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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by weejit3

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2018
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than before with flow through just about nil. We enjoy the main dining menus and food and see no need for the many, many specialty restaurants taking up all the common space.

Our cabin (mini suite with balcony) seemed smaller than usual (11102) due to the different layout. We usually cruise mid-ship but on the Dawn the mid ship mini suites are under the pool so did not want to hear the chairs scraping. One of our drawers did not stay shut but cabin steward had carpenters fix immediately. Plenty of storage (prefer the cabins with more drawers vs shelves, but still plenty)

Entertainment was again, excellent, with a good variety in the various venues.

Food was good - not exceptional, but good, lots of variety and plentiful. We did try LeBistro (disappointing), LosLobos (nothing special) and Cagney's (Excellent) with our "free" perk for distinctive voyage/Latitudes Platinum. While we would go back to Cagney's (with our Latitude rewards, NOT to pay extra), we find plenty of variety and excellent choices in the dining room. We never eat in the cafe (I have a food allergy and don't trust the other diners not to cross-contaminate).

Service was wonderful throughout the ship.

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11102

Like the additional space we get with the mini-suite. Felt the layout made the cabin seem smaller than it really was.

Beds are comfortable (after steward got me an egg crate pad).

Balcony was a decent size (could be upgraded with the simple addition of a second small table at a nominal cost to NCL).

Motor noise sometimes at night (pool equipment?) but not overly intrusive and easy to ignore.

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Nice, but not special

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