Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by BlueLynxx: Fun in the sun after a stormy ride!
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Fun in the sun after a stormy ride!
The cruise started under stormy skies, with a tropical storm approaching. Seas at one point were 18-27 feet with gale force winds. This caused the closing of the Promenade deck, so we stayed indoors for the trip to Bermuda. There was plenty to explore on the inside of the ship, so that was fine.
First thing, get yourself a soda package before you start getting charged individually for soft drinks.
The food was good, but I didn't eat in any of the standard dining rooms. I typically started at the breakfast buffet, which had a nice selection of healthy choices daily. The hibachi restaurant was a great option for dinner - be sure to make reservations early to ensure you get a spot. There are only two tables/grills available for each seating. The food was well worth it!
The ship arrived in Bermuda at the Naval Dockyard. Great spot for exploring, shopping and dining.
If you miss the ferry ride back, you can always take the bus - it just takes a bit More longer. Better than trying to rent a moped, as the roads are scarily narrow, the locals drive very fast, and those from the US will be challenged to get acclimated to driving on the 'wrong' side of the road. Better to let the bus driver manage that!
Back on the ship the entertainment was top notch, as was the service. I had the best room steward ever, Marcel. Each day he greeted me with a smile and would check in frequently to make sure I had everything I needed. Truly outstanding! Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Dawn Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony Deck Eight 9136
The balcony room had a large king size bed, small pull out couch and table, and a small table and chair. The closet was pretty large, with shelves on the left to put shoes. The vanity was next to the bed with strategically placed mirrors so you could watch the TV on the far wall while getting ready for the day. The bathroom was well designed - with a very nice shower stall and an additional small magnifying mirror over the sink. There was a safe in the closet, and three small drawers for storage. There were three shelves also available. Suitcases fit nicely under the bed. Compared to Holland America's balcony rooms, the room seemed smaller, but not overall. The Norwegian living area was smaller but there was definitely more space in the bathroom and more storage. The balcony size was about the same. Two important things to note. First, there are only two electrical outlets in the room. One at the vanity, and one in the bathroom. If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP, you will need to use extension cords to reach the bed. Second, some people had egg-crate foam mattress covers delivered to their rooms to make the beds more comfortable.
Port and Shore Excursions
The ferry to Hamilton and St. George is just a short walk from the dock. When you get off the ship, stop at the visitor center on the dock and buy a three day transportation pass for about $35. This will take you wherever you wish to go on the island from the Naval Dockyard/Kings Wharf. I took the bus to Horseshoe Bay - it was the nicest public transportation I've ever seen, spotless and on time. I took a few ferry rides as well. Well worth the freedom at a really reasonable price. The ferry rides were anywhere from 30 minutes to about an hour depending on where you wanted to go.
If you arrive on a Sunday - head to the beach rather than the shops in Hamilton. The shops are typically closed on Sunday. Best place to spend time was St. George with it's great history and sightseeing as well as tourist entertainment, shopping and restaurants. Very casual and quaint and just a short ferry ride from the dock.
A quick walk from Kings Wharf takes you to shopping, restaurants, pubs and a beach venue. Plenty to do and see within walking distance. The Bone Fish Bar and Grill is an excellent spot for people watching and some great food and drink. The Frog an Onion Pub is where you can sample local microbrews. Along the docks you can hire a boat, jet ski or arrange for para-sailing adventures.
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