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We booked an 11 night Southern Carrib on the Dawn a year in advance. Price could not be beat and we had the Drinks package, Dining package, $100 per port shore credits and internet and calling home from out room. Internet worked ok after hearing horror stories. We just knew not to do more than basic stuff. The specialty dining was a godsend because we have noticed h big drop in quality in the main dining room. There were three of us and every night one of us was dissappointed. We did Cagneys, Le Bistro and the Italian rest and Bamboo one night. Food was terrific but no more choices in Cagneys except Filet Mignon and Tbone. Nothing else available the whole cruise. We had a handicapped balcony cabin on deck 9 aft. 9708 and everything was fine. Good cabin steward and room and balcony were fine. Beds seemed better than our last three times on the Dawn. Last two rooms we had were uncomfortable at best. Be carefull with the shore excursion staff. I am Gold and should get 10 percent discount. Had to go stand in line there to have my discounts applied and the way the billed out the shore excursions and credits was very poor. It seemed we got away with a few free excursions so I did not say a word. Most of us saw the nightly shows and as usual they were all good. Can still get drinks there if you get there early enough. And the Drinks package works very well now all over the ship except if you are in the hot tubs and want something.You can get two drinks each or a double, even double servings of wine at dinner. We visited 9 islands in 11 days and the only place we did not like at all was Grenada. They took us to three places and on a four hour trip we just rode around in a poorly built bus for all but maybe 30 minutes. All other ship shore excursions were ok. We only used NCL excursions because of the $100.00 per port credit. All in all it was fine.

DAWN STILL NICE BUT MAIN DINING ROOM BAAAADDDD

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by HUNGRYGREEK

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We booked an 11 night Southern Carrib on the Dawn a year in advance. Price could not be beat and we had the Drinks package, Dining package, $100 per port shore credits and internet and calling home from out room. Internet worked ok after hearing horror stories. We just knew not to do more than basic stuff.

The specialty dining was a godsend because we have noticed h big drop in quality in the main dining room. There were three of us and every night one of us was dissappointed. We did Cagneys, Le Bistro and the Italian rest and Bamboo one night. Food was terrific but no more choices in Cagneys except Filet Mignon and Tbone. Nothing else available the whole cruise.

We had a handicapped balcony cabin on deck 9 aft. 9708 and everything was fine. Good cabin steward and room and balcony were fine. Beds seemed better than our last three times on the Dawn. Last two rooms we had were uncomfortable at best.

Be carefull with the shore excursion staff. I am Gold and should get 10 percent discount. Had to go stand in line there to have my discounts applied and the way the billed out the shore excursions and credits was very poor. It seemed we got away with a few free excursions so I did not say a word.

Most of us saw the nightly shows and as usual they were all good. Can still get drinks there if you get there early enough. And the Drinks package works very well now all over the ship except if you are in the hot tubs and want something.You can get two drinks each or a double, even double servings of wine at dinner.

We visited 9 islands in 11 days and the only place we did not like at all was Grenada. They took us to three places and on a four hour trip we just rode around in a poorly built bus for all but maybe 30 minutes. All other ship shore excursions were ok. We only used NCL excursions because of the $100.00 per port credit. All in all it was fine.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 9708
Handicapped balcony on deck 9 aft. Cabin very clean on arrival but balcony windows were filthy. I knew this would be the case and cleaned them the way we like them. Good cabin steward and lots of towel animals during the cruise.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    Small bus tour was great. Salt flats very interesting and saw a good deal of the island as well. It is a great stop but has little or no nice sandy beaches.
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    Hato caves. A great area and great views. Caves fairly large.
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    Saw multiple parts of the island in full sized bus and there some nice beaches. Would gladly go back.
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    Stayed near the port at Sheraton Convention Center. Hotel clean but rooms need new mattresses and none of the furniture at the pool area had the cushions and they were the large wicker chairs and couches so that was a joke. Food at the hotel very expensive so we ate nearby. Stayed another two nights after cruise at San Juan Water and Beach Club on Isla Verdi beach. Excellent location and nice rooms ,
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    bus to Maho beach to watch the planes but with 90 percent of hotels still closed and the island struggling to rebuild it was more boring than usual. Still a good outing if you have already been there several times as we had. Total destruction on the French side beaches we were told...real bad for them still.
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