This is our second time on the NCL Dawn. We did the 12 day out of NY in 2007, we enjoyed the outside dining in the back of the ship which is now gone and turned into a Kids Pool. I would consider the Dawn a very basic ship with no frills or extras. If you're cruising with kids who may enjoy those big slides, extra pools, rock climbing, outdoor theater, ect like on other ships, you won't find that on this ship. The Feb 3 - 10, 2013 sailing had older folks on it averaging 60 yrs old. Due to it not being Peak Week with more kiddies sailing when being off for Feb break, this was a good week for older folks to enjoy a relatively kiddie-free cruise.
We found it disappointing to have more specialty restaurants requiring an extra charge then there were without. The food was OK, not gourmet, not over the top but good. Bar drinks as always and on all cruise lines and ships need to be brought up a notch. Even for the very light drinkers, the cocktails were considered weak.
We were disappointed the there was no offer of sushi/sashimi during lunch buffet or elsewhere throughout the week. It may have been offered to folks who stayed on the ship whiles others visited the ports of call. Last year on Carnival and the year before on RCCL it was available every day, no extra charge.
The crew works hard at keeping folks busy and upbeat.
I felt there were more perks and offers given to those who stayed on the ship during port days. Our Latitudes membership perks were very lame. I'll post info about the ports visited, Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel.