Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by wsx99: Fantastic cruise

Norwegian Dawn 4
Member Since 2009
321 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

Fantastic cruise

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa

First of all everything went great at the Tampa port. We arrived around 10:30 and were on board by 11:30. When we arrived on the ship we were directed to Cagneys for lunch. Our room was ready before we finished Lunch.

The review of our room will follow. We enjoyed all the perks that come with a suite but we are not sure if it is worth the extra money. You pay a lot more and then you have to tip the butler and concierge above and beyond the daily fees that you are automatically charged. I understand that they are there to help make your cruise more enjoyable but for us we did not need them to enjoy the cruise. We would love the option of a suite without their services, and not necessarily a mini suite but one of the bigger ones. We did make sure to tip appropriately this time.

All the entertainment on the ship was very good. We especially thought the comedian Tim Kiminski was fantastic. He is a true artist in his field and proves that one does not need vulgarity More to be extremely funny. Any show or game that he is in is a must see. We also enjoyed Paul the cruise director. His cheer leading skit with Tim was awesome.

We found the food to be very good - better than on the Gem. We did not do any specialty restaurants this cruise because we had breakfast and lunch in cagneys. We had great service in the Venetian and must say it was worth the small wait to be seated at Ysmael's table. He gave service like we use to get before automatic tipping was installed. He even warranted an extra tip from us.

Overall we felt we had a great cruise. We would certainly consider the Dawn again but would want a different itinerary. Less

Published 02/06/14

Helpful? Thank wsx99

Read more Norwegian Dawn cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Norwegian Dawn Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Dawn Western Caribbean Cruises

Cabin review: 12028

This was our first time in a suite and it was absolutely fantastic. We were in one of the new family suites that was added to the Dawn on her last dry dock. It was a great room. We loved the comfy chairs and we put them right in front of the big screen TV. The space in the room was awesome. Then you add to that the nice size balcony with 2 chairs and 2 loungers. It was so nice not to have to compete with the chair hogs, and we loved the top of the balcony open so we could get some sun. We never had a problem with people looking over from the upper deck and we could also enjoy the poolside music

Port and Shore Excursions

Air Boat Tour

We loved the airboat ride. It's a great tour for any age.

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins

this is a great tour if you have never seen ruins before, it was only 4 hours and for us that was long enough. It's an hour bus ride to and from so you can rest or listen to the tour guide. We had Diana Garcia Reyes and she did a great job and kept it interesting.

We chose to just walk around the shops at the port here.

Read 4621 Cozumel Reviews

Island Tour

This was a city tour with a couple of stops for tourist shopping and to see some native dancers.

Compare Prices on Norwegian Dawn Western Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2009
321 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Norwegian Dawn deals up to 82% off:

December Deals
Norwegian Dawn 68% Loved It

9-day Western Caribbean From New Orleans
See all Norwegian Dawn Deals >>