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Norwegian Dawn Review

4.0 / 5.0
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It Turns Out Paradise Has Been Overbuilt

Review for Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2015

This was our first cruise. We went with our two children and my mother. There was very little pre-cruise orientation and virtually none on the cruise. The staterooms were comfortably appointed and the butlers were attentive. We found the food to be incredibly salty everywhere we went. The general dining room (Garden Café) had a decent variety of items for each meal but had a lot of things repeated day after day. For example, I would have liked to see quiche or an oatmeal bar with different add-ins available in the morning or smoothies available as part of breakfast offerings generally available. It was eggs benedict, home fries, bacon, sausage, cereal, etc.,... every morning for breakfast. In terms of lunch....burgers, fries, pizza, deli salads with lots of mayo, etc,... There was a salad bar but I would have liked to have seen a variety of vegetables that could be added to the salads. It was the same old, same old every day!!! We had the unlimited dining plan. So, we used that most nights. Again, it was apparent to us what this could and could not be used for and what were extras. We often asked several staff members and got different answers. Teppanyaki was excellent but again incredibly high amounts of salt. Moderno was great food but everything was marinated in salt. Bamboo was great and La Cucina was great too with outstanding service and decent quality food. Cagney's food was superb but the service was completely off. Sides arrived fifteen minutes after the steaks! In terms of activities, most involved drinking or gambling of some sort. We attended several martini tastings in Gatsby's and the bartender conducting them was excellent. We went to the casino a couple of nights but found the smoke obnoxious. There were no non-smoking areas in the casino. So, you leave smelling like smoke. We also played several of the game shows onboard. We played who wants to be a Gazillionare and the woman running it literally could not pronounce the words and had such a lack of enthusiasm that it was astounding. It was a ruse to get everyone to the Stardust Lounge to play Bingo and buy drinks. Deal or No Deal was pretty good. Allen the guy who played the piano was great. We saw him several times throughout the cruise. We attended a Elementz show, two Second City shows, a Beatles tribute show and a show that was a tribute to the 70's and 80's. The Second City folks were fantastic. The Elementz show had portions that were great ad others not so much. The 70's and 80's music extravaganza was nothing short of bizarre. Lots of sexual innuendo with some excellent performances but the male lead singer was definitely miscast. Some of the crew were down to earth and very helpful. However, there were several that really couldn't have been bothered to ask if you needed assistance or to provide it when asked. We spent almost three days in Bermuda and found the people to be warm and welcoming. It was quite shocking to see how built up Bermuda is. We took a tour the first night and the tour operator explained how they have virtually no land left that is open space. They have to collect the water off of their roofs because water is such a premium and nearly all of their food is imported. Gas is $8 per gallon, there is a lot of unemployment and throughout the island there are several spots where projects were begun but not finished because investors pulled out. St. George is a UN sight and really rich in history. Hamilton is beautiful. I would highly recommend Horseshoe Bay beach, Crystal Caves, Gibbs Lighthouse, Frog & Onion, Swizzler Inn, and the History Museum in Dockyard.

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