“Repositioning Relaxation”
Cruise review of Norwegian Dawn

BrocktonCruiser Norwegian Dawn 5 Repositioning Relaxation
Member Since 2010
No Helpful Votes
Overall Member Rating
My husband and I a big fans of repositioning cruising. The longer length gives much more time to really unwind and the more numerous sea days are the best. It is especially wonderful returning to your homeport and not having to face a final day of airport stress. This was a rare vacation that was focused on relaxation and doing it "freestyle." We made few plans, booked no shore excursions, and except for a salon appointment, did not worry once about schedules, The NCL Dawn is one of the smaller NCL ships, so it lacks a few of the big ticket amenities like water park, bowling and rock climbing. It is showing its age a bit, but was generally well maintained and clean. The pool and spa are a bit smaller than on other NCL ships we have sailed on. Overall we were satisfield with the many dining options and the casino. We did not go to a single show (highly unusual) but there was a wide variety and reports from other passengers were that they were fun. Our previous experience with NCL entertainment is that it is better than most cruiselines. The weather was wonderful for the entire cruise and the ports of Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten and St. Thomas are among our favorites, although we were not that fond of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. My husband and I cruised in a 2 bedroom suite. The small second bedroom served as my walk-in closet and dressing room. The second bathroom is a blessing when getting ready for a day ashore or evening events. As suite guests, as well as Platinum level Latittudes members of NCL, we were able to enjoy many ammenities. Priority boarding and disembarking, butler and concierge service, special parties and other perks are well worth the upgrades and loyalty. We each celebrated a birthday and our wedding anniversary during the trip, and it was very special. Room, casino and dining staff made sure the celebration was festive. We cannot say enough about the friendly and attentive staff that made our vacation great. A highlight was the Chef's Table dinner. Incredible food and wine and a chance to meet great fellow passengers. The private galley tour with the head chef the following day was an extra special treat.
Norwegian Dawn Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Overall Ratings
  • Cabin
  • Dining
  • Embarkation
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Family & Children
  • Fitness & Recreation
  • Onboard Experience
  • Public Rooms
  • Rates
  • Service
  • Shore Excursions
  • Value for Money

Cabin review: Family Penthouse with Large Balcony

This 2 bedroom family suite is great. The bedroom is a secluded oasis. The master bathroom is large, with an awesome ocean view shower and jetted tub. There is a 2nd small bathroom, which is so handy. The 2nd bedroom is small, but would be good for small children. My husband and I were alone, so it served as a walk-in closet and dressing room. Loads of storage through out the cabin. Furniture could be a bit updated and there were minor signs of wear and tear. The in-room espresso machine is a great treat. The balcony had cushioned lounge chairs, which we took advantage of.

Port and Shore Excursions

We had been here last year, so we opted to explore the area around the port on foot. We stopped in a couple local casinos, did a bit of shopping and stopped for drinks overlooking the water.
Read 987 Aruba Reviews
Cave Tour
The tour of the cave was interesting, but we ran into a couple of busloads, so it was crowded and hot. There are multiple steps to enter and explore the cave. Not a big issue for us, but was troublesome for many of the guests. The port area is nice and the architecture is beautiful.
I had been to Ocho Rios before and done the main tourist attractions. We opted to walk off and visit the shops near the pier. This area was not well developed, choices were limited, and hawkers and taxi drivers were relentless.
One of our favorites. We like the atmosphere. It is relaxed and people are not aggressive. We explored the main street and the waterfront on foot, visited a few shops and enjoyed the spectacular beach views and a cold beer before returning to the ship.
Read 3,322 St. Maarten Reviews
We were here recently and toured the island then. This time we got off to visit the shops at Havensight Mall at the pier. There are great views and lovely beaches on the island.
Read 3,412 St. Thomas Reviews
Published 05/08/13
Thank BrocktonCruiser
No Helpful Votes
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Dawn Review
Norwegian Dawn Cruises to the Southern Caribbean
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?