Just got back from the 5/24-5/31 7-day NY-Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn. My third cruise. First was Pacific Princess (the actual "Love Boat" for its final season in 2002 NY-Bermuda), which was fantastic. Second was a Carnival megaship NY-Caribbean, did NOT like it at all. The Norwegian Dawn was fabulous, the ship, the crew, the entertainment...pretty much everything.
The Food Others have criticized the food. Well, the food wasn't awful, and the specialty restaurants have better fare, especially the steaks at Cagney's (had the rib eye...superb!). The Venetian and Aqua restaurants were just fine, and even the Garden Cafe food was good. Are you going to get great at a buffet? No. But the variety was very good, and unless you want gourmet everyday, the Garden Cafe and other standard no-fee restaurants sufficed. More than sufficed. The pool deck BBQs were very good.
Condition of ship Very, very well-kept. 6-1/2 years old (which, at least to me, doesn't sound very old at all!), and it's kept in impeccable shape. And it's gorgeous, beautifully designed and easy to navigate (excuse the pun). Also very clean, very impressively so.
Stateroom We were lucky and got upgraded to a Penthouse Suite, #9236, one of the Penthouse Suites in the aft. Very roomy, extra-wide teak deck, very, very comfortable, beautifully designed, tons of storage. And the butler and concierge service...I don't know how I'll ever be able to cruise without that again! He's mentioned elsewhere on cruisecritic, our butler Anoop was just superb!!! Always there, whatever you want, and everything is done quickly. Amazing guy with a wonderful personality and smile. Our concierge Anshuman also made things happen for us. Really, between these two guys, there was nothing we had to arrange for ourselves. The rest of the crew also very hard-working and very pleasant.
Entertainment Very good to great. Stardust Theatre shows were fun, not too corny. Bollywood show had some fantastic acrobatics. The absolute BEST entertainment on the ship...Fire and Ice. Run, don't walk, to all of their shows!!! Amazing talent. Don't miss it!
Pool / Fitness Center / Spa / Kids area Didn't use spa, except for a treatment, which was very good. Not an annoying hard-sell for products, either; no more expensive that other cruises and spas in general. Rest of spa looked nice enough, some friends used it daily and loved it. Outdoor pool was a good size, good amount of hot tubs. Crowded, but not overwhelmingly so. Seemed there were always places to sit, especially in the front "quiet" deck. Kiddie pool was very well-done, and the kids seemed to stay there for the most part. But not a lot of kids on this cruise. Sure to change as season continues and kids are out of school. Fitness center good size, got machines and equipment I wanted to use most of the time.
After this cruise, I would definitely book another Norwegian Cruise. Very satisfied.