Got back home today after 19 days on the NCL Dawn. Let me start by saying I like Norwegian Cruise Line. This was my third cruise with NCL, one for 24 days in 2012 on the Spirit (lovely ship) and 7 days last October 2013 on the Epic. I prefer the Dawn/Spirit size ship and many of my fellow passengers agreed with me. The Dawn shows a little wear and tear, but is still a fine lady!
Love the cozy cave feeling of the inside cabins. In cabins over the theatre, you get the occasional thump, thump of the bass from some of the shows, but I wouldn't let it deter me from choosing 8525 again.The beds are very comfortable. Hair dryers on the Dawn are heavy and may pose problems with people with arthritis. They might be advised to bring their own light-weight one.
Food on board is from good to great, depending on what you order. Desserts, take two. They are awesome! I found the roasts at the Garden Café to be very good and the variety of food there also fine.
The Venetian is a beautiful room for dining and my choice by far for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the Aqua restaurant the food and service are on par with Venetian, but the room lacks any inviting ambiance and could do with redecorating..
My steward PUTU is a charming and humble man. I was always greeted every day with a bow, a smile and a friendly "Hello Miss Lesley". He did his best to make sure everything was perfect for me. I ended up with my extra bed being covered with towel animals which I took a picture of to show my grandchildren : )
Staff on board are there to help and will do there best to make sure you are well taken care of. Some things they simply can't do! Don't ask for miracles. If it is right and possible, they will do their best to make it happen!
If you are considering the Dawn for a vacation...just go ahead and book it. Ignore the complainers and the nay sayers. I have found those people generally find something to complain about just to make their day! Book your trip. Have fun. AND...cruise like a Norwegian : )