Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by maxwelldr
- Sail Date: August 2008
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
At around 2 we entered our balcony stateroom--it was neat and clean-balcony contained 2 chairs and a small table, when our luggage arrived (2 large suitcases and a duffel bag, my better half easily stored everything. the bathroom was clean and the stall shower was more than adequate for our needs. A sliding door between the toilet and sink/shower was a nice addition.
We then changed and headed to the pool on deck 12. Most of the lounge chairs had already been taken, but with several rows leading to deck 13, we quickly stake out our territory. At 4:30 the ship began its trek to Bermuda.
Staff: We found the staff to be courteous and professional. Our cabin attendants anticipated our every need and were fantastic.
Food: Most of the time we grabbed breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe. There was a wide variety of hot and cold foods to satisfy any appetite. Avoid the "New York Deli" section--unless you like mystery meat--my wife and I could not identify several selections and the turkey did not appear to be breast meat, but the old style turkey rolls. No pastrami or corned beef--Mayor Bloomberg should sue NCL to change the name.
Dinners were just ok in the Venetian and Aqua dining rooms--the artwork on display is beautiful.
Specialty restaurants (with cover charges): We dined twice in LeBistro--the food and service were perfect--don't miss the escargot--the best I have ever had!!! Cagney's steakhouse was also worth the surcharge--excellent steaks and a wonderful veal chop. We also dined at Salsa-nice Tex-Mex place. The only place that did not live up to expectations was Bamboo--described as "Pan-Asian"--you can get the same food at your local chinese take out place and save the surcharge.
All restaurants have an excellent wine list--prices range from $30 to $200+ a bottle. We had an excellent Spanish red (Crianza-$36) on several evenings. Prior to the cruise, we were told to avoid the italian restaurant (Impressions) as it was nothing special, but several people we met thought it was good.
The Freestyle dining--eat when you want-no set times--may not be to everyone's liking, but we found it enjoyable. Reservations were easy to obtain and dining in resort casual was great.
Activities/Entertainment--The Freestyle Daily list all ship's activities--the usual Bingo, Trivia, Karaoke, art auctions and the like. We preferred to sit by the pool and relax. The musicians playing in the various public areas and lounges were fine.
The magician, Greg Gleason was fantastic--we are still trying to figure out how he did some of his tricks.
Dave Heenan the comedian, kept us in stitches--he was great. they also have a group of performers from Second City--their show was ok.
The production shows featured the Jean Ryan dancers--their big show was "Bollywood" and was very entertaining. All in all we thought the shows were very entertaining. BERMUDA
We docked at King's Wharf Bermuda on Wednesday, August 20th. We took the ferry to St. Georges, a bus to Hamilton and another bus back to the dockyard. The houses are pretty, prices are expensive and there are no bargains to be found. I fished on Thursday while the better half went to the spa. 40 fisherman, 1 fish caught in two hours, but an enjoyable morning nonetheless. In the afternoon, we went to Horseshoe bay, which is rated one of the top beaches in the world--it was nice. Most of the beaches are small--there were lifeguards and a place to rent chairs/umbrellas, restrooms and a place to get drinks and snacks.
Took a sunset catamaran cruise--which was very relaxing, helped in part by the "free" rum swizzles.
On our last day in port, we took a tour of the island, including stops at the Bermuda Aquarium (small but nice) and the Crystal Caves which was awesome. The ship left promptly at 5pm and we heard that 3 passengers did not make it.
In summary, a very relaxing trip!
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