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haply
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
79 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our second year in a row traveling on the Dawn during Thanksgiving week, and overall we had a really great time! Embarkation in New Orleans went smoothly. We had completed our on-line boarding documents early, so were able to ... Read more
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Tinki1919
Member Since 2013
1 review
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was my first cruise on Norwegian but my 12th cruise. I have cruised with Princess, Celebrity, Royal Carribean and Cunard. I liked the idea of freestyle so I decided to give it a try. Well embarkation was disorganized and slow. The ... Read more
CUontheC
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
199 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Embarkation and Debarkation went very well. Cruise Critic Meet and Greet was fun and informative. Cabin was smaller than on other ships but comfortable. Our room steward was just ok. No fun animals...just one that she made out of ... Read more
Builtwells
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
652 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have sailed the Dawn a number of times prior to the recent dry dock and found the updates were beautiful with the exception of the artwork in the Venetian Dining Room, which our travel group found disturbing. The Meet and Greet was ... Read more
cruisedreamer2
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
54 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it added Harvest Caye and Grand Cayman to the usual round-up for Western Caribbean ports. To those of you eager for news about Harvest Caye: the small island is beautiful--with lush landscaping and a huge pool ... Read more
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nedera
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our third trip with NCL and it was a great experience. We've also sailed on the Jewel and Pearl. The staff was extremely friendy and helpful. Everyone always said hello and seemed to enjoy interacting with the crusiers. ... Read more
SlimWithSylvia
Member Since 2015
1 review
77 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our first Norwegian cruise. We've cruised Royal and Carnival many times, but we found a great time and deal and decided to go. We were looking forward to trying another cruise line and with Norwegian being freestyle we were ... Read more
eparker34
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This is my 2nd cruise with NCL, I am completely enthusiastic about the personnel, and the ship. I will, however, probably not cruise with them again. My 1st issue is with NCL's new private island in Belize. Years ago I cruised on ... Read more
ksparrothead
Member Since 2009
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Understand we have over 13 cruises on Carnival, and 3 on Royal Carribean. Had sailed NCL once about 15 years ago. Just went on my second and LAST NCL cruise. Here are the facts: Cabins are smaller on NCL While on Carnival you ... Read more
sooni
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
We had a 2 for 1 cruise offer so decided to go to the Caribbean islands as we have never been.The Caribbean Islands are amazing. The cruise was geared for an older age group but we did meet some lovely people to socialise with. The ... Read more
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chil
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
We chose this cruise mostly for the itinerary. Ports were good. For some reason it took more than an hour to get back on the ship in San Juan, as they only had one gangway open and very little crew working at the gangway. Had some issues ... Read more
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Sunset Heights
Member Since 2011
1 review
320 forum posts
We did this same cruise 3 years ago and had a great time. We live in NH and the Boston departure port was excellent (no flying to departure port), and what can be wrong about New Orleans. Although we had visited a number of the Islands ... Read more
bedfordmom
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
896 forum posts
This repo most likely the best cruise in our 11 cruises( 6 NCL).This was due to having our first suite, sailing from the home port as well as having the original UDP. As a result, We never ate at the main dining room or buffet. I ate in ... Read more
IslandGirl247
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
90 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
First, a shout out to the excellent staff of NCL Dawn: Rowena, Edgar, Rocky, Romel, Loey, Maria, Sarath, Darpan, Ros h ith, Win, Ray and all the other staff who remain unnamed because I didn’t get all their names. They work so hard ... Read more
MY79TA
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This was my 8th cruise with NCL and 4th on the Dawn. I chose the re-positioning cruise because I went in April 2015 and enjoyed the length of time and the amount of stops. I have only cruised with NCL so can't compare to any other cruise ... Read more
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wjager
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was my first cruise ever. The port of embarkation was a cold Boston and within two days the temperature went up as we sailed for the first port, San Juan. First three days in sea, but there is plenty to do aboard. We stayed in ... Read more
cherrypop
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
601 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
I was a big time lover of NCL before this cruise. The crew for the most part didn't seem happy to be there. Majority of the crew would walk by without smiling or saying hello. When we were on the Star everyone was happy and everyone said ... Read more
TrishZ1950
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We took this Repositioning Cruise last year and loved the itinerary and the older crowd, so we took it again this year..We had a balcony room and got the free prepaid service charges and ultimate beverage package and we paid the 18% ... Read more
TABG
Member Since 2001
4 reviews
3 forum posts
The cruise was 14 days starting in Boston and ending in New Orleans. The dining was good for the most part. The cooks at Teppanyaki were not really as good as we have experienced in the past. We went twice and had the same experience ... Read more
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s57126
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
951 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
This was our 6th cruise on the Dawn. Living inland Massachusetts it makes for an easy ride to the port. Most of the changes done at the dry dock were favorable. The Theater is nice with new colors. O'Sheehans has taken over the entire ... Read more
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mtnhiker
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We like the freestyle cruising of Norwegian. There is no appointed place or time for a given room. The list of things to do is extensive on sea days and even enough to keep most busy even on port of call days. Activities include: ... Read more
NYSandy23
Member Since 2014
1 review
14 forum posts
We traveled the Norwegian Dawn on its 7 Day journey to Bermuda and back to Boston in October. There were highs and lows to the trip. We gave it an average score as a result. Embarkation was relatively easy although TSA screening was ... Read more
WICKEDIRISH
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
My husband, my sister and her husband, and I sailed for my "halfway to 100" birthday. We can't say enough about how much fun we had. The service was awesome, the food was great, the entertainment was wonderful, the destination ... Read more
ceb16
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
We went with a group of 14. Overall, the cruise was fantastic. We got the ultimate beverage /meal package The beverage package was great...no slips to sign. You get cocktails/soda up to $15 per drink. Twice I got a martini and a nice glass ... Read more
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HerSpirit
Member Since 2009
1 review
38 forum posts
Sailed October 2016
The Pros: Excellent food, productions, activities and the ship was very clean! The new renovations were lovely, and items that needed to be fixed were being attended to. I assume they are listening to folks' comments! So-So: I ... Read more
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