Everyone on Cruise Critic loves Bermuda and you can minimally add me to list. While it may not be my favorite location, I would go back again.
Chose this cruise based on two factors: Bermuda and going out of Boston. Both were wise choices. Thanks to all the wonderful people of Boston who were the vast majority on this cruise. Some of the nicest and politest patrons on any cruise I have been on in 16 excursions. The boat and only choice was NCL which was secondary.
NCL Dawn has not faired well on many reviews and I expected to be disappointed and was willing to live with that based on the criteria stated above. Everything from Day 1 Exceeded my low or lowered expectations.
Was in the OK Class partially blocked window view, I would take this room in a heartbeat for the low price I paid. Light came in well and you could see over the boat. As stated by everyone, do not book a room in the AFT on Deck 8. We were just forward of midship near the front elevator and heard little to no noise. The room was more than adequate for the price and knew that it would be smaller based on room size indicated. Bathrooms well layed out but did not like that they rigged the shower not to have very hot water. Think McDonalds Coffee and lawsuits. You can get around this with a Phillips Screw Driver if you are so inclined.
Two free restaurants.. This really involves your own taste and personal choice since this is reflected differently by a good number of authors. Loved Venetian and thought the Aqua was a serious downgrade. Again personal choices and how you choose to dress. Venetian has a much stricter dress code.
Note: A BIG THAT A BOY for the combination of Sergio Clair and Mary Jane who were no less that a fabulous combination. Best ever and that ranked high on my list. What a CLASS ACT... If you choose to seek them out, PLEASE TIP THEM WELL! They provide Exceptional Service and that demands abover average compensation.
Pay restaurants worthwhile but we found the service in the main dining room Exceptional and how can you top EXCEPTIONAL! Food was much better than most reviews lead you to beleive.
Boat was in better shape than I was again lead to believe. Staff was all over keeping railings and walls freshly painted.
Tim Kaminsky wsa the best comedian ever experienced on a cruise and WHAT A FOLLOWING he has...He held a comedic session in the middle of a Sea Day and People left the pool to go to see him. AN OVER PACKED HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SEA DAY? Kudos to you Mr. K ... I have never seen such a huge following of cruisers... Guess that they read alot of Cruise Critic Reviews who praise him for a reason.
Bermuda is one of the islands where it makes no sense to by sight seeing from NCL... As everyone indicates, take a Cab the first day to the beach since the bus is a bad option on Sundays. Yes it is forty dollars each way but your goal is to get to the beach, not to spend time on a bus. Note, YOU NEED TO RENT AN Umbrella and consider renting chairs. Sun is WAY too instence not to have an umbrella.
Note: Hotels in Boston and the East Coast are not cheap! Worth noting before seeking out the before the cruise hotel which is always a must to prevent missing the cruise for any reason.
Cruise Director Matt: Sorry Matt, Based on a scale of 10, you only rate a 3-4.
Rachel: Good lucks take people a long way and hope that yours never fades since your voice is similar to scratching an LP of which you will have no idea of what this or a phonograph record ever was...
Matre D's in restaurant: Nice Job Jose and to the quaint sophisticated man in charge..Sorry I dont remember his name but anyone from NCL reading this will know who I am talking about.
All NCL staff worked hard and fully met my expectations!
One head waitress in the Venetian was very bizzarre and again NCL should know who she is and I would ask for someone else if she attempted to wait on my table a second time.
Boarding was brutal going through the lines. Abused by several people in line, shame on me for not getting names... This subject was previously discussed by other writers. Once you get to the counter, they are EXTREMELY EFFECIENT and somehow you forget about being abused while in line. Multiple incidences when going through initial security.
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10. This is not the latest and greatest in terms of ships but was very nice and SUPPOSEDLY rated as number 2 of all NCL vessels by passengers. Thanks again to every cruiser from the Boston Area and a dedicated staff. Edna our steward was also a kind soul and the world needs more of them.