Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by marinabelle: Norwegian Dawn: 15-26 Feb 2012
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Norwegian Dawn: 15-26 Feb 2012
Stayed at Hyatt West for $160, left car there 11 days free, free trans to port for 2, return cost $12. A very nice room, breakfast included.
Arrived terminal 11am, check in took 10 minutes, 20 more before ship was ready to board. Beautiful atrium, puwarm reception from friendly crew, rooms ready at 2pm.
Our cabin contained: dispensers for hand soap, bath soap, shampoo, no sample razors or anything. 3.5' of hanging space, 1.5'(4)shelves, floor to ceiling, 3 drawers below dresser. Large shower, dresser-mounted hairdryer was powerful.
Bed was very firm, but comfortable. very small nightstands had no drawer, 1 lower shelf. the usual safe, micro, tv with 4 news channels. some movies, no interactive function to check bill, etc. Cabin was cold, used hairdryer often to heat the space.
Public spaces have been decreased to add cabins and specialty restaurants. No card room, library much used as multi-function room. Temp was cold (husb described as "cool") throughout More the ship. I did not complain because most of the psgrs were large people and I assume they keep it cool for the majority.
I felt crowded much of the time, seating noticeably short in buffet dining.
Buffet food was excellent, as good as I've had on some ships, better than most. Breakfast menu was repeated daily, but was extensive enough to make plenty of variety. We thought the Venetian room was lovely, but we have had better meals on other ships. Very acceptable, but not outstanding. A wait of 25 minutes 4 of the 10 times we dined there, no wait 4 times, shorter wait the other 2 times.
Casino: Auto shuffler on the three $5 blackjack tables. Blackjack paid 6:5. A lot of complaining about losses, tables empty the last 4 or 5 nights.
Players Club pays very few points for table games, they told me better accumulation of pts for machines. Watch out for getting change from the cashier in foreign currencies. All in all, the least fun casino of any cruise I've taken.
7 really interesting ports, a nice mixture of developed cities and poorer countries. The best tour we had was St. Kitts. Signed up in the "cruise" square before entering town with Beaulah Mills, a lovely articulate guide who entertained us with humor and information. The price was only $20 for 2, with most couples adding a $5 tip. She's at email@example.com Poolside: There seemed to be enough loungers if we moved away from the poolside entertainment. No funny games there, but music was quite loud.
Many announcements of things we could purchase and volume was quite high.
We enjoyed the art auctions, bought some nice pieces at good prices. Entertainment was good. Patti and Jose were real crowd pleasers in the atrium and Jeri Sayer(sp?) was the outstanding act for us...a real broadway performance, with a lovely voice of incredible range.
Hope this info if of value to you. We had a wonderful time, but we always find cruising to be enjoyable. Less
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