Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Donoilman: Relax
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For background, I have sailed RCC and HA in suites only. This cruise we booked middle middle 9120 which sailing after Arthur was a blessing. Overall the room, a mid ship balcony was nice. Enough room for the two of us, the bathroom was larger than I thought it would be. The room steward was excellent, hardworking and worthy of the extra tip he got. We brought a case of bottle water with luggage tag, worked like a charm. We brought our own wine with the corkage fee....good deal! We booked four specialty meals, this is where it gets interesting. First, Cagneys, pretty bad when what was memorable was the creamed corn! It's not Mortons or anything close and not worth the $30 extra fee. La Cucina was our second specialty. I had the Osso Bucco which was not braised enough, my wife had some sort of pork cutlet in a cream sauce that looked like it was a kid's meal. Bamboo was the third......Excellent. Le Bistro was the fourth....Excellent!!! Blue lagoon was frequented and was very good for a More
quick breakfast or lunch. We did use the Venetian dining room for a few meals and was good. The Ship itself is laid out well and getting around was easy, the elevators (all working) were not as slow as some have said. There were plenty of activities to keep you busy if you wanted, or plenty of spaces to get lost in a book or play cards. Yes, the boat is not in perfect condition but what boat is! The crew was friendly, some had a problem with English but understood what you needed. Everyone was very helpful and efficient.
The casino was OK. We booked through Casino at Sea so we had the free drink card which was nice. We asked for Pai Gow the first day, they flipped a table from Black Jack To Pai Gow and left it the whole week.....very tough ie lost every time we played. Three card poker was good with the six card bonus, sat next to a Lady who hit a Royal for $5000, I hit a straight flush for $1000. The casino seems to go by its own rules, we had an incident with a dealer giving away one of our playing spots with other tables open....never experienced that before....when asked about this The Pit boss said its common policy but believe me it is not! They let us leave the casino believing we were disrespected, not very good customer service. We were told the next day that the Casino manager was made aware of the situation and had several opportunities to explain but never did.....again terrible customer service. Overall the casino was big and had enough of a mix of games that if you wanted some entertainment you could find it.
Bermuda was Bermuda. Great Beaches and great weather. People are friendly and helpful. Would I cruise this ship again? Yes I would, I loved Freesyle cruising....when we travel," the plan is there is no plan". The Balcony stateroom was sufficient for two and comfortable. The food was good, not excellent not mediocre...no cooking or clean up is always pretty good, No? Just relax Less
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