Great Family Cruise: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by jnmrlk
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Great Family Cruise
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Getting on the ship was a breeze, it took all of about 20 minutes. We were a party of 12 (4 cabins) and after getting our key cards I was in the bathroom and they were boarding already!!
Our cabins were clean and kept clean every day - kudos to the housekeeping dept. We had towel animals every night (much to the delight of my Grandchildren). It is so funny how the small things make such a difference! The only problem I had with the cabins was that we were on deck 8 somewhat above Dazzles so we got allot of noise from the bands playing, when Fire and Ice played we were in Dazzles so it didn't matter but the rock band was loud, this was my fault for not double checking floor plans when we booked!!!
We ate at both restaurants and service in both was wonderful. There were 12 of us More and we had no wait to get in, we ate just after 6pm in one and about 5:30pm in the other. We were in and out in an hour, no problems at all. The food was great, it was always the right temperature and we had no problems with the menus.
The food in the buffet was okay but not great, the desserts from the buffet were sometimes a little on the rubbery side (in the main restaurants they were excellent). Food is always subjective and I think you have to take into consideration that buffet food is buffet food. We certainly did not starve and we could always find something to eat. We did enjoy the Blue Lagoon chicken wings and ate there quite a bit!!
My son and his girlfriend ate at Salsas and Cagneys and loved both. He said the steak melted in his mouth.
We watched Band on the Run (my fav show), South Beach Rave, Bollywood and the Crew's show. I enjoyed them all, the comedian was so-so I wasn't that impressed with him and the magician was good but they had a great one on the Spirit last time and this one was not quite as good (IMO).
I have to say that FIRE and ICE were fantastic - I didn't want to miss them when they were performing, Rosie can sing anything she was amazing and she kept Dazzles packed with people.
Bermuda is beautiful, I have always loved Bermuda. We had great weather and the skies and seas were breath taking. My two sons went jet skiing (twice because they liked it so much). They went right off the boat next to the Bone Fish Restaurant I believe it was KJ Watersports. They had to go slow (no wake) out of the harbor and then they were allowed to open them up, they both loved it. Horseshoe Bay was great and off course we took the taxi to the top for $2 a person!! I went horse back riding at Spicelands, the early morning tour onto the beach. We didn't spend allot of time on the beach and they do not take you into the water but I love being on the back of a horse and being in Bermuda just makes it that much better! We also went scuba diving with Blue Water Divers, my 14 year old loved this, they took him over a ship wreck and he saw lots of fish. I had trouble equalizing my ears and couldn't stay down long. They were patient with us (4 of us went). My daughter ended up switching for snorkel gear and gave up with the scuba and they were fine with that. I got some great photos!
We ate at the Frog and Onion at the Dockyards which was nice, be careful if they ask you if you want a souvenir glass as we ended up with 2 that cost us $12.75 each on top of the food bill, I thought they were going to serve the drinks in it and just charge and extra couple of dollars for the glass!!
My daughter-in-law got photos with the dolphins and loved that. My other daughter checked out all the history sites at St George's and the Dockyards and enjoyed that.
We went to Snorkel Park to finish out our trip and that was also a good time. There are no waves and it is a great place for young kids to play. Thinking that I was being clever I took bread out into the water and went way out away from the crowds, I crunch up the bread and get attacked by a whole ton of fish, if anyone was watching me they probably laughed their butts of, I must have looked like I belonged in a Chevy Chase Vacation movie as I was trying to get away from the fish!!
Once again, the ship is in great shape. They were changing out the carpets in the hallways and they were quick and efficient.
All in all we had a great time, my son's first cruise and he is totally sold on cruising. I cannot say enough about the crew they were great and several of the waiters had my son's name down after the first day which made his day!! Less