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Oma and Papa treated grandson, age 6 and his sister, age 3; other grandson, age 3 and his sister 14 months AND their parents to this cruise. The two families had an inside cabin across the hall from our mini suite where all hung out on the balcony. Our son and daughter are veteran cruisers and we are NCL platinum. In preparation for this cruise, I bought the families clip magnets to hang the dailies and flashlights with magnets to stick to the wall by their bed in case the kids got scared in the night. I had the kids color tropical fish (Oriental Trader) and glued magnets on the back to put on their cabin door so they would know which cabin was theirs. We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Boston street because they provided transportation from the airport and to the cruise port. Great choice for us. We took the Old Town Trolley around Boston during the day and walked to a chain restaurant near the hotel for dinner. EMBARKATIION: We were dropped off at the port by our hotel shuttle. DD had forgotten to print out her luggage tags, but this turned out to be not much of a problem. There was a desk that looked up her reservation and gave her luggage tags. There was a bit of a wait to get checked in, but not too bad. I was surprise and delighted at how quickly luggage got to our stateroom. CABINS: The inside cabins had the two beds pushed together and one pull-down bed with a rail. The other bed was like a mattress on the floor next to the double bed. This made for wall to wall beds at night, but safe sleeping for the little ones. We chose the mini suite because it had a tub for the baby's bath. Glad we did for the extra room over a regular balcony cabin. Our cabin was port side. I had wanted to be on the dock side in Bermuda, but as it turned out, late night parties on shore kept up those who were dockside. On our trip back to Boston we saw dolphins and whales from the balcony. DINING Staff was always pleasant and the receptionists at the main dining rooms did their best to keep our family of 10 together. Only once did we have to use two tables. We learned early to seat kids between the adults, since together they got each other wound up. They had kids menus and crayons, but I brought small (matchbox type) toys to keep the kids entertained. We also brought disposable cups with lids and a sippy cup to keep the spillage down. Food choices were fine for the kids. Adults thought there was a great variety of choices for them. The parents of the the 6 and 3 year old could bring them to the buffet in the evening and then take them to the kids program. This way they had a couple of quiet dinners for themselves. Oma and Papa took the 3 year old and 14 month old so their parents could have a quiet dinner. Then we went to our favorite specialty restaurants; once LeBistro and once Teppanyaki. KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Dawn has the best kids pool area for young children that we have seen on any other ship. It is separate from the adult pool, has two big and one small slide, a hot tub, shower, and a splash area. Our kids loved it. It can get a little crowded with the addition of the adults watching the kids. The 3 year olds and 6 year old liked the kids activities. They only took advantage of the evening activities. Oma went to one of the activities with the 14 month old in the Guppies program. Silly Oma. One needs to get down on the floor to play with the child and Oma can't do that very well these days. I questioned the age appropriateness of the activity in that the youth leader was expecting them to know their colors. Anyway, the baby was enthralled with the shows with music, lights and dancing in the Stardust Theatre. ADULT ACTIVITIES: As NCL platinum members for the first time on this cruise, Oma and Papa took advantage of the complimentary behind the scenes tour. Fabulous! Staff smiled and greeted us even though we were kind of invading their territory. Amazing at all the details that go into running this ship. SIL took advantage of the activities offered through the fitness center and was happy with it. Our main focus was the kids, so we did not take advantage of many of the other adult programs offered. PORT: The third time to Bermuda for 4 of the adults in our family of 10. We came into Bermuda on a Sunday afternoon. We were the only ship in port. We decided to go to Horseshoe Beach since it might be more crowded when the Royal Caribbean ship came in on Monday. We took the mini bus right off the dock for $7 per adult. Great time! Only had to pay half price for chairs and umbrella since were were there later. Monday we took the Bermuda ferry transportation to Hamilton and then a bus to the Crystal Caves. Easy ways to get around using public transportation. Tuesday we took the complimentary NCL shuttle to St Georges. It rained most of the day. We went to Tobacco Beach and had it almost to ourselves because of the rain. We had brought our own snorkel gear. We were getting wet anyway.

Great Cruise on the Dawn to Bermuda with Young Children

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by JsEscape2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Oma and Papa treated grandson, age 6 and his sister, age 3; other grandson, age 3 and his sister 14 months AND their parents to this cruise. The two families had an inside cabin across the hall from our mini suite where all hung out on the balcony. Our son and daughter are veteran cruisers and we are NCL platinum.

In preparation for this cruise, I bought the families clip magnets to hang the dailies and flashlights with magnets to stick to the wall by their bed in case the kids got scared in the night. I had the kids color tropical fish (Oriental Trader) and glued magnets on the back to put on their cabin door so they would know which cabin was theirs.

We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Boston street because they provided transportation from the airport and to the cruise port. Great choice for us. We took the Old Town Trolley around Boston during the day and walked to a chain restaurant near the hotel for dinner.

EMBARKATIION: We were dropped off at the port by our hotel shuttle. DD had forgotten to print out her luggage tags, but this turned out to be not much of a problem. There was a desk that looked up her reservation and gave her luggage tags. There was a bit of a wait to get checked in, but not too bad. I was surprise and delighted at how quickly luggage got to our stateroom.

CABINS: The inside cabins had the two beds pushed together and one pull-down bed with a rail. The other bed was like a mattress on the floor next to the double bed. This made for wall to wall beds at night, but safe sleeping for the little ones. We chose the mini suite because it had a tub for the baby's bath. Glad we did for the extra room over a regular balcony cabin. Our cabin was port side. I had wanted to be on the dock side in Bermuda, but as it turned out, late night parties on shore kept up those who were dockside. On our trip back to Boston we saw dolphins and whales from the balcony.

DINING Staff was always pleasant and the receptionists at the main dining rooms did their best to keep our family of 10 together. Only once did we have to use two tables. We learned early to seat kids between the adults, since together they got each other wound up. They had kids menus and crayons, but I brought small (matchbox type) toys to keep the kids entertained. We also brought disposable cups with lids and a sippy cup to keep the spillage down. Food choices were fine for the kids. Adults thought there was a great variety of choices for them.

The parents of the the 6 and 3 year old could bring them to the buffet in the evening and then take them to the kids program. This way they had a couple of quiet dinners for themselves. Oma and Papa took the 3 year old and 14 month old so their parents could have a quiet dinner. Then we went to our favorite specialty restaurants; once LeBistro and once Teppanyaki.

KIDS ACTIVITIES: The Dawn has the best kids pool area for young children that we have seen on any other ship. It is separate from the adult pool, has two big and one small slide, a hot tub, shower, and a splash area. Our kids loved it. It can get a little crowded with the addition of the adults watching the kids.

The 3 year olds and 6 year old liked the kids activities. They only took advantage of the evening activities. Oma went to one of the activities with the 14 month old in the Guppies program. Silly Oma. One needs to get down on the floor to play with the child and Oma can't do that very well these days. I questioned the age appropriateness of the activity in that the youth leader was expecting them to know their colors. Anyway, the baby was enthralled with the shows with music, lights and dancing in the Stardust Theatre.

ADULT ACTIVITIES: As NCL platinum members for the first time on this cruise, Oma and Papa took advantage of the complimentary behind the scenes tour. Fabulous! Staff smiled and greeted us even though we were kind of invading their territory. Amazing at all the details that go into running this ship.

SIL took advantage of the activities offered through the fitness center and was happy with it. Our main focus was the kids, so we did not take advantage of many of the other adult programs offered.

PORT: The third time to Bermuda for 4 of the adults in our family of 10.

We came into Bermuda on a Sunday afternoon. We were the only ship in port. We decided to go to Horseshoe Beach since it might be more crowded when the Royal Caribbean ship came in on Monday. We took the mini bus right off the dock for $7 per adult. Great time! Only had to pay half price for chairs and umbrella since were were there later.

Monday we took the Bermuda ferry transportation to Hamilton and then a bus to the Crystal Caves. Easy ways to get around using public transportation.

Tuesday we took the complimentary NCL shuttle to St Georges. It rained most of the day. We went to Tobacco Beach and had it almost to ourselves because of the rain. We had brought our own snorkel gear. We were getting wet anyway.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11636
Everything was clean and in working condition. Plenty of storage space.
Good location between aft and midship elevators. Can walk up just one deck to Garden Cafe or take elevators down to main dining rooms.
Only issue is that it is right below the Garden Cafe and you can hear the scrapping of the chairs above all the time. Generally not an issue at night.
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  • King's Wharf
    We had been to Bermuda before, so we felt we did not need and excursion. We took the mini bus at the wharf to Horseshoe Beach. Great beach for all ages. Since we got there late (2:30 p.m) , we only had to pay half price for chairs and umbrella. But they started collecting the umbrella and cushions a little after five. Last mini bus goes back to the wharf around 6.
    NCL offers a complimentary ferry to St George's We took advantage of that one day. Love the quaint town and Tobacco Bay. We visited the museum there and went on the Deliverance, a replica of the ship built by the survivors of the Sea Venture that wrecked on Bermuda which started its colonization.
    We had never seen the Crystal Caves, so we toured that on a rainy day. Good, but no need to do it again.
    The wharf itself has some nice shops and restaurants. Liked the craft and artist's shop, but prices are high. Had fish chowder and Swizzle at one place with view of the ships.
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