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69% Loved It
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4.5 Editor's Rating
Norwegian Dawn debuted in 2002 as the third ship in the Norwegian fleet to accommodate the line's Freestyle Cruising concept. It maintains an atmosphere of casual flexibility, emanating in large part from the ...
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Tybro
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
133 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We recently sailed on the Dawn for a 10 night to Mexico and South America. This is the last cruise before the Dawn goes in for some refurbishment. Overall, the cruise was very good. We upgraded to a suite, which was totally awesome. Not ... Read more
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mojomorris
Member Since 2009
17 reviews
68 forum posts
0 helpful votes
BACKGROUND: We booked this cruise rather late (Jan of ’16) but prices were good since this cruise was added to the schedule due to the change in dates for the Dawn’s dry-dock. My wife and I are retired and have cruised ... Read more
VEGASGAL
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We where a little surprised to say the least about this ship and staff, we knew it was going into dry dock after this cruise so we "expected" the service and entertainment to be a little lax how wrong we were the staff was great ... Read more
rpiwonka
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
We have been on the Dawn before and we have done this itinerary before, but we were looking for a nice relaxing cruise and this was it. We loved the Dawn the first time and nothing changed with this trip. The staff was terrific all ... Read more
Ginnyminton@ymail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
A10 day cruise from New Orleans on the Dawn, the entertainment was great , our room steward was great, the ship in need of repair, which was dry docking after our voyage, the bartenders especially in the atrium ( Bryan ) did not cater to ... Read more

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jetski777
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our eleventh cruise and first one on Norwegian. The ship is a smaller and older ship compared to other cruises we have taken, so initially we were a little worried. Upon boarding the ship, the 140 sq ft inside cabins looked really ... Read more
vasha13
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This review is for the Norwegian Dawn Caribbean cruise from 5/1-5/8/16. This was my first time on the Norwegian cruise line and I liked it. The ship was clean and we loved our deluxe suite on the 12th deck. VIP loading and unloading on ... Read more
Cruise1969
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
The Wife and I (late 40’s) sailed out of New Orleans on May 1. We had a standard mid-ship balcony cabin (BA), Deck 9. We have sailed with Carnival (2), Princess (2), Royal Caribbean (1) and Norwegian (this was the 4th). We ... Read more
HelenGu
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have sailed Princess, Carnival, and Cunard before this, and Norwegian is way below them. Only time we had hot food was when we dined in their Le Bistro, otherwise the food was at best slightly warm. The cabins were never really clean ... Read more
nutterbutter818
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of a paranormal group that was going. I didn't participate much with them.......I spent most of my time with my family. We were split up into 2 suites: the deluxe owner's suite and the 2-bedroom family suite ... Read more

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izzy94
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I choose NCL because last year was our first cruise from NCL and we LOVED it! I'll keep the review some what short. The Dawn is a great ship lot's to do. It was me, my fiance, and our son. Crew: They are amazing always ready to assist ... Read more
ghuber1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Reading other responses re: temperature of the food. The posting re: food not being hot was not at all what I experienced. In fact, I have never received food that hot from any restaurant ever! It was very hot and I was very impressed with ... Read more
PegasusGM
Member Since 2008
10 reviews
388 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We have cruised NCL 21 times. This time they did not tell us that we would have someone working on our balcony, wiring, painting, wire brushing old paint, etc., and traipsing past our balcony window four days of our cruise. The did give ... Read more
cruisecrazypat
Member Since 2002
1 review
184 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Although my husband and I have been on 15+ cruises, we had never sailed on NCL. We also had never booked a ‘last minute’ cruise. Now that we are retired and living in Southern Mississippi, this is definitely an option. On ... Read more
Triumphdeb
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We extremely enjoyed this cruise, it was my husbands 1st time cruising on NCL. The Dawn is a medium sized ship. Restaurants are spread throughout the ship so we didn't feel like there were large crowds waiting to be seated. We did eat at ... Read more

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spongecakenibbler
Member Since 2011
1 review
33 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Ship The ship seemed to be in great condition to myself and the other guests traveling with us. I am honestly shocked that it is about to undergo such an extensive dry dock. Yes, it lacks the amenities and distractions that some of the ... Read more
4cruises4me
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had a wonderful time with three daughters and their families, including 10 kids, ages 6-16. Overall it was a 4.5 experience.The staff was EXCELLENT - friendly, courteous, helpful, pleasant, and attentive. The ship was spotless. Kids ... Read more
CRUZIN'NANA
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
2,312 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our two reasons for taking this cruise, which was our 16th overall and 9th with NCL, were 1) leaving out of New Orleans; 2) visiting 3 new ports in the Western Caribbean Itinerary: Roatan, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya. (We have ... Read more
texascharm
Member Since 2009
1 review
30 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Not rating this a 5, mostly because we did not get the recognition and the perks of being silver latitude members. Getting on the ship went well, getting off a little more confusing, they routed us the long way around the lobby, and we ... Read more
KG9er
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to rate this against except my level of expectation and satisfaction, which both were met. We found the boarding process to be so easy and the whole process took about 45 minutes. Our room was ... Read more
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richie 17
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
loved this cruise. this is our 4 th time sailing with ncl. the dawn was in need of some tlc. Its going into dry dock for a 75 million dollar makeover. first the service was great from the waiters and waitresses to the bartenders my hats ... Read more
taylorsweb94@att.net
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our cruise on the Dawn was one of our best vacations. The 7 days went by so fast starting with the embarkation. We carried our own luggage cutting out any wait time. Once aboard, Finding our cabin for the first time was a challenge, but ... Read more
jaejae77
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2016
We arrived in New Orleans a couple days before the cruise so we could explore a little. We did the city tour which was very informative & a good overview of the highlights of the city. Our driver was a native & lived in an area ... Read more
Wsterntime
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The ship was very nice and elegant with the exception of the pool area which is small and in need of restoration (the ship is going into dry dock in May so they will probably fancy it up then). Four of us shared a mini suite with balcony ... Read more
Juliettepb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I heard that this was a good ship, bigger, with a lot of activities. It was very expensive if you were not in a group. Activities cost extra like bikes in exercise room. Only dirty hot tubs with grey foam floating in then. In one the vents ... Read more

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