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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Overall, a nice ship

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by ItaloAmericana

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2017
  • Destination: the Caribbean

Compared to the mega ships that we've been on, it was a nice change to be on a smaller ship. It helped that it was not sold out.

The food in the Main Dining Room was quite good most of the time. Cagney's and Moderno were excellent. The buffet was so-so. It was nice to have crepes (Nutella!!!) in the evenings.

There was a lot of entertainment. Several nights, the 7 pm and 9 pm shows were different. Jose & Patti in the atrium were fantastic. The comedian was good at the "all ages" show, but not very funny at the "adult" show. The hypno-therapist was good at the comedy shows, but really showed her talent during the two morning sessions. The Dawn band was excellent no matter who they were backing up. The dancers/singers were good but not excellent.

We didn't know our itinerary until about 2 weeks prior to the cruise. It would have been nice to have more time to plan, but we did our best. They changed the St Croix stop to St Thomas just the afternoon before! They should have changed that before we even left.

Our cabin stewardess was wonderful, and made the cutest towel animals.

We will continue to sail on NCL even though there were several issues with this cruise.

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This was our first time leaving from Boston for a cruise. It was nice to just drive (less than an hour) to the port.

Turtle Swim

The crew was fantastic! We had water and soda on the way to Buck Island; they added beer and "pain killers" on the ride back.

We only saw two turtles, which is better than zero! I'm sure those numbers will climb as the area recovers from the hurricanes.

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Shirley Heights

The catamaran tour was canceled due to "mechanical problems", so we chose this instead.

Our guide, Angie, was fun and informative.

We're not history buffs, so Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard were nice but not amazing.

The lobster lunch we had was very good.

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From the port, we took a speedboat to a smaller port. From there, we took a van to the mud bath and then to the waterfall.

Back on the speedboat, we went to Sugar Beach, between the Piton mountains. We swam, snorkeled, and had a delicious lunch made with many local specialties.

On the way back, we stopped in Marigot Bay.

We returned to port about an hour before the ship left.

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