Better than expected: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by metooo
Overall Member Rating
Better than expected
Destination: Western Caribbean
Day 3 we were in Belize and picked up a local tour after we hit land. It was a lot cheaper howere if you were going to snorkel, scuba etc. its bettter to do that with the cruise tours. In Belieze, you tender into the port area which has a lot of medical shops/duty free shops and a few bars with a swim up pool. We found that if you order drinks early they are better than when the crowds come back. Also, nothing was cheap, in fact some crew members from another boat were shocked at the prices. More like NY/Chicago prices than Belieze on food and drink. Shopping had good pricing.
Day 4 was into Costa Maya. We went snorkling but it was pretty grubby down there and some garbage. Others said that Cosumel was better for snorkling. We had a nice boat crew but snorkling in Costa Maya is not worth the cost. Cozumel was a bit nuts. When you get off the boat you are in an enclosed shopping area and its difficult to exit and see the real area. Take someone with you as there is a lot of poverty and falling down buildings which seems to be why the boat tries to keep you enclosed with the shopping area. Tequilla is pretty cheap, great place to pick it up. It is a long walk to and from the shopping area (if you are older) but they have bike carriages and you just tip the guys.
Our last two days were smooth sailing and departure was pretty easy. The entertainment was not great other than a husband wife team that sang in the atrium. If you are taking this cruise for the entertainment you might as well stop now. Elevators were always busy and we had a wheel chair person. We learned to get on when we could. If you can walk stairs do so and leave the elevaors for those who really need it. People would actually move forward to keep the wheelchair people from getting in the elevators. Some would press the door closed without even trying to let handicapped people in. A few tips, have a lot of dollars on you for tips. When you drop your luggage you need to tip, then for all of your island services during the trip, although your account is charged 12.00 per day for service fees that is split between everyone on the ship and the workers do not see it until the end of the month and usually they do not see all of it. Tip when you can in your own way. The crew works hard and a tip is your way of saying thank you. If you put your luggage out on the last night then pick it up, use the bellman and they will move you to the front exit. Again that will cost you a tip but its better than standing in line with a few hundred people trying to get out. We loved this cruise, the crewmembers and the assistance from NCL. Will travel with them again. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
This was a fun port due to the swim up pool and shopping. Our city tour was on our own. The area is not as poverty stricken as it is lazy people. garbage all over and people just slowly walking around. Outside of the shopping/pool area for the tourist, it was very filthy.
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
crew was nice. water dingy and garbage floating around.
area was ok water was not the best for snorkling. shopping good.
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