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Departing from Boston, first time there. Getting to the port in the traffic was confusing and we had to drive around a couple of times. Once we got to the secured parking lot (prepaid online) a shuttle took us to the cruise terminal. The workers take your checked bags and point you in right direction to get in line for check in with NCL. Each passenger gets an ID card to use throughout the cruise. Our suite was nice & roomy and had a huge bathroom with the best shower ever. Included with a suite purchase is loads of priority amenities like boarding first, butler & concierge service, special dining, reserved seating at shows, treats and snacks throughout each day in the cabin and more. This was the nicest part while on the ship. We tried to avoid the crowds as much as we could, especially the smokers who take over most of the pool deck and the casino. We did not get to enjoy the pool or spas on the ship as they were always crowded with smokers and also drinkers or rowdy kids. However, we did very much enjoy all of the entertainment and activities. The shows and games (bingo & deal or no deal) were awesome. Dining was just okay and could have been better overall. We tried to eat breakfast once at the Garden Cafe- we all filled a plate then was dumb founded after circling around; because it was so crowded that there were actually no empty tables for us to sit down! And the specialty restaurants- Cagney's, Bistro and the Italian one, are no better than eating in the main dining rooms in regards to the food or service, so don't waste your money on them. But do get the beverage package. We are glad we did- it was a lot fun trying out drinks we normally wouldn't of (like a cognac, etc). Bermuda is wonderful to visit. The mesmerizing blue ocean water is to be enjoyed- on the beach, a boat, whatever you choose. We chose kayaking and loved it- the turtle nursery is a site to see. We also had a lovely time at the Aquarium/Zoo. Be aware of the ferry schedule and plan your days accordingly. We missed out on going to visit St. George's because we didn't realize there wouldn't have been a ferry to get us back in time. DO NOT use the Bermuda pink bus system - is just awful and time consuming. Take a taxi instead. :)

Less passengers than the bigger ships, but still crowded

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by klgr5ohboro

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Family Suite
Departing from Boston, first time there. Getting to the port in the traffic was confusing and we had to drive around a couple of times. Once we got to the secured parking lot (prepaid online) a shuttle took us to the cruise terminal. The workers take your checked bags and point you in right direction to get in line for check in with NCL. Each passenger gets an ID card to use throughout the cruise. Our suite was nice & roomy and had a huge bathroom with the best shower ever. Included with a suite purchase is loads of priority amenities like boarding first, butler & concierge service, special dining, reserved seating at shows, treats and snacks throughout each day in the cabin and more. This was the nicest part while on the ship. We tried to avoid the crowds as much as we could, especially the smokers who take over most of the pool deck and the casino. We did not get to enjoy the pool or spas on the ship as they were always crowded with smokers and also drinkers or rowdy kids.

However, we did very much enjoy all of the entertainment and activities. The shows and games (bingo & deal or no deal) were awesome. Dining was just okay and could have been better overall. We tried to eat breakfast once at the Garden Cafe- we all filled a plate then was dumb founded after circling around; because it was so crowded that there were actually no empty tables for us to sit down! And the specialty restaurants- Cagney's, Bistro and the Italian one, are no better than eating in the main dining rooms in regards to the food or service, so don't waste your money on them. But do get the beverage package. We are glad we did- it was a lot fun trying out drinks we normally wouldn't of (like a cognac, etc).

Bermuda is wonderful to visit. The mesmerizing blue ocean water is to be enjoyed- on the beach, a boat, whatever you choose. We chose kayaking and loved it- the turtle nursery is a site to see. We also had a lovely time at the Aquarium/Zoo. Be aware of the ferry schedule and plan your days accordingly. We missed out on going to visit St. George's because we didn't realize there wouldn't have been a ferry to get us back in time. DO NOT use the Bermuda pink bus system - is just awful and time consuming. Take a taxi instead. :)
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Cabin Review

Family Suite
Cabin SJ 12518
This large suite was very nice and had enough room for our family of five (four adults, one teenager) easily. It does not have a balcony but has a full view floor to ceiling window (although half of it was streaked with rust and leaked inside when it rained). There were several large closets/dressers and a huge bathroom with two sinks, a big super awesome shower and soaking tub. It is an expensive priority vacation option that includes butler & concierge service and special amenities they don't tell you about until you arrive. Overall, booking this suite was the most enjoyable "priority" experience we've ever had.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins