Just returned from a 7 night cruise on the NCL Dawn. We sailed out of New Orleans and the ports were Cozmel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya. The ship is nice and the public spaces were beautifully decorated. Our state room 10070 had a balcony and a king sized bed (2 singles pushed together). The bathroom had a decent sized shower and a toilet which had a sliding door. It was not big but it was a good size with plenty of storage.
We bought the Ultimate Dining package and we were glad we did. The buffet was not what we expected. On our last cruise on the NCL Pride, there were individual food stations such as Asian, salads, dessert and so forth. The Garden Buffet consisted of a single line for the entire buffet. So you had to wait in the one line to get salads, entrees and so forth. There were multiple buffet rooms but they all had the same foods. However, every so often, one room would have waffle station for breakfast or an ice cream station. But you had to go searching for it. It was a bit confusing at times. Also, the front rooms would always have long lines because people did not realize there were other buffet rooms open.
What made this cruise better was the ship's personnel. They were very accomodating and willing to go out of their way to assist you. They served coffee, tea and juices around the pool several times a day. They even passed out ice cream boxes one day. On sea days, there was also a bbq on the pool deck. It consisted of bbq chicken, salads and paella. It was a nice change from the buffet. We tried Teppanyaki (2x), Cagneys(2x), Le Bistro, La Moderno and La Cucina. We enjoyed all the restaurants but we really enjoyed the steaks and the shrimp cocktail at Cagneys. Teppanyaki only seats about 16 people at a time and two chefs work together to entertain and cook the food. We really loved the bread at La Cucina. It was delicious. It is a beautiful restaurant with a great atmosphere. The appetizers were average but the entrees Beef Lasagna and the Veal shank was delicious. Worth the $15 charge. The service at La Moderno was a bit choppy. There were lulls in between the servings of the meat. BF said that the food and the service at Le Bistro was ok. He had the filet which was cooked perfectly but his sides consisted of 3 sliced mushrooms, 3 small carrots and potatoes. He said the servers seem a bit confused. I was a bit sea sick so I was not able to attend. The service at other specialty restaurants were fantastic. We did not eat at the Venetian or Aqua. We tried eating breakfast at the Venetian one day but it's located in the back of the ship and it made me a bit queasy so we had to leave. We did not go to any of the shows.
Our state room 10070 had a balcony and a king sized bed (2 singles pushed together). The bathroom had a decent sized shower and a toilet which had a sliding door. It was not big but it was a good size with plenty of storage. Our cabin steward was wonderful. He anticipated our every need and made sure we always had clean towels. He also made us towel animals: a frog, an elephant, a bird and a bear.