Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by colin: Norweigan Dawn
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
No airport transfer to the Howard Johnson Plaza ($45 taxi) the 1 night in the hotel was on a great beach (surfside) but the hotel was very basic
The NCL Dawn itself is very impressive and clean with an abundance of staff onboard.
food was good although the pay for restaurants offer a better choice and quality which is annoying since you pay as full board.
The buffet restaurant has just about anything for anyone from salad to fruit cooked meats rice currys chinese and if you walk to each different part in the garden restaurant you can find hot dogs burgers sandwiches ice cream,as i said just about everything.
If you go off the ship they charge you for bottled water to take so we just got our own bottle and filled it in the restaurant before leaving.
Raychel in the star bar (waiteress)is brilliant she can tell you where to go and what to do at every port as well as get your drinks,she is a great ambassador for NCL
My only gripe with NCL is More the $12 per person per day gratuity charge and then you get charged 15% tip every time you buy a drink.
We spent around $700 whilst on the ship $350 was tips.
As we dont drink a lot someone who does would have had a much bigger tip bill at the end although on the flight home some people said they went to reception on the last days and requested their cabin charge money back which we were told they got.
All in all the ship is fantastic never any hastle getting a sunbed the food was very good and the staff were brilliant we only had 2 rude members of staff during our whole visit.
on the last day of cruising everyone tried to get into the venetion or aqua dining rooms (free ones) so the wait was long with many people either paying for the other restaurants or going to the buffet which is what we did.
i would definetly book this ship again but next time ask for my gratuity money back,
Ps any alcoholic drinks you buy or try to bring onto the ship are confiscated until your last day on the ship when they return it all, Less
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