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The crew were very good, cabin OK and the food satisfactory. The entertainment and shows excellent. The ship usage of space and some NCL policies created problems. The space usage on the ship was something of a mystery with throughways blocked off for things like new pay restaurants or for some other use of space and a pay restaurant located next to the atrium. This ensured food odours circulated freely about the atrium and other areas of the ship. The atrium was used for entertainment, with additional seating added each night and stairways to the atrium blocked off. Next they added ship "market stalls" selling all sorts of stuff most of us don't need and allowed the photographers to set up shop blocking off what little space was left ensuring an adventure for anyone wanting to use the stairs or negotiate this area to reach another part of the ship. But that's not all, the internet centre was located around the upper level of the atrium and when the entertainment was in full swing anyone using the centre had trouble first finding a chair as the overflow entertainment crowd went up to the computer centre and used the chairs. The noise level made it almost impossible to comfortably use the internet centre at night and spend the 75c a minute after successfully gaining an expensive and impossibly slow connection. The lack of deck chairs on the promenade deck was inexplicable. Chairs, 11 on port and starboard with smoking almost unrestricted on the deck so no fun then for a non smoker wanting to enjoy fresh sea air while sitting down for a read. The noise level on the ship generally rivalled a room full of teenagers having a party while the parents were away. The daily service charge plus the service charges added to tours and drinks or just about anything sold on the ship would ensure a few surprises at the end of the cruise for the unwary. For the dancers, do not expect much on this ship. When an opportunity arose the cruise directors staff would sometimes invade the floor and jump around forcing dancers off the floor. It was almost as if the guests could not be trusted to entertain themselves without cruise director staff telling them what to do. Much of the organised daily activity was of the intellectual level suitable for a pet dog. The lack of a dress up night meant on occasions some people decided to unpack the tuxedo and gowns as they missed the dress up night and so they created their own. The big losers here were the photographers who are becoming a bit of a nuisance in the cruise industry. Perhaps NCL is too casual in dress code. Well watching dancers in shorts and flip flops and baseball hats, admittedly turned the right way around, dancing to the excellent big band, suggests NCL might need to review their dress code. Ports of call all good, the one tender stop negotiated without any waiting around for a tender which was a pleasant surprise. One big disappointment was on the Nov 11 remembrance ceremony they did not have the Australian or New Zealand flags but all the other relevant national flags were on display, lots of Aussies on board and a few from NZ. Have done more than 50 cruises and decided to try NCL again after a bad experience in 2007 because of the Boston start and New Orleans finish. Perhaps in 8 years we may try them again as they had improved from our 2007 cruise.

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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Outback Crusier

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside
The crew were very good, cabin OK and the food satisfactory. The entertainment and shows excellent. The ship usage of space and some NCL policies created problems.

The space usage on the ship was something of a mystery with throughways blocked off for things like new pay restaurants or for some other use of space and a pay restaurant located next to the atrium. This ensured food odours circulated freely about the atrium and other areas of the ship.

The atrium was used for entertainment, with additional seating added each night and stairways to the atrium blocked off. Next they added ship "market stalls" selling all sorts of stuff most of us don't need and allowed the photographers to set up shop blocking off what little space was left ensuring an adventure for anyone wanting to use the stairs or negotiate this area to reach another part of the ship.

But that's not all, the internet centre was located around the upper level of the atrium and when the entertainment was in full swing anyone using the centre had trouble first finding a chair as the overflow entertainment crowd went up to the computer centre and used the chairs. The noise level made it almost impossible to comfortably use the internet centre at night and spend the 75c a minute after successfully gaining an expensive and impossibly slow connection.

The lack of deck chairs on the promenade deck was inexplicable. Chairs, 11 on port and starboard with smoking almost unrestricted on the deck so no fun then for a non smoker wanting to enjoy fresh sea air while sitting down for a read.

The noise level on the ship generally rivalled a room full of teenagers having a party while the parents were away.

The daily service charge plus the service charges added to tours and drinks or just about anything sold on the ship would ensure a few surprises at the end of the cruise for the unwary.

For the dancers, do not expect much on this ship. When an opportunity arose the cruise directors staff would sometimes invade the floor and jump around forcing dancers off the floor. It was almost as if the guests could not be trusted to entertain themselves without cruise director staff telling them what to do. Much of the organised daily activity was of the intellectual level suitable for a pet dog.

The lack of a dress up night meant on occasions some people decided to unpack the tuxedo and gowns as they missed the dress up night and so they created their own. The big losers here were the photographers who are becoming a bit of a nuisance in the cruise industry.

Perhaps NCL is too casual in dress code. Well watching dancers in shorts and flip flops and baseball hats, admittedly turned the right way around, dancing to the excellent big band, suggests NCL might need to review their dress code.

Ports of call all good, the one tender stop negotiated without any waiting around for a tender which was a pleasant surprise.

One big disappointment was on the Nov 11 remembrance ceremony they did not have the Australian or New Zealand flags but all the other relevant national flags were on display, lots of Aussies on board and a few from NZ.

Have done more than 50 cruises and decided to try NCL again after a bad experience in 2007 because of the Boston start and New Orleans finish. Perhaps in 8 years we may try them again as they had improved from our 2007 cruise.
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Cabin IC 9075
Good cabin, quiet, excellent steward. Big bonus, reasonably sized bathroom and a shower that had a sliding door and room to turn around in without hitting some protruding object that only ships designers include in a shower space.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins

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