Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by rdavidnann: Colonial Cruise - Quebec City to Tampa
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Colonial Cruise - Quebec City to Tampa
This cruise had an interesting itinerary starting in Quebec City (QC) with a two day time-span to embark. We started in Orlando taking an Air Canada flight on a 11 hour two stop (Toronto & Montreal) & arriving in QC at 5PM. The taxi driver only spoke French & tried to drop us off at the Emerald Princess but we had him turn around as we were passing the Dawn. Not sure if he was playing us for extra fare! Embarkation was set up in a huge tent next to the ship & it seemed a lot of cruisers were arriving at the same time but signing in went very smooth & we were on the ship by 6PM.
We at dinner in the Aqua dining room & went to the 1st show (Greg London - Singer-Impersonator) who was very good. Went to the Atrium & listened & danced to "Jose & Patti", a nice singing duet with a variety of songs. A nice start to our cruise. Took pictures of the lights of QC from the ship.
Since we had a night layover we spent Saturday walking in the upper city & then took a city bus to More "Montmorency Falls". During our return bus trip we were running a little late & confused on which stop to get off & a local resident riding next to us heard our conversation & told us when to depart the bus. She got off with us & with her friend walked us the mile or so back the the Dawn. we were back to the ship by 2:30 for our 4 PM sail-away party with our CC group. Our CC hosts had a forward 2 balcony suite that gave us a nice view of the upper St. Lawrence Seaway as we left QC. Had a "Meet & Greet" get together on the 1st sea day with a 110 or so to meet the captain & staff who welcomed our group on board. We also had a "Cabin Crawl" which ended up at the 6,000 SF 3 bedroom "Garden Suite" in the top of the Dawn. Met a lot of new friends through our CC group.
Our outside room was located on deck 4 next to the medical center in a back hallway which led to the crew only entrance. There were only 7 porthole cabins & at mid-ship next to the elevators & the gangway so very convenient for us the whole cruise. We had a very nice cozy cabin with plenty of storage, nice size shower with sliding door, separate toilet nook with door. Also had two desks at opposite sides. We really liked the layout of the ship & tp us was very classy. Enjoyed dining a few nights at the "Blue Lagoon" 24 hour restaurant fight above the "Atrium" on deck 8.
The entertainment was very good & a nice variety including the magic & juggling "Justino", & a new Norwegian Dawn Production Cast that did "Bollywood", a Cirque style show well worth the wait since it was the 2nd to last night.
We want everyone to know that the dining in the Venetian Restaurant was very nice & nice ambiance. Enjoyed sitting in the back by the aft windows where we could watch while we sailed away from different ports. Food portions were just right & the steaks (juicy, tender & favorable) & fish (mild & tender) were cooked for us just the way we wanted. Liked the Garden cafe for lunch & nice variety of food. Don't get the people that complain about food being cold, etc.. Our selections were always hot & fresh. Some people expect way too much.
The band "Jump" was a highlight for us as we love to dance & like to be up front where we had great interaction with the band. They were very personable & a nice variety of music for which we got a lot of dancing in. Especially enjoyed their show "Blues Brothers & soul Sister Tribute" in the Spinnaker lounge.
Debarkation was fairly easy & found our luggage quickly. The line to customs was a little confusing but we were only 10 to 15 minute wait. Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Dawn 4626
Nice outside porthole cabin with plenty of storage, nice size shower with sliding door, separate toilet with door, two opposite side desks which made it very convenient, a nice comfortable king bed. The room was located on deck 4 & off a dead end hallway (except for crew entrance) with 6 other outside cabins. This hallway was right next to the medical center & right by the mid ship elevators & the gangway to leave the ship while in ports. Great location for us. we really enjoyed our room.