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Norwegian Dawn Review

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Norwegian Dawn - Western Caribbean

Review for Norwegian Dawn to the Western Caribbean
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Sail Date: Jan 2007
Cabin: Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony

The Dawn 1/29-2/8/07 a Great Cruise!

This was our 7th cruise on the Dawn and one of our best!

Embarkation: We arrived at Pier 90 at 11:15am and headed to the VIP/Latitudes waiting area with our friends. We were traveling with my co-worker, Sharon & her mom, Janet. They had sailed on the Jewel out of Miami last year. Boarding for suites started at 12:45pm, we kept our friends with us and went to check in. We met Claudio on the pier and introduced our friends to him and from then on they were treated like they had a penthouse also. We boarded at 1:00pm and headed to the Venetian for lunch since our cabins wouldn't be ready until 2:00pm. We were in AD Penthouse 10728 in the stern and they were in a BA Cabin 10626 by the mid elevators. We met our Butler, Mark and he filled our fridge with our cruise necessities; tomato juice, bloody mary mix, lemons, olives, hot sauce, pina colada mix and plenty of ice. Our bar set up was in our cabin. Our magic bullet was in my carry-on, so let the party begin. The Ship: The Dawn is starting to show here age. There was more rust showing this time than any other time. They were chipping and painting everyday. There were some elevators that suffered cosmetic damage from the previous cruise. Yes, the kids were unruly. I heard many stories from the crew about them and the parents who didn't care about their behavior. It was still clean and well kept. They are relaxing the dress code even more thanks to the "Whatever" promotion. No more signs outside the dining rooms with NO JEANS. Just No T-shirts, tank tops or shorts. Optional Formal Nights are now called a night to "dress up". The Crew: They are as friendly as ever and we got to make a few new Dawn Friends this time. For all of you who know Carol Llavores from the Star Bar. She worked for our Martini clinic, but then was transferred to Topsiders, Gatsby's and the Casino Bar. Eka was promoted to a Bar Manager and worked only 3 hours at Topsiders on some days, then ran the wine cellar. We would get to see her after she got off in one of the bars. She's still telling her stories. If you ever have a problem with a Bar Setup, she's the one who fills the orders on the ship. Our friends didn't get theirs, and she got it to them. Timea B works in the Star Bar and on deck as a waitress. We would hang out in the Star Bar when the Stacy McAdams wasn't playing in the bar. You don't need an amplification system for the piano, the room is too small and you can't have a quiet conversation. Francisco & Rommel, our cabin stewards. They were fantastic. I never ran out of ice, but then again, I did have two ice buckets. Claudio Schulze was our concierge for the 5th time. We're like family he says. He extended all the courtesies to our friends as he did for us. He was fantastic as usual. He helped our friends with a bar setup problem, a safe problem. They were included in all of our extras. On our last night on the cruise he was notified by Miami that he will be the Concierge on the Gem in September. He deserves it!

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