1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Norwegian Dawn
Overall this was a nice cruise with some negatives, which is why I rated it as average. The Dawn has been revamped since we last cruised her to Bermuda. Except for the bathroom configuration and tub, we were disappointed with the cabin (see below.) We did this cruise a few years ago - I don't recall it being so noisy - constant loud music and announcements. It was very difficult to find a quiet place to sit other than in the cabin. Perhaps more deck chairs on Deck 7. Another negative is that it seems impossible to be seated at a large table to meet people at dinner. We asked every night that we were in the main dining room to no avail. Maybe NCL could set aside a portion of the dining room for traditional seating. We had the grandkids along (ages 11 and 12), and on their last cruise (traditional seating) they got a kick out of sitting with "strangers" and especially out of the wait staff getting to know them. And, as we know, the wait staff excel in that regard. Dinner at La Bistro was excellent; food and service. Being in port at the Royal Dockyard is perfect. Walk to Snorkle Beach, shopping, the fort, and the museum. Plenty of taxis and vans close by. Easy walk to the water taxi.

Cruising with the grandkids to Bermuda

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by janice42

4 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Overall this was a nice cruise with some negatives, which is why I rated it as average. The Dawn has been revamped since we last cruised her to Bermuda. Except for the bathroom configuration and tub, we were disappointed with the cabin (see below.) We did this cruise a few years ago - I don't recall it being so noisy - constant loud music and announcements. It was very difficult to find a quiet place to sit other than in the cabin. Perhaps more deck chairs on Deck 7.

Another negative is that it seems impossible to be seated at a large table to meet people at dinner. We asked every night that we were in the main dining room to no avail. Maybe NCL could set aside a portion of the dining room for traditional seating. We had the grandkids along (ages 11 and 12), and on their last cruise (traditional seating) they got a kick out of sitting with "strangers" and especially out of the wait staff getting to know them. And, as we know, the wait staff excel in that regard.

Dinner at La Bistro was excellent; food and service.

Being in port at the Royal Dockyard is perfect. Walk to Snorkle Beach, shopping, the fort, and the museum. Plenty of taxis and vans close by. Easy walk to the water taxi.
janice42’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Ages 10 to 12
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Norwegian Dawn price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11160
We had the grandchildren in tow so chose a "mini balcony suite" that slept 4 and had a tub. Mini is the operative word. Smallest balcony cabin I've ever encountered, but I notice that the Dawn's reconfigured balcony cabins (sleeping 3) are even smaller. The lighting was inadequate, especially for three girls trying to put on make up. The pull out couch was never reconfigured, so essentially we had wall-to-wall beds - about 6-8" of space to walk to the balcony - had to sit on the bed to open the fridge. We were on the 11th deck and heard tables and chairs being moved above us constantly. If we do this again, it will only be if we can afford a family balcony suite.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews