Us - we're experienced cruisers and platinum plus NCL.
The not so good
Embarkation - Boston does not have priority boarding for platinum and above. We asked multiple people, all said the same thing. "We don't do that here". NCL needs to be consistent, either have or not at every port.
Food - worst food we ever had on an NCL ship, across the board.
-Buffet for breakfast is terrible. Cold scrambled eggs, and sausage gravy. Hard biscuits. Eggs benedicts that more hard boiled than poached.
-Osheehan's. It was a crap shot. One day you'd have no coffee spoons or jam, with one hash brown on your order and crispy bacon. The next day would have spoons and Jam and 2 hash browns with an order, and bacon so underdone you had to ask if they'd even tried to cook it.
-Cagney's and La Cucina Neither one can cook a steak Both nights I ordered medium rare, to only have pink. DW ordered medium only to have no pink.
-Teppanyaki - The food was. Actually the scallops were great. But no show. A few twirling knifes and eggs, then done. No singing, no jokes, no volcanoes, no beating heart of rice. The show is part of the reason we go.
-Bambo Menu is very limited. We talked to couple later in the week that went, sat down saw the menu and left. Unfortunately we had the spicy chicken, I think it was Kung Pao and fried rice to share. The rice was OK. The chicken was so overcooked it was chewy and dry, with very little spice.
Los Lobos - everyone raves about the guacamole. We don't like guac, so maybe that's the only thing to get. The rest of menu was very Americanize pedestrian Mexican. Not as good the Mexican restaurants we go to. We laughed because the prices were about the same as at home. It's OK. But surely not worth spending extra money to eat there.
Service - Everywhere we went the crew seemed happy and were helpful.
- Hotwire is a band on board. They are one best cruise ship bands we've ever heard. We pretty much followed their schedule during the week, and attended whenever we could.
-Luz the ACD is a don't miss act. One night each week she does her Tina Turner impersonation. We saw her a while back on the Gem. She still belts out Tina Turner tunes as great as ever.
AlLl in all, it was fine, I guess. The service and the band make it as memorable, in a good way, as the food made it memorable in a bad way. Would we book the Dawn again? Probably not, as the food is a big part of cruising. Based on the itinerary, would we completely avoid the Dawn? That's still open for us to discuss.
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