We sailed on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda July 27, 2018. The ship and the destination were excellent. The public areas of the ship were always spotless.
Bermuda is such a beautiful, friendly island.
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the pier at 10:45 went directly to the desk to get checked in and were on the ship shortly before noon. Headed to the Venetian dining room for lunch. Enjoyed dinner at three of the Specialty Restaurants: Los Lobos, Moderno and LaCucina. Really enjoyed Los Lobos and LaCucina. Also had dinner in the two main dining rooms the Venetian and Aqua. The food as well as the service was excellent. O'Sheehan's was our go to spot for snacks and adult beverages. The bartenders there were super friendly. Shout out to Juanto and Mary! Not a fan of buffet food, so did not eat in the buffet. The buffet seemed small and cramped compared to other ships.
Stateroom was small, but clean and had tons of storage. Our cabin steward Mervin did a very good job , and was always friendly, he always said hello and called us by name every time we saw him.
Did not go to any of the shows. The entertainment Manila Soul that played in the Atrium were fantastic. Tried out luck at the casino, which was very smokey but did have a win or two. Also Gatsby's was smoky due to the cigar smoking room and the casino that were near there.
It was next to impossible to get a chair on deck near the pool. The port side of the pool deck is for smokers, so unless you smoke you don't want to locate there, maybe they should move the smoking area to one of the upper decks away from the pool area.
Did not take any excursions organized by the cruise line. We did book a four hour private taxi tour with Quinton Bean. This was the best way to see the island. Quinton was friendly, knowledgeable and took us to the places that we were interested in seeing. He also acted as our personal photographer.
Also played a round of mini golf at Fun Golf at the Royal Naval Dockyard. This is not your run of the mill mini golf course; it's 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in the USA, Scotland and Bermuda. Reasonably priced, has a bar where you can get adult beverages.
Disappointed that the Dawn is leaving Boston, was hoping to sail on her again next summer from Boston to Bermuda. The Gem is coming to Boston and will give it a try, have already booked for July of 2019. Hope it's as good as the Dawn!
Cabin was small but had plenty of room to put your belongings. The first couple of nights it was a bit noisy, but the rest of the week was very quiet. Our room was always clean, had plenty of towels, etc. Our cabin steward, Mervin, did an outstanding job!