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5 out of 5

I just got off my... by dawn2121

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I just got off my third cruise on the Dawn to Bermuda! I love the size of the ship as it is just right for me and my 15 year old. Already booked again for his 16th Birthday as we celebrated his last 4 birthdays on cruises! The teen club is wonderful. I love the aft/balcony rooms!

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4 out of 5

Had a great time on... by BermudaMeme

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Had a great time on the Boston to Bermuda cruise. Enjoyed the entertainment, the staff members were always pleasant and the food was good. Unlike some of the reviews, we found the food in the Cafe to have a different menu everyday. Breakfast was only somewhat different but the variety is enough to try something new daily. There were plenty of places for quiet reading on a lounge chair and plenty of things to keep you busy. We did find that staff was not well informed so it does pay to double check with another member, if you have a question. We couldn’t find a soda vending machine and were directed by 4 members to different places. This time, asking another member didn’t work because we never found it. The iConcierge app is a must if you want to communicate with fellow travelers, see a running total of expenses as you go, know the locations of events and have a handy list of daily activities. Several improvements could be made to the app, such as descriptions of activities and closing times. The best tip we received was to take a shoe hanger with many pockets to hang on the bathroom door. All toiletries, aspirin, lotions, etc. were visible and kept the counter clear in a small space. We didn’t use the WiFi or soda package right away. When we tried, we were told they weren’t in our records. I had a printout of Norwegians confirmation of the purchase but we had to wait 4 days for the Customer Service to honor the purchases because Headquarters isn’t open on the weekend and they needed them to confirm. With only 3 days left, we cancelled it. Bermuda was beautiful and everyone was pleasant. A cab or shuttle to Horseshoe beach cost $42 each way. Our cab driver to Crystal caves was nice enough to wait for us to drive us back. I stepped on coral at Snorkel beach after one step into the water. Bring water shoes!

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4.2 out of 5

Great cruise! Great food! Specialty restaurant "Cagney 's Steak House" was the hi-lite! by princeprincess

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A lover of Bermuda and nice to visit once again.....

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5 out of 5

EMBARKATION About as straightforward and easy... by markandde

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EMBARKATION About as straightforward and easy as we have had on a cruise. We started and ended in Boston (I'll do a separate review on the port). We arrived at the port around 10:00 and were on board between 11:00 and 11:30. I'm a frequent cane user and decided to use one on the cruise this time. Seeing my cane, the folks at the port let us board a little early with the "special assistance" group. That was a new thing for me but I, somewhat reluctantly, have to admit it was quite helpful. Our luggage showed up at our room sometime before 2:30, which was about as early as it ever has. We made sure to tip the luggage handlers well when we dropped off our bags. SHIP The Dawn is an older ship but it is well maintained and is kept well functioning and very clean. The layout takes a day or two to get accustomed to, but no more that that. The ship is elegant and beautiful, with common spaces that are understandably smaller than the Breakaway- and Epic-class ships. There are sufficient elevators for the number of passengers. The one negative that NCL needs to address is the cigarette smoke odor in Gatsby's and on the passageway above. It's not repelling but it is unpleasant. It was not so 'thick' that it caused any issues with my asthma, but did caused us to choose other places on the ship to 'hang out'. BALCONY CABIN Our port side, forward balcony cabin was 10528. It was sufficiently roomy, the bed was firm and about as comfortable as we've had on a cruise ship. We had no issues with doors, odors, bathroom fixture operation, or anything else. Our room steward, Anil, kept the room impeccably clean, was warm and charming, and was very helpful. A request for distilled water for my CPAP yielded a gallon jug in short order. We made sure we tipped him well both on the first day and on the evening before disembarkation day. Although it was just forward of the forward elevators, there was no 'traffic-noise'. We always make sure to pick rooms that have cabins above and below so there were no noise issues at all. We love the ocean views, sounds, and breezes from the balcony and firmly believe the cost of the balcony cabin is worth it for all that can afford it. On the other hand we've had both balcony and mini-suite staterooms and, with just the two of us, have found no substantial advantage to the slightly larger mini-suites. Might be different for 3 or 4 travellers sharing a stateroom. DINING We took most of our meals in the Venetian main dining room. The food was always excellent, there was always a selection of new entrees on the menu each day. The staff was attentive, friendly, and fun - especially if you took a few moments to get aquainted with them. Occasionally we had meals in O'Sheehans. It was also very good and the wait staff was great there, too. The food and staff were also great in the Bamboo Asian fusion restaurant. Topsiders is good for what it is: Fast and filling. We choose to reserve the Garden Buffet for snacks and meals when you're in a hurry and only ate one full meal there. It was all good, we have no complaints, the 'Washy-washy, Happy-happy' folks are a hoot, but it will likely never be our first choice. The Atrium bar staff was amazing. The staff in the Sugar Cane Mojito bar was kind enough to take time to educate us on mojitos and help us pick out a couple to suit our tastes. Despite the occasional claim on the forum that the drinks are 'watered down' we found them to mixed 'just right'. There are enough dining and bar venues on board we didn't get to all of them, even over a 7 day cruise. ENTERTAINMENT We love the nightly production-style shows the smaller ships offer and the production cast on the Dawn was talented and energetic. For us it's a 'must see' every evening they are on stage. The magician was amazing and very entertaining. Others will have a different opinion, but the comedienne did not align very well to our style of comedy and we chose other entertainment over her show. The thing you trade for the great production shows is that there are fewer 'club-style' venues than on the larger ships. Jose and Patti were excellent and packed the Grand Atrium every evening. The other entertainers on board were also good, but fewer and less diverse than on the larger ships. We still prefer the smaller ships, but will cruise again on the large ships if the timing and itinerary work out, and will enjoy their advantages when we do. DISEMBARKATION Again, disembarkation went about as well as it ever has. We always have few enough bags we do the walk-off option. We stood on a constantly moving line for 45 minutes or so, and were off before 9:30. OVERALL We found the staff to be as fun and friendly as any cruise and maybe more so. Everyone from the wait staff, to the photographers, to the bartenders, to the Cruise Director's staff was great. The Dawn has a lot to offer and we would definitely choose the ship again given the right time and itinerary.

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4.7 out of 5

Great Trip, love the ease of sailing out of Boston by Jwscott

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Relaxing trip with the sea days and no Island hopping

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4.1 out of 5

Bermuda is a great island by michelebhome37

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Bermuda is a wonderful island. Clean, safe and the people are very nice.

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4.1 out of 5

Great time with friends. by nashna

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Very pleased with the food and excellent service. The pool area is way too small. The rooms were also very small.

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4.4 out of 5

Very enjoyable cruise to Bermuda! by Jillobeach77

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Finally was able to check-off a ''Bucket List'' item with a visit to Bermuda. Norwegian Dawn was a great way to accomplish this long desired destination. Bermuda lived up to reports as being clean and friendly. Downtown was not congested and choked with automobiles The city appeared to be a safe environment. Overall: An enjoyable experience!

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3.8 out of 5

Bermuda by chrissykula

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The room was horrible. We were unneath the kitchen, banging from 4am to 12am. Being pregnant this was not idle.

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4.1 out of 5

Bermuda Cruise by angelocosta

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This is not the best cruise with people of limited mobility because you are out at sea for too long and we hit rough seas. We did have a super excursion in Bermuda-- Wild West kayaking.

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4.6 out of 5

Great trip to Bermuda 6/8-6/15! I would definitely do this one again. by dm9102

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Overall a great trip! First time on NCL and would do this itinerary again!

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4.5 out of 5

Birthday in Bermuda! by lorgirl614

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This cruise is especially awesome because of the freedom you get by docking for a few days. It's really nice to be able to come and go when you like. This was the second time on the same itinerary and ship. Several upgrades have been made to the ship. We really enjoyed the added specialty dining. We had the ultimate drink and dining package which really added to the enjoyment of the cruise. Overall, the cruise was fantastic! The staff was - as usual - amazing! Especially our room steward that hung birthday decorations and gave me a birthday cupcake. The view from our balcony was great! It was so relaxing to sit out and read with the sound of the ocean in the background. I much prefer this to the loudness in the pool area and sun deck. It was also very enjoyable to have the balcony slider open at night so you could hear the water as you sleep. It would be really nice to see more substantial free activities on sea days. It gets old when everything you do they are trying to sell you something. There was a craft available one day, but it was when we were in port. The library has really limited hours if you want to check out a book. Our room was for the most part great. The bed was comfortable and room was a decent size. The rooms do not seem to have gotten any upgrades recently. It would have been really nice to have another power outlet. Only one in the main cabin and one in the bathroom. My husband didn't like having to charge his apple watch in the bathroom. Additionally, the thermostat in the room left much to be desired. The buttons were worn out and the thing blinked all the time. This is an issue when you are a light sleeper. I had to cover it up with an envelope. Some times when we came in, it would be sweltering hot - the "quick cool" button worked well but the up and down did not.

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3.5 out of 5

Bermuda is a nice place to visit. by gery49738064

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This was my 7th time on this cruise and over the years I have seen it go downhill. I will be looking into another cruise line for my next trip.

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3.4 out of 5

Bermuda Cruise by kath2o

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Cruise was very relaxing and waitstaff and bartenders were amazing. However there needs to be straws for frozen drinks and more clocks on the boat!!!

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5 out of 5

What an awesome time we... by JDoval92

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What an awesome time we had on the Dawn. Literally one big party by the pool that continued to Bliss at night. Bartenders were great aswell!! 06/01/18

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5 out of 5

Loved this cruise ship! Our... by balconyfor3

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Loved this cruise ship! Our cabine with an oceanview Window was perfect! A little bit bigger than expected, enough place for everything ! In front cabin 8510 felt the sea a bit more.... the buffet in the morning was always the same , not much variety. . The same for lunch time!!!! But in the evening , wow! The dining room was amazing, everything i eat was very good! Specialy dining was perfect ! We did the Moderno! Brezilian restaurant, Teppaniaki and la Cucina ! !! The best of all...... Shows looked very good, we saw maybe two!!! The shows are at 7h pm or 9 pm, we went to eat at 7h30 so , sometimes it had already started. .. ate at O'sheanns for fish and ships!! Yummy! Tried the drinks of the days.... very good! Bring your own straws!!!! Paper straws! They dont give any at the bar, they want to savez the ocean, afread they will fly in the sea..... So of you drink a frozen drinks , you really need straws ! ! Found at dollars store!!😆 Loved the smaller ship, i find the service is more personnalize. .. thanks to Steven our steward, who was simply perfect!❤

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4.5 out of 5

One more time!!! by balconyfor3

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My sister felt sick the first day we arrive on Bermuda, think it's something she ate at Horse Shoe beach! So we stayed most of the first night and the next day till afternoon! Things happend! 😯😔 So didn't see that much , saw the beach, the port and a bit of Hamilton ! Wish we would have spend another day on the beach! Ho well! Will have to go back!😀😊

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3.3 out of 5

Beware of inside Cabin 5055 & 5057, otherwise Bermuda is beautiful. by foxytabitha

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Compared to previous cruise lines and ships we’ve been on, Norwegian Dawn was overly underwhelming. The biggest and most disappointing problem was the constant loud noises that we heard from inside our cabin day and night. I did mostly get over it though, and Bermuda was breathtaking.

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4.4 out of 5

Great time on the Dawn! by lvmoore

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We had an amazing time! Loved Bermuda! The time on the boat was really good, spent time at the pool listening to music, having lots of drinks and enjoying the sunshine. We relaxed!

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4.7 out of 5

Great service! Small ship! Completely waisted 1400$ on drink packages and we barley even had any alcoholic beverages. Spent 30$ on bottles of water instead. That was a huge disappointment. Overall great trip, however bc of drink pkg way too expensive! by daddysgirl84

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My husband and I Completely wasted 1400$ on a drink package and only had one alcoholic drink a day! Wish I had that money back! I could of booked another cruise with that!

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