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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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carrant1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Cruise info - Booked a family spring break cruise (2 adults, 2 children). Our children, 9 and 12 years old were excited for their first cruise. The cruise was from Sunday March 6, 2016 to Sunday March 13, 2016 on the Norwegian Dawn ... Read more
Builtwells
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
529 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise on the Dawn with same itinerary. The Port of New Orleans is efficient and embarkation has always been a comfortable experience for us. This March 6th 2016 cruise, we were in an aft penthouse on the starboard side ... Read more
ahite
Member Since 2009
1 review
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We went on our 10th cruise (3rd NCL) on the Dawn with 4 couples and 6 college aged kids. Great food, friendly guests and staff, fun atmosphere, quick service, and drinks! This was only our 2nd time staying in an inside cabin, and I ... Read more
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Witling
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
133 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was a very good cruise (March 6, 2016). This was my 5th NCL cruise and the first for my 18-yr-old son. It was just a "guy's" cruise so we opted for an inside cabin on deck 10 and it looked EXACTLY like the photos on the NCL ... Read more
sabrocker
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We planned this trip with my sister, her husband, and our niece as our first family vacation and their Honeymoon since they never really got a chance to take one. Thankfully it was their first cruise and they enjoyed themselves; however, ... Read more

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bfreer
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Fourth time cruising and first with Norwegian! It was a mother and daughter (college student) vacation. From the moment we stepped on the cruise it was welcoming. The fellow guests were friendly, and the staff was awesome!!! I read ... Read more
jillkirk25
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The start of are cruise did not go as smoothly as the cruise itself. We arrived the day before we where due to sail, and after being up 17 hours arrived at the hotel only to be told they had no room for us, but has upgraded us to anoth ... Read more
karelet
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
530 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I recently did the 7 day cruise to the Western Caribbean on NCL Dawn from New Orleans. We were part of a group of 300 on the cruise and had been able to upgrade to a large Family Suite with Balcony for a very low price. Due ... Read more
tjwill
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I'll start with what we did like. The crew was friendly, the food good, the entertainment very good, & the excursions fun. Now for the bad. The room was not as shown on the website(had to crawl over bed to get out of it), the cover ... Read more
parkvol
Member Since 2010
1 review
16 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First off I have no idea why I see people complaining about this boat when I see some of the reviews here. Embarkation went very smoothly. We arrived at 11 and got on at 12:00 I believe. No problems at all. I actually think NCL has ... Read more

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pamrrt1991
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First day embarkation horrible. Stood in line way to long. Contact Carnival on how to do this. Food first day I will say was good,but after that downhill. Food was cold,eggs were cold grits were cold hamburgers raw. Thursday I ate a salad ... Read more
Cwdrake777
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Our last cruise with NCL was on the Getaway out of Miami. Even though it's a new ship with some nice features like outside bars and dining on the promenade, we felt like sardines in many places, especially trying to find a deck chair or ... Read more
johnjaynepatsea
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just got back from a great cruise. I took my vegan daughter on this cruise and was very worried that she would not be able to find much to eat. The first day of the Cruise we talked to the Assistant Maitre D -( I-made- a) He was wonderful. ... Read more
Dannpalmer6771
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
If you are thinking of taking the Norwegian cruise to Belize from New Orleans, here are some useful bits of info: 1. Managerial personnel are fairly unapproachable and condescending. Service staff outstanding. 2. Don't recommend the ... Read more
CJE322
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This ship is old, tired, and ready for an overhaul. The worst part for me was the bed. Not only was it harder than a rock, but it had a very bad smell to it. The smell reminded me of the way a t-shirt at the Salvation Army ... Read more

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Kikka
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Cruise on Norwegian Dawn Ship in February 21 - 28 2016 We arrived to the port and went to the room, where suite guests were waiting to get in the ship. The concierge came soon to tell us that unfortunately he had some bad news for us. ... Read more
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JillL
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
25 forum posts
21 helpful votes
We sailed on the Dawn from New Orleans to Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, and Costa Maya. I cannot believe all of the bad reviews about this ship. We did not have one experience worth complaining about, and the crew and experience overall was ... Read more
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kashube2003
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Being 1st time cruisers we were very anxious and a little nervous about the entire experience. Those feelings left very quickly once we started the check-in process. Our hotel was in Gretna, across the river from New Orleans . Shuttle ... Read more
Brdlvscruises
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We've sailed 6 times between Carnival and Royal. We thought we would try Norwegian after reading the reviews of the Dawn and wanted to try something new. We upgraded to a Penthouse suite a couple of weeks before sailing and were super ... Read more
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

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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
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

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