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71% of cruisers loved it
  • Underwent a multimillion-dollar refurb in 2011
  • Has family accommodations in most categories
  • Standout spa with rare indoor pool

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Norwegian Dawn Family
In addition to solid family-friendly accommodations, the children's facilities on Norwegian Dawn are excellent and truly make this ship ideal for families. The main center of action is the T-Rex kids' lounge, with play rooms and a movie theater. Adjacent (but not enclosed within) is the T-Rex kids' pool, complete with downsized lounge chairs, a waterslide and a whirlpool. For teens, there's a video arcade and a disco-style teen club.

NCL's "Splash Academy" is currently divided into four age groups: Guppies (6 months to 3 years, with parent), Turtles (3 - 5), Seals (6 - 9) and Dolphins (10 - 12). The teen program, called Entourage, accommodates passengers 13 to 17. The overall program focuses on sports, arts and crafts, theater and technology, with age-appropriate activities for each group. Planned activities may include circus workshops, parades and scavenger hunts. (Both Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day, like pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus.)

Games for kids are also organized on Great Stirrup Cay, the line's private island.

For the 3 - 12s, organized activities are typically offered from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on both port and sea days. On port days, a supervised meal fee ($6 per child) may apply. Entourage's hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on sea days and departure time or 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on port days.

Group baby-sitting is available onboard; evenings it's offered from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; on port days. Cost is $6 per child per hour; the second kid is $4 per hour. Passengers should sign up for sitting services by 8 p.m. the night prior to when they are needed. There is no in-cabin sitting. Norwegian also has developed a fleetwide discipline policy. The four-step set of rules includes warning, time-out, suspension and dismissal stages.

High chairs and cribs are available upon request (either onboard or in advance). Other kid-oriented amenities include kids' packages for soda. The unlimited beverage program is roughly $4 per day, per child, up to age 12 and $6 per day for teens 13 and older.


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Norwegian Dawn Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
3.9
Public Rooms
5.0
4.4
Cabins
4.0
4.2
Entertainment
5.0
4.1
Spa & Fitness
5.0
4.0
Family & Children
4.0
3.6
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.4
Enrichment
2.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.2
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.0
Rates
4.0
4.0

Sailing From

Cruises To
Bermuda
Canada & New England
Caribbean - All

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Ship Stats
Crew: 1,073
Launched: 2002
Decks: 15
Tonnage: 92,250
Passengers: 2,340
Registry: Bahamas
CDC Score: 98
 
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