5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

Okay, so my first cruise — a weeklong Bermuda sailing on Norwegian Dawn — wasn’t perfect (credit the rain, a couple lackluster shows and several canceled activities), but it was pretty great. It took me a couple days to figure out how to make the most of my time onboard. As the days progressed, and […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: Saying Goodbye

We’re about to debark Norwegian Dawn, and despite the rainy days and the subsequent slew of cancelled activities, I’ve had a great time. I’ve truly discovered the lure of cruising – it’s affordable, there are opportunities for fun at every turn and it really is a great way to make new friends, as many Cruise […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: What the Refurb Wrought

Ever wonder what goes into running a cruise ship? This morning, I got an eye-opening view during an exclusive tour. For about an hour, I got to see everything from how thousands of pounds of laundry are processed each day to how food is stored, prepped and cooked for service in the ship’s two main […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: Making the Best of Another Rainy Day in Paradise

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 […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: The Word on the Chow

I’m about halfway through my debut cruise, and I must say, so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the food. I’ve heard many things about cruise food being mediocre, especially on mainstream ships such as Norwegian Dawn, so I honestly wasn’t expecting much. And while a few things have been lackluster – cold side dishes […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: What’s Up, Dock?

Through repeated bouts of wind and rain, we’ve finally arrived in King’s Wharf, Bermuda. Tropical Storm Ophelia is history, and to the relief Norwegian Dawn’s passengers, the air is warm and the sky blue. As we approached the island, hundreds of passengers gathered on the sundeck to watch the ship dock, which seemed quite a […]

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

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 — […]

Live From Norwegian Dawn: First Impressions

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.

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