Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Philip Balcer: Norwegian Dawn - Western Caribbean
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Norwegian Dawn - Western Caribbean
This was our 2nd cruise. The first being on the NCL Majesty out of Charleston. This one was out of NYC. We again went a day early so as to avoid any last minute aggravations. Our only mistake was to underestimate the cool temperatures of March in NY. This ship was obviously a much bigger ship along with many more amenities available. The food in the main dining area was really exquisite and the setting was just great. We met some folks from Connecticut there and we are in contact with them even now. What really surprised me was the quality of the buffet on this ship. Quite frankly, we ate there more than anywhere else. We did indulge ourselves at two of their specialty restaurants; Cagneys and a Japanese cooktop. The personnel onboard this ship were extremely accommodating and did everything they could to make our experience as good as possible. There were a couple of bummer things I should mention. The ship had to replace one of it's itinerary items. Instead of their Cay, they took More
us to a Dominican Republic port. Unfortunately this must be a place they are toying with as a regular place to stop. At present, this was not the place to go to. The port was obviously not used to seeing tourists so they really had very little to offer. There was a small slap dab of a sales area with mostly cigars and paintings. There were also hordes of kids trying to sell sea shells for $3-5. We went ashore and did a quick walk around and went right back to the boat. We felt obligated to at least say we were there. The other thing that wasn't so great was that this ship was way more rough at sea than the much smaller Majesty. I was really surprised that the stabilizers weren't really as effective on this ship as the other. I mentioned this to some of the crew members and they agreed that for whatever reason, this ship was having a rougher voyage than some of the other ships they served on. At the outset, the ship had advised us that one of their engines was out of commission, but it would not affect the cruise. I wonder if the reduced speed effected the ability of the stabilizers to smooth out the ships passage. Over all, the NCL Freestyle Cruise is really to our liking. Since we have only traveled on 2 NCL ships so far, I'm concerned about what is expected of us on the other cruise ships. We like being free to do as we please and when we please. Less
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