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We are just back from our 3rd time on the Dawn and 3rd time to Bermuda - #1 in my book for an island destination. Getting to Boston was a breeze, actually picked up our daughter at Logan and drove straight to pier - only 10 minutes away. We were actually too early but they took our luggage anyway and we drove around Boston to see the sites. After 12 we parked the car in the convenient garage - just a street away and we were onboard within 1/2 hour. The rooms were not ready until 2 so we took a tour of the ship and ate at the Garden Cafe. Our room was conveniently located right next to the spa so there was no excuse not to use the treadmill. The first time we had seen the $119 charge to use the spa indoor pool and hot tubs. I would love to know how many really paid the additional charge. We took note of the "casual" dress of everyone and hoped it would improve especially towards the dinner time. We enjoy dressing for dinner and knew we would probably be in the minority looking at the other passengers. Hoodies and do rags aren't acceptable in my book. 1st night - ate at the Venetian with table by the back window - nice view, decent enough service and yes we were in the minority with dressing up. Could be more presentation with the meal. Saw the entertainment in the theater. Standard cruise fare, magic, aerial acts, singing and dancing. The cruise director, Paul Scally, is a real funny guy - one of the best we have seen. Visited the casino - why do so many people smoke? There has to be a better way to ventilate the room. Hated to even walk through after a show because you come out smelling - take the 7th floor exit if you want to avoid it. 2nd day/night - cold this morning but as we approached the Gulf Stream it warmed up as promised by the captain. Visited the spa, ate at the buffet for breakfast/lunch - always good choices. Decided to do Venetian again. Bad decision. Were seated within 15 minutes on the left side. We had a "new" female waiter who said it was her first time. She did not appear to have any help and we kept watching her run back and forth to the kitchen. Needless to say our dinner hour was a dinner two hour. Frustrating to not even have the water glasses filled. Decided not to go back there. Enjoyed the show but one of the female singers is very weak. 3rd day/night - pulled into Bermuda in cloudy weather and decided to do one of the spa specials (excellent - $99 for a nice package) while everyone else got off the ship. We got off to explore the Dockyard when everyone else was coming back on. Nice to have a quiet ship. Visited the glassworks factory - always have to check out the clearance rack and the other stores. It did clear up by 5 pm. Snorkel Park was charging $10 a person - it was free the same time last year! Convenient because you could walk to it from the ship but we did not go. Ate at the Moderno and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful service - this is what we were expecting! Food was great and well worth the charge. Tonight was the aerialist show - husband and wife - excellent and amazing what they do. 4th day/night - woke up to another cloudy morning and took the ferry to St. George. Saw the unfinished church then walked in the rain around to St. Catherines. Saw some beautiful beaches, if only it was not raining! Took the ferry back - 45 minute ride to the ship and the sun was out and we headed to the deck. Enjoyed the band and the drinks of the day. Went to the other "free" dining hall Aqua and had excellent service - we were very happy. Saw the magic show but were not impressed as we had seen most of his stuff the 1st night. Went to the Spinnaker lounge for "Dancing with the Stars", let's just say I do not think "freestyling" includes wearing no panties when you are in a dance competition. The guys were out of control and my daughter and I embarrassed for the passenger contestant but she seemed to like it - the rebroadcasting on the ship tv had it all blacked out when the dress was around her waist! 5th day/night - The sun is shining!!! Our daughter took off to Horseshoe Beach via bus - very safe and clean way to travel. We headed to Hamilton to find baby bermuda shorts for our soon to be born grandson. Found some, poked around the shops and caught the ferry back. All had to be on board by 5 to leave. Enjoyed what we knew would be our last really warm day. Actually ate at the Garden Cafe because they had pork and spanish offerings. It was very good. Second City was in the theater and we always enjoy their show. 6th day/night - Heading back to Boston and actually it was pretty warm out so we got to enjoy the pool deck for most of the day. Our biggest surprise was finding out our daughter was in labor (3 weeks early) with our first grandchild/son back in the states. It was a stressful day with calling/emailing/texting back to CT. Safe c section delivery at 6:28 pm but I wanted the ship to fly home! Ate at the Aqua again because of the previous experience. Not so good this time and had to ask for water, etc. Fellow passengers came up to us to tell us how nice we looked dressed up for dinner. Made us feel good on such a special day. Saw the Paul Scally show and he is very funny and it definitely an adult show. 7th day/night - Weather is colder and what a breeze. Stayed indoors and visited the shops, watched the crew show (Luz is a much better singer than the production crew). Played bingo and watched the clock slowly tick by....decided to do the La Cucina restaurant since it was my daughter's birthday. Made note with reservation to sing/candles anything during our dessert. Slow service here too - not even busy. Dessert came out nothing happened. My husband and daughter left and I stayed behind to talk to the hostess about the non celebration. It was right on our ticket which I saw on the desk!!! She apologized profusely and said a cake would be sent to our cabin - NEVER APPEARED!! That is a disappointment and I was not happy. Saw the Bollywood show - honestly I think they can come up with something better. Very confusing and not worth the time. Things that were great - Lynette at the pool, Garden Cafe, cabin attendant, Paul Scally, Bryan at the front desk who helped us with a quick dembarkation so we could make it back to CT and the hospital. Great liquor prices, jewelry not that big a deal, perfume about $10 different a bottle than US but no tax so that is good. Yes, we did put down the $250 for another future NCL cruise but we are hoping to try a different ship to see if the service is better. Going to the Panama Canal in November via Celebrity Infinity for 15 nights and can't wait!

Boston to Bermuda and Back!

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Cruisers from CT

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2012
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We are just back from our 3rd time on the Dawn and 3rd time to Bermuda - #1 in my book for an island destination.

Getting to Boston was a breeze, actually picked up our daughter at Logan and drove straight to pier - only 10 minutes away. We were actually too early but they took our luggage anyway and we drove around Boston to see the sites. After 12 we parked the car in the convenient garage - just a street away and we were onboard within 1/2 hour.

The rooms were not ready until 2 so we took a tour of the ship and ate at the Garden Cafe. Our room was conveniently located right next to the spa so there was no excuse not to use the treadmill. The first time we had seen the $119 charge to use the spa indoor pool and hot tubs. I would love to know how many really paid the additional charge.

We took note of the "casual" dress of everyone and hoped it would improve especially towards the dinner time. We enjoy dressing for dinner and knew we would probably be in the minority looking at the other passengers. Hoodies and do rags aren't acceptable in my book.



1st night - ate at the Venetian with table by the back window - nice view, decent enough service and yes we were in the minority with dressing up. Could be more presentation with the meal. Saw the entertainment in the theater. Standard cruise fare, magic, aerial acts, singing and dancing. The cruise director, Paul Scally, is a real funny guy - one of the best we have seen. Visited the casino - why do so many people smoke? There has to be a better way to ventilate the room. Hated to even walk through after a show because you come out smelling - take the 7th floor exit if you want to avoid it.

2nd day/night - cold this morning but as we approached the Gulf Stream it warmed up as promised by the captain. Visited the spa, ate at the buffet for breakfast/lunch - always good choices. Decided to do Venetian again. Bad decision. Were seated within 15 minutes on the left side. We had a "new" female waiter who said it was her first time. She did not appear to have any help and we kept watching her run back and forth to the kitchen. Needless to say our dinner hour was a dinner two hour. Frustrating to not even have the water glasses filled. Decided not to go back there. Enjoyed the show but one of the female singers is very weak.

3rd day/night - pulled into Bermuda in cloudy weather and decided to do one of the spa specials (excellent - $99 for a nice package) while everyone else got off the ship. We got off to explore the Dockyard when everyone else was coming back on. Nice to have a quiet ship. Visited the glassworks factory - always have to check out the clearance rack and the other stores. It did clear up by 5 pm. Snorkel Park was charging $10 a person - it was free the same time last year! Convenient because you could walk to it from the ship but we did not go. Ate at the Moderno and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful service - this is what we were expecting! Food was great and well worth the charge. Tonight was the aerialist show - husband and wife - excellent and amazing what they do.

4th day/night - woke up to another cloudy morning and took the ferry to St. George. Saw the unfinished church then walked in the rain around to St. Catherines. Saw some beautiful beaches, if only it was not raining! Took the ferry back - 45 minute ride to the ship and the sun was out and we headed to the deck. Enjoyed the band and the drinks of the day. Went to the other "free" dining hall Aqua and had excellent service - we were very happy. Saw the magic show but were not impressed as we had seen most of his stuff the 1st night. Went to the Spinnaker lounge for "Dancing with the Stars", let's just say I do not think "freestyling" includes wearing no panties when you are in a dance competition. The guys were out of control and my daughter and I embarrassed for the passenger contestant but she seemed to like it - the rebroadcasting on the ship tv had it all blacked out when the dress was around her waist!

5th day/night - The sun is shining!!! Our daughter took off to Horseshoe Beach via bus - very safe and clean way to travel. We headed to Hamilton to find baby bermuda shorts for our soon to be born grandson. Found some, poked around the shops and caught the ferry back. All had to be on board by 5 to leave. Enjoyed what we knew would be our last really warm day. Actually ate at the Garden Cafe because they had pork and spanish offerings. It was very good. Second City was in the theater and we always enjoy their show.

6th day/night - Heading back to Boston and actually it was pretty warm out so we got to enjoy the pool deck for most of the day. Our biggest surprise was finding out our daughter was in labor (3 weeks early) with our first grandchild/son back in the states. It was a stressful day with calling/emailing/texting back to CT. Safe c section delivery at 6:28 pm but I wanted the ship to fly home! Ate at the Aqua again because of the previous experience. Not so good this time and had to ask for water, etc. Fellow passengers came up to us to tell us how nice we looked dressed up for dinner. Made us feel good on such a special day. Saw the Paul Scally show and he is very funny and it definitely an adult show.

7th day/night - Weather is colder and what a breeze. Stayed indoors and visited the shops, watched the crew show (Luz is a much better singer than the production crew). Played bingo and watched the clock slowly tick by....decided to do the La Cucina restaurant since it was my daughter's birthday. Made note with reservation to sing/candles anything during our dessert. Slow service here too - not even busy. Dessert came out nothing happened. My husband and daughter left and I stayed behind to talk to the hostess about the non celebration. It was right on our ticket which I saw on the desk!!! She apologized profusely and said a cake would be sent to our cabin - NEVER APPEARED!! That is a disappointment and I was not happy. Saw the Bollywood show - honestly I think they can come up with something better. Very confusing and not worth the time.

Things that were great - Lynette at the pool, Garden Cafe, cabin attendant, Paul Scally, Bryan at the front desk who helped us with a quick dembarkation so we could make it back to CT and the hospital. Great liquor prices, jewelry not that big a deal, perfume about $10 different a bottle than US but no tax so that is good. Yes, we did put down the $250 for another future NCL cruise but we are hoping to try a different ship to see if the service is better. Going to the Panama Canal in November via Celebrity Infinity for 15 nights and can't wait!
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11186
We were in 11186 - with a balcony - right in the aft corner next to the spa -great for using the exercise room and the Garden Cafe was right upstairs. Room good for three, 4 might be a squeeze. Closet opened towards the bed so it made it difficult for 2 to be getting dressed. Had tub - that was nice.
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