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The Norwegian Dawn is a Small ship with below-average service, entertainment, and food. For instance, the main show, called Elements, looks like it was put together by a well-funded high school. I felt so bad for the incredible performers who had to star in such a laughable production. In addition, Norwegian forces Constant nickel-and-diming, and they have very poor organization for meal times, debarkation, etc. The entertainment was very heteronormative, and plastic cups are used needlessly and in large quantities with little opportunity for recycling. People blatantly break the rules and monopolize lounge chairs, and the crew does nothing to stop them, meaning it’s almost impossible to get a spot. There is only one small pool for general use; the other one costs $200 per person. The hot tubs are small and children are allowed in them. Teenagers run amok, with neither their parents nor the crew keeping them from terrorizing other passengers. And the smoking areas are expansive and loosely enforced, meaning you’re choking on cigarette smoke constantly. But Bermuda and the excursions were amazing. We went on the snorkeling in the Bermuda Triangle tour with Water Tours (booked through Norwegian), and it was amazing. We also enjoyed the aquarium and highlights tour. Spending 3 days in the same port was actually really great, as we got to orient ourselves and spend more time exploring.

Mediocre Cruise, Great Destination

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Adaniel161

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
The Norwegian Dawn is a Small ship with below-average service, entertainment, and food. For instance, the main show, called Elements, looks like it was put together by a well-funded high school. I felt so bad for the incredible performers who had to star in such a laughable production. In addition, Norwegian forces Constant nickel-and-diming, and they have very poor organization for meal times, debarkation, etc. The entertainment was very heteronormative, and plastic cups are used needlessly and in large quantities with little opportunity for recycling. People blatantly break the rules and monopolize lounge chairs, and the crew does nothing to stop them, meaning it’s almost impossible to get a spot. There is only one small pool for general use; the other one costs $200 per person. The hot tubs are small and children are allowed in them. Teenagers run amok, with neither their parents nor the crew keeping them from terrorizing other passengers. And the smoking areas are expansive and loosely enforced, meaning you’re choking on cigarette smoke constantly.

But Bermuda and the excursions were amazing. We went on the snorkeling in the Bermuda Triangle tour with Water Tours (booked through Norwegian), and it was amazing. We also enjoyed the aquarium and highlights tour. Spending 3 days in the same port was actually really great, as we got to orient ourselves and spend more time exploring.
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