Norwegian Dawn May 17, 2013 Boston to Bermuda Jade Suite, 11020 Cast of Characters: Me, 50ish woman 6th cruise to Bermuda, 1st on the Dawn Boyfriend, around the same age, 1st cruise Dad, 76 year old, parkinsons and a touch of dementia, cruised before, 1st cruise to Bermuda Daughter and friend, two 19 year old women, both cruised before We live 15 miles south of Boston so we had a driver pick us up at 10 am. We were at the Black Falcon Terminal by 10:30, long line of traffic, there were still people being picked up from the prior cruise. We looked like FBI agents in our HUGE black Cadillac SUV. Driver dropped us off, within 5 minutes a porter came and grabbed our luggage (including a wheelie cooler that we had stocked with diet coke, coke and bottled water). Dad uses a walker, so we went to the handicapped line where we waited for a crew member to bring us onboard with a wheelchair, that took about 40 minutes. did a lot of people watching (checking out our fellow cruisers). Once King came (he was the crew member with the wheelchair) we were off and running, zipped us through all the lines and check in. Then he took us to the Suite area where they served us coffee and sweets..Then he took us up and showed us our suite. VERY IMPRESSIVE the JADE Suite, 11020. Absolutely beautiful..Then he brought us to Cagneys where we had our lunch!! Bye Bye King.Never saw him again, he was very nice.
Our family suite with balcony was very roomy, even for 5 of us and a walker. We ate most breakfasts at Cagneys. If not Cagneys, then it was the garden buffet. One dinner at the Venetian, two at aqua, then the rest of the time we ate in the suite or Blue Lagoon (not too impressed with Blue Lagoon), or buffet, I thought the buffet was great for a buffet!! Had pizza delivered to the cabin one night, it was very good and worth the $5 charge. Flor, our butler, was great, any wishes were granted and Virginia, our concierge was so nice and helpful. Our cabin steward (dont know his name) was the hardest working man on the ship!!
We LOVED Tim Kaminsky, the comedian I think we saw all his shows but one. Second City was a let down after him, not funny at all. Not So Newlywed Show, funny as usual. Dont think we went to any other shows Loved playing Deal or No Deal, even though we didnt win The girls played bingo one night (again no winners here) Did well in the casino, Blackjack and slots, came out a bit ahead!! My dad even played one day when the table was empty. (he just needed a little help telling the dealer what he wanted)
First day in Bermuda, because we were in a suite we were able to disembark first!! Great perk!! Only about 30-40 of us waiting to get off the ship, they had us wait at LaCuccina (I think), then it was off to Horseshoe Bay (we took a taxi cause of Grandpas limitations) Spent a couple of hours there, the girls swam, Grandpa ate (he ate non stop all week) Taxi back, then we relaxed on our balcony the rest of the day. Scott took the girls to their first bar that they could order drinks legally, so they went to the Bone Fish, which is right off the dock ..
Second day, didnt do too much, just walked around the Dockyard. Sampled rum cake, watched the glassblower ..Did some souvenir shopping, then back to the ship. Monday night they have Destination Dockyard, Scott and I walked over, listened to the music, purchased some more gifts, then stopped at the Bone Fish for a couple of drinks then back to the ship. Third and final day. The girls got their hair braided at Snorkle Park, then Scott and the girls took a jet ski tour. They left from the dockyard. It was 75 minutes, the guide took them to a shipwreck (in the Bermuda triangle) That was the most fun they had all trip. Well worth the $$$....$440 for the three of them. While they were jet skiing, Grandpa and I sat in the shade, people watched and rode the trolley around.
Note: The Grandeur of the Seas was docked next to us. It had sailed down from Baltimore. We met a couple of women that were on it, they were unhappy with the ship. But then again, they were unhappy with Bermuda and the dockyard, too ¦..Not sure if they were just cranky or if they had real concerns ¦..Unfortunately the ship just caught fire the other day in the Bahamas and the cruisers had to be flown home. We left Bermuda about 5 pm Heading back to reality stinks .
Disembarkation in Boston was tough (a little easier for suite passengers) , but we were home by 10 am. Already planning our next cruise!! Loved the Dawn, will cruise her again to Bermuda next May. Note: There were only a couple of children on this cruise. I think I only saw maybe 20? So if you dont like to wait for an elevator while the kids play Ghost Rider (when they hit all the buttons and get off) this is a good week to cruise!! Staying in a suite was the best!!!!!