• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Norwegian Dawn Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
2912 reviews
1 Award

Just okay for us.

Review for Norwegian Dawn to the Southern Caribbean
User Avatar
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

Rating by category

Value for Money
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Apr 2017
Cabin: Inside
Dress Up or Not Night in Venetian Dining Room
Top of Landshark Bar and Grill in Harvest Caye
Landshark Bar and Grill in Harvest Caye
Coconuts with A LOT of rum in Harvest Caye
Pool Cabana we rented in Harvest Caye
Harvest Caye
Dolphins in Costa Maya
Breakfast Mimosa's at the pool bar (with some added grenadine for my sw

This was our 4th NCL cruise and 10th cruise total. We had an early time to check in at the port but then had to wait two hours to embark. I guess they are trying to stagger folks but I don't think we would have shown up that early had I know we wouldn't be able to get on for 2 hours. We got the Ultimate Beverage Package and certainly enjoyed it. We had an inside room this time. We are definitely used to having at least a balcony but the folks we were traveling with only wanted to pay for an inside and we wanted to stay close together. It was actually fairly large with quite a bit of storage and shelf space for being an inside room. The ship layout could be a little confusing but we eventually learned our way around. The entertainment was great! We loved all the shows and also the karaoke, bandaoke (we had never heard of that before), the White Hot party and Sailaway party. That was all a great time.

The food was just okay. Our first night we went to Aqua and dinner took almost 3 hours (and we left before dessert so we could get seats for the show). We watched other tabes sit after us and leave before so I think it was just our table. We also never got refills of water. We had great experiences in both main dining rooms every night after that so I'm not sure what happened there.

One thing that is disappointing is the lack of special dishes on their "formal" nights. Most other lines do something extra nice for entrees and desserts those nights but not NCL. Also I was under the impression that the Venetian was the more formal of the two and had a dress code but that was never enforced so even the dress up or not night had folks in their tshirts and shorts there.

Cabin Review


Cabin IC

More space than expected for an inside room. Lots of storage and shelf space. It was in a pretty good location near elevators though it was all the way forward.

Port Reviews

Harvest Caye

We rented a pool cabana which definitely allowed us to stay out longer with the heat and sun! It was beautiful and fun though I wish more things were included and not extra. I will say that the beach right by the pool is more rocky that the beach further down. So walk farther away and the beach is definitely more awesome!

Costa Maya

We had a good time. You have to walk quite a ways to get out of the port area (though there is plenty to do there, everything is expensive! Guacamole for $14! WTH!). We took a tram ($3 per person) to the shopping/beach area. Where they let you out though, it looks like a run down bad neighborhood. You just walk to the next street over to get to the beaches and souvenir stands and massages. That's where some of the beach clubs that get reviewed are (Tropicante, Krazy Lobster, etc).

3 Helpful Votes
previous reviewnext review

Find a Norwegian Dawn Cruise from $519

Any Month
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.
About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

Share your feedback

International Sites

© 1995—2023, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map

  • Cookie Consent