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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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First Time on the Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by salzdt

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

This was our first time on the Dawn, and it more than met our expectations. We wanted to go to Bermuda, but not on the bigger ships. We have sailed many other NCL ships, (Starward, Magesty, Norway, Jewel, Gem and the Sun. We never were disappointed in the service food or entertainment. We live near NYC, and when looking for a cruise to Bermuda, the only choice we had was the Escape. We did not want to sail the big ship, so we chose to drive to Boston and booked the Dawn.

Well the Dawn is in a class by itself. The ship is older, but the Captain has made sure that she is beautifully maintained' The staff is unbelievably attentive, and they look like they really work as a team. We met many Bostonians who have sailed her many times to Bermuda and have only good things to say. Many that we met said that they were sad that she will be going to New York next year, and will miss her and the staff.

The entertainment was outstanding. Patti and Jose was very talented musicians, and they plan to stay on the Dawn. Dave Dingo, Cruise Director does a great getting people excited about the events of the day.The comedians, Julie Barr, and Harry O'Donoghue keep us in stitches. Harry is an Irish comic, who plays and sings Irish favorites. Chris Burke and the dancers gave great performances. The high light was Elements, a award winning production show.

We took a 3 hour Catamaran Cruise and Snorkel on the Restess Native, gave us a chance to swim and snorkel in beautiful Bermuda waters. Great crew and would do it again when we return to Bermuda. On the last day we took the ferry to Hamilton and had lunch at the Hog Penny, nice service and good food. It's one of the oldest restaurants in Hamilton.

Deciding to drive to Boston from Long Island was a good decision. Parking was easy, the Dawn more than met our expectations, and we loved sailing with Bostonian's I can say ParRk the CaR i HaRvaRd Squar with a Boston accent.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 9126

I thought the cabin was a little smaller than the BA on the Gem, but I was told by Cruisenet staff that it was the same. The bed was very comfortable, bathroom shower size larger than I remembered, and room was convenient to stair and elevator. The one suggestion I would have is small chairs instead of the round stools. We always book midship balcony, and enjoyed this one on deck 9. I would book on Deck 10 as it would be a little more convenient to the pool and Garden Caffe.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Catamaran sailed to area where we could swim and snorkel. Sandar, Katie, and Steve were crew and made the day. Would repeat this sail and snorkel when we return to Bermuda.

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