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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by mxp: Wonderful Canada/New England on the Dawn!!


mxp
2 Reviews
Member Since 2009
8 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation Not Rated
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 5.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.5

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Wonderful Canada/New England on the Dawn!!

Sail Date: September 2009
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

Embarkation in NY was absolutely the easiest I have ever experienced. We arrived at noon and were having lunch in Venetian by 12:30. The lunch in Venetian was very nice and I would highly recommend this over the buffet on embarkation day. Leaving the ship at the end of the cruise was also very fast. We decided to carry our own bags off, left the cabin at 9:00am and were standing on the street waiting for our driver at 9:15am. I can't say enough about how smoothly everything went at the port.

Cabin 8089 interior, deck 8 near Salsa, so you will hear music in the evening, but not too late. The cabin is small, but adequate for a port intensive, fall cruise. This is a triple cabin, but do not try to fit three people into this space. Plenty of storage space, sliding door for the shower is so much better then shower curtains. You have to sit sideways on the toilet otherwise your knees will hit the wall, I'm 5'4." Shampoo, shower gel and lotion is provided.


The More new menus on the Dawn were just fine. The same items to choose from on one side and the daily specials on the other side. Plenty of options which included meat, poultry, pork, fish and vegetarian. The wild mushroom quesadilla is so good. The deserts did get a little monotonous and even the desert choices in the buffet were few. On the other hand, my waistline is thankful. Had dinner one night in Impressions, the Italian restaurant, it was wonderful and definitely worth $10. Dined in the buffet one night, plenty of choices, including salads, made to order pasta, pizza, burgers, carving station. If anyone was hungry, it was their own fault. Breakfast each day in Aqua, a much nicer experience than the buffet line. I am obviously not a fan of buffets and with freestyle dining, you can choose your table size. We never had to wait more than five minutes for a table for four. The only night was lobster night, and although the hostess told us the wait was 30 minutes, she called us within five minutes and seated us at a great table by the window. Most seating requests on this night were tables for two, therefore the wait. They offered free champagne to guests waiting in line. Overall, I have no complaints about the meals, except the Eggs Benedict, they were bland.

The shows were okay at best, nothing to brag about and if you miss one or more, no big deal. Passed the comedian in the hall, he was a little obnoxious, so did not go to his show. The magician was good. The Fire and Ice musicians were very good, the other musicians were okay. Less


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Cabin review: Norwegian Dawn 8089

Cabin 8089 interior, deck 8 near Salsa, so you will hear music in the evening, but not too late. The cabin is small, but adequate for a port intensive, fall cruise. This is a triple cabin, but do not try to fit three people into this space. Plenty of storage space, sliding door for the shower is so much better then shower curtains. You have to sit sideways on the toilet otherwise your knees will hit the wall, I'm 5'4." Shampoo, shower gel and lotion is provided.

Port and Shore Excursions


Lovely place, my favorite on the entire trip. Took the 2.5 hours Ollie's Trolley tour, do make advance reservations and be at the ticket office 30 minutes prior to the tour if you can, as they will give your seats away. The tour makes three 15 minute stops and the guides are very informative. This is a tender port, so shore excursions had first priority to leave the ship. Once you clear immigration on the ship, you go to pick up your tender ticket. Do not pick up your tender ticket until you are ready to leave the ship. If you don't take the tender that coordinates with your number, you have to get another number and start again. We were off the ship by 9:40, with just minutes to spare before our tour. Lunch was at Galyns, also recommended by the tour guide. Very good lobster rolls. Ice cream at the Big Dipper is excellent.

We took the Old Town Trolley tour, hop on/hop off. The trolley stop (16A and only on cruise ship days) is just down the street from the terminal, next to Dunkin Donuts. The next stop (16)is about a 15 minute walk away at the Convention Center. This is the orange line on the map. From here you transfer to the green line to continue the rest of the tour. The Old State House is interesting, obviously a lot of history in Boston. Faneiul Hall is a madhouse, the foodcourt area is totally mobbed. Do yourself a favor and go down the street to restaurant row, where you will find the Olde Union Oyster House among others.
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