I’m a cruising rookie, and I’ve been looking forward to this voyage on the newly refurbished Norwegian Dawn for quite some time. But after arriving at Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal this afternoon, it hit me — I had no idea what I was doing.
Hundreds of people were milling about, and honestly, it was chaos. So what did I do? I went along with the chaos, of course. I followed the crowds through from baggage to check-in, and before long my husband, Dan, and I were onboard amid smiling crew members, dancing passengers and lots of booze.
What do I think? Here are my first impressions:
Despite the fact that this sailing is nearly booked solid, I was surprised to find that there are a number of quiet little nooks in which to escape the crowds — even on the pool and sports decks. In fact just feet from the live band and Topsiders bar, all was quiet — there were even dozens of deck chairs for the taking.
Even though the ship was refurbished this past spring, there are the expected signs of wear and tear. Namely, scuffed furniture in the cabins and restaurants. But I’m looking forward to exploring the spit-polished areas, and I’ll be reporting back on those later.
Trying all of the food onboard in a week’s time is going to be challenge. With more than 10 dining options – many of which are included in the cruise fare – I have a feeling I’m going to have to plan out where we eat each meal ahead of time.
Most important of all, it seems that we are in for a great party. There’s lots of music, the band on the pool deck is great, and there’s an awesome sense of camaraderie among the passengers.
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