

Photo Gallery

2 out of 5

Had some difficulty here, ordered some prints and they printed wrong photos. Got it taken care of after some argument. Staff was helpful

Galleria Shops

4 out of 5

Service was good most days


4 out of 5

I lost so not thrilled but service was great


5 out of 5
Elements is a must see! Carl Strong is a great comedian saw him twice during cruise and he had people in tears laughing! Jackson Rayne is a very good magician and quite humorous!

Stardust Theater

4 out of 5

Great shows! Elements is a must see!!! Jackson Rayne is a great magician and Carl Strong had folks rolling in the aisles laughing at his comedy

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As always the staff was incredible, our room steward Dennis Q. was difficult to find but once we did he took excellent care of us! Bartenders and wait staff sometimes seem a little understaffed but always attentive and friendly!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship is great, crew is great, very clean and well maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We were upgraded from a mid-ship balcony to an aft balcony. The room itself was adequate for our needs, plenty of room and bed was comfortable and Dennis kept our room spotless. Our only complaint was the amount of motion from the ocean, it was a very rough ride compared to our experience with mid-ship balcony.

Ship tip

Relax and go with the flow, don't spend the entire cruise looking for things to complain about just have fun!

Ports of call

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5
Went parasailing here our crew was incredible made sure we were comfortable and relaxed. The scariest part was waiting for liftoff, once in the air it was extremely relaxing with beautiful views and then they give you the option to have your feet dipped in the ocean before safely landing back on the boat. The port itself leaves a bit to be desired as there isn't much to see.

Tampa, Florida

4 out of 5
Didn't really do anything here

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
The excursion itself was a blast swimming with sea lions and manatees. Our group leader Omar was very knowledgeable and friendly the people in the park were very helpful, only complaint was the cost of the photos and the fact you could not bring your own camera. Great value though as drinks and lunch were included in the price.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
Our shore excursion was cancelled due to the weather, so we just walked around port area a bit. Felt safe but just didn't do much here.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

4 out of 5
Did the ultimate fishing adventure here, Kelsey and Angie were awesome everyone on the trip who wanted to fish caught at least one fish. Sadly the waters were extremely rough and one person in our group got extremely seasick. The crew did there best to make her feel comfortable but as a group we finally voted to end the trip a little early.


4 out of 5
Very smooth, learned something new use a porter and you get priority at customs LoL
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