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68% 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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Esv104
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was a fantastic vacation! We continue to be impressed with NCL and constantly comment on how surprising it is to see some of the negative reviews. We cruised with a 6, 8 & 10 year old who loved the Splash Academy Program. ... Read more
Merrykalia
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was my #16, having cruised on Princess, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival and am booked on MSC in May. NCL has, in the past, been our favorite line for value and quality. Embarkation and disembarkation in New Orleans was easy and ... Read more
nolacruisersharon
Member Since 2010
1 review
32 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We booked this cruise out of our home port of N.O. to get out of town for Mardi Gras. After reading the reviews, I was skeptical. The ship turned out to be beautiful and very clean. I don't know why people were so critical. Due to all ... Read more
BlazerBeau
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I really don't understand all the bad reviews. I read GZRECOIL's review and I just don't get it. We were on the same ship at the same time and we had a great time. Was it perfect? no it wasn't. Do I have some complains? of course but I ... Read more
gzrecoil
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I'm not sure if it was because it was the staff's last week on the cruise, or if that's just how it normally is. The service was non-existent. On the pool deck I had a waiter walk up to me only once the whole cruise, and I ordered a bottle ... Read more

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grantgo
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We (2 adults and 2 kids -11 and 9) sailed on the Dawn from Feb 7-14 and have to say that we really enjoyed the cruise. Yes, the ship is a bit dated, but we found it to be exceptionally clean and the service was TOP NOTCH. Our rate ... Read more
Eleanortabor
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Was so excited to take this cruise. Unfortunately the ship, food and service were only fair in our estimation. However the port destinations were terrific. We have cruised with Carnival & Disney previously and had no problems and ... Read more
dumpster0915
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
This was my first cruise and I had a good time mostly. There were a few quirky details but mostly i had fun and I am looking into doing my next NCL cruise. I left out of New Orleans and stayed at a Marriott 2 blocks from the port. So ... Read more
Sea Urchin 001
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Unexpectedly, I was on crutches for this cruise. Everyone was so kind! Our wonderful steward (cabin attendant?) was great about keeping our cabin supplied with ice, which I needed for my knee. The ship was beautiful, the food was great ... Read more
pappagene
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
362 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This sailing on the Dawn was our 11th cruise and the 3rd out of New Orleans with this itinerary. This was just a "get away for a week" cruise. We did not go to do things at each port, but instead we got off the ship and shopped. ... Read more

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AUSTINTOWERS
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My wife and I took this cruise because it sailed out of New Orleans (Mardi Gras!) and because of the iteniary ( stops at Cozemel, Costa Maya, Belize and Roatan). The Dawn is a sister ship to the Norewgian Star, which we have sailed ... Read more
slchepurnyj
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
I loved my time on the Dawn! This was my first ever cruise and I was a bit skeptical about it before I went because I was reading these reviews, so I went in with low expectations. We went with another couple, all of us in our late 20's. ... Read more
689florence
Member Since 2010
1 review
122 forum posts
2 helpful votes
our group of 16 people spent several days in New Orleans, having a wonderful time, enjoying the Mardi gras festivities and trying the local cuisine, and touring. We are all well traveled, seniors and have cruised many many times on many ... Read more
RettaBug
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was my 2nd cruise ever. Chose this cruise because of the departure location and time of the year. Wanted something warm. The ship was confusing to me even though it was smaller. Had to go up and down stairs too often and this is ... Read more
philsr30
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise on NCL. We have cruised several times on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The cabin seemed smaller than on Carnival or Royal Caribbean. There was only 1 120v outlet in the cabin so we couldn't have a clock and my ... Read more

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rosiefraz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
We had a group of 8 people from our church on this cruise and all but 1 had cruised before. We had more than 12 cruises as a couple and we were not impressed with this cruise and line. This was our first Norwegian and don't plan to take ... Read more
donnar78
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We are a working couple in our 50's and this is our second cruise, first also with NCL in Hawaii. We chose this cruise for itinerary, warm weather and ports of call being our biggest interest. We are very casual and laid back and for ... Read more
sardam
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
55 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my eighth cruise, but first with Norwegian, others have been with Carnival and Royal Caribbean so it was nice to compare. This was our second cruise out of New Orleans. We booked last minute and got a great deal including a free ... Read more
mypleasure
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
2,217 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We went back to our room and prepared for the drill which was held in the theatre. It was quick and quite painless. The young lady who spoke was quite humorus and made it a pleasant experience. On return to our room our luggage was there ... Read more
PETE45
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
29 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife an I are retirees who love cruising and were on our twenty fourth cruise, the fifth on NCL, the first on Dawn. We traveled to New Orleans by car from Tulsa, Oklahoma and stopped overnight in Beau Bridge, Louisiana, the ... Read more

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snegourka
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I felt like I was living in an infomercial where I was bombarded with "buy me". the Cruise line has a relationship with Diamonds International and push you to go to their store at EVERY port! There were channels running all day ... Read more
texasreb
Member Since 2013
8 reviews
78 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have been on this ship several times. Age, and needing the refit really shows now. Getting on and off was no problem. New Orleans is usually no problem. Some of the waitstaff and crew were good. Some were not interested. Now this ... Read more
Gretah
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Granted it was a great deal in terms of price but it was the absolute worst cruise I have ever been on. We booked a Penthouse Suite, with our so called NCL cruise consultant who could not be bothered to call me back when I had questions ... Read more
T-Rose
Member Since 2009
1 review
14 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I was told NCL was the bottom of the barrel of cruising. I am not sure why because this ship was clean, the staff was very friendly. No snootiness here. We traveled with 11 other family members. Four were under the age of 7. The ... Read more
candycandy
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
I have been on Norwegian twice in the past, as well as RCL twice and Carnival once. That makes this my 6th cruise. For me, the attraction as always been the free food and the fun activities and this cruise was great for that. We got a ... Read more

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