Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Sailfish53: Helpful tips you may find useful?
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Helpful tips you may find useful?
This maybe a bit helpful for your cruise out of Boston to Bermuda? OK first if you are coming from out of state or out of the country it is very safe here! There are TSA, state police, metro police, Boston police, harbor police, everywhere. Also there is a parking garage literally 1 block over on the next street and the police cater to the cross walks and pedestrians which is very helpful if you have luggage in tow. Now it is very easy to get to 1 Black Falcon wharf, it is literally 3 minutes off the highway 93, there are signs everywhere to the terminal. Also there is a passenger drop off area with porters by the dozens to help you check your luggage in. Then the driver just takes there first right and you enter the parking garage which you have to pass to drop off the passenger anyway so it is very easy to see. They charge $112.00 for the entire week. Here's another tip bring your credit card with you NOT CASH! It is set up like the airport parking lots with the automated machines More
and the tickets with the magnetic strip on them and the machines don't take cash. So if you have cash you have to pull over go into the office to pay and that is time consuming:( Time being mentioned here's another tip take the latest time for getting off the ship which i believe is the10:00AM luggage tags. Here's why...... the traffic from everyone else is minimal at best there's virtually no one left on the ship so you walk right off, also your luggage is sitting there in a large area all alone which makes it very easy to find. Now when you get to the parking lot to get the car there's no one there either and no traffic at 10:30 AM on a Friday morning in or out of Boston's 93. You retrieve the car pull it around to the luggage pick area, you load you leave. So get up Friday morning go eat:) a lot of people do not even realize they're serving a full breakfast buffet all morning. So by the time you're done eating and checking your room one last time for forgotten items you walk right off the ship. The horror stories I hear about people fighting to get off are ridiculous! Another tip is you really do not have to buy the soft drink beverage package. You have access to the drink fountain which contains, lemonade, pink lemonade, fruit punch, ice tea, water, orange juice, apple juice, ice, hot coffee and hot chocolate. So the $50.00 per person for the entire week is unnecessary in my view. Plus remember you still have to tip the waiter for getting your drinks.....OH YEAH almost forgot the double tipping trick. The tip is included already on the invoice, So don't tip them again when you fill out the check and fill in a tip on the tip line. Look very closely they fold the check right on the tip line so you don't see it. Someone else told me this and I thought they were nuts until I saw it for myself. Just see if they do it to you too. They got me once and that was it. The gratuities are already included for the room service too. Well let me clarify there is a $2.00 room service charge for food brought to the room.
So it's not like it use to be, you had to bring small bills with you to divide up for your stewards etc. and fill the envelopes it's already charged on your room $12.00 per day for 7 days $84.00 for each person for the week. Also I heard of people making restaurant reservations 2 weeks prior to the trip which is easy enough but not necessary. The restaurants always have room. Cagney's steak house is very, very, good and highly recommended! The Benny Hanna style Japanese restaurant is harder to get into because it only seats 20 at a sitting or something ridiculously low like that so maybe I'd reserve that one? The Le Bistro was just OK. The venetian main dining room, the aqua dinning room, and buffets the food was surprisingly very, very, good! Norwegian has kicked it up a notch or two for sure!!! We had absolutely no complaints about the quality of food in any of the restaurants and on this trip we won't be going to any of the pay restaurants they weren't any better in our view for the money. If you're drinking alcohol and buy the package for $55.00 a day per person the best bang for the buck is the wine and beer. The mixed drinks are watered down and literally zero alcohol from my experience. Also something else your ship card has your muster station location on it go by that not the muster station on the doors in the room. Also you do not have to take your life jacket with you anymore to the drills. They found to many people were tripping over the straps etc. and getting hurt so no more life jackets to the drills that's beautiful!:) They are skimping on towels we had to ask our steward for 2 more towels a day in our room no biggie he just changed the count. Oh they have the handi cap scooters on board, I would reserve them ASAP or you can bring your own I'm sure. The staff was great the ship was very clean including the rest rooms!!!!!!! I hope this helps the newbbies:) PS: bring some motion sickness medication I highly recommend BONNE it is pricey but 1 pill a day. Yes! check with your doctor first!
Leaving again in October can't wait! Less
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