May 2014 - Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda
This is not our first time on this cruise out of Boston to Bermuda. Why you ask? Because it is AMAZING!!! My husband and I decided the only reason you don't have a great time on this cruise is because you don't want to, or you're dead. There is so much to do. From all the activities that take place while you're at sea to the excursions you can take once you dock. If you don't want to do an excursion, then buy a Bermuda Transportation pass which is good for buses and ferries and go investigate the island. There is plenty to see. If you don't want to do anything off the ship once you get to The Island, then stay on board and relax. It is quiet and peaceful and there are still thyings to do. Go to the Spa, or go to deck 12 and read a book,or eat all day, because you can. You can order a $5.00 pizza at 2AM. And the pizza is good. Chewy crunchy crust and plenty of cheese. No, it's not from the North End, but it's good.
Now, let's talk about the ship. I am a nurse and a germaphobe. This ship is CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN. We have taken this cruise at all times of the season and we find it the same all the time. Very clean. And the Washy Washy girls are the best. They spray your hands coming on the ship, going to the buffet, going to any of the large dining rooms. GREAT IDEA!!! There are Purell dispensers all over the shipas well. This cruise line knows how important it is to keep their passengers healthy. It is a win win for both . Another thing is the buffet on deck 12. I was a little leary at first because buffet's have a tendency to gross me out. Not this one. They are changing dishes of food constantly and when you see the Senior crew standing in line with their plate in hand you know it must be OK. The variety of food is amazing and they keep a close eye on things. Another thing is they put dishes on the buffet in small amts and keep fresh dishes ready to go at a moments notice. Everything is fresh and well prepared. Yes, you will find those moments during peak meal times that things may go a bit slower, just relax, it's coming!! Now let's talk about our room. Again our cabin person was amazing. He worked around our schedule every day. We are night people so we were up until 0300 and didn't get out of bed until 1 or 2 PM. Not a problem. When we got back to our room everything was perfect. Bed made, fresh towels, room was vaccumed, pillows fluffed, and at night, turn down service with that nice little chocolate on our pillow and a towel animal on our bed, cute. We saw 2 shows on the ship and again they were amazing. We saw "Elements" and Luminescence" . Both excellent!!. Also we went to deck 7 every evening and watched Patty and Jose. They play music from the 50's 60's 70's. This was a GREAT show. They sang song's we all knew the words to. Everyone there loved this duo, they were "the best".
Getting on and off the ship was easy as well. Norwegian Cruise staff are very organized. Again, during peak times to board and disembark you will come across delays. Just take a valium and wait. Everything will come together. A cruise person is always there to help. Just look around and you will find one. And they don't leave you until your problem is solved. Overall, I love this cruise, not only because of the amazing service and the care you get on this ship with this company, but also because they make you feel like you're home, with more amenities and special service than you could ever get at home, atleast not in my house. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
Susan and Jim