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3puppys
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
For our first cruise, it was okay. But I will try a different cruise line next time, if there is a next time. I chose this cruise because it sailed when I needed and from the port I needed. The only other ship was Carnival and it was the ... Read more
ala1306
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had an amazing time on the Dawn. Staff is without a doubt top notch! Food was excellent! Cruise Director was entertaining and kept every guest involved. Bar staff, in my opinion made the cruise my best yet! They were happy to see ... Read more
Dana V.
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Great job Norwegian! We had booked a balcony room but upgraded to a suite a week before leaving. With this we got escorted to our suite, a concierge (Leah), who handled everything with just a phone call, a Butler (Joseph), who brought us ... Read more
Whitefacekat
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
267 forum posts
5 helpful votes
The Forward balcony cabin on 10 10018, was away from ALL traffic and far enough away from elevators so no DING. It was close to the elevators, Convient to pool, and casino. And away from all noise in halls and partying. Also great for ... Read more
famvacay2016
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We had great service on this cruise. I have a severe nut allergy and Norwegian really took care of accommodating me on this trip. The dining staff was fantastic, helpful and on top of everything. We had a couple of long meals due to ... Read more
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CruiseWoods
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
SHIP: The ship was recently very heavily renovated. It looks good - much nicer than the NCL boat I took previously. The ship never really feels crowded. It is a nice size. We do not enjoy the mega-ships of today. The Dawn is a very ... Read more
Bamanan
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
Convenience to New Orleans was the major reason we chose this cruise, plus, we had enjoyed a Norwegian cruise from there several years ago. We had a pleasant time - the food was fine, service in the Venetian dining room was very good when ... Read more
haply
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
82 forum posts
5 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
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
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
212 forum posts
4 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
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Builtwells
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
684 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
55 forum posts
7 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
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
84 forum posts
4 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
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ksparrothead
Member Since 2009
1 review
4 forum posts
5 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
1 helpful vote
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
324 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
911 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
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IslandGirl247
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
90 forum posts
7 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
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
605 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 forum post
2 helpful votes
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
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