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.