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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by bkbestie

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Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Dawn
Member Name: bkbestie
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Boston
Destination: Bermuda
Cabin Category: OF
Cabin Number: 4578
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Dawn Delight in Bermuda

This was a college graduation gift for my daughter (22) traveling with my sister and my niece (25, as well. Ages 22-59. We all had a wonderful time. Room was clean and spacious, steward Aris wonderful. We paid the corkage fee ($15 per bottle) for our own wine, had a bottle with dinner every night, well worth it. Blue Lagoon good for quick bite, Garden buffet great for breakfast and snack. Ate in both the Venetian and Aqua, both good for dinner, not great, but ok, Venetian prettier, and also ate at both Teppanyaki and Moderno. These were well worth the price as food was delicious, and hot and fresh.

Entertainment was superb, starting with headline comic Tim Kaminski who sets the tone for guests and his colleagues for a great fun week. All shows (Broadway, Band on the Run) were great; we especially liked headline singers Becky and David. We loved karaoke in Pearly Pub with Justin and Gatsby's jazz and trivia with Ariel. Cruise band BE Free in Spinnaker terrific as well. Cruise director Gio a lot of fun. BBQ by the pool great food.

My daughter (first cruise) could not believe all the options on board. We did the Presumed Murder lunch with Second City (just ok) although they were funny in their show. Great weather every day, loved lounging in the sun. Bermuda was just as beautiful as all say. Took the Rising Son catamaran (shore excursion $79) first day in port, snorkel and swim in Deep Bay, pretty fish and caves and grottos, unlimited rum swizzles on ride back, well worth the money. Lots to do by wharf, especially Monday night festival, crafts, music. Bought a 2 day pass ($25) for bus and ferry and did Horseshoe Beach, sand so clean and water so clear, body surfing, rented chairs and umbrellas (cash only $10 chair $5 deposit refunded, then took bus to Hamilton, saw town, walked around, took ferry back. Next day ferry to beautiful St. George, St. peter's, perfume factory (small home, well worth the short tour), Crystal Caves ($22 but worth it), then lunch at the Swizzle Inn, ferry back to boat. Last night we skipped Bollywood, lay on deck and did Moderno, delicious meats and free pitcher of yummy Brazilian punch. Scavenger hunt at 11pm with Tim Kaminski was a riot! Would do this again in a heartbeat, just wish we had one more day in Bermuda. Drinks on board were weak and not that tasty, stick with beer and wine. Also brought our own soda (no charge).

Since my last cruise was high-end Crystal, my expectations were not that high, but I was pleasantly surprised by how great this was. Also, would go this time of year, weather not too humid, kids not out of school yet so more adult experience.

Publication Date: 06/12/13
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