This is a detailed review of our recent voyage on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda. Overall synopsis - this was a good cruise and we enjoyed our first experience on NCL, though some of the finer details prevented this from being a truly exceptional experience.
This was my 6th cruise (1st on NCL, 2 on Princess, 2 on RCCL, 1 on Celebrity) and my wife's 3rd (1st on NCL, 1 on Princess, 1 on Celebrity). We chose this itinerary specifically because of the extra time provided in Bermuda (almost three full days), along with an excellent price on balcony staterooms when we booked. We drove from our home in Dallas to the port in Boston and back. Yes, we really did do that. Needless to say, the first day, which would be a sea day, would be much welcomed as a day to rest and recharge.
Starboard side, forward end. Larger than expected. Lots of cubby holes around the clothes closet to stash trinkets until you're ready to pack them. Balcony looked like it might have been smaller than those mid-ship, but it is also entirely covered both on top and on the sides, providing better privacy and protection from rain/wind. Starboard side provides a fantastic view of Downtown Boston and Logan Airport as you depart. Bathroom is small, but the split setup does help. Quiet location very near the forward stairs/elevators, makes it easy to get to the theater and casino, but it's a long walk to the Venetian main dining room.