Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews

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"We also avoid cruises with lots of tender stops due to the difficulty in meeting private shore excursions at a particular time, the time waiting in line to get on and off tenders, and the possibility that inclement weather might cause a change in itinerary due to the inability to tender (although this latter point did not weigh heavily into our considerations, since in our previous cruises, we never had to miss a tender port due to bad weather.As it turned out, the NCL reservation system and the NCL call center staff falsely described this cruise as having only one tender port (Edinburgh)...."Read More
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Food, Service, Entertainment all declining

Review for a Baltic Sea Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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Mowzer
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

12-Day Baltic Cruise -NCL Dawn- May 2024 Le Havre —->Stockholm Passengers were a captive audience at the mercy of ludicrously overpriced ship shore excursions if you wanted to visit anywhere. NCL wanted $500/per person for a few hours visit to Berlin! Norwegian offers no port talks, no local city maps, no information about port transportation to and from city centers offered. You are on ...
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Sail Date: May 2024

Traveled with children


Good Itinerary

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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GCST
2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I was a last minute solo traveler, scoring a good deal on the NCL website. My last NCL cruise was in late 2019, so I had some basis of comparison regarding my 2019 NCL cruise on the Joy and this 2024 cruise on the Dawn. The Dawn seemed to be lacking in staff members. I saw crew members stretched really thin in both the restaurant and on board activities areas. They are also trying to ...
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Sail Date: May 2024


Quality and Service are down

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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ZZorro
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

I have been reading reviews regarding how the food, quality of service and atention to detail, that had me coming back to NCL , this was my fourth cruise with them, has declined. Breakfast has become boring before you had more and better options. (salmon, poached eggs, cheeses, etc) now they are not available the last three days no organge juice available. Lunch and dinner the same, slow service, ...
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Sail Date: May 2024

Traveled with children


from first to worst

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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down hill
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

First, before my review, let it be known that prior to posting this review I submitted my thoughts to NCL in hopes that my comments would have some impact on the company. As of the writing of this review I’ve had NO response from the cruise line, so please read the following: My wife and I, prior to our Mediterranean cruse aboard the Norwegian Dawn in May of this year (2024), have been ...
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Sail Date: April 2024


A PLEASANT SPRING BREAK

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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Sussex Duo
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The NCL Dawn is a nice sized ship with 2,340 passenger capacity. It was launched in 2002 but refurbished in 2021 and still looks good. The main lounge is the Bliss but we preferred the smaller Gatsby’s , which always seemed to be the most popular. Unlike many ships, there are no lounges on the top decks, which is a shame, so we preferred the Norwegian Spirit, Jade and even the Sun. Two ...
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Sail Date: April 2024


Trouble on NCL Dawn in Africa

Review for a Africa Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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hdgmail
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

There is something definitely wrong on this ship. I got a stomach virus after 3 days of sailing and was put in isolation. After taking my medicine, I barely are for the subsequent 3 days. And, I got the bug, again. I traced my problem to a common denominator: Caesar Salad. The Captain ordered that crews must serve passengers in the buffet area. We aren't even allowed to get water by ourselves. ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


Did Norwegian know where we going?

Review for a Africa Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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Allie1960
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

I was disappointed with this cruise. I think NCL had a chance to make it something special but chose not to. We had only sailed on Norwegian once before and had not particularly enjoyed it but the itinerary that NCL originally offered with stops in West Africa, Cape Verde and Morocco was so unusual and interesting that we decided to give Norwegian another go. The first disappointment was that ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


Probably the worst cruise we've taken in 35 years.

Review for a Africa Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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jacey5649
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

After cruising for over 30 years with 37 plus cruises on many different cruise lines, this was the first and most definitely the last with NCL. If there was a tick-box for very poor, instead of just poor it would have been used. Taking a deposit and then cancelling the scheduled ports as listed on the itinerary is nothing short of misrepresentation, especially as it appears that NCL do this ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


NCL - never again

Review for a Africa Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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Thorper
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

On returning from the NCL Dawn cruise from Cape Town to Barcelona I fully intended to give an honest assessment of our time on board but on reading the reviews already on the system I found that my task had already been carried out. It gives me no pleasure than to agree almost 100% with all the adverse comments about this cruise. This was our 50th cruise and apart from a dreadful experience on ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


Horror cruise

Review for a Africa Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

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Professional
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

Horror Cruise! Norwengian is no longer Norwengian! Since COVID, NCL cruises have deteriorated in an inexplicable way. We are on board the Dawn crossing from Africa to Europe. An outbreak of gastroenteritis on board. Hundreds with diarrhea, including crew. The same ship, on the last cruise before this one, had already been quarantined on the Mauritius Coast with cholera suspected. It seems they ...
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Sail Date: March 2024

Traveled with children


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