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Embarkation was a breeze. My sister and I flew into LGA from different originations and met at the baggage pick up. Took a taxi to the cruise port ($40) arrived around 1pm. We were on board by 1:20. We first ate at the buffet on the 12th floor, then went on a self guided toured of the ship. We made reservations at each gourmet restaurant as we passed by. Getting on and off the ship in Bermuda was a breeze. We took the public bus to Horseshoe Beach. Fantastic beach, waves sometimes large enough to body surf into the beach. It was everything we had hoped for in a Bermuda beach. Public transportation officials were adamant that folks were dry and clothed prior to entering the vehicles. There is a charge for use of the Spa. Last year it was free. I was surprised and disappointed that the steam room, sauna, lap pool and two Jacuzzis were available only at an additional cost. The private Cay took longer. NCL provided tender tickets the afternoon of the day prior for those willing to wait in line for hours. We didnt. Picked ours up late in the day when there was no line and reached beach about 10:30 am. Fantastic beach again, water was wonderful, many fish swimming with us! Typical cook out foods available. We did hear folks complaining that there was no ice tea available. The shows were great (we didnt attend the night we ported into Nassau). Both Ann Ryan productions had excellent dancers and performers. The lead female vocal in Miami Nights was a little weak. The comedy show is well worth seeing and we were very impressed with Action comedian. Nassau disembarkation was a breeze. We ate prior to leaving the ship and noted many folks coming back onboard as we departed about 8:30. We took a taxi over to Atlantis. The aquarium walk around was excellent and is as good as the Baltimore and Boston aquariums -- its also free. There are multiple denominations of slot machines at Atlantis. After hours of playing nickel, dime and quarter machines, we found the dollar Wheel of Fortune machines at least paid some money. The Straw Market is about two blocks away from the dock. There were bargains to be found if you were willing to negotiate. The most unusual trinkets were flowers made from fish scales, being crafted as you watched. These unique items were produced in different colors and were made into brooches or necklace icons. Cagneys Steakhouse: Excellent Boston Lobster and Filet Mignon. Seating at solid tables and enough space between tables. Side dishes of vegetables were good and the dessert was excellent. Le Bistro: Excellent Filet Mignon, Sea Bass was not mild, but the sauce and vegetables were to die for. Seating was crowded; if you were on a deuce the table next to you was less than 4 inches away. We were also on the aisle, with wait staff constantly hustling past you. We recommend that you request a wall table when you make your reservations. Teppanyaki: Typical seating and fare for the Japanese Hibachi. There are two hibachis which seat a total of 19 diners. Dinner reservations are accepted for 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30. We enjoyed the chefs entertainment and both of us ordered the Imperial Feast for an additional small fee. The Imperial Feast included a piece of sushi, soup, salad, fried rice, vegetables, filet mignon, shrimp and scallops. The only disappointment was the green tea and coconut ice cream, which were not as good tasting as we are accustomed. Overall, it was an excellent meal with healthy portions. Bamboo: Offered a variety of Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes. We actually ate here the evening of the Captains dinner. We were seated quickly at one of the main dining halls. The noise was unbearable. We made a quick decision to try Bamboo instead of having the Lobster tails and the loud confusion. It was an excellent choice for us. Salsa: There is no charge here, but requires a reservation. The service was outstanding in this establishment. Food portions were excellent, the food tasty and desserts great! The seating is an open balcony over the live easy listening band in the lobby coffee shop. A great variety of tapas are offered as well as Mexican dishes. After eating here, we made it a point to have late afternoon coffee in the lobby bar to listen to the band. Sushi Bar: The conveyer belt brings selected sushi to patrons. You may also order a la carte from the extensive menu. It was an excellent lunch! The buffet was a disappointment. We could never find pieces of fresh fruit, with the exception of the melon and pineapple cut fruit combo on every buffet. The quality and selections were limited, though there are three different food lines. The desserts were the same gelatin creations almost every day. Last year in the evenings they had a soup cart set up and ice cream cart set up, which they have now incorporated into the deli line. Compared to other cruise lines and past NCL cruises this buffet scored the lowest in our book! The Bimini Bar has a grill which served burgers and hot dogs and fries, daily for lunch. The quality of burgers was good, but how many burgers do you want for lunch on a vacation? The cruise offered the typical contests by the pool each day at sea, and the Spinnaker Lounge audience participation events each evening were very entertaining. The younger crowd seemed to be having a wonderful time late into the morning hours in Dazzles. (We noted on our way to our cabin after spending hours in the casino each evening.) We enjoy gambling and vacations frequently include casinos. We were shocked that twice during this cruise; casino managers went to tables and asked for money from patrons they said had been paid out in error. We had never seen this in our lives! Here you have a patron betting $45 a hand and the casino wants $15 back??? From three hands ago? Another time it was at the Craps table. The manager wanted a $5 side bet paid back, supposedly paid out in error. If this were a land based casino we would never ever go back. This was the most disturbing event of the whole cruise to us. Disembarkment back in NYC was delayed. We both missed our flights and had to change the reservations. NCL allowed us courtesy calls but didnt offer any other assistance. Leaving the ship, it looked like more than 50% of the guests were taking the Express&carry your own luggage off. NCL never announced on the loud speaker that Express folks could leave the ship. We were in the hallway and followed the crowd out. Taxis were plentiful from those arriving for the next cruise. All in all we enjoyed the cruise. If we hadnt been on other cruises we wouldnt know the difference in food quality provided on the buffet. The ports were excellent as were the gourmet restaurants. We lucked out with perfect weather for the whole cruise. We are looking at Royal Caribbean or Holland American for our November cruise as we have never been disappointed in their buffets nor seen casino managers asking for cash back based on dealer errors.

Norwegian Dawn - Bermuda

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by WannaBGambla

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2006
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Inside
Embarkation was a breeze. My sister and I flew into LGA from different originations and met at the baggage pick up. Took a taxi to the cruise port ($40) arrived around 1pm. We were on board by 1:20.
We first ate at the buffet on the 12th floor, then went on a self guided toured of the ship. We made reservations at each gourmet restaurant as we passed by.
Getting on and off the ship in Bermuda was a breeze. We took the public bus to Horseshoe Beach. Fantastic beach, waves sometimes large enough to body surf into the beach. It was everything we had hoped for in a Bermuda beach. Public transportation officials were adamant that folks were dry and clothed prior to entering the vehicles.
There is a charge for use of the Spa. Last year it was free. I was surprised and disappointed that the steam room, sauna, lap pool and two Jacuzzis were available only at an additional cost.
The private Cay took longer. NCL provided tender tickets the afternoon of the day prior for those willing to wait in line for hours. We didnt. Picked ours up late in the day when there was no line and reached beach about 10:30 am. Fantastic beach again, water was wonderful, many fish swimming with us! Typical cook out foods available. We did hear folks complaining that there was no ice tea available.
The shows were great (we didnt attend the night we ported into Nassau). Both Ann Ryan productions had excellent dancers and performers. The lead female vocal in Miami Nights was a little weak. The comedy show is well worth seeing and we were very impressed with Action comedian. Nassau disembarkation was a breeze. We ate prior to leaving the ship and noted many folks coming back onboard as we departed about 8:30. We took a taxi over to Atlantis. The aquarium walk around was excellent and is as good as the Baltimore and Boston aquariums -- its also free. There are multiple denominations of slot machines at Atlantis. After hours of playing nickel, dime and quarter machines, we found the dollar Wheel of Fortune machines at least paid some money.
The Straw Market is about two blocks away from the dock. There were bargains to be found if you were willing to negotiate. The most unusual trinkets were flowers made from fish scales, being crafted as you watched. These unique items were produced in different colors and were made into brooches or necklace icons.
Cagneys Steakhouse: Excellent Boston Lobster and Filet Mignon. Seating at solid tables and enough space between tables. Side dishes of vegetables were good and the dessert was excellent. Le Bistro: Excellent Filet Mignon, Sea Bass was not mild, but the sauce and vegetables were to die for. Seating was crowded; if you were on a deuce the table next to you was less than 4 inches away. We were also on the aisle, with wait staff constantly hustling past you. We recommend that you request a wall table when you make your reservations. Teppanyaki: Typical seating and fare for the Japanese Hibachi. There are two hibachis which seat a total of 19 diners. Dinner reservations are accepted for 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30. We enjoyed the chefs entertainment and both of us ordered the Imperial Feast for an additional small fee. The Imperial Feast included a piece of sushi, soup, salad, fried rice, vegetables, filet mignon, shrimp and scallops. The only disappointment was the green tea and coconut ice cream, which were not as good tasting as we are accustomed. Overall, it was an excellent meal with healthy portions. Bamboo: Offered a variety of Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes. We actually ate here the evening of the Captains dinner. We were seated quickly at one of the main dining halls. The noise was unbearable. We made a quick decision to try Bamboo instead of having the Lobster tails and the loud confusion. It was an excellent choice for us. Salsa: There is no charge here, but requires a reservation. The service was outstanding in this establishment. Food portions were excellent, the food tasty and desserts great! The seating is an open balcony over the live easy listening band in the lobby coffee shop. A great variety of tapas are offered as well as Mexican dishes. After eating here, we made it a point to have late afternoon coffee in the lobby bar to listen to the band. Sushi Bar: The conveyer belt brings selected sushi to patrons. You may also order a la carte from the extensive menu. It was an excellent lunch!
The buffet was a disappointment. We could never find pieces of fresh fruit, with the exception of the melon and pineapple cut fruit combo on every buffet. The quality and selections were limited, though there are three different food lines. The desserts were the same gelatin creations almost every day. Last year in the evenings they had a soup cart set up and ice cream cart set up, which they have now incorporated into the deli line. Compared to other cruise lines and past NCL cruises this buffet scored the lowest in our book! The Bimini Bar has a grill which served burgers and hot dogs and fries, daily for lunch. The quality of burgers was good, but how many burgers do you want for lunch on a vacation?
The cruise offered the typical contests by the pool each day at sea, and the Spinnaker Lounge audience participation events each evening were very entertaining. The younger crowd seemed to be having a wonderful time late into the morning hours in Dazzles. (We noted on our way to our cabin after spending hours in the casino each evening.)
We enjoy gambling and vacations frequently include casinos. We were shocked that twice during this cruise; casino managers went to tables and asked for money from patrons they said had been paid out in error. We had never seen this in our lives! Here you have a patron betting $45 a hand and the casino wants $15 back??? From three hands ago? Another time it was at the Craps table. The manager wanted a $5 side bet paid back, supposedly paid out in error. If this were a land based casino we would never ever go back. This was the most disturbing event of the whole cruise to us.
Disembarkment back in NYC was delayed. We both missed our flights and had to change the reservations. NCL allowed us courtesy calls but didnt offer any other assistance. Leaving the ship, it looked like more than 50% of the guests were taking the Express&carry your own luggage off. NCL never announced on the loud speaker that Express folks could leave the ship. We were in the hallway and followed the crowd out. Taxis were plentiful from those arriving for the next cruise.
All in all we enjoyed the cruise. If we hadnt been on other cruises we wouldnt know the difference in food quality provided on the buffet. The ports were excellent as were the gourmet restaurants. We lucked out with perfect weather for the whole cruise. We are looking at Royal Caribbean or Holland American for our November cruise as we have never been disappointed in their buffets nor seen casino managers asking for cash back based on dealer errors.
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