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3 out of 5

January 11, 2003 CruiseYes, the... by StevenH4

January 11, 2003 CruiseYes, the new Norwegian Dawn is beautiful, but they seem to be cutting corners all over the place. Dining room service was erratic at best.Buffet hours were cut back, but the quality was the same as in a good cafeteria.Internet access was a ripoff -- 250 minutes for $100.Little to do on the sea days, but the shows were good.Embarkation was ok. The no tip policy seems to mean no work on many staff members...My 4th NCL cruise = My last???

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3 out of 5

I am writing on behalf... by JimF6

I am writing on behalf of a family of 6 that cruised on the Dawn's 3rd passenger voyage out of Miami on a Western Caribbean itinerary (Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, and Cozumel). On the positive side, the Dawn is a magnificent ship (with a floorplan that is, at times, bewildering). The most important caution I can share with my fellow travelers is to be sure you are 100% comfortable with NCL's definition of "freestyle" cruising before you sign up. I found debarking to be more regimented. In my opinion, and I have cruised 4 times previously with NCL, the quality of the service has suffered dramatically under the "freesytle" concept where you are charged $10/person/day for gratuities...regardless of the quality of service you actually receive! We only had one meal that was of the quality and with the attentiveness we enjoyed on previous NCL cruises! Internet access on board is $45.00 per hour (no, that's not a misprint). In other words, as longstanding Latitudes (NCL's "frequent" cruiser program) members, we will exercise latitude when choosing our next cruise line.

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