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Norwegian Dawn Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2886 reviews

First Time on Norwegian - Very Positive Experience

Review for Norwegian Dawn to the Southern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
You can see the bed pretty much takes up the full width of the cabin (4538)
We were always level with the dock and on the gangway side. Which meant tha

We would definitely choose NCL again. The variety of ports was very good and the time in ports was just right (all day). The only drawback with leaving from Boston was the 3 days down and 3 days back with no sea days in between ports. Understandable given the distance and length of cruise so not a deal-breaker.

Getting on and off the ship was a breeze both in Boston and at ports of call. We had friends in Boston who dropped us off and picked us up. It was not a difficult port to get to or through from that standpoint. Roughly 85% of the cruisers were from Boston and most had been on the Dawn many times. We were told it is the friendliest NCL ship of the line and our experience would confirm that. Guest services was very helpful, everyone acted like they were enjoying their jobs, the entertainment was very good and the food was excellent. We did four specialty restaurants on a dining package: Le Bistro, Cagney's Steak, Tappenyaki, Moderno. All were very good but I think we were most impressed with Moderno. Given the size limitations who would have expected a great Brazilian steakhouse on a ship? Not us! But it was just excellent.

I also liked the fact that the food service staff was very sensitive to people with food allergies and could accommodate or make menu suggestions for my GF issue. I could always find something to eat and did not get sick at all.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window

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Naively, we thought a porthole was just a smaller window. But no, a porthole is an actual porthole that MUST be closed during inclement weather. Consequently, we might as well have been in an inside cabin for the first two days of the cruise as the ship was experiencing high seas. This may actually have been a good thing as now we know we can tolerate an inside cabin without feeling claustrophobic. And, of course, inside is the cheapest. The cabin was an adequate size for two people, but there was a fold out bunk on the wall and what looked like a trundle under the bed. The only seating other than on the bed was a single small ottoman/stool for the vanity. 3-4 people in this cabin would probably find it VERY claustrophobic even if the porthole was open for the whole voyage.

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