Six of us sailed out of Tampa on 1-20-13 pm Norwegian Dawn headed for the Western Caribbean. Embarkation on the ship was fast and everyone was very pleasant. Once on board we went to the dinning room for lunch which was very good with great service. After lunch 13:30 we were pleasantly surprised to find that our cabins were ready. First time we have ever been able to get into our cabin that early. Great turn over time for the crew.
Went to the Aqua for dinner, crowed but went to the piano bar to wait and just happened to noticed that the Restaurant Manager for the ship was one we had sailed with on the Star and he hooked up us with a quicker dining option. Went to Aqua each night got a pager and went to the piano bar to have a drink and listen to great piano music with great waitress, The waitress was one we knew from the Star. It is great when you see crew members that you have cruised with before.
The Dawn was well kept with fresh looking paint and well kept public areas. Crew was very friendly and attentive to your needs. Best Cabin Steward that we have ever had and we were in the cheap cabins.
Food was as good as any other cruise line that we have been on now that they are all trying to cut corners so they will not have to raise prices.
Entertainment was great, only draw back was that there was not a magician on this ship. What a disappointment!
Disembarkation went smoothly and we were on our way.
Overall it was a great trip, weather was not the best but the cruise line does not have any control over that as I am sure that they wish they did! We sail on Norwegian and Holland a lot and have not had a bad trip with either line.
Only issue that I have with this cruise line is the way that they allow the on board credits to be used. In the past nonrefundable cruise credits could be used for anything including service charges. Now someone with infinite wisdom decided that non-refundable cruise credits can be used for anything EXCEPT service charges. This controls what you use your non-refundable cruise credits and forces you to use them on what they say you can use your credits on. I know this is petty but if this is FREESTYLE cruising then let me be FREE to use my credits as I see fit. We use to be able to use them anyway we wanted. I have no problem using refundable cruise credits first but then let us us the other credits as we please.