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I paid and went on this cruise to "reward" my sister-in-law (SIL) after a difficult year. She had never been away anywhere except to visit family. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know each other better. Everything was going wonderfully... I have muscular dystrophy, so I travel using a cane and take a wheelchair. The ship embarkation went off without a hitch. We arrived at our room with balcony, and everything was fine... TIP: Bring a powerbar, because there is only one plug in the bedroom... helpful for plugging in chargers for various devices. I had to use the ship clinic the first evening after being bitten alive by sandflies in Puerto Rico the night before... I found the doctor good and thorough. I have food allergies, and for the most part, the ship was able to adapt, although they were very limited for desserts... I was pretty sick of lemon sorbet after a few days. But overall the meals were very good in the two main "free" restaurants (I did not eat at the cafeteria). After a difficult argument with my SIL and some very public problems, and given I am disabled and stress affects me, the ship's passenger services found me another room, and the staff made a point thereafter to make sure I was okay. The last day, the staff ensured I was helped with the wheelchair, since I no longer had help... the staff helped me right to the taxis. I should say I did have a good time in the end on my own... met some wonderful passengers, took part in some of the trivia and other activities, loved the cafe and the two women who worked there... both very nice and professional. Went on a nice excursion in Tortola (Land and Sea). I used the spa services, and was very happy, especially with the acupuncturist, a doctor from India, well versed in conventional and holistic medicine. She helped with the healing process of the sandfly bites and in helping to deal with the stress of the situation. I would go again, but obviously with another person next time.

Staff helpful in helping me feel safe after a difficult situation with roommate

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by twcanada

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
I paid and went on this cruise to "reward" my sister-in-law (SIL) after a difficult year. She had never been away anywhere except to visit family. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know each other better.

Everything was going wonderfully... I have muscular dystrophy, so I travel using a cane and take a wheelchair. The ship embarkation went off without a hitch. We arrived at our room with balcony, and everything was fine... TIP: Bring a powerbar, because there is only one plug in the bedroom... helpful for plugging in chargers for various devices. I had to use the ship clinic the first evening after being bitten alive by sandflies in Puerto Rico the night before... I found the doctor good and thorough.

I have food allergies, and for the most part, the ship was able to adapt, although they were very limited for desserts... I was pretty sick of lemon sorbet after a few days. But overall the meals were very good in the two main "free" restaurants (I did not eat at the cafeteria).

After a difficult argument with my SIL and some very public problems, and given I am disabled and stress affects me, the ship's passenger services found me another room, and the staff made a point thereafter to make sure I was okay. The last day, the staff ensured I was helped with the wheelchair, since I no longer had help... the staff helped me right to the taxis.

I should say I did have a good time in the end on my own... met some wonderful passengers, took part in some of the trivia and other activities, loved the cafe and the two women who worked there... both very nice and professional. Went on a nice excursion in Tortola (Land and Sea). I used the spa services, and was very happy, especially with the acupuncturist, a doctor from India, well versed in conventional and holistic medicine. She helped with the healing process of the sandfly bites and in helping to deal with the stress of the situation.

I would go again, but obviously with another person next time.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 9036
This was the room I was originally in... good room, but definitely was glad I brought a power bar since there was only the one plug in the main room. It would have been useful having a plug available under the TV by the table. For my needs, there was adequate space. The steward, Reu, was excellent, and helped in handling the situation.
When I changed rooms, I went to 4555, an inside cabinet... granted, no balcony or window, but at that point I just wanted peace of mind, and the room actually had more space to walk around versus 9036 in the way it was set up. Clean and met my needs. The steward was also good. A bit noisier than where I had been in 9036, because I was under some room where music was played, so I could hear the bass, but I managed with earplugs.
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