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This was our second Norwegian cruise and our first "cold-water" cruise. It was also our first experience cruising in a suite. To start, as others have pointed out, the ship was wonderfully refurbished although the layout remains quirky. That said, by day 2 it was easy to figure out where everything was and the best way to get their. Next the staff, start to finish, outstanding. El, Nathaniel, Layla at Gatsby's simply made our cruise with their tremendous service and warm greetings. Also, the guitar player, Rob Ondras as a consumate performer who had a wide range of songs. We ate at all of the specialty restaurants and had good to great food. We ate at two of the main dining rooms, Aqua and Venetian and enjoyed both meals. Venetian is very large so we preferred Aqua for a more intimate experience. Now for the "suite-life". This completely changes the dynamics of cruising. We were in cabin 12030 what included a balcony and floor to ceiling windows. We had a couch and two chairs so if we wanted to read, relax, and watch the water go by, we had a great view at all times. Next our concierge, Roel, was great. At check-in, he whisked us onto the ship and brought us to Cagney's for lunch. As the Dawn does not have a Haven, suite passengers have Cagney's or Moderno's for lunch and breakfast. These amenities and priority boarding and disembarking, plus the little treats left every night, makes for an elevated experience. Finally , we enjoyed each port and each port was unique. Quebec is a charming, old world city with plenty to see and do. Sydney was a quite little stop with a great Irish pub and a charming local tour. Halifax has Peggy's Cover which is not to be missed, and Bar Harbour included a great local lunch and then a gentle hike around Acadia National Park. In summary, bundle up, get in the spirit, and you will love this ship and ports.

Simply Outstanding

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by dbenadon

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Two-Bedroom Family Suite with Balcony
This was our second Norwegian cruise and our first "cold-water" cruise. It was also our first experience cruising in a suite. To start, as others have pointed out, the ship was wonderfully refurbished although the layout remains quirky. That said, by day 2 it was easy to figure out where everything was and the best way to get their.

Next the staff, start to finish, outstanding. El, Nathaniel, Layla at Gatsby's simply made our cruise with their tremendous service and warm greetings. Also, the guitar player, Rob Ondras as a consumate performer who had a wide range of songs. We ate at all of the specialty restaurants and had good to great food. We ate at two of the main dining rooms, Aqua and Venetian and enjoyed both meals. Venetian is very large so we preferred Aqua for a more intimate experience.

Now for the "suite-life". This completely changes the dynamics of cruising. We were in cabin 12030 what included a balcony and floor to ceiling windows. We had a couch and two chairs so if we wanted to read, relax, and watch the water go by, we had a great view at all times. Next our concierge, Roel, was great. At check-in, he whisked us onto the ship and brought us to Cagney's for lunch. As the Dawn does not have a Haven, suite passengers have Cagney's or Moderno's for lunch and breakfast. These amenities and priority boarding and disembarking, plus the little treats left every night, makes for an elevated experience.

Finally , we enjoyed each port and each port was unique. Quebec is a charming, old world city with plenty to see and do. Sydney was a quite little stop with a great Irish pub and a charming local tour. Halifax has Peggy's Cover which is not to be missed, and Bar Harbour included a great local lunch and then a gentle hike around Acadia National Park.

In summary, bundle up, get in the spirit, and you will love this ship and ports.
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Cabin Review

Two-Bedroom Family Suite with Balcony
Cabin SC 12030
Amazing space and well appointed. We were just two people so the suite was huge. We loved the floor to ceiling windows and while it was too cold to spend long periods of time on the balcony we did enjoy it for a few minutes each day.

As previously noted, the suite experience is truly outstanding from the butler and concierge, to the private dining and easy on/off experience. There is certainly value received for the cost.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Hiking
    We had a wonderful young woman take us on a light hike on an amazing tour around Acadia. Her appreciation and knowledge of the place was infectious and the sites are amazing . A note to those with some physical challenges. While this was far from a challenging hike, you should know that the trails dirt, are not perfect, and there is some light declines and inclines. As we had someone who complained a fair bit about this on our tour, I would encourage you to reach out and learn more about what is required for this tour.
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  • Peggy's Cove
    We did the lobster lunch and Peggy's Cove tour. Our tour guide was great and filled with local knowledge and pride. The lobster was fine, but the star of the show is Peggy's Cove. As a photographer, I appreciated that we had at least 1 hour (if you eat quickly) to explore and appreciate this wonderful place.
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  • Quebec City
    Beautiful, old world city with plenty of charm, food, history and shopping.
    View All 281 Quebec City Cruise Port Reviews
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  • Highland Village
    Charming and local driven with pride and history. Our tour guide made this an experience to remember. This is a small stop but has charm when you get in the spirit.
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