My husband and I are both 51 yrs. old, our 2nd cruise ever, last one the Norwegian Jewel in 2012. Cruise was during school vacation, surprisingly the ship did not seem to have many children on-board. Very quiet.
Embarkation from Tampa, quick - we were on ship by 12 noon.
Our mid-ship minisuite 11080 was ready by 1:30pm. The room was slightly different than the mid-ship minisuite on the Jewel. Basic set up was the same, but there were only 2 drawers for storage vs. 4 on the Jewel. However, the closet space was plenty for the two of us and included two robes in the closet. Room was very clean and had a couch, coffee table, a square table with one chair, safe, fridge, and coffee maker.The balcony had 3 chairs and we felt had more than enough privacy. We did not have a problem with smelling cigarette smoke from the ship on the balcony, but did have one neighbor who went out on their balcony 2 or 3 times out of the whole cruise to have a smoke. We just shut the sliding door and no problems! There was occasional noise on the upper deck from moving chairs, but this did not interfere with our rest. You can hear poolside music out on the balcony, but not in the room. Simply this room was very enjoyable and we have booked it for a future cruise.
Staff was outstanding. EVERYONE was friendly and welcoming. Pools were clean, and we enjoyed the front of the ship whirlpool. Spa pass was great, and two spa treatments were very professional.
The food was very good, including the main dining rooms, buffet, and specialty dining. Many enjoyable activities for all ages, and variety of shows. Casino very fun. Martini tasting entertaining.
Our visits to Roatan- Spent an hour in shops at port, not great.
Belize- We took an excursion to the ruins and a river safari trip- excellent.
Costa Maya- Beautiful, Shopping and Senor Frogs.
Cozumel- Very nice and great shopping
Fog closed Port Tampa on return, which meant an extra day at sea. Crew made sure we had activities and food. Actually got off ship at 5:30pm rather than 8am.
In summary, we loved the Dawn and would recommend this ship and Norwegian to all.