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EMBARKATION - We had a group of (5)families,(4)leaving from Central NJ and one family meeting us from S.I. NY. 16 of us were picked up in NJ at about 9:00 arrived at the pier about 10:15. The ship was disembarking the passengers from the previous week so there was a large crowd of people. Once at the pier we required two porters and caught them as they were escorting disembarking passengers. Once inside the terminal there was absolutely no line since we were a bit early. Check-in was smooth as silk. We received our boarding passes and cards and checked our 10 magnums of wine. The families decided to split the $15 corking fees and trust me this was a major savings. We waited about 45 minutes for our number to be called and this was not an issue since all of our kids had ipods and/or mini sony playstations. We boarded the ship about noon greeted with some cheap champagne (nice touch) but an offer of beer would have been better. SHIP - Once on the ship each family purchased 2 soda cards each one for our kids ($28) and one for adults ($50). You won't need one for each person, waste of money. The ship appeared to be clean for the most part and by now we were all hungry and found our way to the Garden Cafe. There was a wide selection of food most of it was fair at best, for lunch. Most of the guys drank beer so get the bucket of beer, buy 5 get one free turned out to be good deal compared to most sport stadiums. ROOMS - We were on deck 8 with an obstructed view but you could still see the ocean. Frank and Philip were our stewards 2 really nice guys who did want we needed & quickly. The room was okay for the 4 of us. Plenty of draw space, sliding door shower, nice size, comfortable beds. Not enough outlets for ipods, cells and kid's games. 2 Families had mini-suites and both were happy with them. FOOD - We made reservations for Salsa which we enjoyed. Good food, decent service $10 cover, great view, kids wanted the buffet anyway. One of our friends went to Cagney's & raved about it. We went to the Venetian every night, 8:30 seating & enjoyed the food (especially the CoQ Co Vin and Lobster night), service & our wine. If you go to the Venetian you must ask for Honeylyn to serve you. Without a doubt the best in the business and she made it worth it. She is truly an exceptional server who really cares about her passengers. We tipped her every night and she deserved it. We did not try any other restaurants. The outdoor BBQ was a hit, food was good. Garden Cafe for breakfast early, Get there before 8:00 BARS - We had a great guy named Vincent who works at the Oasis Pool. He was fantastic. After the first day he wouldn't even ask for the soda cards he would just keep bringing them, we went through many a 6 pack of beer the days we stayed on board and Vincent insured they were ice cold. Also with the umbrella drinks the ladies would have Vincent knew we had purchased them before and would not charge us the extra $2, because we never carried the original glasses around. The other bar we hit often at night was the Pearly Pub, a young lady named Timme from Hungary was wonderful and remembered our names each night. Gatsby's was decent, Salsa bar had the most disappointing bartender, no personality. STAFF - most of the staff were okay, but some stood out. Yael from the Blue Lagoon was very nice. Vincent the drink guy by the pool kept on top of things, Julia from Salsa's was very sweet. Our room stewards Frank and Philip were great. Honeylyn from Venetian by far heads and shoulders above everyone. Timme from the Pearly Pub was very friendly. The one place the service lacked was in the Garden Cafe, most of the staff took their time to get you a soda, silverware or even clean the table, otherwise service was fair. POOL - The worst. When we first saw it we thought it was the kiddie pool, boy were we disappointed. The water gets dirty by the end of the day since it is not chlorinated. The lounges are plentiful we were able to save 10-12 lounges in the morning right by the pool before 8 am but you will need someone to watch them if you are going to be more than 30 minutes. The drink pushers are a bit annoying except for Vincent. I could have a beer in one hand & a bucket at my feet and they will still ask you. ENTERTAINMENT - the comedy show with Dave Heenan was okay at best. Some of his jokes were as old. He is full of life though. The Bollywood show was very good, don't miss it. The magician was impressive and the Elton John impersonator was very enjoyable. BERMUDA - what can you say that is not a positive. The weather was simply beautiful except for one morning. We attempted to go to Tobacco Bay (40 minutes by ferry) on the first day at port, but the rain forced us back to the ship. Of course once back on the ship it got sunny and we decided to go to Horseshoe Bay (25 minutes by bus)spent a couple of hours at Horseshoe and had a great time. Wonderful beach, warm crystal blue water, great rock formations. Walk down to Jobsons cove and you will get some unforgettable pictures. Some might want to take the buck boys taxi up the hill when you leave, but most of us trekked it up the hill. Next day went to Tobacco Bay for snorkeling by ferry asked for directions and had about a 10 minute walk to the bay. Make sure you get a van back to the ferry well worth it. Tobacco Bay was beautiful, they could of cleaned the beach area a bit better but the bay is a sight to see. Make sure you bring your own snorkel and mask and you will see an array of fish the further and deeper you go. One of my friends opened a bag of chips underwater and it was amazing to see how close these fish come to you. Just a wonderful day in a paradise. DISEMBARKATION - was a pleasant surprise. We were all able to carry our own luggage off so there was no set time. It was minutes to disembark and go through customs to our awaiting Bus. MISCELLANEOUS - Bring your own water bottles or buy them in Bermuda. Bring a power strip. Definitely bring an assortment of medicinal pills medications and bandages, the ship stores close while at port in Bermuda. Bring your own snorkel equipment if you plan to go. Bring an alarm clock since there are none in the cabin. The per day per person gratuity is a major rip off but we gave extra to those who deserved it.

Bermuda Rocks

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by My2guys

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2008
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
EMBARKATION - We had a group of (5)families,(4)leaving from Central NJ and one family meeting us from S.I. NY. 16 of us were picked up in NJ at about 9:00 arrived at the pier about 10:15. The ship was disembarking the passengers from the previous week so there was a large crowd of people. Once at the pier we required two porters and caught them as they were escorting disembarking passengers. Once inside the terminal there was absolutely no line since we were a bit early. Check-in was smooth as silk. We received our boarding passes and cards and checked our 10 magnums of wine. The families decided to split the $15 corking fees and trust me this was a major savings. We waited about 45 minutes for our number to be called and this was not an issue since all of our kids had ipods and/or mini sony playstations. We boarded the ship about noon greeted with some cheap champagne (nice touch) but an offer of beer would have been better. SHIP - Once on the ship each family purchased 2 soda cards each one for our kids ($28) and one for adults ($50). You won't need one for each person, waste of money. The ship appeared to be clean for the most part and by now we were all hungry and found our way to the Garden Cafe. There was a wide selection of food most of it was fair at best, for lunch. Most of the guys drank beer so get the bucket of beer, buy 5 get one free turned out to be good deal compared to most sport stadiums.
ROOMS - We were on deck 8 with an obstructed view but you could still see the ocean. Frank and Philip were our stewards 2 really nice guys who did want we needed & quickly. The room was okay for the 4 of us. Plenty of draw space, sliding door shower, nice size, comfortable beds. Not enough outlets for ipods, cells and kid's games. 2 Families had mini-suites and both were happy with them.
FOOD - We made reservations for Salsa which we enjoyed. Good food, decent service $10 cover, great view, kids wanted the buffet anyway. One of our friends went to Cagney's & raved about it. We went to the Venetian every night, 8:30 seating & enjoyed the food (especially the CoQ Co Vin and Lobster night), service & our wine. If you go to the Venetian you must ask for Honeylyn to serve you. Without a doubt the best in the business and she made it worth it. She is truly an exceptional server who really cares about her passengers. We tipped her every night and she deserved it. We did not try any other restaurants. The outdoor BBQ was a hit, food was good. Garden Cafe for breakfast early, Get there before 8:00
BARS - We had a great guy named Vincent who works at the Oasis Pool. He was fantastic. After the first day he wouldn't even ask for the soda cards he would just keep bringing them, we went through many a 6 pack of beer the days we stayed on board and Vincent insured they were ice cold. Also with the umbrella drinks the ladies would have Vincent knew we had purchased them before and would not charge us the extra $2, because we never carried the original glasses around. The other bar we hit often at night was the Pearly Pub, a young lady named Timme from Hungary was wonderful and remembered our names each night. Gatsby's was decent, Salsa bar had the most disappointing bartender, no personality. STAFF - most of the staff were okay, but some stood out. Yael from the Blue Lagoon was very nice. Vincent the drink guy by the pool kept on top of things, Julia from Salsa's was very sweet. Our room stewards Frank and Philip were great. Honeylyn from Venetian by far heads and shoulders above everyone. Timme from the Pearly Pub was very friendly. The one place the service lacked was in the Garden Cafe, most of the staff took their time to get you a soda, silverware or even clean the table, otherwise service was fair. POOL - The worst. When we first saw it we thought it was the kiddie pool, boy were we disappointed. The water gets dirty by the end of the day since it is not chlorinated. The lounges are plentiful we were able to save 10-12 lounges in the morning right by the pool before 8 am but you will need someone to watch them if you are going to be more than 30 minutes. The drink pushers are a bit annoying except for Vincent. I could have a beer in one hand & a bucket at my feet and they will still ask you.
ENTERTAINMENT - the comedy show with Dave Heenan was okay at best. Some of his jokes were as old. He is full of life though. The Bollywood show was very good, don't miss it. The magician was impressive and the Elton John impersonator was very enjoyable.

BERMUDA - what can you say that is not a positive. The weather was simply beautiful except for one morning. We attempted to go to Tobacco Bay (40 minutes by ferry) on the first day at port, but the rain forced us back to the ship. Of course once back on the ship it got sunny and we decided to go to Horseshoe Bay (25 minutes by bus)spent a couple of hours at Horseshoe and had a great time. Wonderful beach, warm crystal blue water, great rock formations. Walk down to Jobsons cove and you will get some unforgettable pictures. Some might want to take the buck boys taxi up the hill when you leave, but most of us trekked it up the hill. Next day went to Tobacco Bay for snorkeling by ferry asked for directions and had about a 10 minute walk to the bay. Make sure you get a van back to the ferry well worth it. Tobacco Bay was beautiful, they could of cleaned the beach area a bit better but the bay is a sight to see. Make sure you bring your own snorkel and mask and you will see an array of fish the further and deeper you go. One of my friends opened a bag of chips underwater and it was amazing to see how close these fish come to you. Just a wonderful day in a paradise. DISEMBARKATION - was a pleasant surprise. We were all able to carry our own luggage off so there was no set time. It was minutes to disembark and go through customs to our awaiting Bus.
MISCELLANEOUS - Bring your own water bottles or buy them in Bermuda. Bring a power strip. Definitely bring an assortment of medicinal pills medications and bandages, the ship stores close while at port in Bermuda. Bring your own snorkel equipment if you plan to go. Bring an alarm clock since there are none in the cabin. The per day per person gratuity is a major rip off but we gave extra to those who deserved it.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK
Phone could be placed in better place, not enough outlets, bathroom was good
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