MUCH BETTER THAN WE EXPECTED: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by beneva5897
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MUCH BETTER THAN WE EXPECTED
Destination: Western Caribbean
There are many options when it comes to dining, from the garden café, to the two main restaurants, to the 24 hour Blue lagoon, to the pay Specialty Restaurants, to the pool deck, and room service. What we enjoyed the most about all of these restaurants, is that they all have very causal dress codes. The most strict dress code is in the Venetian Restaurant. The men must wear long pants, they can be jeans however. In the rest of the areas shorts are acceptable. We are causal people and we loved this dress code, the most of any of the cruises we have been on. We tried room service and they were very punctual and we received everything we ordered.
The cabin was adequate in size. The thing we liked most was the bathroom. The shower was roomy, compared to some cruise ships, and it actually had a glass door, no shower curtain. The toilet was also able to be closed off. The balcony was adequate, having 2 chairs and a table. For the money we paid we were happy. Our room steward was great. We never had to ask for anything. He knew our names after meeting us once. We loved the idea of the dial by the door, notifying him when we wanted the room made, up, do not disturb, etc. What a great idea instead of the tag hung on the door knob.
The entertainment was okay. The shows in the evening were good enough. I do agree with other reviews that the music was to loud. You actually needed cotton in your ears to be able to stand it. The incense/smell they used during the Bollywood show was overpowering to me and stuffed up my nose. The music throughout the bars was good and a nice variety. We didn't use the Casino because there was to much smoke. Also, I didn't enjoy the promenade deck because smoking was allowed on both the port and starboard sides. The tours we did, which were only two, were just okay. However we were the ones that choose the tours. The tours go rain or shine, and it poured on Tuesday in Rhotan, not the ships fault.
Disembarking was also a breeze for us. We chose to walk off with our luggage. We left at 8:00AM and were off the ship, through customs, and in our car within 30 minutes. I'm sure if you choose to hang around or need to wait for your luggage to be removed from the ship and placed in the luggage area, then it may be a problem. If you are able, do the walk off option.
All in all NCL, the Dawn, and our cruise was great. It is what you make it. We will definitely sail with them again and are looking forward to trying the Getaway in the future. Less
Cabin review: 10678
Room was nice. Port side with a balcony. It was toward the aft of the ship. have a king bed, loveseat, desk area, nice bathroom. Basic balcony room