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Arrived at the NY port at 10:45.  Luggage was picked up immediately, we had our welcome aboard picture taken and we were off to Latitudes check-in.  Check-in was smooth and completed by 11.  There were vendors available to satisfy your breakfast/lunch needs. The terminal is air conditioned with plenty of seats.  By 11:45, we were boarding the ship and on our way to starting our wonderful vacation.  We were given our welcome glass of "champaign", and then preceded to enter the Dawn. We dropped our carry on bags at Dazzels as lunch in the Venetian Dining Room wouldn't be served until 12:30. We explored the ship, stopping outside of the specialty restaurants for samples of their cuisine.  After a delicious luncheon, we proceeded to our cabin at 2pm and found our bags waiting for us.  Our mini-suite was much more spacious than our balcony room was last year on the Spirit. We met our cabin steward, Kris, who took excellent care of us for the next seven days and nights! We received adorable towel animals on most nights and that little extra touch was greatly appreciated. We had the muster drill at 3:30, and Sail Away was at 4.  If you want to avoid a wait at dinner time in the MDR's, a suggestion would be to try to get there by 5:30-6:30.  We never had to wait at that time.  We had our first dinner at Aqua and the rack of lamb was delicious. We saw the first of many performances in their Stardust Theater.   All were very good and the Jean Ryan troupe are just great performers.  The casino was adequate with the usual table games and slots (a little tight). The next day was sunny and we had our M&G in the Star Bar.  So glad to meet everyone and very happy to meet the Captain and seven other Senior Officers who came to our meeting. I think we all enjoyed this.  It was a great start to our cruise for all our fellow Cruise Critic members.  We were served a light breakfast and coffee etc. Thank you NCL. The rest of the day was spent exploring the ship and trying to find a lounge chair poolside.  The lounge chair "hogs" were in full force as we had a very full ship with over 875 under 18yrs making over 3000 passengers.  We were the start of the High Season. Tuesday was overcast and we decided to buy a day Spa Pass for $20 per person.  This is the best kept secret on the ship.  There are full Spa facilities available, lockers, showers, sauna, steam rooms, changing rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and also a hot tub and lap pool.  The lounge chairs face aft and are "verrry" relaxing. Juice, water, coffee and tea are available as well as separate male-female lounge areas with TVs and even plushier lounges.  A great way to spend a day.   Wednesday we reached Bermuda.   Started off sunny and we decided to visit St George via ferry.  We bought the three day bus-ferry pass.  The ferries are a great way to travel Bermuda and after a 40 minute ride we explored the sights of St. George.  We hired a horse drawn carriage and had an excellent tour of the city and countryside.  Our driver was very informative and our ride around this area was one of the highlights of our trip.  Unfortunately, the twelve noon dunking reenactment was cancelled in the center square due to illness of one of the participants.  We headed back to our ship just as the showers began at St. George.  Later that night, we took the ferry to Hamilton to partake in the Harbor night celebration and see the Goombey dancers. We were told by the excursion desk on ship that it was still taking place even though it had showered that afternoon.  Unfortunately they were wrong and the celebration was cancelled.  Hamilton had only a few restaurants and bars open and we took the next ferry back to the Dockyards, very disappointed.  Thursday was our Horseshoe Bay Beach day.  We took the #7 bus and we arrived after 20 minutes enjoying the beautiful scenery enroute to the beach.  It is truly beautiful!!! The hill going down is not too bad.  Umbrellas and beach chairs are available as well as bathroom facilities and changing rooms.  The showers in the women's room were having maintenance, but there was outside showers for rinsing the sand off your feet. Had a simple lunch at the restaurant there. The beach has soft pink hued sand just like everyone says.  It did shower again there but we stayed anyway.  We came too far to miss out on Horseshoe Bay.  As we left we found the "Up to the Top" van waiting for $2.00 per person.  This is well worth it.  Our #7 bus was at the top of the hill waiting to fill up and we were back to the Dockyards and found they had SUNNY skies. Did some shopping and of course tasted some of the Bermuda Rum cakes and purchased a few. Friday we decided to go to 9 Beaches resort.  As we were waiting for the bus to take us there, we were told by one of the public bus drivers that there was a special shuttle for $5 per person each way that will take you directly to the resort and return you back to the ship-saving you a ½ mile walk.  He leaves the area that you wait for the #7 bus every half hour and returns you back to the Dockyard on the hour.  We really enjoyed 9 Beaches also.  They have lounges at the beach, restaurant, bar and bathroom facilities.  You can also rent snorkeling gear, paddle boats, kayaks and much more.  It was very peaceful there; calm water and many enjoyed the clear waters snorkeling. Saturday, we were at sea again and enjoyed our sea day at the pool.  The ship had a 4th of July celebration poolside with a tribute to the men and women in service by the NCL show band and the various show performers. Sunday, we arrived back in NY and docked by 8 am.  We had a leisurely breakfast in the MDR and an easy disembark according to their great color tag system.  We were sadly back on the road for our home in NJ by 10:30. The Dawn is a beautiful ship, the crew is fantastic, and the entertainment is great!  There is so much to do on the Dawn that it is very hard to choose what to do next.   Every band and entertainer in their many lounges are tops.  The food is very well presented and we found no fault with the service in both the main dining rooms, Le Bistro and Impressions. The new menus can become repetious though, as they are the same every day, specific to each MDR, adding only one different chef special each day (which was mostly seafood). They also need to add non seafood appetizers as well as additional deserts to the menus in the MDRs as the deserts are the same on both menus in the two restaurants every night.  Of course these are test menus on the Dawn right now.  All in all, as you can tell, we had a wonderful time on the Dawn and in Bermuda and are looking forward to our next cruise with NCL. If anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.

Sailing Away on the Beautiful Dawn. June 28 - July 5

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by NJ Johnny

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2009
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Arrived at the NY port at 10:45.  Luggage was picked up immediately, we had our welcome aboard picture taken and we were off to Latitudes check-in.  Check-in was smooth and completed by 11.  There were vendors available to satisfy your breakfast/lunch needs. The terminal is air conditioned with plenty of seats.  By 11:45, we were boarding the ship and on our way to starting our wonderful vacation.  We were given our welcome glass of "champaign", and then preceded to enter the Dawn. We dropped our carry on bags at Dazzels as lunch in the Venetian Dining Room wouldn't be served until 12:30. We explored the ship, stopping outside of the specialty restaurants for samples of their cuisine.  After a delicious luncheon, we proceeded to our cabin at 2pm and found our bags waiting for us.  Our mini-suite was much more spacious than our balcony room was last year on the Spirit. We met our cabin steward, Kris, who took excellent care of us for the next seven days and nights! We received adorable towel animals on most nights and that little extra touch was greatly appreciated. We had the muster drill at 3:30, and Sail Away was at 4.  If you want to avoid a wait at dinner time in the MDR's, a suggestion would be to try to get there by 5:30-6:30.  We never had to wait at that time.  We had our first dinner at Aqua and the rack of lamb was delicious. We saw the first of many performances in their Stardust Theater.   All were very good and the Jean Ryan troupe are just great performers.  The casino was adequate with the usual table games and slots (a little tight).
The next day was sunny and we had our M&G in the Star Bar.  So glad to meet everyone and very happy to meet the Captain and seven other Senior Officers who came to our meeting. I think we all enjoyed this.  It was a great start to our cruise for all our fellow Cruise Critic members.  We were served a light breakfast and coffee etc. Thank you NCL. The rest of the day was spent exploring the ship and trying to find a lounge chair poolside.  The lounge chair "hogs" were in full force as we had a very full ship with over 875 under 18yrs making over 3000 passengers.  We were the start of the High Season.
Tuesday was overcast and we decided to buy a day Spa Pass for $20 per person.  This is the best kept secret on the ship.  There are full Spa facilities available, lockers, showers, sauna, steam rooms, changing rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and also a hot tub and lap pool.  The lounge chairs face aft and are "verrry" relaxing. Juice, water, coffee and tea are available as well as separate male-female lounge areas with TVs and even plushier lounges.  A great way to spend a day.  
Wednesday we reached Bermuda.   Started off sunny and we decided to visit St George via ferry.  We bought the three day bus-ferry pass.  The ferries are a great way to travel Bermuda and after a 40 minute ride we explored the sights of St. George.  We hired a horse drawn carriage and had an excellent tour of the city and countryside.  Our driver was very informative and our ride around this area was one of the highlights of our trip.  Unfortunately, the twelve noon dunking reenactment was cancelled in the center square due to illness of one of the participants.  We headed back to our ship just as the showers began at St. George.  Later that night, we took the ferry to Hamilton to partake in the Harbor night celebration and see the Goombey dancers. We were told by the excursion desk on ship that it was still taking place even though it had showered that afternoon.  Unfortunately they were wrong and the celebration was cancelled.  Hamilton had only a few restaurants and bars open and we took the next ferry back to the Dockyards, very disappointed. 

Thursday was our Horseshoe Bay Beach day.  We took the #7 bus and we arrived after 20 minutes enjoying the beautiful scenery enroute to the beach.  It is truly beautiful!!! The hill going down is not too bad.  Umbrellas and beach chairs are available as well as bathroom facilities and changing rooms.  The showers in the women's room were having maintenance, but there was outside showers for rinsing the sand off your feet. Had a simple lunch at the restaurant there. The beach has soft pink hued sand just like everyone says.  It did shower again there but we stayed anyway.  We came too far to miss out on Horseshoe Bay.  As we left we found the "Up to the Top" van waiting for $2.00 per person.  This is well worth it.  Our #7 bus was at the top of the hill waiting to fill up and we were back to the Dockyards and found they had SUNNY skies. Did some shopping and of course tasted some of the Bermuda Rum cakes and purchased a few.
Friday we decided to go to 9 Beaches resort.  As we were waiting for the bus to take us there, we were told by one of the public bus drivers that there was a special shuttle for $5 per person each way that will take you directly to the resort and return you back to the ship-saving you a ½ mile walk.  He leaves the area that you wait for the #7 bus every half hour and returns you back to the Dockyard on the hour.  We really enjoyed 9 Beaches also.  They have lounges at the beach, restaurant, bar and bathroom facilities.  You can also rent snorkeling gear, paddle boats, kayaks and much more.  It was very peaceful there; calm water and many enjoyed the clear waters snorkeling.
Saturday, we were at sea again and enjoyed our sea day at the pool.  The ship had a 4th of July celebration poolside with a tribute to the men and women in service by the NCL show band and the various show performers.

Sunday, we arrived back in NY and docked by 8 am.  We had a leisurely breakfast in the MDR and an easy disembark according to their great color tag system.  We were sadly back on the road for our home in NJ by 10:30.

The Dawn is a beautiful ship, the crew is fantastic, and the entertainment is great!  There is so much to do on the Dawn that it is very hard to choose what to do next.   Every band and entertainer in their many lounges are tops.  The food is very well presented and we found no fault with the service in both the main dining rooms, Le Bistro and Impressions. The new menus can become repetious though, as they are the same every day, specific to each MDR, adding only one different chef special each day (which was mostly seafood). They also need to add non seafood appetizers as well as additional deserts to the menus in the MDRs as the deserts are the same on both menus in the two restaurants every night.  Of course these are test menus on the Dawn right now. 
All in all, as you can tell, we had a wonderful time on the Dawn and in Bermuda and are looking forward to our next cruise with NCL.
If anyone has any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11100
Even though across from the crew space, the cabin was very quiet.  The balcony had a larger overhang with 2 lounge chairs and small table.  The closet was ample size and had a light inside behind the rod, which we found on the last day.  This room connects with another mini-suite.
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