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Sailed from New York on 10/12 with a group of 31 family/friends. Took a limo bus to the terminal. No complications at all. Crew was there to open doors for us and whisk away our luggage. Embarkation was the best I've seen yet. Arrived to terminal at 11:45 and on the ship by 12:15 and drinking our free glass of champagne. Very nice way to start our cruise. Had lunch sitting next to the pool where we had the pleasure of being introduced to Robin Cages (pool side server). I can not say enough good things about this man. He made our entire cruise wonderful! Our staterooms were typical inside cabin rooms, have to be creative with unpacking but found plenty of room for our belongings. Some problems with "a pipe breaking" in the hallway on the 5th floor. Woke up to fans blowing to dry the carpets. Water got into one room in our group and they were immediately upgraded to a wonderful balcony room on the 9th floor. We had dinner mostly at the Venetian or Aqua. Food was wonderful and staff offered to bring extra lobster tails both nights it was offered. We had dinner one night at the Teppanyaki. Food was great, but the cover charge seems overpriced. Food in the Venetian, Aqua, and even the buffet was comparable and you could dine there for free. Blue Lagoon has the best wings ever, its true! Some from our group dined at the Sushi bar. First time for me, what a great experience! Well worth the $15 cover charge. Missed the usual crazy activities poolside, but we had a large enough group that we made our own entertainment daily. Once again Robin was always there for us. On the way back to New York we hit a storm with rain and high winds. Robin was quick to move our entire group out of the rain and provide us with towels to keep dry. 1/2 of our group went to Bingo daily and saw the different shows. I preferred poolside and the casino, but my family raved about the on board shows. One note regarding the pool, people need to keep there diapered children out of the adult pool, its a health hazard for one, and these children do not need to be around adults drinking all day long, there is a wonderful kids pool provided (with a slide too). We actually considered going to that pool because all of the kids were in the adult pool. Beware of shore excursions offered. Four of us signed up to scuba dive on Friday through NCL and they moved the date to Thursday without notification. We had booked a pontoon boat for Thursday. Eventually they did refund us all of our money. By the way, scooter rental in Bermuda is an awesome way to see the island! Yes they do drive crazy over there, but so do New Yorkers. We took it slow and saw the whole island. Then we rented a pontoon boat for an entire day from Aquatic Boat Rentals and saw Bermuda from the water. It was a great day, found some nice coves to tuck into and snorkel and a beautiful beach we pulled right up on to. We also were able to scuba dive Friday through blue water divers (cheaper then going through NCL too.) Two tank dive, first a wreck at 70ft, second was a reef with tunnels for only $105. It was a great day. Three days in Bermuda is definitely the way to go. Our group actually wants to go back because we know there is more to see and do. Worst part about the cruise was disembarkation. Not as smooth as embarkation. We arrived 1/2hr late into port due to strong currents, which also pushed back times to get off. Much easier to walk off with your own luggage then do the color coded thing. Your bags are in a huge warehouse with hundreds of people stepping all over them and banging into each other as they attempt to find there luggage. It was not very organized. Next time we plan to walk off with our bags to avoid that chaos. Overall, we would sail Norwegian again and recommend it to others. Especially if its docked in Bermuda for three days.

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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Maggie72

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2008
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Sailed from New York on 10/12 with a group of 31 family/friends. Took a limo bus to the terminal. No complications at all. Crew was there to open doors for us and whisk away our luggage. Embarkation was the best I've seen yet. Arrived to terminal at 11:45 and on the ship by 12:15 and drinking our free glass of champagne. Very nice way to start our cruise. Had lunch sitting next to the pool where we had the pleasure of being introduced to Robin Cages (pool side server). I can not say enough good things about this man. He made our entire cruise wonderful!
Our staterooms were typical inside cabin rooms, have to be creative with unpacking but found plenty of room for our belongings. Some problems with "a pipe breaking" in the hallway on the 5th floor. Woke up to fans blowing to dry the carpets. Water got into one room in our group and they were immediately upgraded to a wonderful balcony room on the 9th floor.
We had dinner mostly at the Venetian or Aqua. Food was wonderful and staff offered to bring extra lobster tails both nights it was offered. We had dinner one night at the Teppanyaki. Food was great, but the cover charge seems overpriced. Food in the Venetian, Aqua, and even the buffet was comparable and you could dine there for free. Blue Lagoon has the best wings ever, its true! Some from our group dined at the Sushi bar. First time for me, what a great experience! Well worth the $15 cover charge.
Missed the usual crazy activities poolside, but we had a large enough group that we made our own entertainment daily. Once again Robin was always there for us. On the way back to New York we hit a storm with rain and high winds. Robin was quick to move our entire group out of the rain and provide us with towels to keep dry. 1/2 of our group went to Bingo daily and saw the different shows. I preferred poolside and the casino, but my family raved about the on board shows. One note regarding the pool, people need to keep there diapered children out of the adult pool, its a health hazard for one, and these children do not need to be around adults drinking all day long, there is a wonderful kids pool provided (with a slide too). We actually considered going to that pool because all of the kids were in the adult pool.
Beware of shore excursions offered. Four of us signed up to scuba dive on Friday through NCL and they moved the date to Thursday without notification. We had booked a pontoon boat for Thursday. Eventually they did refund us all of our money. By the way, scooter rental in Bermuda is an awesome way to see the island! Yes they do drive crazy over there, but so do New Yorkers. We took it slow and saw the whole island. Then we rented a pontoon boat for an entire day from Aquatic Boat Rentals and saw Bermuda from the water. It was a great day, found some nice coves to tuck into and snorkel and a beautiful beach we pulled right up on to. We also were able to scuba dive Friday through blue water divers (cheaper then going through NCL too.) Two tank dive, first a wreck at 70ft, second was a reef with tunnels for only $105. It was a great day. Three days in Bermuda is definitely the way to go. Our group actually wants to go back because we know there is more to see and do.
Worst part about the cruise was disembarkation. Not as smooth as embarkation. We arrived 1/2hr late into port due to strong currents, which also pushed back times to get off. Much easier to walk off with your own luggage then do the color coded thing. Your bags are in a huge warehouse with hundreds of people stepping all over them and banging into each other as they attempt to find there luggage. It was not very organized. Next time we plan to walk off with our bags to avoid that chaos.
Overall, we would sail Norwegian again and recommend it to others. Especially if its docked in Bermuda for three days.
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