Stayed in a Penthouse suite (cabin 9000) on Norwegian Dawn Quebec to Boston cruise October 2012. Can compare this cruise to our only other cruise on Holland America (Alaska). Cabin 9000 was very nice, with huge deck. Nothing to complain about. Some people complained about the heavy steel weather door which needed to be closed every night, but it was easy & not a problem. (In comparison, the Deluxe Verandah Suite on Holland was a lot nicer, but cost more as well).
The food on the Dawn was surprisingly quite good, better than Holland. The specialty restaurants were excellent, and the up-charge was nominal. The buffet and the free nicer restaurants were OK, although not outstanding.
The two piano players in the bar (N. Reed & A, Jacobe)were first class, as were Jose & Patty and some of the other groups. The big shows in The Stardust Theater were so-so, but no worse than those on Holland. Overall, the entertainment was very good compared to Holland.
Service was excellent. Cabin 9000 was part of the Concierge service, and she was top-notch. Overall, this vessel was much nicer than we expected and good value for the money and we will sail with NCL again.
The demographics on this vessel were skewed toward old folks, but likely due
to the itinerary & time of year.
The port calls get mixed reviews. Corner Brook Canada is the worst port of call ever. Sidney Canada a close second. Halifax was great, and Saint John pretty good. Bar Harbor was beautiful & worth going back to.