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5 out of 5

I loved everything about the... by Smo1284

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I loved everything about the dawn and I would definitively sail with them again. From the size, crew, food and drink you couldn’t ask for anything more perfect. NCL should be proud of their crew and the hard work they did to make everyone feel special!

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4.7 out of 5

Great cruisr by ncaruch

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Great cruise. We love the islands. Can’t wait to go back.

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3.9 out of 5

A really nice time by morinroger

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The one thing I had a hard time with: The abomination of what they did to the paintings in the Venetian dining room!! They completely destroyed the character and looks. It is called the Venetian room, not the "bad acid trip" room!!!!!

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3.1 out of 5

Sick during Caribbean Cruise by jjb883

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Too many sick people coughing without covering their mouth. Lousy weather for 3 days limited smokers to the Cigar Room with terrible ventilation. Food quality and taste poor. Hence recycled a/c caused me to develop bronchitis. My cabin below hallway by bar and Cigar Room and heard heavy foot traffic until after midnight. At times some smoke drifted into my stateroom. The rating of 3.1 was because of the excursions booked thru Cruise Only Alaska Airlines. Not because of NCL.

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5 out of 5

Just disembarked from Norwegian Dawn,... by dsorel

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Just disembarked from Norwegian Dawn, a 9 day cruise that left Boston and ended up un San Juan P.R. What an amazing cruise again! Great ship, clean, great staffs, shows, food, activities,etc! Well done NCL Crew!

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5 out of 5

Another Fantastic Cruise !! by stevez49

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The Dawn is the perfect size. About 2500 passengers. A lot of quiet places to relax. The crew is outstanding except for the service desk. ( The have attitude problems) I will truly miss the Dawn not sailing out of Boston next year.

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4 out of 5

I love the updates since... by hollyjoy

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I love the updates since my 2015 cruise on the Dawn. She is as beautiful as ever and has a great crew. The shows were not the best, and neither was the food. I still had a great time for the price point and enjoyed the people on board.

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4.9 out of 5

Great Caribbean Cruise by dan413

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Great Ship Norweigan Dawn , terrific crew always cheerful and helpful and they do to above and beyond to assist passengers anyway possible to make your trip the best.

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4.6 out of 5

A bit off by edavilleed

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This cruise was a bit off this was our 8th time on the Dawn andit useualy is great it may have been the length of the cruise I don't know.I heard that a lot of people were sick when we got home.

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4 out of 5

One of my most enjoyable... by kat01843

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One of my most enjoyable trips! I was a little nervous about cruising on the Dawn as it is a smaller and older ship, but all my doubts were put to rest. The ship did show sobre minute wear and tear, but the cabins were recently updated and the decor, size, and layout were amazing. The entertainment was phenomenal and the staff were very friendly and approachable!

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4.2 out of 5

Wonderful 14 day Caribbean Cruise by TrishZ1950

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So very glad that NCL offers this round trip Caribbean Cruise out of Boston. It is close to home so we don't have to fly anywhere and 14 days is perfect. We had a wonderful cruise and will do it again in March, 2019.

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3.4 out of 5

Boston to Boston 14 night cruise. by sopocruiser

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The cruise from Boston and returning from Boston was a first. This was so easy I'll do it again. The Norwegian Dawn is probably my least favorite ship I've ever been on for reasons listed above. The best part of the cruise is always the people you meet along the way. Fellow cruisers, along with the 7 port stops was the highlight for me.

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3.5 out of 5

Wonderful 14 Day Caribbean Cruise on NCL Dawn by Tammtt

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We went on a 14 day cruise out of Boston on NCL Dawn, Overall this was a good 1st cruise. This is not a typical or regular cruise out of Boston. Over 75 % of the cruise passengers, were repeat cruiser. There were few children on this cruise, I think around 15 in total. Most cruisers were over 50 yrs of age. We met many nice people. We hope to cruise again

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5 out of 5

Excellent Cruise by trainrunner06

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was our 4th cruise with NCL and the 3rd on the Dawn. Looking forward to our next cruise with NCL though we have not booked yet but plan sometime in 2020.

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3.6 out of 5

NCL NiCkle and Dime Line by stepet

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NCL is mediocre, the food the entertainment, the ship design. The staff is great. I was told in Aqua "you can't have orange juice at dinner unless you pay for it" the company tries to Nickel and dime you for everything, it's exhausting really. The coffee is mediocre but if you want good coffee you must pay for it. The excursions are overpriced, the boat smells like smoke all around the 6th floor, where the cigar bar is and casino. The stewards are the highlight of the cruise, and staff is very nice mostly, except for Danny in guest services. The venues are not big enough for gathering to play Trivia, etc, unless you plan on standing

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4.2 out of 5

Nova Scotia trip by MyPoppy

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Trip good, but had two excursions canceled by ship. Tried to get refund, but only got run around. They owe me a refund of $725. But did not send refund. Called, they said they see the oversite, but now they will send account to accounting. Should take another 4 to 6 weeks for check to be sent. But they took payment by credit card for what we bought aboard the Norwegian Dawn immediately from my account. What a rip off. Not happy

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3.5 out of 5

Sad customer service-food selection-cost by yardhelp5

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Poor guest service! Ports of call great area! Food service ok! People smoking in the casino! Non smoker could not enjoy the area! Lacking area for social activities!

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4.3 out of 5

NCL Northeast Canada Cruise by sast

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Cruise was good. Shame that they make announcements early every morning. Has to miss PEI due to weather with hurricane force winds and 22+ foot waves. Windows blown out on level 7 in casino and french restaurant. Otherwise they did well considering the extreme weather

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3.3 out of 5

Norwegian Dawn - Not What We Expected by CMMGirl

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Customer service staff is not helpful. My first tip off should have been when I called Norwegian's customer service before the cruise. I was double checking what my travel agent had told me. I had a late flight into Quebec and I was concerned with getting on board the ship if I missed the first day's boarding time, which I had been told was 11 PM. My travel agent told me if I did miss this time, I could board the next morning after 9AM. The Norwegian agent told me that I should have called them directly because I really did need to get on board the ship that first day and my travel agent should have told me that. I was so appalled that I called back and spoke with another Norwegian agent who said that my travel agent was correct and that I could board the following day in the event I was unable to make it there the first night. (I made it at 11:05 PM and got on the ship – yeah!) Once on board, you will have to figure out for yourself where to find things, what deck to take to disembark and the time to be back on the ship, etc. If you miss the one sentence in the announcement that tells you this, you are out of luck. They also do not respond to complaints. I did so in person and also wrote a complaint to them regarding my sleeping room and the noise. We were awakened every night by the cleaning crew in the restaurant that was directly above our room. This vacuum should have been used during the day when everyone was awake and the restaurant was closed. The Oceanview sleeping room was nice, the 1:00 AM wake up was not. Sydney is a stop that is not worth going to - there is nothing worth seeing, unless you want to take an hour-long trip (one way) and pay far too much money to see Alexander Graham Bell's house. We did not see many leaves turning color and we had assumed we would see them as the ship went along. Not so. You mainly see water only. No land. We did take a few hop off and on tours and did see a few trees with leaves changing color. If you think a tour will be cancelled due to weather, think again! If it is raining cats and dogs and you can't see anything out of your window, you will go anyway so be wary of timing and weather. You also have to go through what they call "customs" on the ship when you enter US water. Basically, everyone on the ship has to walk in a line and show your passport. This was a pretty big fiasco with the ship blocking most elevators to only go to the 7th floor where this was going to be held. We had people in wheel chairs and scooters trying to get to the 12th floor for breakfast. So - they had to go to the 7th floor, and get off, then wait in the very long lines to get back on to go to the 12th floor. It personally took me 40 minutes (and I walked up stairs to the 7th floor) to get from the 5th floor to the 12th floor for my morning coffee. UGH! I will give credit to them for great food, great restaurant service, and good entertainment. If you stay somewhere besides the 5th floor, it might be something you will enjoy. Best Wishes!

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2.3 out of 5

Very Disappointing by jpolich138

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To say we were greatly disappointed is an understatement. This cruise is touted as a fall colors cruise, yet once you leave Quebec, the boat is so far away from shore that nothing is really visable, colorwise. The food throughout the ship was poor, overall. Ate at the buffet the second day, and did not go back - eggs were like those at a Days Inn, and coffee was undrinkable. The coffee throughout the ship was not good. The specialty restaurants were laid out poorly, and had we not had three free meals in same included in our package, I would have said we got gyped. The only stellar entrée was the lamb chops at Cagneys. Other than the Atrium, the public spaces were not public friendly. No place to sit and read where there was an ocean view (so we mostly read in our room). Too small of a space for daily Trivia (Gatsbys). The two saving graces on the ship were the service from our Butler and two bartenders, and the Atrium entertainment, especially Jose and Patti (they were excellent). This ship needs to be relegated to cruising only 4 day booze cruises in the Caribbean.

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