36 Boston Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Well my daughter and son booked the cruise months ago. My husband booked it for us a week before he passed away! My children & doctor thought it would be good for me to go and he would want me too! well everyone was right it was good ... Read More
Well my daughter and son booked the cruise months ago. My husband booked it for us a week before he passed away! My children & doctor thought it would be good for me to go and he would want me too! well everyone was right it was good for me. I felt he was there with us! I asked my sister to go with me, so she was my new roommate! I enjoyed watching my grandchildren at the pool going down the slide, the shows were awesome, the newly wed game, deal of no deal, the restaurants very good! So many choices, the food excellent! I took my two granddaughters to the spa and had there hair braided! And we tried out the casino too! I can't say enough about the staff! our steward manuel was wonderful, taking care of our room, making cute towel animals and if you needed anything he would get it. Diana in the buffet very helpful, always offering to carry are food to the table. And you have the best cruise director in luz and assistant joey! I could go on and on! We also saw one of my granddaughters swim with the dolphins. Then my sister and i did a bus tour of the island of bermuda! I had flown there with my husband in the past. So all and all a great vacation i was relaxed. A much needed one. I would recommend a cruise to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The Serenade of the Seas is an easy ship to navigate and the Cruise Port Boston staff is great. Security is tight in Cruiseport Boston (fine with me!) but the embarkation process is a breeze. Fun to see the airplanes flying overheard ... Read More
The Serenade of the Seas is an easy ship to navigate and the Cruise Port Boston staff is great. Security is tight in Cruiseport Boston (fine with me!) but the embarkation process is a breeze. Fun to see the airplanes flying overheard departing from Logan Airport in Boston, Staterooms were not ready til 1:00 PM so you can check out the ship's public areas. Stop by any bar and Purchase or Open your Beverage package and have a Bon Voyage drink. This is also a good time to take the Spa Tour and check out the Fitness Center, You can sign up for Spinning Class etc. Bingo was fun. Different prices each dat depending on what they were offering. I did not win. Someone did win a Cruise for Two at the end of the Cruise Bingo. The Quest was very fun as well as the love and marriage show. We want to go again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Not since our first four-day cruise in 1985 on the Star Ship Royal in the wake of a hurricane have we been more disappointed. We have traveled all over the world on many different cruise lines but have never been more disappointed than in ... Read More
Not since our first four-day cruise in 1985 on the Star Ship Royal in the wake of a hurricane have we been more disappointed. We have traveled all over the world on many different cruise lines but have never been more disappointed than in American Cruise Lines. The cruise experience with American did not have the value we expected for the price we paid. This was our first experience with American and for now we will return to our favorite cruise lines where service and value is foremost. We booked one of the Owner Suites because the American advertisement stated they were up to 450SF and had a “Full-Size Bathroom.” I should have been suspect when I could not find a single picture of their Full-Size Bathroom. Now I know why no pictures. It was literally three steps by five steps (size 11 shoe) and a shower at the end with a door that could not be closed for use unless you were in the shower! My picture is attached for future buyers. I hate to think what the size of the bathrooms were in all the room categories below the owner suite. We took the pre-hotel package at the Battery Warf hotel in Boston. It was adequate and located just outside the North End areas. The transfers to the ship the next morning where well organized and fortunately arrived at the pier after a thunderstorm. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for disembarkation. American docks on Pier 8 in Charlestown. There is no cover between the parking lot and the 100-yard walk along the pier to the ship. The morning of disembarkation we had torrential rain and got soaked making the walk to the parking lot where our luggage was under a kitchen fly tent getting wet with blowing rain. It took two days for some items to dry out! The dining experience was disappointing. The serving staff could not take and deliver an order without multiple errors. My wife has a food allergy and tried ordering meals not specified on the meal option card as available. She got totally frustrated with what was delivered for her meals. The food portions were small, and I didn’t think one could get prime rib ¼ of inch thick—but I was wrong. The way we got great meals was to eat lunch off the ship and select some of the best seafood restaurants in out port of calls. Thanks Miss Google! We never saw the captain introduced himself during any of the functions/meals. Did not see much of him about the ship (only 164 passengers on board) and after he blew the docking at Martha’s Vineyard and we had to go to an alternate port (New Bedford) we did not see him again. The day after New Bedford there was a different captain onboard the ship until we returned to Boston! The good part about the experience was the neat New England ports we visited along the way. The included shore excursions options were educational and the optional ones we bought were priced reasonably. A plus. Of the ten evenings, the entertainment was good for four or five nights. Local talent got on the ship, entertain and then departed. The other nights we departed the area after a few minutes. The resident local expert on board provided good insight into the region. There were basically no other activities. The workout area was a total loser. The low ceiling would not allow treadmills or elliptical devices. All that was there were variants of incumbent bikes. They did learn a lesson from earlier reviews and did not run out of food during the pre-diner “happy hour.” Some evenings they had nice choices. In summary, the cruise experience with American did not have the value we expected for the price we paid. This was our first experience with American and for now we will return to our favorite cruise lines where service and value is foremost. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. ... Read More
We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. We were traveling with a party of 23 that included grandparents and other family members. The trip was booked as a group. Embarkation: The embarkation process was quick and efficient. As soon as we arrived at the terminal. We needed passports for ourselves and birth certificates for the children. As soon as those were presented it was very easy to obtain our room keys and wait to board the ship. Ship: The ship was very clean, and the updates to it were nicely done. It was easy to become acquainted with the different common areas once exploring the ship a few times. The common areas including lounges, restaurants, pool areas, dining, and bathrooms were all extremely clean, and there are several hand sanitizing locations throughout every area. This put me at ease especially when traveling with small children. -Kids Pool: My children enjoyed the kids pool each day. There were two waterslides, along with kids hot tubs and a small pool. There were not many places for adults to sit around the pool, but it was never too crowded so one could usually find a chair. -Adult pool: Some were concerned about the fact that there was only one pool on the ship. This never seemed to be an issue and the pool never seemed overcrowded. People would come and go and there was always room to swim or sit around the edge. Dining: Our group had a 5:30 reservation each night at the Venetian. I would highly recommend reservations for large parties. It was great, we had the same 3 tables each night. The food was great and the menu had options that stayed the same each night, along with 8-10 new appetizers and entree choices. There was plenty of choices for kids as well. We also ate one night at Aqua, and one night at O'Sheehans. Both had great service and great food. The buffet was great for a quick breakfast. Some of our family ate at the Venetian a few days and loved it. The buffet was quick and easy especially with the kids. The breakfast and lunch options were pretty plentiful, but did not change too much day to day. The staff at all restaurants was so nice and all eager to please. Shore Excursions: We did the Restless Native Catamaran but booked it through the company. it was a GREAT trip and I would highly recommend it. Our whole group went and everyone had an awesome time. The people running the excursion were great and there was something for every age! Kids: Our daughters are 5.5, 4, and 14 months and I can safely say they had the time of their lives. I will preface by saying they are big fans of swimming, beaches, and parties so this cruise was a perfect match. The older 2 loved Splash Academy. The hours are 9 AM-12PM, 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-10:30. There are also late night hours that charge a fee. Our girls usually went for an hour or 2 in the morning, and each night they went to the party. Both were nervous at first about going but after the very first time, were asking to go back again. They were in the 3-5 group together. Each night was a different themed party, and they would return with face paint, prizes, and crafts. Splash Academy is awesome! As for our youngest daughter, she was too young for the Splash Academy room,but they did have a "Guppies" area for younger children where parents could bring them to play. There were lots of toys, and they did a class each day. We went to one and it was great! At night while our older 2 were in the Splash parties, we took the youngest with us to shows and activities. ****One suggestion I will make is to be prepared if cruising with children. We had a wonderful time, but there was lots of front-loaded planning that went into the trip. I read many articles on what to pack, and what to expect when cruising with kids. The work we put into preparing definitely paid off, as we had an awesome time. Entertainment: We went to a show each night at the Stardust theater and they were all great! We also liked sitting in many of the lounges listening to music. Norwegian puts a lot of effort into their entertainment and it shows. You are certainly never bored! Port: The Royal Naval Dockyard was a great place. We got off the ship once a day with whatever we needed for the day, but there was certainly the option to go back on and off whenever needed. The disembarking process is pretty easy. The port itself had lots of little shops and most of the excursions left from the port. You were never far away from activity. We took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay Beach the first day with our entire party, and had a great afternoon playing, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. The second day we shopped around town, and did the catamaran cruise (see above). The final day we took the NCL ferry to St. George's, visited a beach, walked around town, and jumped off the Calico Jack's Pirate Ship back at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was great! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Getting on and off the ship was very easy they saw to that. The ports were great in Maine, Rhode Island and Marthas Vineyard. We had plenty of time in each port either with a tour or by ourselves. The food was great as was the service. ... Read More
Getting on and off the ship was very easy they saw to that. The ports were great in Maine, Rhode Island and Marthas Vineyard. We had plenty of time in each port either with a tour or by ourselves. The food was great as was the service. Entertainment could have been better. Our cabin was spotless and well stocked with amenities. The cocktail hour was great, good h’ordevours, excellent waitstaff. The Lobster Bake in Camden was excellent and so was walking around the town afterwards. The people that put on the lobster lunch on the shoreline was wonderful and very good so was the band. The lobster boat excursion was also a definite highlight- the person giving the tour and bringing in the lobsters knew everything you wanted to know about fishing , lobsters and the history of the fisherman’s. The Portland tour was also great and eat at HiRoller afterwards for the best lobster rolls and lobster tacos!! The tour guide -Ron- told us about the city and then we went to Cape Elizabeth lighthouse. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise for convenience being from the Greater Boston area. We are a retired couple in our mid 60's enjoying retirement while we can. This was our 6th trip to Bermuda via cruise ship - 2nd time on the Dawn and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for convenience being from the Greater Boston area. We are a retired couple in our mid 60's enjoying retirement while we can. This was our 6th trip to Bermuda via cruise ship - 2nd time on the Dawn and previously on the Spirit and Majesty. We were traveling with a local band who would be playing on board as well. Embarkation went well - we had an assisgned arrival time of 10:00 - 10:30 and we arrived at 10:00 am and we were in the VIP lounge by 10:30. Boarding from the lounge started just after 11:00 am and we were in the Moderno dining room eating lunch at Noon. Cabins were not ready until after 1:30 so we just enjoyed sitting near the pool and people watching. The Dawn has been around a long time and starting to show her age. She is well kept and looks good, but it will be nice to have a newer ship sailing from Boston next year. She is easy to navigate - the public decks are laid out well and one can get from bow to stern easily. Around 1:30 we went to our cabin, met our steward and left our carry-on things. We then set out to re-familiarize ourselves with the ship. Luggage came up around 3:00 pm and we were able to unpack and get ready for dinner. Our steward was nice, but we had to keep asking for things like our water (latitudes perk), a bath mat, soap - things that should have been in our cabin but weren't until we asked. This is a very casual cruise - you won't find a lot of "dressy" attire. Formal nite has been replaced with "Dress up or Not" - and we saw very few (if any) suits on the gents or formal cocktail dresses on the ladies. Mostly dressy tops with capris or long skirts, Maxie and short dresses on the women and dockers or nice slacks on the men with golf shirts. We even saw shorts in the main dining rooms so clearly the dress code has relaxed and gone is the "glitz and glamour" that is still seen on other cruise lines. ( and we miss that!) The entertainment was good - PJ a magician from Korea, and Chris Burke a singer from Nashville (soul music not country!) were both great. We had a good comedian, Sam Fedele, but he was only on the ship for one week with us. We have seen the "Elements" show before but enjoyed it again. The International Crew Show is always a favorite, and we enjoyed seeing cultural dances from around the word, and singers using their native language. Such talent! There are plenty of activities every day - trivia, game shows, bingo, etc and you can find something to do if you are looking for that. The pool is small, and as always you have to get up at the crack of dawn to get a chair near the pool or in the small shaded areas. There are rules about saving chairs but no one pays attention. The hot tubs were consistently full with a lot of small children (even babies in diapers - yuck!) and no personal or pool staff to tell them that's a NO-NO - what a germ breeding environment - and the kids were "snorkeling" in the hot tub - YIKES! We are not against seeing children on a cruise ship, but we were genuinely concerned for the health and well being of these kids with no adult supervision... it's the lack of parenting that gets me going.... NOTE: There are NO STRAWS currently on the ship due to environmental policy changes. They are working on getting paper straws but for now, bring your own! We always bring refillable water bottles so had a straw when needed for those frozen drinks! Dining - was disappointing! We had VIP access to Moderno for breakfast and lunch which was very good. The buffet was okay for breakfast and we were glad to see the "made to order" omelet and egg station. Bacon was greasy and limp - we only ate there 2 times. Lunch in the buffet had the same offerings the few times we checked - if we weren't in Moderno's we had lunch from the grill - hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, chicken and fixings to go with them - French Fries were great here! For dinner we ate in Venetian a few nights - the menu's were "blah" - the nights we did eat there were disappointing. The Prime Rib was mostly fat, steak was served with French Fries not baked potato and the Pork Loin was a large pork chop with bone in that was very dry and tough. We ate in Teppanyaki and Cagney's and those meals were fabulous - but we shouldn't have to pay extra to get good food! We ate at O'Sheehans several times and the food there was good - fast too! We found service overall to be good, but you no longer see bar staff "hustling" beverages, We felt there were far less bar service people around the pool and theater and in the lounges than in the past and I believe it's because most people have the package and there is no incentive for them to "sell". Drinks were good but as mentioned before - hard to drink frozen concoctions without a straw! Having been to Bermuda several times we "do our own thing". We docked around 1:00 pm and we waited till the crowds left and then went for a walk around the Dockyard. There are several stores and museums to look around in but we were happy to have less people on the ship around the pool! NCL has a complimentary ferry running from the Dockyard to St. George which is a beautiful little village to walk around. We like Tobacco Bay on that end of the island for snorkeling so we went there the second day. The third day we went to Snorkel Park which is a very short walk from the ship ( less than 10 minutes). It's a nice clean beach with facilities, and food services and good place to snorkel when the weather cooperates. It was very windy on our day there so the water was rough and cloudy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We just came off the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. embarkation was not too bad at all and we made it onto the ship in about 45 mins. Once on the ship we walked around to get the layout...being lunch time we headed to the buffet in the back of ... Read More
We just came off the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. embarkation was not too bad at all and we made it onto the ship in about 45 mins. Once on the ship we walked around to get the layout...being lunch time we headed to the buffet in the back of the ship....total mayhem, we opted to head to the pool deck for a burger ...which was good. They announced rooms open and we went to our balcony cabin 10206, starboard side aft. It was clean but on the small side but enough room for two. The bathrooms were on the small side but ok. The cabin and the ship were always kept clean and neat. We never did the freestyle cruising before but go the hang of it. NCL has a rather relaxed dress code, there were no Formal nights....long pants and collared shirt for men seemed to meet the codes. Shorts were allowed in the dining room on almost every night. We chose to eat in the dining room or a specialty restaurant every night. The Buffett was just crazy, ie morning breakfast lines on two sides ended with the Omelet station ...which backed up the line as people waiting for their egg ordered stayed in line and kept the rest of the line from moving forward. ...Dining room food was good. Specialty dining was great..go for the packages. We had the free drink package, a first for us...what I did not like was you did not get a receipt after you get your drink...so there was no way of telling how much they charged for the gratuity or service charge...strange... Some bars carried certain liquors some did not...so you have to search out which bar has your brand . Staff was very friendly and helpful. Entertainment was ok. Cruise director does a Tina Turner set and is great. Shopping on board is really not worth the bother, no great prices at all...even when they put things on sale. Our cabin was under the Spa...noise in the middle of the night when they do the floors, but it does not last that long. One big gripe was on several occasions we stopped at Osheehans for a cocktail, the first time, I had to go to the bar after waiting 20 minutes to ask if we could have someone come take our drink orders, ...10 mins later someone came...and we got a drink....we were there over an hour and a half and that was the only time we got served a drink...we tried to give it another chance but it was bad...we moved on to another bar for our cocktails...I am sure there is more but my mind is whirling around after just getting off. Not sure if we would do the Dawn again but it is not a bad ship by any means... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. Rooms: We stayed in an inside cabin and loved it. It is comfortable and very clean. Got a lot of good sleep. Room sturits are very friendly and nice. Our friends had a balcony room and it was awesome. Spent more time in their room because of the view. Nice to relax on the balcony. Food: Can be a hit or a miss. Some restaurant are unbelievable and others are not so much. Bought a 3 dinner package and was disappointed by couple places we went to. Bamboo is an Asian food restaurant, thought it would be good but boy were we disappointed. Not worth it at all. Went to Cagney's Statehouse and were very disappointed in the service. Our steak wasn't cooked the way we ordered. DO NOT EAT ANY OF THE SOUPS. Los Lobos is a Mexican restaurant and it is amazing. Get the Guac! Our server named "Faruk" is the guy you want. He will tell you how it is and will not disappoint. We put our trust in his hands and he kept bringing us delicious foods and drinks. Hands down the best servant we have ever had. Venetian is great for breakfast and lunch. We had a server named "Diaz", we was very good. Good assortment of food. Bimini Grill by the Oasis pool has awesome burgers and drinks. Aqua is a great place for dinner. Le Bistro is a French restaurant which we saved for last. We were blown away by the service and the food. Everything was so delicious. Service was outstanding. The Garden Cafe which is a buffet, has a great variety of food for everyone. Everything was clean and food was fresh. There are a lot of restaurants that you can go to. Trust me, you will gain some weight. Gained 10lbs myself. Crew: Crew is great. These guys make the whole experience that much better. They treat you as if you own the ship. They are there to help with anything you need. Definitely are understated. They go above and beyond to make sure you have what you need and that you are happy. Entertainment: There are always things going on all the time. Acrobatics, comedy, music, movies, games, and trivia. Cruise Director: Are very helpful and make it easy for everyday plan. Excursions: Something for everyone of any age and ability. Makes Great Memories. Enough time in port for excursions and shopping. Did the glass bottom ferry tour and it was awesome. Cool to see different fish, coral, ship wreck, and $3 Rum Swizzles. Beaches are beautiful and clear. Locals are very friendly and helpful. Lots of places to shop around. Did a jet ski tour out of Somerset Bridge Water Sports 441-236-7758. Had an awesome time. Harry Patchett was our tour guide. Was really nice and made the tour fun. Was lot of fun doing 45mph on the water. Bermuda: Lots of things to do and enjoy. If you are looking for a taxi then Shaun, P. Tucker is your guy. Was awesome and very informative. Took us to the beach we wanted to see, but there wasn't much there. Shaun told us he will take us to an awesome beach. We drove around half the island. he told us about the history. Dropped us of at clear water beach. We spent 3-4hrs there. He came back later and picked us up. Was a great guy. Tucker's Taxi Service Cell:441-336-9674 or email: shaunp@logic.bm Trip was very relaxing for sure. No worries at all. No cooking, no cleaning, no kids, drinks available everywhere..."get the booze package" you're welcome. Overall had an amazing experience especially for being a first timer. There are lots of things to do and explore. Lots of restaurants with lots of variety. Had a great company and made some new friends. Will book again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Best record for hygiene and just a great crew. Always a pleasure to sail with you guys and we won't try another cruise line I don't think we are happy with this one! The only issues we had were with the Iconcierge app being ... Read More
Best record for hygiene and just a great crew. Always a pleasure to sail with you guys and we won't try another cruise line I don't think we are happy with this one! The only issues we had were with the Iconcierge app being terrible and the Deal or No Deal game being terrible. Other then that just an amazing time! Love the energy of the crew and how they take care of not only our happiness on the trip but also being super clean and professional. This was our 3rd cruise and the 2nd on the Dawn. I brought my daughters this time for their 16th birthday present and they had never left the country or been on a boat. They are hooked and are already begging to go again as a gift for their graduation! We will miss the Dawn on the Bermuda out of Boston run but look forward to our next adventure aboard the Gem that will be taking over that cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers were all amazing. We dined at the Venetian, Aqua, and Bamboo The food was delicious, sometimes it took a bit for us to get our food after ordering however we also went at busy times .Restaurant staff was friendly and attentive. We ended our nights at Bliss Lounge and enjoyed the fun there. The DJ played some of the same songs night after night, but we still had a ton of fun. The only thing we didn't like was the pool deck area was taken over by children a lot of the time, and the hot tubs would have been much more enjoyable if there wasn't many children in them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more ... Read More
One of the big things I like about a vacation is the planning I do upfront. It was difficult to do for this cruise since we didn't know till about 3 weeks before departure if and where we were going. That made it much more difficult to feel excited about the ports we finally were going to. Embarkment - got there around 10:30 - had them take our luggage - went up stairs and only waited about 5 mins before we were being checked in. Found some seats and waited about an hour to get on-board. Actually we were with someone that was getting married so they let us board right after the platinum and handicap boarding. So we were having lunch at O'Sheehan's with a drink in hand within 15 mins of boarding. Note that the doors to get to the rooms was close but we saw people going in anyway so we did it and was able to leave our carry-ons in the room. Room - decent bed - pillow top on pull-out couch - but alway very very dark. It was so dark in the room I didn't find the light in the closet for the first few days. I would use my phone to try to see the cloths on the shelves. When I did find the light switch the light would blink off and on so still not so great. Left it on one morning and the steward must have seen the issue and had it fixed. Safe was not working so we had to have maintenance come reset it for us - they needed to have us in the room for them to reset it. Bathroom in room is fairly large - steward always had plenty of towels for the three of us. Of course as you know very small balcony. I wanted to mention our friends had room 11618 - it is a handicap room - OMG it is a very large room - great closet - you can see all the shelves - enormous balcony - two lounge chairs two tables and two regular chairs - I was so so jealous. I did use their balcony a couple of times to sit out and read. Much smaller bathroom but the room size and balcony made up for it. Entertainment - felt you could always have some fun during the day - dancing by the pool - the 'stupid' games they played were entertaining. Shows at night not bad. I was feeling sick by the 4th night so I missed many of the shows since I was asleep so early. Dining - Breakfast was decent - they couldn't get two eggs over medium right - I think the omelet pans were too hot - sometimes food was warm - sometimes cold at the buffet. Usually did quick lunch either eating food from the outside area near the pool or at buffet - nothing special. Ate in one of the two free dinning rooms every night. Sometimes with my large group which we had booked ahead and sometimes with just my husband and daughter. Never had an issue getting a seat immediately. Food was decent - first time on a cruise I loved the deserts. Missed the setup they use to have in the evening where they had chicken wings/chicken tenders out and you could help yourself. I didn't feel they were as good from O'Sheehans - maybe it was the wait for them. O'Sheehan's food on Dawn was not as good as the food on the Breakaway in O'Sheehan's - nacho cheese was runny as was the artichoke dip. Pool - luckily we had very few kids on this cruise so we could enjoy the pool most of the time. Sometimes it was overrun by kids but at least not every day. Loved the salt water and when there were waves. Hot Tub - had 17 of us in it one day - was lots of fun. Bar/Lounge- we didn't find a set bar in the evenings for the group to meet. Really missed the Pearly Kings that is replace with wine bar. Wine bar is pretty but limited. So felt this kept the full group from being together. Couple of times when there was a 'party; on the pool deck at night it worked better for us. Servers - found a good one at the pool area named Mark - he would try to keep up with our orders. Brought us shots when we were in the hot tub with the 17 people and the other 10 around the outside. Wedding - originally attending a wedding in St. Thomas - cruise people had to re-coordinate it due to hurricane keeping us from St. Thomas (though last day they changed us again and we actually made it to St. Thomas). They picked a very nice location for outside event next to beach in St. Lucia. In the evening the manager of the Venetian setup a few tables at the window for the wedding dinner. That was very nice of them since it was not planned ahead of the cruise but only after the 2nd day of the cruise. Ports - Antigua - too many ships in port - and it was our first stop - was crowded and hot and smelly. But got to the beach - Darkwood and it was the best beach of any of the islands beaches I went to this trip. Martinique - so so so pretty as you come into port. Walked over to the ferry and took it to the other side to a beach - this was what I guess someone mentioned to others in our group. The beach was ok - not really much of a beach - be careful letting anyone wander off on their own to the right of this area - seems like a couple of guys were living there - and one decided he had to pee when I was within eye shot! St. Lucia - this was the wedding day - took vans to Pigeon Island - very pretty area not sure if any public beaches here but did manage to dip in after the wedding. St Kitts - most of the group went shopping - there were tons of people with monkeys that they tried to get you to pay for taking a picture with them. I took a catamaran cruise from the ship excursions - was fun - though it poured just as we were getting into the water so difficult to see - cleared up and got to see a sea turtle - had some strong rum punch on the way back - had guys put monkeys on us as we headed back to ship - my daughter gave them $10.00 to get a picture - they tried to get $10.00 more for putting them on me but we just walked away. St. Thomas - the night before we were told we were going to St. Thomas - it was so quiet pulling into port - we took an open air taxi with 12 of our group to Megan's bay - was so sad to see some of the damage - still some great views from above but many electric poles down - electric work trucks everywhere - saw one side road completely gone. OMG so so sad at the beach - tons and tons of trees down - really abit of a mess but they were really trying to give us a good experience. They had thrown together a 'bar' area so they could serve soda and drinks. They had people doing the lounge chairs and umbrellas. water was actually slightly cool here compared to the other islands. disembarkment in San Juan - we had a late flight at 5:45 - originally planned to try to see some of Old San Juan but had heard the airport had a power outage the day before and long lines. Our friends decided to pay $25.00 a person to do the airport transfer with Norwegian - a few of us decided to do taxis - we got into line same time they did and made it to the area to get luggage at the same time - they got into an elevator we took stairs - ended up at the same point. They got a porter (they had 7 people) and the porter took them right to the security desk - only cost them $5.00 so we decided to do this as well. Worked out great - he took our bags - grabbed some other peoples bags - had us thru security quickly - took our bags out to area to get a taxi - got us a taxi - two other of our friends were out there so it was 5 us in one taxi van - cost $28,00 for all of us (course we gave her $40. - she still didn't have power where she lived). Anyway my point here is just get a taxi - so so much cheaper and I am at least she is the one getting the money versus Norwegian. Plus we got through security - had pizza and got our bags checked before our friends taking the Norwegian transfer even got to the airport. San Juan airport is fine - plenty of places to seat and to eat - or drink. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was ... Read More
We like the cruise because it was convenient for us leaving from Boston. This was our third time doing this repositioning cruise. The stops are really good. We booked again for next year. The ship was in need of a facelift and was heading to dry dock for some work after this cruise. They now have life guards that hover at the edge of the pool. I was swimming alone in the solarium pool and the guard stood over me. As I swam 20 feet to the other side he walked along with me. It felt very intrusive and could have been done better with some common sense. I saw eight people slip and fall on the pool deck. That seems to be the much bigger hazard. We had a great time at the Diamond Lounge. There were many fun loving people there and the bar tenders were great. We normally like to gamble every day but the table games that they had weren't great. There were several Black Jack tables that were always empty and the Caribbean Stud table was almost always empty. There was one 3 card Poker table that the dealer had to maker out a waiting list for. They could easily swap out one of the Black Jack tables for a Let It Ride Table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Liked itinerary, love the islands, especially St. Lucia. Relaxing and good food and service, also liked the music around the ship. Was a little upset that I did not receive body lotion in my cabin since I am diamond plus, don't ... Read More
Liked itinerary, love the islands, especially St. Lucia. Relaxing and good food and service, also liked the music around the ship. Was a little upset that I did not receive body lotion in my cabin since I am diamond plus, don't think it would have cost more than .30 cents, think Royal Caribbean is cutting back on so many things, but did without. The ship was clean, lot to do, had a very nice dinner table. Met friends I cruised with in the past and we had a lot to talk about, met a lot of new friends. We had a very nice table for eight for early dining, enjoyed going to dinner with a lot of conversation, very relaxing. Halloween party was very nice, danced a lot, and loved a lot of costumes? All in all it was a great relaxing cruise, this was our fourth time doing this itinerary and thinking of doing it again next year, we have not booked it yet. Our table at dining was 227, and Ben Amor and Hakim were excellent, could not do enough to please us. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Went with a large group. An item of sentimental value was stolen from our room on the first night. Dresser drawer was broken. In room safe was broken. Had them fix it the first time. Then just hoped the thief didn't steal anything ... Read More
Went with a large group. An item of sentimental value was stolen from our room on the first night. Dresser drawer was broken. In room safe was broken. Had them fix it the first time. Then just hoped the thief didn't steal anything else the last 5 days. On board activities were minimal at best.The food was bland, and service was slow. Never did see my waiter for our first breakfast in the dining room, waited 45 minutes. Finally the coffee server took my order and 30 minutes later I had a cold omlet, cold hash browns and toast. Never went back for any other meals ! The staff seemed friendly enough. Although the Casino staff in the cashier box were very rude and abrupt. The windows were all dirty so seeing out of them were impossible. No entertainment outside of the theater and centrium. My wife purchased a gold bracelet from the gift shop and the person who took our order made it the wrong size. We had to go back 3 times for her to get it right, and every time she would look at us like we were an annoyance. She shorted us on the size the first two times. I kept asking her to just size it for what we paid for (charged by the length) The third visit the clasp wasn't working ! I would not recommend this cruise to any others. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I'm usually a fan of Royal Caribbean and have had two previous cruises with them that I would rate as excellent, but this one wasn't. My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and I had pre-booked an ultimate ... Read More
I'm usually a fan of Royal Caribbean and have had two previous cruises with them that I would rate as excellent, but this one wasn't. My wife and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and I had pre-booked an ultimate anniversary package, only to find that after I got on the ship it had been cancelled by Royal Caribbean without any notice to me. Then when I tried to re-book it, I was told that they don't carry the items on the ship and therefore couldn't provide it. Instead they offered the minimal. Hugely disappointed. Activities on the ship - not varied enough and fairly standard. Talent on the ship - below even cruise performers. No-one was notable and none of the performances were very inspired. Ports of call - okay, but not much variety in the shore excursions between each of the ports. Got "excursioned out" because the lack of variety. And too cold to hit the pool on the days of sailing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We took this cruise to see and visit areas we had not been to before. The shore trips we took were kind of boring. Need to research excursions better next time to really get the feel of what we want to see and do. The ship was great ... Read More
We took this cruise to see and visit areas we had not been to before. The shore trips we took were kind of boring. Need to research excursions better next time to really get the feel of what we want to see and do. The ship was great and our waiters at supper were so good at what the do. They made our experience so much better and fun. We had a great time with all the activitys on board. The deep tissue body massage was wonderful and the live shows in the Tropical theater were great also. We attended two art auctions, and were able to purchase some great art at great prices. The weather was beautiful. We had rain on one day, and that happened to be the day at sea! I really enjoyed our dinner companions at our table in the main dining room, and those we met at breakfast and lunch. Lots of new friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We took this cruise as a last minute deal to get away from Hurricane Irma. Had a wonderful time on board. Shows were great, food way to good, and staff was friendly and hospitable. What a way to ride out the storm. The fine dining ... Read More
We took this cruise as a last minute deal to get away from Hurricane Irma. Had a wonderful time on board. Shows were great, food way to good, and staff was friendly and hospitable. What a way to ride out the storm. The fine dining was great except for the way you now get a certificate and can only choose one salad-or- soup. In the main dining room, you can order whatever you want, as much, or little, as you like. Fine dining is limited and sometimes I'd love to have a soup and salad. You have to pay extra. Not quite worthwhile when the main dining and buffet areas have such fabulous items too. The port is so easy to get around - just walk off and you're already in a fort. Jump on the free water shuttle to go to St. George's. Overall a fabulous cruise. Love NCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it ... Read More
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it would the best wedding ever to be married onboard the Dawn. The wedding was arranged with the wedding planners affiliated with Norwegian Cruise Line. The ceremony and reception was held in the Bliss Lounge onboard. The wedding planners met the entire group at the pier, and escorted us efficiently through the boarding process, and we were allowed to board the Dawn early. The whole process of handling all the guests went extremely well, and it was a beautiful day. We ended the first day onboard with the entire wedding party and sailing guests having dinner together in the Venetian Restaurant. Everything was fabulous! Our cabin was inside on deck 9, and it was comfortable with adequate storage. Our cabin steward was amazing, she was very friendly, and she was always available if we had any special requests. We enjoyed all of our meals in the complimentary dining restaurants, and we did not have a bad experience anywhere.The service in the restaurants was great. Onboard experience with entertainment, and activities was also very good. During the day there were plenty of different activities happening, you could choose to participate or just relax with a good book in a quiet area of the ship. There was also a good selection of shore excursions offered for Bermuda, and I would recommend booking before you sail, because space may not be available if you wait until your onboard. Entertainment onboard was very good, from theater shows in the Stardust Theater every night to music entertainment in the different lounges onboard. The cruise itself was also fantastic, beautiful weather, and calm seas, and of course beautiful Bermuda. I live in Massachusetts during the summer months, and I cannot think of better way to end my summer. I am planning on sailing on the Dawn again in 2018 Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to ... Read More
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to secure your bags, travel by planes would be as wonderful. Once aboard the ship we went to our room and it was lovely. We had a balcony and it was perfect. I couldn't believe how much room there was. The room steward Errol was wonderful he greeted us and introduced himself and he was exact any time we needed anything he was there. The food was outstanding in all the restaurants as well as the buffet and pollside. The shows were a great mix and we enjoyed them all. My husband enjoyed the casino. We went ashore when we reached Bermuda and that too was spectacular every one was so helpful and all the information given on the ship at board was so helpful. Our main event the weeding was also perfect and special for my niece. I thank all of the staff a thousand times over. I am Norweigan by birth and so thankful this was the line we were on. I can't say enough wonderful things about this cruise line. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts...... Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and ... Read More
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and maybe this is the time of the year, there were a LOT of younger (18-22) kids getting hammered...that goes obviously with a lot of adults...it's not going to ruin your time, but it can get annoying QUICK...during a more intimate cabaret show/improv comedy show, some kids were so loud you couldn't hear the performers with their mics MAXED...again this might be different when you go. 2) This is my fourth Norwegian Cruise, and I've never encountered as much of a language barrier as this ship. Normally the crew is very international, but in this occasion, we did have some issues. 3) The food outside of sit down wasn't all that great. Usually the buffet has varying options, but it seemed like the same old every day. the Bamboo included restaurant was impossible to get a reservation to. And the Irish bar pub food was not good. 4) Our inside cabin had VERY thin walls, so we could hear a lot of other people...again this could be our cabin/floor, and the party atmosphere of the ship. Overall I would recommend this cruise, just be aware of when you go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and ... Read More
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and urged us to join them. I had always wanted to see the coast of New England - and this brand-new cruise – Grand New England – in Mid June 2017 had just the itineraryI was wanted, so we didn't hesitate to sign up. This is a small ship - 175 passengers/ I believe there were about 145 of us. Perfect size, I think, easy to get everywhere! Very good value for the money. The staff is probably 90% American (can't speak for those who work below decks) - young, enthusiastic, friendly, helpful, and fun! The tour directors were excellent and able to answer all manner of questions re: shore excursions. Almost felt like some of them were family by the end of the voyage. Demographics are mostly over 55, although there was a family of with college age daughters and a Grandfather traveling with his two late-20s/30s grandsons. I will say most of the passengers were pretty lively and interesting and fun to exchange pleasantries with. Food was consistently excellent. We had the most wonderful Chief Chef (Joselito H.) on board - and he made a point of visiting a few tables each and every night to inquire about our dinners/ask if there was anything else people wanted to see on the menu, etc. all alcoholic drinks were included in the cost of the fare (as were standard gratuities for the staff). No "nickel and dining as some larger cruise ships do! Always a cocktail party at 5:30, and entertainment after dinner. Onetwo nights the entertainment was excellent, the other evenings I opted to retire early and read. Bear in mind this is coastal new england so no broadway stars on board to sing or dance for the passengers! Our lecturer, Rachel P. was so much fun - she knew so much and made her lectures (with a white board to illustrate various parts of the coast) so entertaining). She also lead early morning walks in each port - with of course, a walking commentary about the area/flora/fauna/fish/ etc. JUST GREAT!! The excursions / bus transportation ranged from good to excellent, and these small ports can allow one to just wander around on one's own, but keep in mind there are also WONDERFUL things to see and learn about which did require transportation. The scenery and sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking. I can't wait for our next ACL cruise, and we're sure to sign up for more in the future. Cheers! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than we thought!). We are retired, in our mid 60's, and healthy. We do find that this cruise out of Boston is a bit overpriced, but we are paying for the convenience of not having to fly anywhere so it averages out. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at the port approx 10:45 (at our appointed time),and were on board at Noon. We did have to sit in a waiting area which seemed to annoy some people but things went smoothly if you were just patient and listening to instructions. The main dining room is open for lunch and most people are not aware of that so we had a very nice, quiet lunch once we were on board. Once we finished lunch we were able to go to our cabin and our bags were delivered about 1:30 pm which was pretty fast! Dining - we ate in the Main dining room several times, and O'Sheehan's Pub as well. As a perk we were able to dine in Moderno for Breakfast and lunch which was very quiet. Eating in any dining room is always our preference to the buffet. The food was as expected - not fabulous but good. We had a specialty dining package (3 dinners) as part of our perks for booking and this was a first for us - the meals were very good and well worth the extra gratuity charge we paid for this "free" perk but we don't normally pay for extra special dining so it was a nice bonus for us. We ate in Teppanyaki, Moderno (go VERY hungry and don't fill up at the salad bar!) and Cagney's - of the 3 Cagneys was by far the best! We never use room service but did notice there is now a $7.95 fee for each delivery - not "free" anymore either.... We also chose the Ultimate Beverage Package as our other perk but again this is not "free". We paid $98 each in gratuities up front and would have paid about that or less without the package as we are very light drinkers and don't drink a lot of soda but it does make it easier not having to keep track of your bar spending. Bottled water is not included in this perk but the water from the ship is probably filtered better than at home so we bring refillable bottles and have them filled with ice before we leave the ship for the day. Excursions: we have been to Bermuda several times, so we did our "own thing" - when we arrived on Sunday we took the #7 bus ($9 round trip each- tokens are bought at the Info center) to see the Gibbs lighthouse. We were left off by Henry the VIII's and you walk uphill about 1/4 mile to the lighthouse - and then 187 steps to the top for fabulous views ($2.50 admission each). Came back down and caught the #7 again back to the dockyards. On Monday we took the new NCL Ferry (which is complimentary!) to St. George and back - our favorite area on the islands. From the center of town we went into the information center and purchased round trip bands to get us to and from Tobacco Bay - a beautiful beach on the North Shore - $9 for the two of us in a shared van) - we purchased a chair and umbrella for $20 and snorkeled in the bay. There are facilities and a snack/beverage bar. On Tuesday we went to Snorkel Park which is within walking distance from the dock. $5 per person cover charge - nice clean facilities and also snack bar, etc. Chairs ranged from $5 for a regular chair to $15 for a nice lounger- $10 for an Umbrella. With two ships in port the beach was very crowded but we got in some more snorkeling (we bring our own gear) until the winds picked up and the skies clouded up. Service was great all over the ship and we were always greeted with smiles wherever we went. This crew works hard for their money and seem to enjoy what they do. Entertainment was good - the comedian was not to our liking, but there was always something going on somewhere on the ship - so many different choices it can be overwhelming if you try to do it all! Jerry 9NOt Terry)Sager is a Broadway star and her show was amazing as was Soul Duo. We had seen "Haines Magic" previously and he was amazing as always - "how did they do that????" A Second City troupe was onboard as well but we missed them. Disembarkation - we thought since we were local that we would use the "walk off" program and not have to search for our luggage - this proved to be the wrong way to go as so many people made this choice the line went down one side of the ship, through the bliss lounge and back up the other side to get off. Since we had a priority advantage, if had we used the tag system and placed our bags out the night before we would not have been in such long lines. We only had to turn in our Custom slip - no customs to go thru other than that and no need for passports to be shown. The Dawn is a beautiful ship with a great crew and we will definitely be on her again from our "home port". Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We choose Royal Caribbean because this was the destination we wanted. Also we have been on Royal Caribbean cruises before and have been pleased. I gave this boat a average rating . First of all maybe this is the trend all lines are ... Read More
We choose Royal Caribbean because this was the destination we wanted. Also we have been on Royal Caribbean cruises before and have been pleased. I gave this boat a average rating . First of all maybe this is the trend all lines are taking to keep over all costs down. I see a lower standard in food and entertainment. The food in the reflections restaurant was average quality and much smaller portions than I remembered from past cruises. I am a small person and had to order 2 servings of courses to get enough food. The food in the wind jammer was good. Also there were only 3 resaturants on ship that were included in cost of cruise and 4 that were extra. I guess that is the trend to get people to go the the pay resturants instead of eating the food from the ones included in prices. Also we requested early 6:00 dining with our group of 12 and it showed on our paper work we had recieved that request. Well they had no record of that and that took quite a bit of talking with staff and waiting in long lines to get this corrected . I also think the my time dining is not a good thing. I seen long lines of people waiting in lines for tables that did not have a specific time. Also that caused a problem with show times. We had to hurry over to show to even get a seat and lots of people standing in back did not get seats. when there were shows in the centurium area we never once got a seat because there was not very many. Another problem in the high traffic areas like deck 5 where entertainment was only 2 stalls in baths so long lines. Long lines at guest services , not enough staff working behind counters. Cabins could use a clock and a outlet in bath and tablet and pen. Boat was very clean and staff , our room attendant and table waiters were excellant. The ship needs updating, remodeling or maybe time to retire it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to ... Read More
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to take our bags. Boarding was a breeze. Once on the boat, there was truly something for everybody, from game shows and the casino for the gambler in our crew, or all sorts of activities during the day from trivia to mr. Sexy legs by the pool, no body ever once said they were bored. Even though I preferred laying by the pool with a drink in my hand. And with two bars near by made the wait minimal. The shows in the evenings were amazing we only missed one all week. We definetly recommend not missing the comedy shows, the second city group on the boat is hilarious!! Food was delicous from the buffet, to the Venetian all around great food. And we loved Not having a set meal time so there was no rush to get off the pool deck and to dinner on time, instead we left when ready and took our time showering and getting ready. And with three girls sharing 1 bathroom and straightener that was definetly a huge plus. Bliss Ultra lounge was soo much fun at night, its huge and the bar tenders always on point. And having osheeans open all night made for the perfect late night snack afterwards. All the staff was all fantastic but Dan, Jaime and shake it Shirley were most definetly our favorites, definetly made our week unique and a blast! All around a blast already planning for next time!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose to get married in Bermuda, and sailing on the Dawn to get there seemed convenient and cost effective for us. We ended up bringing over 60 of our friends and family aboard with us. In a word it was AMAZING!!!!! This was for me, and ... Read More
We chose to get married in Bermuda, and sailing on the Dawn to get there seemed convenient and cost effective for us. We ended up bringing over 60 of our friends and family aboard with us. In a word it was AMAZING!!!!! This was for me, and many of my guests, a first time cruising. I have to admit, I was getting nervous as there are A LOT of negative reviews out there on the Dawn. Don't be fooled, if you are a fun, down-to-earth, easy-going person, you will have the time of your life on this cruise! THE SHIP: The Dawn recently underwent a refurbish right before we came aboard. It was beautiful! The pool area was a lot of fun- we spent a ton of time on the pool deck. I'll admit the pool could be bigger, but it didn't hinder our experience. Drinks were flowing, music was pumping, and the sun was shining- what's not to like?? The Stardust Theater is very nice, not a bad seat in the house. Bliss Lounge (dance club) was great too, lots of room to dance. One thing important to note, is that I was shocked at how much I could feel the boat moving. It didn't bother me, but if you're someone who gets seasick, I would highly recommend you get the patch. Apparently the seas between Boston and Bermuda are known to be a little rough. Nothing crazy, but I was very surprised as I thought I wouldn't be able to notice it at all. THE FOOD: To my surprise, the food was fantastic! We didn't opt to eat at any specialty restaurants. We just stuck to the main dining areas that are included in your cruise. It was so much fun at dinner- every night I got an appetizer, entree, and dessert (or two!) If you didn't like what you got, or simply just wanted to try something else, the servers are more than happy to bring you another meal, and the best part? IT'S FREE! Many of my guests did opt for at least one specialty dining. The feedback I got was that it was 10 times better than the free dining (which we all agreed was already pretty good!) If I do this cruise again, I'll likely be booking at least one specialty dining night. We ate breakfast at the Garden Cafe mostly everyday. This is a buffet with millions of selections. Again, if you're on a budget, even the free buffet was pretty good and open all day long! THE ENTERTAINMENT: Probably one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to get the Norwegian iConcierge app. It's $9.95, but totally worth it. It allows you to text other people on board who have the app, keep track of your on board account (how much $$ you're spending), and also gives you an hourly calendar of events going on around the ship. We had so many people with us, without the app it would have been hard to stay connected with everyone. It is slightly difficult to set up, but once you get it- it's super easy to use. There is ALWAYS something going on, on board...and for all ages! We had quite a few kids with us. My flower girl who is 5 absolutely LOVED the kids club. She would beg to go there, and ask us to come back later when we would pick her up! Some fun things we did that I would recommend include: Thrillusionist Show, Deal or No Deal Game Show, Not-so-Newlyweds Game Show, White Party (NOT TO BE MISSED!), Comic Show, Karaoke, the Casino. THE SERVICE: The service was top-notch. I truly felt like all they wanted was for me to be happy! Again, I read some pretty terrible reviews about rude servers- and quite honestly, I'm wondering if they were on the same ship??? We got the Ultimate Beverage Package included with our cruise (thank god, because I think the drinks are ridiculously expensive if you don't have it!) We never had trouble getting drinks. I did find that if I tipped a server around the pool area, they came around a lot more often- which was great and I didn't mind throwing out an extra $20, they deserved it. Our cabin steward, Nick was absolutely outstanding. He knew us by name after only about 10 minutes of us being on the ship. He also knew we were getting married on the trip, so he made it extra special for us. Everyday we had some new, awesome towel animal and a perfectly spotless room. On the night of our wedding, we came back to our cabin to a huge "CONGRATULATIONS" sign, balloons, our names spelled out in chocolate mints on the bed, and a bride, groom, and heart made out of towels. It was just the cherry on top of the most perfect night of my life. BERMUDA: Bermuda is gorgeous, and by far the nicest beach I have ever been to. Horseshoe Bay is breath taking and shouldn't be missed. The great thing about Bermuda, unlike most other islands I've been to is that the poverty rate is extremely low. You feel safe walking mostly anywhere! I loved that. But, that does come at a price--and a very expensive one. Bermuda is VERY, VERY expensive. I'm not kidding- two eggs, with nothing on the side- $18!!! Beware, I highly suggest eating on the boat. We did the mopeds which was super fun, but definitely dangerous. You drive on the opposite side of the road, and you don't really know where you're going. If you're comfortable on a moped, it's worth a try for sure! Only $105 for a 24 hour rental of a double (two person) moped, I thought that was a pretty good deal! We also did a Jet Ski Snorkel Adventure...it was a blast!! The snorkeling kind of sucked, didn't see much other than murky seaweed, but the jet skis made up for it! We also chartered a private yacht called UberVida for our wedding. We did a sunset cruise, and it was absolutely beautiful. If you have a large group and are interested in some kind of private charter, contact Roxi at Ubervida--it was amazing and not nearly as expensive as it sounds!! Overall, this was the most fun trip of my life. The cruise was great, but I can tell you that you make your own fun. All these people writing terrible reviews clearly don't know how to make the most of where you are and who you're with. If you're in the Boston area and looking for a fun, inexpensive trip for your family- travel on the Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016

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