My husband and I sailed on the Dawn from 12/17 to 12/26/2010. This was our second Christmas cruise - both of which have been on NCL ships. We loved it so much, we've already booked next Christmas on the Pearl - and are bringing family along. We met a group of people on our Cruise Critic board before the cruise. We had a great time with them from the Meet & Greet until we were together on the last night as a team for The Quest! It really added a layer of fun to the cruise.
The crew of this ship stood out for us - top to bottom. Captain Sverre Sovdsnes - aka "Captain Smashing" - gave a little introductory speech for each port first thing in the morning. We would find ourselves scrambling to find the TV's remote so we could hear his speech! He always made us laugh - especially since he ended each speech with "Have a Smashing day!". Then entire senior staff of this crew was very visible. Not a night went by when we did not see at least one, sometimes two, of the crew in the dining rooms making sure everyone was having a good time.
Daniel, the Cruise Director, is new to his position, but he's excellent at his job! The Second City crew took great delight in making fun of his obvious youth. (If anyone finds a lost Pokemon, please return it to Daniel!) Our team managed to make him blush during The Quest. It was a lot of fun, and Daniel was a great MC for all the game-shows.
Our room stewards, Joeffry and Bernard (Deck 10 Aft, port side) were amazing! They took care of all our requests promptly, and they were always smiling and laughing. Such a difference to the ones we had last year on the Spirit, who I'm not sure I even met.
In the Spinnaker Lounge, we met a Jr. Bar Server, Jessie. She made sure we always found each other if we arrived separately. Jessie knew our favorite drinks, and she made some great suggestions, too. Also, we ran into Jessie on the pier helping organize shore excursions. She was in training to switch positions. Jessie helped us out in both areas. She's very good at her job - and incredibly sweet!
We met another Bar Server, Christina, in Gatsby's Lounge, who was also very good at what she does. Christina made sure we found a table, had munchies, and always remembered our favorite drinks. She made us feel very much at home while we listened to Greg Lupton play the piano. Greg is lots of fun and a gifted musician. We enjoyed meeting him - and sharing a late-night snack with him in the Blue Lagoon. He's very approachable and a lot of laughs.
Dave Heenan was the featured comedian. His "adults only" show was hilarious! Wow. Had to buy his DVD!
All the shows were fantastic, but the Holiday Show was even better! The crew is very talented!
We hope the crew on the Pearl is as friendly and out-going as the crew on the Dawn!