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Our cruise left Boston on October 30. The first three days were nice, getting to know the ship and activities for the cruise. Dingo Dave "cruise director " and his staff did a great job of keeping all occupied with activities throughout the day. While at poolside a nice touch was fruit sticks passed around the area, and then wet hand towels to get refreshed. As usual there were far too many guests reserving lounge chairs at poolside around 800 and then not showing up until 1100 or noon. Our excursion experience was fair. The first trip was to the rain forest in Puerto Rico was pleasant. Though there wasn't many flowers blooming it was colorful and the guide was infomitive. On Bonaire the beach escape was a trap. Taken to a resort that was only a quarter mile from the dock. On the description in said activity level was 1 "easy" the beach was covered coral and rocks and not suitable for just swimming. Anyone who has a mobility issue cannot use the beach as described. There was a large pool onsite which did make the tour tolerable but still not worth the price offered. On Curaçao we were to take a bus tour of the island and a beach. Arriving at the bus we were informed that we would have to sign a waiver by the tour company to ride the bus relinquishing our rights in case of accident. This was unexceptionable and not in the description of the tour. An excursion rep from the dawn was summoned and a refund was given to us. This was the first time in 35 years of cruising that a waiver was needed just to board a bus. Norwegian should check into this practice, and make adjustments to the tour described and make passengers aware of signing waivers allegedly giving up their rights should an event occur. On Jamaica I took the zipline and watertubing excursion. This one you needed to sign a waiver and I concurred due to strenuous activity involved. What was not described was the you needed covered shoes to zipline and someone had to rent water shoes. Also not described was that you needed to rent a locker to keep belongings secured, while on your excursion. On the Grand Cayman tour I it was good and the turtle farm was exciting. Not a lot of time left after excursion to do shopping. On Aruba and Cozimel we went on our on due to multiple trips previously to these stops. The best part of the trip was the nightly entertainment. Jose and Patti were by far the best duo I have aver listened to cruising. Elements was a great show, kept you going. The voice was fantastic. Second city, the magic show, Irish comedian, Mr Solomon and his Jersey boys routine were all good. All entertainers are worthy of praise and contract renewals. The photo staff was great and took care of specials needs of the customers. I would give the food experience 3.5 out of 5. Bringing it down was certain meals prepared were dry and tasteless, mistakes by waitstaff in the Venetion room, and some undercooked food and the presence of flies around the buffet lines salad areas.

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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by McNamara

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
Our cruise left Boston on October 30. The first three days were nice, getting to know the ship and activities for the cruise. Dingo Dave "cruise director " and his staff did a great job of keeping all occupied with activities throughout the day. While at poolside a nice touch was fruit sticks passed around the area, and then wet hand towels to get refreshed. As usual there were far too many guests reserving lounge chairs at poolside around 800 and then not showing up until 1100 or noon.

Our excursion experience was fair. The first trip was to the rain forest in Puerto Rico was pleasant. Though there wasn't many flowers blooming it was colorful and the guide was infomitive. On Bonaire the beach escape was a trap. Taken to a resort that was only a quarter mile from the dock. On the description in said activity level was 1 "easy" the beach was covered coral and rocks and not suitable for just swimming. Anyone who has a mobility issue cannot use the beach as described. There was a large pool onsite which did make the tour tolerable but still not worth the price offered. On Curaçao we were to take a bus tour of the island and a beach. Arriving at the bus we were informed that we would have to sign a waiver by the tour company to ride the bus relinquishing our rights in case of accident. This was unexceptionable and not in the description of the tour. An excursion rep from the dawn was summoned and a refund was given to us. This was the first time in 35 years of cruising that a waiver was needed just to board a bus. Norwegian should check into this practice, and make adjustments to the tour described and make passengers aware of signing waivers allegedly giving up their rights should an event occur.

On Jamaica I took the zipline and watertubing excursion. This one you needed to sign a waiver and I concurred due to strenuous activity involved. What was not described was the you needed covered shoes to zipline and someone had to rent water shoes. Also not described was that you needed to rent a locker to keep belongings secured, while on your excursion. On the Grand Cayman tour I it was good and the turtle farm was exciting. Not a lot of time left after excursion to do shopping. On Aruba and Cozimel we went on our on due to multiple trips previously to these stops.

The best part of the trip was the nightly entertainment. Jose and Patti were by far the best duo I have aver listened to cruising. Elements was a great show, kept you going. The voice was fantastic. Second city, the magic show, Irish comedian, Mr Solomon and his Jersey boys routine were all good. All entertainers are worthy of praise and contract renewals. The photo staff was great and took care of specials needs of the customers. I would give the food experience 3.5 out of 5. Bringing it down was certain meals prepared were dry and tasteless, mistakes by waitstaff in the Venetion room, and some undercooked food and the presence of flies around the buffet lines salad areas.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 8628
When asking prior to travel if we needed an extension cord or if one could be provided we were told to bring our own and only a six foot cord was needed. This was due to the use of a cpap machine. I am glad we brought a fifteen foot cord because of the outlet placement was totally opposite of where the machine needed to be placed. Also gratefull to cabin steward Michelle who obtained a larger table to accommodate the cpap.
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