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5 out of 5

Going to be in a... by gampy

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Going to be in a suite out of Puerto Rico in march 2019. i have noticed most people suggest booking excursions not thru the boat due to cost. Would that still apply if we are in a suite and get $50 off any excursion per stop? Or are the ship excursions typically more than $50 more than ones booked elsewhere? Thanks.

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3.8 out of 5

Caribbean Cruise by conlinshayden

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Overall we had a lot of fun. Ship was pretty good but my past cruises on royal caribbean were definetely much more fun, although a lot more expensive.

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4.4 out of 5

Beautiful Caribbean Ports by Mauricia

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I loved the ports very much but I should have booked a different ship.

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4.1 out of 5

Warm spring break vacation by dirgloria

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Very enjoyable and we would highly recommend it; but be careful of spending too much money on the ship provided tours and excursions.

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3.4 out of 5

Disappointment for Norwegian by Redrah62

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Islands were great but the cruise ship Dawn was Disapointment.

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4.9 out of 5

Love the east Caribbean cruises by egdalis

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My stateroom was well located. The only problem we found was the noise of moving chairs from deck 12 from the cafe-buffet area

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3 out of 5

Although this was a fabulous... by Kaydoodle

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Although this was a fabulous itinerary, the ship and the staff on board had many opportunities. First, there was rarely a time when I could easily get a beverage. There was zero sense of urgency on anyone's behalf that service was important. Second, the food was... At best a high school cafeteria grade unless you went to the upgraded dining. The fruit was hard, the tomatoes were barely pink and everything else was bland. You could tell they did refresh the ship recently, but as someone who is a bit of a foodie, I found that to be the number one reason I wouldn't go back to Norwegian. I've previously sailed with princess and feel they value service at a higher standard. Thirdly, there was very little outdoor use. Unless you wanted to sit at the pool, there was very limited outdoor dining or places to enjoy the outside of the ship... Finally, although our room was very centrally located, I can't for the life of me understand how there's zero soundproofing between the garden cafe and the staterooms. You can hear everything. All night long. I barely slept - and I used earplugs and a sound machine to try and drown out the noise.... My advice - pick a different cruise line or at least a different ship...

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5 out of 5

Terrific Cruise! by RVACruiser43

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Nothing but good things to report from this cruise. It was wonderful!

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1.1 out of 5

The Honest Truth About Cruises by CriticOfTheSea

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The Honest Truth About Cruises Everything is a scam on this boat. We arrived to our room the first day to find it to be about the size of a coffin; for the $1800 price tag for only 6 nights, Iʼd say this is the price for suckers. We specifically booked an ocean view room to have fresh air through the window. Well, come to find out, the window does not open at all, and there is absolutely no ocean view. The window was the size of a human head, and absolutely nothing was viewable through it. Despite this, we had a “queen” bed (which is actually two twin beds pushed together, so forget any vacation cuddling with your significant other). I called due to being claustrophobic and wanting to upgrade to a balcony stateroom, which they pleasantly declined and said “we are sorry, what you got is what you get.” Such professionalism. Still, we had a shower and toilet, and could “make it through” our vacation just fine by spending adequate time on the outside decks where there is actual air. You must know, you will be exceptionally cold while on board though. The air conditioning is cranked to maximum throughout the entire ship. So be prepared for this when switching between the deck and the cabin, as you will go from a beautiful natural, warm ocean air, to a disgusting and cramped stuffiness. If youʼre seeking metaphors, think meat freezer, or the temperature of a morgue. It was cranked so high, that our skin dried from the inside out, and a 12 year old we traveled with had asthma issues for the first time in years. I wonder why they keep the air conditioning at this level, maybe it is a preference of the typical “cruiser,” but in my experience it was awful. Still, the unbreathable air was not the worst aspect yet. The food, oh the food! How unreliable cruisecritic.comʼs advice was for preparing ourselves. They must be in bed with Norwegian Cruise Line for praising the food on the Dawn. How anyone could compliment such atrocities to cuisine is beyond me. I have NEVER in my entire life been more disgusted with the food I was forced to eat, through having no other choice. Norwegian Cruise food must be acceptable to those who eat microwaved frozen dinners, for that is exactly what we were fed. There is something extremely creepy about the fancy decor of each restaurant, having them lavish us with respect by placing our towels on our laps, treating us like royalty, and then serving us microwaved frozen egg rolls on ceramic dinner plates. They give you the illusion of being served edible, real food, with the presentation of their “specialty” restaurants, but this is not the case. The Italian restaurant, La Cucina, sold us the same frozen cracker pizza that was served in the cafeteria for free, for a price tag of $16! How embarrassing to everyone involved! I never knew placing one basil leaf on the top of a frozen pizza made it worthy of serving in a restaurant. Besides the Morderno, which was very good, but booked full with no vacancy after our first night on the cruise, the majority of the specialty restaurants seemed like your typical “fake fancy” scam. Well, “at least you had time to relax,” is one thing you may be thinking to yourself. Ha! The cruise line is in your face every step of the way; from every turn on the cruise ship to swarming you with offers the second you step off the boat. This was the least relaxing vacation of my life. Money, money, money. “Do you want a picture?” “Do you want a shore excursion?” “Taxi?” “Do you want to jet ski?” “Do you want to give us any cash you have on you for no particular reason whatsoever?” “No.” “I want you to leave me alone.” Now, let me get to the thick of it. The cruise line is NOT your friend. I am convinced if they could charge you for the air you breathe, they would. EVERYTHING has a price. They come up to you during your dinner and BEG you to take YOUR picture. They are literally harassing you while you eat. Now, after they have thoroughly interrupted your meal, they say “Iʼll come back during dessert to show you.” Wouldnʼt any friend take your picture for free? Wouldnʼt even a stranger youʼre passing by in the street be happy to snap a picture of you and your significant other? Well, when the cruise line returns, they have a gigantic printed and framed picture of you that they will charge you $25 dollars for. Who has any use for an object like this? Who has $25 dollars to spend on one picture? How do I even post this picture to my instagram? I canʼt even upload it! Donʼt they realize these days people are taking thousands of pictures at no cost to them via the cell phones in their pockets, and actually putting them to immediate use? The answer is no. No, we wonʼt send you a digital copy for free. No. We donʼt care about you. All we want is your money. And that is totally fine. Itʼs a business. But do you truly have the desire to be treated like this while on vacation? I think this is an important question to ask yourself before booking. And please donʼt look for ways to justify it, because there are none. There are endless options out there, and you will be treated like an actual human going elsewhere on a vacation. Even JetBlue flights offer free movies. On the ship, you will be spending ten dollars a piece, to watch one movie on a 15 inch screen 15 feet away from you. Drinking water is two dollars a bottle, and you are not allowed to bring any on board with you. Beers are around $12 after tax & tip! Shall we continue? Letʼs talk about WiFi. As unfortunate as it is to admit, WiFi is becoming a commodity, especially to the younger travelers. Well, for only $89.95 you can have access to just your SOCIAL MEDIA, per person. Or, you can splurge and get 100 minutes of all access internet for $75. The timer though, counts two seconds for every second real time, so 100 minutes would be more like $150. I am fairly certain, that almost every hotel, bar, restaurant, etc on earth has WiFi for free. Not the case here folks. And when you purchase it, make sure youʼre happy not using it, because it resembles the speed of a dial up 56k modem, and hardly works at all. You could instead, take your money, put it in the toilet, close the cover, and press flush. And please donʼt get me started on the toilets, but the reeking stench that spreads from stern to bow, is still more forgivable than the food they serve. One night, to get our money worth, we ordered just about everything on the room service menu, for a convenience charge of only $7.95. Thinking we finally had the upper hand, we awaited in excitement to finally feel like we had a win on this vacation. Oh boy, were we wrong! And such fools we were to think this. The bread of the triple decker peanut butter and jelly from the kids menu (first of all, what kind of human being wants their kids to eat a TRIPLE DECKER peanut butter and jelly?) was completely stale. The Caesar salad was like water & mayo dumped on lettuce. And speaking of mayo, they decided to spread this particular condiment all over the hotdog........... “what?” You heard me right. So after eating about three dollars and fifty cents worth of food, we felt scammed yet again. Besides all this, the crew is very nice, almost in a scary way. Has Norwegian snatched their passports and imprisoned them, only to let them free if they smile at every customer for 8 months straight? I donʼt have answers to these questions, but it sure does feel like something fishy is going on. And speaking of fishy, hopefully fishy shower water doesnʼt bother you, because I didnʼt feel clean after a single one. But anyway, itʼs been nice chatting. I hope your vacation experience with Norwegian is better than mine. If youʼre the type of person who likes frozen dinners, $12 cans of beer, and people who smile in your face even though they secretly hate you, then Iʼm sure youʼll have the time of your life!

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3.2 out of 5

worst ever by sqstyle

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wrong info given by ncl, and shore excursion people were bad on ship

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4.3 out of 5

Itinerary was wonderful, but the food left much to be desired. by irlist28

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The itinerary for the cruise was fantastic. We truly enjoyed the spa on the ship as well as all of the entertainment. Again the cruise director was great. We were really let down by the food. We definitely expected more. Believe me we were not alone in this sentiment. We took part in the cruise next promotion where we basically put down a deposit for a future cruise. We are seriously considering canceling it because the food was so poor in our opinion. We cruised last April on RC and the food was spectacular.

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3.7 out of 5

Great ports but so so ship- by Sally0

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I think all cruises are good and overall it is hard to complain about a wonderful vacation. However this was not my favorite ship due to the design, the staff in many areas were not as friendly, and the food and service overall was not as good as we have experienced in the past.

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3.6 out of 5

Sun, Sun, Sun by DeNan

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10 day Southern Caribbean from PR is a great cruise. Dawn is a very casual atmosphere, lots of shorts, tshirts and sandals all day. Didn't see a lot of dressy dinner attire. Men in polo shirts, jeans, some in shorts for dinner. Ladies in sun dresses or shorts/capri. Variety of ship activities during day, but missed them because of excursions. Kudos to Med staff, broke my toe, stubbed on leg of deck chair, be careful .

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3.4 out of 5

NOT A GREAT SHIP!! by toyautsey

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ALL OF THE ISLANDS ARE NICE BUT THEY ARE NOT VERY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. THE BOAT WAS REFURBISHED BUT THERE IS NOTHING TO DO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE ACTIVITIES.

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4.4 out of 5

Wonderful Caribbean Cruise by gailzee

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Excellent...loved it all...entertainment, food, pool all great..wheelchair accessible travelled with a electric scooter..

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3.7 out of 5

Great itinerary on the variety of islands. by Tacsimian

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Overall we would do it again! Wonderful variety of islands and great staff offering exemplary service.

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4.4 out of 5

Breathtaking Prettiest Islands We've Seen in the Carribean by larry1972k

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Here's my overview. Ship was great. Loved the smaller size! Loved that no smoking around the pool! Loved the entertainment especially Jose and Patty and big production shows. Please get rid of the wine bar. No one in it! Needs to be a fun bar of some sort, with TV's for sports, etc., and fun atmosphere. Glad the bar in the atrium had drinks and coffee. Cabin was good, food was good. Really enjoyed the Aqua Restaurant with Ruby and staff.

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3.7 out of 5

Generally ok cruise by scott102303

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Love all the ports with only 1 sea day. Loved Hotwire band and found food was average but service helped make dinner a highlight every night.

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4.5 out of 5

Caribbean cruise delight by getrdone

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Had 8 stops on a 10 day cruise. Wonderful time. Saw many places

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4 out of 5

I have been on the... by mattdive

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I have been on the NCL Dawn a few times, and overall have enjoyed it. It’s one of their smaller ships which makes it much easier to get around and explore. They refurbished the ship a couple years ago, and have to say, looks really good - modern looking, clean, beautiful. We just returned from a 10 Day Caribbean cruise out of San Juan. Itinerary was one of the best we have been on with Norwegian. The only issue I had with this ship was what I have with NCL in general: 1) Garden Cafe, the buffet, is still below average. They need to improve. The speciality restaurants were great. 2) Entertainment - just average. The musicals are best. But they had a ventriloquist on this one. Horrible. 3) Music: they have not changed their party mixes in 10 years. Every time we are on NCL it’s the same music. But all in all - NCL is a great cruise line. We always have a wonderful vacation whenever we cruise with them.

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