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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by marisa0324

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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn
Member Name: marisa0324
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: SC
Cabin Number: 11560
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates Not Rated
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NCL Dawn Nov 25th Western Caribbean
Embarkation:

We live across 2 minutes from the port of Tampa so getting there was super easy. We stayed in a suite so we had priority embarkation. We arrived at the port around 10:30am and were on the ship within 30 minutes. The separate lounge area for suite guests was very nice with food and drinks. We were only there for about 10 minutes when we were taken aboard the ship.

Room:

2 bedroom suite was great! A little worn out and the 2nd bathroom always smelled a little musty but having the space to keep a pack-n-play out, a stroller and all of the stuff we brought with us was very nice. The bathroom was amazing! Master bedroom bed was super comfortable. The location was also very convenient.

Service:

Our room steward, Edison, was great! He removed the extra furniture we didn't need and even took out a large potted plant because it had small rocks that we were afraid the baby would put in his mouth. We also requested a high chair which was brought up to us. The "butler" Flor was also amazing and really went out of her way to make us comfortable and to pay special attention to the kids. Servers in Cagneys and the other specialty restaurants were also very accommodating and offered great service.

Food:

As suite guests, we were able to take advantage of having breakfast and lunch at Cagneys. We went there for breakfast for the first 3 days and then on the disembarkation day. Being away from the crowds and not having to fight lines at the buffet was wonderful! The specialty restaurants were good:

Cagneys - dinner was good. Steak was ok. Sides, salads and desserts were very good!

Teppanyaki - very entertaining and the food was good.

Bamboo - great deal at only $15 per person. Food was good and the servers went out of their way to make origami animals for our daughter.

LeBistro - didn't care for this restaurant. Steak wasn't great and was covered in a brown peppercorn sauce.

LaCucina - very good. Calamari, salads and pizza were all good.

We didn't eat at Moderno or in the main dining rooms.

The buffet was ok. Food choices were basically the same every day. Kid's area of the buffet was very cute.

Kid's Club and Kid's Pool:

Disappointed in this part of the cruise. My daughter looked forward to participating once we went to the orientation and read the descriptions of what the daily activities were going to be. She went for the first 2 days but then didn't want to come back. It was basically a free-play area where the older kids were mixed with the younger ones. The pool was cute but it was all the way on the back of the ship with no easy route to get to it. You had to walk up one deck and then down another flight of stairs. It was fine when it was just me and our 4 yr old but there was no way to easily bring the baby, stroller and inflatable pool. (no swim diapers allowed so we brought our own blow-up pool.) There was also no supervision and no music or drink area near-by. The decks were super slippery and I watched so many kids go flying across the deck or down the stairs. There was always someone at the main pool who swept the excess water into the deck drains. They should do the same at the kids' pool.

Entertainment:

Without on-site babysitting, we didn't do much in regards to seeing the shows. But we did see Arte Diem which I thought wasn't very good. While the performers were very talented, the show was a bit cheesy and they did the same "tricks" over and over but in a different costume and set to a different song. The live music in the atrium was good. We sat there every night with the kids and listened to the music.

Debarkation:

Easy and no complaints. We were able to eat breakfast at Cagney's and then were allowed off the ship at 8:30am for priority disembarkation.

Overall:

Being in a suite was a major plus and offered not only additional space, but a better level of service. I heard many guests who were very unhappy with the service on board. Fortunately, we didn't experience that but I heard the same feedback over and over. While there were aspects that could have been better, I can't complain. We had a nice room with a balcony and I got to spend 7 days with my husband and kids!

Publication Date: 12/04/12
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