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My husband and I just returned from Bermuda via the Norwegian Dawn on the 29th of June. We had a very good time and completely enjoyed ourselves as we were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. We have never sailed before, so be aware that our opinion is limited. The ship was beautiful and it seemed to be in good repair. We witnessed on many occasions the crew cleaning, painting, and washing the ship. The only thing that was not "clean" on the ship were the carpets. There were stains and places were the seams were coming up. It stuck out to us because it did not have the same standards as the rest of the ship. Our stateroom was small but adequate for two people. We had plenty of storage space for our things. The shower was better than expected!! Our steward, Boris, was incredible! Great service with a smile and very friendly. We completely enjoyed our balcony room. The food on the ship was much better than we expected.(After reading so many reviews here.) We love GOOD food, and we both cook....yes, gourmet! We ate at the Venetian, Aqua, Le Bistro, Sushi, Bamboo, Blue Lagoon, and Garden Cafe. We were especially impressed with the Venetian and Aqua!! Their food was excellent, service was great. Our dinner at Le Bistro was EXCELLENT!! The service was great and food fabulous. We are BIG sushi fans and eat it frequently. The only meal that we were very disappointed in the cruise was our Bamboo / Sushi dinner. It was a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Blue Lagoon.....GREAT!!! We love to eat hot wings and they were really good. Garden Cafe, is good if you like the buffet style of eating. It is not our first choice, but we did dine there a few times because of time constraints and it was decent. We did enjoy some of the entertainment, but it got old really quick. The singers sing the same song....over, and over, and over again. We personally did not feel that most of the entertainment was clean enough for small ears. We were thankful that our children were not there. Lots of sexual innuendos and sexually provocative dancing. Greg Gleason is a great magician, and Dave Heenan is extremely funny (when it is clean). What we were disappointed in is the amount of time that the crew spent trying to sell us something!! From photos, to purchasing beverages to go with dinner, to lottery tickets, raffles tickets, drinks while we were sitting by the pool, drinks while we were watching a show.....etc. It was endless. We thought it was crazy!! And.....it was crazy!!! We overheard a Dad telling his daughter on the last day,"How on earth did we rack up 5,000.00 on this boat?" Simple, we take them up on everything they offer you and you will indeed spend that much on board. The Pool.....get there early on sea days or you will not get a chair. We actually watched a fight take place because someone "reserved" chair with their beach towels. The chairs were vacant for at least 2 hours so someone moved in on the territory. The lady finally came to claim her "reserved" chairs, which you are not supposed to do, and screamed and yelled at two young girls for taking her chairs. It was crazy!! Pool was very small for the ship and the amount of people on board. We will try a different cruise line in the future.

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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Jeffiejoe

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2008
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
My husband and I just returned from Bermuda via the Norwegian Dawn on the 29th of June. We had a very good time and completely enjoyed ourselves as we were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.
We have never sailed before, so be aware that our opinion is limited. The ship was beautiful and it seemed to be in good repair. We witnessed on many occasions the crew cleaning, painting, and washing the ship. The only thing that was not "clean" on the ship were the carpets. There were stains and places were the seams were coming up. It stuck out to us because it did not have the same standards as the rest of the ship.
Our stateroom was small but adequate for two people. We had plenty of storage space for our things. The shower was better than expected!! Our steward, Boris, was incredible! Great service with a smile and very friendly. We completely enjoyed our balcony room.
The food on the ship was much better than we expected.(After reading so many reviews here.) We love GOOD food, and we both cook....yes, gourmet! We ate at the Venetian, Aqua, Le Bistro, Sushi, Bamboo, Blue Lagoon, and Garden Cafe. We were especially impressed with the Venetian and Aqua!! Their food was excellent, service was great. Our dinner at Le Bistro was EXCELLENT!! The service was great and food fabulous. We are BIG sushi fans and eat it frequently. The only meal that we were very disappointed in the cruise was our Bamboo / Sushi dinner. It was a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Blue Lagoon.....GREAT!!! We love to eat hot wings and they were really good. Garden Cafe, is good if you like the buffet style of eating. It is not our first choice, but we did dine there a few times because of time constraints and it was decent.
We did enjoy some of the entertainment, but it got old really quick. The singers sing the same song....over, and over, and over again. We personally did not feel that most of the entertainment was clean enough for small ears. We were thankful that our children were not there. Lots of sexual innuendos and sexually provocative dancing. Greg Gleason is a great magician, and Dave Heenan is extremely funny (when it is clean).
What we were disappointed in is the amount of time that the crew spent trying to sell us something!! From photos, to purchasing beverages to go with dinner, to lottery tickets, raffles tickets, drinks while we were sitting by the pool, drinks while we were watching a show.....etc. It was endless. We thought it was crazy!! And.....it was crazy!!! We overheard a Dad telling his daughter on the last day,"How on earth did we rack up 5,000.00 on this boat?" Simple, we take them up on everything they offer you and you will indeed spend that much on board.
The Pool.....get there early on sea days or you will not get a chair. We actually watched a fight take place because someone "reserved" chair with their beach towels. The chairs were vacant for at least 2 hours so someone moved in on the territory. The lady finally came to claim her "reserved" chairs, which you are not supposed to do, and screamed and yelled at two young girls for taking her chairs. It was crazy!! Pool was very small for the ship and the amount of people on board.
We will try a different cruise line in the future.
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