Live From Norwegian Dawn: Beware of When the Ship’s a-Rockin’ …

October 1, 2011 | By | 5 Comments

Sometime last night, Norwegian Dawn entered a cold front. Passengers were warned by the captain himself, but I didn’t quite understood what it meant for our onboard experience. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of rain slapping against my balcony window and thunder bellowing out over the ocean — after a moment of panic I quickly realized all was well and returned to my slumber.
It was however, quite a disconcerting wake-up call.
At some point early this morning, it seemed that we were escaping the weather system, but by the time we made it to the main dining room for breakfast, the winds were so strong and the boat was rocking so much, that I could barely keep my balance while eating my eggs Benedict. Before I knew it, the rain had set in, the deck was soaked and there was obviously not a chance that I’d get to witness the scheduled Ping Pong Balls of Fury Tournament and Giant Chess Open Play on the Sports Deck or the poolside Mr. Incredible Competition.
But I did get to spend an hour or so with some well-traveled and informative Cruise Critic members. In fact one couple I met during the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet had been on 24 Norwegian cruises, experienced several behind-the-scenes tours and even watched a waiter work his way up the ranks to the position of food and beverage director aboard this very ship.
And talk about being troopers: These dedicated cruisers were certainly not letting the weather put a damper on their fun. Most went off to partake in a group slot pull in the ship’s casino and a few were planning to track down the hotel director to arrange a ship tour.
As for me, I think I’ll take their cue and find some wacky indoor activity to take in. Karaoke, anyone?
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    5 Responses to “Live From Norwegian Dawn: Beware of When the Ship’s a-Rockin’ …”

    1. Linda
      October 1st, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

      Sounds like BIG fun. I get very nervous when the ship starts rockin ‘n rollin….I like smooth waters. But I have been on a ship when it’s a little rough and seen white caps in the swimming pool. Also, one time they actually drained most of the water out of the pool because it was rough. The cruise lines can guarantee lots of activities and good service but not smooth sailing. Mother Nature has control of the weather, not the ship’s captain.

    2. mike Donovan
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:49 am

      My wife and my sister in-law are traveling on the Dawn now. Fran & Diane are up on the deck eight. I’ve been checking the bow cam all weekend don’t show much, Glad to hear the ship made Port today,hope the rest of the week goes smothly. Good luck, Mike

    3. Adele
      October 4th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

      Say hi to Rich & Loretta from all their Cruise Buds.

    4. Marilyn
      October 13th, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      Hi Shayne. It was great meeting you and Dan at the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet on October 1st. Loved your review. Sounds like you are hooked on cruising now. Welcome to the Club! Marilyn & Charlie, Plymouth, MA

    5. Peggy
      October 13th, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

      Hi Shayne — just echoing Marilyn’s comments — despite the weather it was a great cruise, and it was nice to meet you and talk with a first time cruiser! Just a minor edit — the employee that we spoke about is now the Restaurant Manager on board! We’ve known him and cruised quite often with him for the past 12 years!

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