First Time Family Cruise...: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by phd1003

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First Time Family Cruise...

Sail Date: July 2013
Destination: Bermuda
Embarkation: Boston
Group: We traveled in a group of 18, ranging in age from 14 months to 65...Booked 5 cabins (3 inside staterooms on deck 12, Family Suite on 12, and a Mini Suite on 11) No Special needs required...

Embarkation: Boarded in Boston, convenient location, Porters were quick and attentive...Security screening was painless...They allowed all members of our party to priority board even though only 1 room was a suite, which was nice...Got to the terminal at 10:30am, and we were on board by 11:15...Rooms were not ready yet so we had lunch and walked 1 time around deck 12...All rooms were ready by 12:30

Public Rooms: The only room I would consider a public room that wasn't an entertainment venue was the Library which accommodated @ 40 guest...It was clean, well lit, with comfortable chairs and had an adequate variety of books and games...There was always a handful of Guest using the facility at all hours...

Cabin: We stayed in the (SJ) Family Suite 12012...We didn't More want a balcony because our 4 Children staying with us are 6 and Under...Room was Large, with a King Size Bed, a Full Size Sofa pull out, and a Full size Murphy Bed...There was also a Dining table with four chairs, a coffee table w/ two Chairs, and a shelf/ Seat that was in front of the Full wall Windows...Bathroom was bigger than our bathroom at home, with a Double sink vanity, Tub, and a Stand up shower...Our Butler Maurice was nice but we really didn't require his services much, Same with the concierge Virginia...They also are not included in the Mandatory tipping of 12 per day per person, so you have to tip them separatly (Recommended tip is $10 pp per day) Which I felt was high considering they had failed to deliver a Anniversary cake and Birthday cake on separate occasions to guests in our party, We adjusted there tips accordingly...Our Steward Renato was great...

Fitness/Recreation: We walked through the gym area which was very open and had up to date equipment...The Basketball court left much to be desired, the netting to prevent the ball from going over board was low (Maybe 10.5 Ft.) Rims were under 9 Ft...So there was not many outside shots making it to the net...Golf Nets were also in poor shape, Starboard side net had no plastic tees so you could only use Irons, and the ones provided were in BAD shape (5 iron snapped on one shot)Port side net was better with tees and drivers...

Dining: Suite Guests get breakfast and lunch from Cagney's daily...Food there was excellent when we used it (Let other party member use it when we didn't)...The only premium restaurant we went to was Moderno, Food was good, Service Not so much, There was suppose to be @ 10 different meats to try, after the 4th one the started repeating stuff we already tried...There was 6 adults at the table and when the sides were delivered the potatoes (Which were amazing) only had about a teaspoon for each person, so we had requested more, the waiter seemed annoyed...The dress codes were not enforced at all, as pants and collered shirts were supposed to be required at Venetian, but people came in wearing shorts and flip flops, We ate there once because we did adhere to the dress code

and did't want to dress up because it was very hot...Aqua (The other main dining area) had very good food, but the decor needs updating...Wait staff was excellent everywhere but Aqua on the final night (2 out of 3 night was great)...We did use the buffet a fair amount for breakfast and lunch, Breakfast was better than I expected after reading some reviews on this site...Lunch was hit or miss as they incorporated ethnic foods on different days, and on those days got stuck with burgers...The kids loved the kids cafe area with the kid sized tables and buffet, my only issue with this was there was a sign that stated KIDS ONLY BUFFET but it was common for adult to raid the buffet...They only had one attendant for the area who also had other common areas to attend to and some times the food would run out and not replenished fast enough...

Entertainment: The shows were OK...There was a new Comedian(Not Kaminsky) who was kind of funny (Geared for the older crowd 60+)...Game shows were good, Not-so-Newlywed show, and deal or no deal were both entertaining...Karaoke in the Pearly King was very good believe it or not...Casino was smokey but not as bad as some reviews make it out to be, (I have never been a smoker) you don't have to avoid the whole sixth floor...The main pool area does get crowded especially when there is the Mens sexy leg contest and the Ladies Booty shaking contest...There was plenty of seating on regular days, and there wasn't many people reserving chairs...The T-Rex pool area for kids was bigger than portrayed Less

Published 07/24/13

Cabin review: SJ12012 Family Suite

12012...Noise level was not a problem unless they use the fog horn...Not much noise from above or rooms on either side...Large closet, and Bathroom...No Balcony is great for family with young children...

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Port and Shore Excursions

Small area to load/unload your belongings...Porters are quick and attentive...Embarkation process took 45 min., for a priority group of 18(No Complaints)...Small amount of confusion as where to retrieve baggage after cruise for priority cruisers...

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