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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,976 Reviews

First time NCL cruiser March 1-8, 2015

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by united1889

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2015
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside

This was our first time cruising with NCL and it was OK. I would cruise with them again, because the value for the money is there. The boat is a little bit dated and very confusing to get around. The sailing was gentle, no much rocking even in 25 knot winds. The staff was friendly although they were slow. It was mostly clean, food was good, drinks were reasonably priced for a cruise. Had some issues with crew members partying to loud in their crew bar which was located 2 cabins away and our room was noisy. Watch the shore excursions in Belize if you sign up to do one with NCL. They pick you up in the port but drop you off a block away and have to walk down a road with no sidewalks with people staring at you.(Did not feel safe at all).All in all we had a good cruise and we would go again on NCL, it is much better than Carnival but not as good as Royal Caribbean or Celebrity.


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Cabin Review

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Cabin IF 5637

This cabin sucks. It is located under the galley and there is banging and clanking all night. There is a machine that vibrates the whole room and the crew bar is 2 doors away. The noise from the galley stopped at 2am then started again at 4:30am everyday. We did not get much sleep at all. We complained to guest services and there was not much they could do because of the design of the ship even though they tried to. Did get a discount off things that i bought on board but it did not make up for lack of sleep. If you have this room get it changed!!!


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Cozumel

A lot of people trying to sell their junk to you. Have been here before and just walked around the street. All of the jewelry that all the stores are selling as .925 silver are actually plated junk that i can get on Ebay for $1-$2. Dont get me wrong it is still a nice place with lots of shopping and nice restaurants, but we have done it twice now and probably would go somewhere else.

Costa Maya

Do Not stay in port. Walk outside the gates and get a cab for $2.00 a person and go to MAHAHUAL. It is safe and what a day walking on the boardwalk buying little trinkets, and drinking 5 beers for $5 on the beach. That is not a misprint i did say 5 beers for $5. The port is a Diamond International Port with a wall to try and keep you there so pay too much for everything.

Altun Ha

The ruins were amazing. Even better than all the pictures that you see online. The bus ride there was an adventure, pot holes that would swallow most cars. The Guides were very knowledgable and loved their country. The only problem was the bus drops you off 1 block away from the port and you have to walk back down a dark road with no sidewalks with evrybody staring at you. We did not feel safe.

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Beach

This was the best tour i have ever taken. We booked a private tour with Victor Bodden Tours and this was amazing. We did the Fun-n-Sun tour. This Island is amazing, beautiful, etc. We saw the real island from the slums to the Rich and spent time on the beach. What a great island, Cant wait to go back.

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Island Tour

This was the best tour i have ever taken. We booked a private tour with Victor Bodden Tours and this was amazing. We did the Fun-n-Sun tour. This Island is amazing, beautiful, etc. We saw the real island from the slums to the Rich and spent time on the beach. What a great island, Cant wait to go back.

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