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We took this Repositioning Cruise last year and loved the itinerary and the older crowd, so we took it again this year..We had a balcony room and got the free prepaid service charges and ultimate beverage package and we paid the 18% gratuities for the drink package up front We spent very little on board so our on board account was very small at the end. The Ship has a new look now and for the most part the changes were an improvement. Didn't care for the wine bar on deck 7, not a wine drinker, and it seemed to be empty most of the time unless there was a social event taking place there, Otherwise it was probably a quiet place to sit and relax. They turned the internet room that used to be on deck 9 into a nice lounge overlooking the Atrium, perfect for relaxing and enjoying Jose and Patty's nightly performances in the atrium. Below that on deck 8 is O'Sheehan's Pub that is open 24 hrs a day. The food was decent, the Reuben sandwich was excellent there. This also overlooks the atrium staircase where Jose and Patty entertain at night. Love that they added a special area off to the side in the atrium on deck 7 for the jewelry specials etc, No more clogging up the main atrium floor selling items. The Photography Shop has been brought into the digital age where you can look for your the photos by using your key card. There is a small internet area there too. The lounge on deck 7 aft was nicely redone. We didn't eat at the specialty restaurants at all. The complimentary food at Venetian dining room and Garden Cafe was very good for the most part and we did not go hungry at all. Loved the variety of soups each night at the Venetian and enjoyed all meals except the pork medallions which were overcooked and tough. Had to opt for Shrimp Jambalaya instead which was very good. Prime rib was excellent. Oasis Pool area is very nicely redone. Spent time in the pool and hot tubs which was crowded at times but less so at other times. The ports were wonderful, we did our own thing in Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, but in Jamaica we opted for an NCL excursion for safety reasons. Bamboo Beach Club Excursion was great fun with good food and rum punch and lemonade being my choice of free beverage. They had a bar if you wanted to purchase drinks. Water was warm with nice waves there, a little rocky in areas so water shoes are a good choice. Overall the cruise was great except for the NCL policy that doesn't allow us to bring bottled water on board. Bring a to go cup and fill up at the garden cafe with water. We look forward to taking another freestyle cruise in the future, perhaps from east to west coast via Panama Canal or the Canada, New England Cruise.

Repositioning Cruise from Boston to New Orleans throughout the Caribbean

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by TrishZ1950

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We took this Repositioning Cruise last year and loved the itinerary and the older crowd, so we took it again this year..We had a balcony room and got the free prepaid service charges and ultimate beverage package and we paid the 18% gratuities for the drink package up front We spent very little on board so our on board account was very small at the end.

The Ship has a new look now and for the most part the changes were an improvement. Didn't care for the wine bar on deck 7, not a wine drinker, and it seemed to be empty most of the time unless there was a social event taking place there, Otherwise it was probably a quiet place to sit and relax. They turned the internet room that used to be on deck 9 into a nice lounge overlooking the Atrium, perfect for relaxing and enjoying Jose and Patty's nightly performances in the atrium. Below that on deck 8 is O'Sheehan's Pub that is open 24 hrs a day. The food was decent, the Reuben sandwich was excellent there. This also overlooks the atrium staircase where Jose and Patty entertain at night. Love that they added a special area off to the side in the atrium on deck 7 for the jewelry specials etc, No more clogging up the main atrium floor selling items. The Photography Shop has been brought into the digital age where you can look for your the photos by using your key card. There is a small internet area there too. The lounge on deck 7 aft was nicely redone.

We didn't eat at the specialty restaurants at all. The complimentary food at Venetian dining room and Garden Cafe was very good for the most part and we did not go hungry at all. Loved the variety of soups each night at the Venetian and enjoyed all meals except the pork medallions which were overcooked and tough. Had to opt for Shrimp Jambalaya instead which was very good. Prime rib was excellent. Oasis Pool area is very nicely redone. Spent time in the pool and hot tubs which was crowded at times but less so at other times.

The ports were wonderful, we did our own thing in Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, but in Jamaica we opted for an NCL excursion for safety reasons. Bamboo Beach Club Excursion was great fun with good food and rum punch and lemonade being my choice of free beverage. They had a bar if you wanted to purchase drinks. Water was warm with nice waves there, a little rocky in areas so water shoes are a good choice.

Overall the cruise was great except for the NCL policy that doesn't allow us to bring bottled water on board. Bring a to go cup and fill up at the garden cafe with water. We look forward to taking another freestyle cruise in the future, perhaps from east to west coast via Panama Canal or the Canada, New England Cruise.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BD 10218
Our cabin steward,Juan, was excellent. He took care of our cabin well and we were quite comfortable after he put some foam cushion on the bed for us. The first night of sleep did not go so well on the hard bed. Much more comfortable with the foam cushion. Cabin decor was nice and we love having a balcony room. We were on starboard side in aft of ship so we had easy access to the Garden Cafe, Venetian dining room and Bliss Lounge from closest elevators. The toilet sometimes flushed right away but other times took a few minutes to flush away but it eventually did. Shower was nice with soap and shampoo supplied. Right amount of towels supplied and robes for use. We found it to be a nice, mostly quiet cabin area.
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