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Jolokia
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
76 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
My wife & I chose this cruise to Central America because we wanted to travel down the Mississippi River and see where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Since my sister lives just north of Lake Ponchatrain, she decided to join us on ... Read more
CatwomanS
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
First cruise with Norwegian and first cruise out of New Orleans. Very pleased with both. Had a balcony cabin on floor 9, midship. Food was excellent: ate at Aqua Restaurant 4 times, Venetian once, Asian Bamboo once, Garden Cafe' once. ... Read more
Camahr
Member Since 2002
1 review
107 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We are a couple in our late 50's. Have cruised 5 or 6 times before, mostly on Norwegian. But have alson done Royal Carribean and Carnival. We drove to the Port of New Orleans and used Port Parking. (Whale Lot) Very easy and fast. ... Read more
onesmartbroad
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We cruised last week on the Dawn out of New Orleans. It was my 4th cruise on Norwegian and my husband's 5th. We have never thought the food on Norwegian was outstanding; it is inferior to other cruise lines. This time I think it was even ... Read more
pixiechic2016
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise for its itinerary and drivable distance to the port in New Orleans. This ship was beautiful not to mention very clean and kept up by the staff who were constantly on call for the guests. Our room was an interior room ... Read more
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mgrovenor
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
My wife and I took this cruise for my 50th birthday. At the start we spent $22 for 2 beers (sticker shock!) and the bartender shook mine a bit so it foamed everywhere. The Garden Cafe served nasty recycled food. I had salmon spread on a ... Read more
lmarinab@aol.com
1 review
Sailed February 2017
Norwegian Cruise lines is trying too hard to be in the leagues of much better cruise lines (IMHO) as Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises - achieving little more than a second city status (BTW Second City Comedy troupe was FABULOUS and ... Read more
mavswin
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Loved the itinerary. Loved 4 ports and only 2 seas days. Balcony room was outstanding and Rosevelt our room steward was awesome. We ate in many venues including 3 specialty venues. Los Labos, Cagney's and Le Bistro were all great, but we ... Read more
morrisretired
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
146 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had a 50% refund coming from NCL because of a delay and problems encountered last year, after the Pride of America was refurbished in San Francisco and headed back to Hawaii. We had a suite on that cruise, and picked a balcony for ... Read more
juliemck63
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose Norwegian because they offered the free drink package. It was definitely a positive for us. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth. She ship was beautiful, our cabin (balcony) met our expectations. Food was fabulous. ... Read more
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brianinfrance
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
Our cruising experience was badly marred by difficulties finding our way around. Our cabin was on deck four and not accessible from all lifts to deck four. We still can't figure out why not. There are 3 lifts. When waiting it is clear what ... Read more
donnajeanc
Member Since 2008
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We went with two other couples and we are all over 60. It was nice to find a chilled bottle of champagne in our room because we have reached the silver level after just a handful of NCL cruises. After we boarded, I was delighted to ... Read more
onepoorguy
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
209 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was our fourth NCL cruise. Compared to our first it just didn't measure up. Even allowing for the fact that the Dawn is one of their older ships (launched in 2002). The crew was great. NCL does seem to maintain a high level of ... Read more
Northern Zoomers
Member Since 2010
1 review
20 forum posts
Selected the Dawn out of New Orleans as I always wanted to visit New Orleans. Wasn't disappointed. Great city with lots to do. Give yourself at least 3 days to explore New Orleans before the cruise. The Dawn, just recently out of refit, ... Read more
texasreb
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
193 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This ship was updated in the summer. Lipstick ? I have been on this ship 4 previous times. Plus several others. Theater has new seats and new decorations. It looks good. Dining areas have been re-floored, painted, new chairs, dubious ... Read more
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tbear198
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We choose this cruise because we LOVE cruising and wanted to see New Orleans and try a different ship.....and this one fit both.... we arrived a week before Mardi Gras and had an amazing time.....getting on and off the ship was not the ... Read more
Foreschur
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
I have been on 5 cruises with NCL ( always pleased ) and been on the Dawn once before, prior to recent renovation. Very nice redo and ship looks great, however that does not make up for lack of service- 24 hours before my steward showed ... Read more
Sami from Texas
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise because it was closer to my husband's temporary assignment in New Orleans. We have cruised on several cruise lines, and this was by far one of our favorites. The embarking and dismemberment process went smoothly and ... Read more
valuemkt
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
45 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We just needed a break from work - close to retirement, this was a decision we made a couple weeks prior to sailing, We had cruised NCL twice before (transatlantic and eastern caribbean), Princess many times, Carnival and Oceania. While ... Read more
darienill
Member Since 2006
14 reviews
1,363 forum post
3 helpful votes
NCL Dawn 2/12/17 NOLA Our second Dawn cruise after refurbishment. 3 seniors 1 balcony, 1 mini. Precruise: Arrived 2 weeks 3 days before Mardi Gras, one week before NBA All star weekend. Chicago to NOLA direct . Cab fare to ... Read more
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MamiSherman
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We are first time cruisers from Canada, a married 40 year old couple with a 4 year old son. We chose a cruise, as opposed to an all inclusive resort holiday, so that we had a high level of service, great accommodations, excellent food, ... Read more
liz1963
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
Picked this cruise for the unlimited drink offer program. My husband wanted to try something other than Carnival for a change. He is going back to Carnival next cruise. The entertainment was just okay. The best entertainment was the ... Read more
kenb
Member Since 2001
1 review
146 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our 4th cruise out of New Orleans and our 2nd on the Dawn. Our previous cruise on the Dawn was 2016 just before the refurbishment. That cruise was great. This cruise was not so great. Embarkation was flawless as my wife and I ... Read more
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SKRIVER
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We are not reviewing every aspect of the cruise. Overall, we had a good time. The positives were the entertainment with easy seating, the pool with ample sun lounges and the ports of call. The embarkation was easy and "The Easy ... Read more
Yogi1956
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
We chose Norwegian to try the casual dining aspect and the itinerary was a new one for us. I had never been to New Orleans and with that being the departure port we were able to spend a few days there before the cruise. The Dawn had been ... Read more
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