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Realpicky
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We cruise a great deal, had not been this route in quite some time, still liked NCL when we made the reservation, thus we did the cruise. Overall, it was a very good cruise - some of the friendliest staff on board we have encountered, ... Read more
hollylake
Member Since 2010
1 review
59 forum posts
First of all, I am not new to cruising, I usually cruise Carnival (platinum) but have sailed once on NCL before, their Hawaiian cruise. I expected much more. Cabin: The inside cabin was so tiny. We couldn't open our closet fully. I had ... Read more
Yatsailor
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the departure location and date. We were taking our two oldest grandchildren to celebrate their high school graduation, one in 2016 and one in 2017, and had to coordinate their location in Texas with ours in ... Read more
gastonmom
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
One of the worth cruising of the many we have been on. We had to pay for about everything including bottle of water, although we had paid for a $65 dollars soda card, water was not included! The "free cruising" means you had to ... Read more
ZebLD
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Loved the Dawn! It is easy to get around/learn where things are, ample bars, activities, deck chairs, etc. The food and service are much better than some of the other 14 cruises I have been on. this was our 4th NCL cruise. Biggest ... Read more
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acornsaretasty
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I went with two friends for a girls' trip. We came into New Orleans on Friday night and spent Saturday exploring the city. There was a cold snap so we were a little chilly, but there was plenty to do. We used the Hop-on/Hop-off bus tour ... Read more
JesseW
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We liked the departure location and the date but that was about all. The ship was clean and had been recently refurbished but that didn't make up for the complete lack of anything resembling excitement. The entertainment was ... Read more
bdrsuccess
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was a first cruise with all the family (girls 18 & 22), the Dawn was just the right size. Easy on and off in NOLA, park with Machu Piccu, not at the pier. Two inside cabins on deck 9. Loved the towel animals each night, friendly ... Read more
newistcruiseaddict
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
933 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was definitely one of our best cruises ever. 11th overall and 3rd with NCL. Service was outstanding (with one exception). We had few issues with bar service in spite of the free drinking package. We loved the mojito bar, tequila ... Read more
Umbarger
Member Since 2003
18 reviews
2,959 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
NCL Dawn Review December 30 - January 8, 2017 Wow, What a great cruise. I have been on numerous cruises on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Carnival. Do not ever book a suite as you will never be able to go back to a ... Read more
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Uniall
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
14,071 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sharing New Years Eve with family, friends and past cruise mates on a cruise itinerary from New Orleans to the western Caribbean was our initial reason for booking this cruise. We love New Orleans as a destination in and of itself and ... Read more
LAnn
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
244 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had a great time on the 9 day Western Caribbean cruise departing from New Orleans on the Norwegian Dawn from December 30 - January 8. We had actually taken a 7 day version of this cruise in April of 2016, so had a chance to see the ship ... Read more
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Mac4YYZ
Member Since 2013
8 reviews
238 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Just got off Dawn from a 9 day New Year’s sailing from New Orleans. This was my seventh NCL cruise having sailed Epic, Getaway and Jade twice each before this cruise. Embarkation/Disembarkation Check in went smoothly on the ... Read more
cowley_rogers
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Chose this cruise at last minute because of itinerary and reviews. Read cruise critic overall review as great overview. Individual reviews will give you additional tips. Orientation - to help guide you, fish in hallway carpet swim ... Read more
Sorespot
Member Since 2012
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the price and diving excursions. I took and inside cabin on deck 11523. This was a quiet location just under the pool deck, but forward enough to be under unused offices so quiet as could be. One of the ... Read more
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theocsurfer
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I've been on several Carnival Ships and this time we decided to go with Norwegian We EXPECTED a much better experience. We heard Norwegian is a step up in Quality.... DISAPPOINTING is the word to describe our vacation. The ship was old ... Read more
lyndamoreau
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
My husband and I went for a 7 night Christmas cruise with two friends - we chose side by side cabins with balconies. Though we are experienced travelers, our only other cruising experience had been on Carnival 10 years before with our ... Read more
Big Mac 1967
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We arrived at the Port in New Orleans. It was very smooth getting on the ship. I cruised with girlfriend and my two sons.. The arrival on the Norwegian Dawn was excellent. The staff on the Dawn are excellent. We have all cruised before and ... Read more
Jchowell5
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Choice based on rates and available dates. This one fit our needs best. Covered Christmas which we would have had without kids for the first time. Also covered our 40th Anniversary on 12/26. Cruise was great overall. Smaller ship ... Read more
ljmiranda23
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We recently returned from a Christmas cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn. This was an extended family group of 22 people including 5 families with all at least 3 or more past cruises on other cruise lines. We were highly disappointed in ... Read more
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CCRCC
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted a cruise from New Orleans so we could come back and spend New Years Eve in NO. We booked all excursions from ship but one, and were very satisfied with them. We had only traveled on Norwegian on the Pride of America around ... Read more
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preilly1515
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose Norwegian mostly out of options. We wanted to drive from St. Louis down to New Orleans so we did not have to fly my family of 5. With two kids in high school and one in college, we had a very short window to make this work over ... Read more
metntex
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Our party included my wife and I and our 3 young adult kids. Ship - the ship seemed to be in pretty good shape having been updated within the last year or so. The layout is kind of confusing. We all thought the elevators were extremely ... Read more
momoriarty
Member Since 2003
1 review
39 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because of the departure port and the ports visited. We have sailed several other cruise lines and have decided that unless there was a specific itinerary, NCL would not be our #1 choice. Too much of the ship's space ... Read more
andre4259
Member Since 2007
6 reviews
255 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I am an NCL enthusiast let's make that clear. The refit of the Dawn works very well. We stayed in Stateroom 10692 a standard Balcony. We had a dinning package of 3 specialty restaurants and an all inclusive beverage package. The first ... Read more
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