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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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aastrojet
Member Since 2013
1 review
9 helpful votes
We took this same cruise last year on a very tired ship. We were told she was scheduled for a refit and figured it would be nice to see the changes. The ship was very nicely updated BUT was staffed with a new crew! The boarding process in ... Read more
JCMass.
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
338 forum posts
25 helpful votes
My husband and I were in the group who traveled from Boston to Bermuda right after the dry dock on June 17th. I know people are very interested in the changes and upgrades. Here it is from our perspective. This was our third trip on the ... Read more
pettums
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We booked the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda at the last minute. The ship had just come in from Dry Dock so we thought it would be nice to cruise on a nearly new ship and also we liked the idea of cruising from Boston. In ... Read more
Tybro
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
133 forum posts
12 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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scyth
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Last year I was planning to write a review about my bad experience with Norwegian Sun during my cruise to Alaska but later decided not to do it. This year I took another cruise with NCL on Norwegian Dawn to the western Caribbean. It ... Read more
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pookeysmom
Member Since 2007
11 reviews
138 forum posts
7 helpful votes
A friend & I booked this cruise, because the itinerary sounded interesting. It was a special 10 day itinerary created when NCL found out the Dawn's dry dock had been postponed. We were excited to visit 6 ports in 10 days. The only ... Read more
Maxelmy
Member Since 2013
1 review
168 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This cruise was very appealing because it was value priced and left out of New Orleans The ports were the typical variety of western carribean stops with the exception of santo tommaso in guatamala. This indeed was a exceptional ... Read more
mojomorris
Member Since 2009
17 reviews
81 forum posts
9 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
1 helpful vote
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
2 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

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Ginnyminton@ymail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
jetski777
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
totalee
Member Since 2013
11 reviews
73 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This Cruise was an Average cruise. I usually write commendations for crew members who stood out, but this cruise was Blah. What stood out for me on this cruise were 2 shore excursions I took Snorkeling on the reef then going to ... Read more
vasha13
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 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
4 helpful votes
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

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HelenGu
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
10 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
izzy94
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
4 helpful votes
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
393 forum posts
4 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

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cruisecrazypat
Member Since 2002
1 review
189 forum posts
4 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
3 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
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
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
2,316 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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

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