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We are German citizens and booked NCL because it was the only ship in the Caribbean that fit our schedule. We expected mostly US citizens, but there were many Canadians and Puerto Ricans, no problem. We booked a balcony cabin (BA), then offered $200 pP for a Mini Suite in the upgrade auction, and won. Everybody on the ship was great, employees and passengers alike. We mostly had dinner in the Venetian, and breakfast in the Garden Cafe. We liked the concept of being served the meals instead of going to the buffet like on the ships we had been on before. Service was always excellent. Churrasco was super great, Cagneys Steakkouse was okay. The menu at Cagney was a bit limited. We booked one excursion (Catamaran in Antigua), which was great. On the other days we ventured off by taxis or walked to town or the nearest beach. Drinks were great, good quality and selection. We had the drink package included in our cruise package, very nice to just show your card, and not having to bother with tips. However I would hesitate to buy the UDP seperately, as it comes up to more than $100 pP. I cannot drink so much :-)

First time NCL with UDP

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Pink Shell

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
We are German citizens and booked NCL because it was the only ship in the Caribbean that fit our schedule. We expected mostly US citizens, but there were many Canadians and Puerto Ricans, no problem.

We booked a balcony cabin (BA), then offered $200 pP for a Mini Suite in the upgrade auction, and won.

Everybody on the ship was great, employees and passengers alike. We mostly had dinner in the Venetian, and breakfast in the Garden Cafe. We liked the concept of being served the meals instead of going to the buffet like on the ships we had been on before. Service was always excellent.

Churrasco was super great, Cagneys Steakkouse was okay. The menu at Cagney was a bit limited.

We booked one excursion (Catamaran in Antigua), which was great. On the other days we ventured off by taxis or walked to town or the nearest beach.

Drinks were great, good quality and selection. We had the drink package included in our cruise package, very nice to just show your card, and not having to bother with tips. However I would hesitate to buy the UDP seperately, as it comes up to more than $100 pP. I cannot drink so much :-)
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Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11626
Upgraded to this Mini-Suite 11626 from Balcony (BA with PrivaSea balcony). As mentioned here many times, it is more a larger balcony room than a suite. We knew that and we also knew about the noises from chairs being moved in the Garden Cafe above. The noise was not really a problem, in the room it was not really loud, on the balcony more so. The additional space was very welcome. We also liked the additional room service with extra towel in the evening. Our AC didn´t work well, we mostly slept with open balcony door anyway. There was quite a bit of corrosion on steel beams on the balcony.
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