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morrisretired
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
153 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
4 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
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
4 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
4 helpful votes
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
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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
199 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
tbear198
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
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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
1,414 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
MamiSherman
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 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
vpibsend
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We have been on many NCL cruises and have alway found the employees helpful and courteous. On the NCL Dawn the guest service were down right rude. Basically knew very little and didn't seem to care when asked a question. We had keys to ... Read more
Greendevilrc
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our third cruise, first on Norwegian, and I have to say it did not live up to either of the others (Carnival and RCI). First, the food was just OK.. even in the specialty restaurants. Nothing bad just nothing great. Second, ... Read more
rbazor
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Just the wife and I on this one, we have no interest in New Orleans itself. Its just a very convenient hour and a half away. Getting on and off the ship is a breeze here with very easy going customs people and lots of helpful porters. ... Read more
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Still Dreaming
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
576 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We choose this cruise so that we could experience New Orleans. We flew in Thursday and checked into the Intercontinental Hotel. Great hotel in a great location. We took a cab to the port but we could have easily walked it, but there ... Read more
Mike D.
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
New Orleans is a very convenient port to sail from. Our hotel was walking distance from the Julia St. pier. It is nice to avoid the embarkation and disembarkation transportation scramble. Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth. We ... Read more
WestTexasCruiser
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
108 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our 16th cruise, but first on Norwegian, Problems we encountered: 1. Refused to open door on balcony between our connecting cabins. 2. No water in cabin for two days. 3. Bathrooms by pool - 3 of 4 always out of ... Read more
MDW215
Member Since 2011
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I'd taken 4 cruises on Royal Carib in a previous lifetime, so I wanted to mix things up. I enjoyed sailing out of New Orleans on RC, and this NCL cruise fit the bill. I'd book an oceanview room, but when the upsell for family suite came ... Read more
Rocketman000
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Ya- not so good. Bed was very hard, very uncomfortable. Music way too loud around the pool. Very smoky . Way too many smokers onboard. And no control of where they smoked. I found the drinks to be very watery. And too many sur-charges on ... Read more
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