Yesterday was Norwegian Dawn‘s last day in Bermuda, and despite a forecast of partly sunny skies, the sun did not show its pretty face all day. My husband and I woke up to near torrential rains, and consequently the ship’s atrium (where the guest services desk is located) was teeming with passengers frantically attempting to cancel their shore excursions. Our goal for the day had been to catch a few last-minute rays at Snorkel Park (just a stone’s throw from the dock); instead, we braved the downpour to visit a few shops, then quickly returned to the safe haven of the ship to dry off.
What to do? Knowing we’d be spending two sea days making our way back to Boston, we decided to walk the ship from top to bottom and stern to bow to get a better lay of the land.
While we’ve already spent time on each of the decks, there were still some areas we hadn’t seen (namely, those designed for families – the area that houses the newly built family suites and the spot where the arcade, kids club and teen disco exist).
We haven’t yet been able to enter any of the new suites, but we did manage to sneak in a quick peek while housekeeping was taking care of business. From what I could see, the suites are spacious and well organized, sport large flat-screen televisions and feature lots of storage. I was also surprised to see how expansive the children’s areas are – the arcade is as large if not larger than those in a typical American shopping mall (albeit, a bit more expensive). There are separate counselor-manned zones for different age groups; I came away a little envious of the giant cushy floor pillows and air hockey table in the teen disco.
We also wanted to see where everyone goes when bad weather strikes. As it turns out, the most popular spots were the pool deck (even in pouring rain!); Blue Lagoon, the ship’s 24-hour comfort food restaurant; Pearly King’s Pub (for Wii bowling, of course); and the atrium, where folks were whiling away the hours playing cards and such.
While the planned Sail Away festivities were somewhat tamed by the lack of sunshine, we at least had the evening ahead. On the schedule: dinner at the Venetian, the ship’s more formal main dining room, followed by the Second City improv comedy show and some dancing — whether it be indoors or out.
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