Dawn Excelled For Us: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Batman's Skivvies
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Dawn Excelled For Us
Destination: Western Caribbean
We had a mini-suite. The room was sufficient. Our room More steward (Ferdinand) was by far the least personable room steward we have ever had. He did a fine job he just wasn't at all friendly. One thing about the room that was surprising was there was only two drawers in the entire room. Also the fridge is nothing more than a drink storage compartment, it was never cold and we didn't complain. We had ice.
Dawn is a beautiful ship. We spent a couple afternoons hanging by the pool. There was no problem finding deck chairs. The poolside entertainment (The Joy Band) was just so-so.
We ate at 2 of the premium restaurants, Teppinyaki & La Cucina. We were not impressed with Teppinyaki...everything tasted the same (garlic). Also, we were informed the 1st night underway that one of the grills was not working and they needed to move our reservation to a different night. We were promised a bottle of wine with our dinner for our inconvenience. It wasn't provided but was provided at La Cucina 2 days later. As we found out that night the grill wasn't broken, the 2nd chef had left the ship. The one remaining chef just wasn't that into it and it showed. La Cucina was delicious. My wife had the lobster fettucini and I had the vegetarian lasagna. The ricotta cheesecake was awesome. We also ate a meal at Venetian and one at Aqua. Both were good. I had read lots of complaints about the restaurant service and we saw no reason to complain. The service in all the restaurants was just fine. A special shoutout to Ass't. Cook Robert Gil. By the 3rd day he had our breakfast order memorized.
We did three of the ships' excursions: Tabyana Beach Party (would not recommend), Barrier Reef Snorkel & Beach Party in Belize (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), Fury Catamaran Snorkel & Beach Party (recommend).
Entertainment was good. There was a very good juggler (was a finalist on America's Got Talent).
This is a great itinerary, and what made this cruise so good were the people that work on Dawn. Smiles everywhere. You can't ask for much more than that. There was a bit more of a language barrier than we have dealt with in the past, but not enough to make it a deal breaker.
We did the walk-off for dis-embarkation. Very easy and customs was a breeze.
If you're thinking about this ship/itinerary all I can say is go for it! Less