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Very enjoyable cruise to Bermuda on the Dawn. The process of getting on and off could not have been easier, and the trip was smooth sailing all week. Pros: - Incredibly friendly and helpful crew; top notch wait staff and bartenders - Excellent cabin steward - We did not have the food upgrade package but found the standard food options to be very good; especially liked Venetian and Aqua (Bamboo not so much). Good choices at the buffet - The band, Sonata, was excellent as was DJ Dan - Lots of activities and entertainment options - Public areas were well maintained - Very nice and spacious casino, same for the fitness center - One of the best kept "secrets" was the 9th floor lounge, which is accessible from the corridor near the rooms or the staircase from O'Sheehans; nice place to read or relax with friends - Room was ready early along with luggage delivery - Quality drinks, including some top shelf liquor options - No issues with allowing my kids going off to do their own activities - The dock in Bermuda was nice, easy to find transportation to all major sights plus things to do right there next to the ship - Excellent attention to cleanliness to avoid a ship-wide outbreak; lots of germicide dispensers and reminders to wash your hands. When some tall 19-yr old knucklehead barfed on the dance floor the staff jumped to action and cleaned it like it was a bio-hazard spill Cons: - The pool - way too small for the amount of passengers; no rules about kids in the hot tubs which resulted in all the hot tubs being filled constantly - Limited outlets in the cabin, probably because they don't want people leaving electronics plugged in all day due to fire hazard; bring extension cords if you need to plug in anything next to your bed at night - Layout can be a bit confusing, but once you figure it out it's manageable - Cigar lounge - it's not really a "cigar" lounge if anyone can sit there and smoke cigarettes(yes they are different). Plus the smell is not well contained so that if you go to Gatsby's lounge next to it be prepared to have a smoky experience One more that I won't consider a con, more of a pet peeve, but people who absolutely cannot sing should not be allowed to do karaoke EVERY time it's held. Some of these monotone warblers took up spots every time it was held(sorry but that little girl and her young brother with the shades may have seemed cute the first time, but c'mon, that was painful to listen to). I am guessing that Sonata must get combat pay to run the 'bandaoke'. Overall I gave it a "Very Good" but it's oh so close to being "Excellent"...probably an "Excellent minus". Nice job NCL.

Family cruise to Bermuda

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by TomCruiser2017

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Inside
Very enjoyable cruise to Bermuda on the Dawn. The process of getting on and off could not have been easier, and the trip was smooth sailing all week.

Pros:

- Incredibly friendly and helpful crew; top notch wait staff and bartenders

- Excellent cabin steward

- We did not have the food upgrade package but found the standard food options to be very good; especially liked Venetian and Aqua (Bamboo not so much). Good choices at the buffet

- The band, Sonata, was excellent as was DJ Dan

- Lots of activities and entertainment options

- Public areas were well maintained

- Very nice and spacious casino, same for the fitness center

- One of the best kept "secrets" was the 9th floor lounge, which is accessible from the corridor near the rooms or the staircase from O'Sheehans; nice place to read or relax with friends

- Room was ready early along with luggage delivery

- Quality drinks, including some top shelf liquor options

- No issues with allowing my kids going off to do their own activities

- The dock in Bermuda was nice, easy to find transportation to all major sights plus things to do right there next to the ship

- Excellent attention to cleanliness to avoid a ship-wide outbreak; lots of germicide dispensers and reminders to wash your hands. When some tall 19-yr old knucklehead barfed on the dance floor the staff jumped to action and cleaned it like it was a bio-hazard spill

Cons:

- The pool - way too small for the amount of passengers; no rules about kids in the hot tubs which resulted in all the hot tubs being filled constantly

- Limited outlets in the cabin, probably because they don't want people leaving electronics plugged in all day due to fire hazard; bring extension cords if you need to plug in anything next to your bed at night

- Layout can be a bit confusing, but once you figure it out it's manageable

- Cigar lounge - it's not really a "cigar" lounge if anyone can sit there and smoke cigarettes(yes they are different). Plus the smell is not well contained so that if you go to Gatsby's lounge next to it be prepared to have a smoky experience

One more that I won't consider a con, more of a pet peeve, but people who absolutely cannot sing should not be allowed to do karaoke EVERY time it's held. Some of these monotone warblers took up spots every time it was held(sorry but that little girl and her young brother with the shades may have seemed cute the first time, but c'mon, that was painful to listen to). I am guessing that Sonata must get combat pay to run the 'bandaoke'.

Overall I gave it a "Very Good" but it's oh so close to being "Excellent"...probably an "Excellent minus". Nice job NCL.
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Inside room on 9th floor. It was a very convenient location which made it easy to get everywhere via the stairs. Rooms were small but nicely appointed and well designed to get the most of the space. Our room steward, Rene, was excellent. He worked around us so seamlessly, never coming in unless we were out. We did the prepaid gratuity option but felt inclined to give him an extra cash tip on the last day.

The only negative was that the shower temperature was a bit hard to regulate, I frequently ended up with water hotter than I cared for. Also had a drain backup, but Rene called it in and was it resolved quickly. After that there was a slight odor in the bathroom which lingered but was manageable,
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