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We have been wanting to cruise out of San Juan and finally had the chance. We stayed in Old San Juan for two nights prior and enjoyed it with all the great food and so many things to do. What a nice walking town! Embark and disembark was easy. We had a balcony on deck 9. Good space for our things and quiet area of the ship. The only negative was the last day of the cruise we woke up to the bad smell of sewage. Not sure why or what but other than that we had no problems. We ate at Le Bistro, our favorite of the specialty restaurants on NCL. Love the french onion soup. Other times we ate mainly in the Venetian dining room and never had to wait for a table for just two. One night we ate at Aqua but never returned, it was too loud and crowded. We ate one time at the Garden buffet for lunch and was just okay. Plenty to choose from though. O'sheehan's was good for late night snacks. Chicken wings were very tasty. Our ports each day were easy on and off. Enjoyed St Lucia and by far our favorite island. The entertainment in the theater was very good and the aerialist couple were by far the most entertaining. Our room steward was great and so were 99 percent of the crew. They always greeted us with hello, good morning, etc., It was just my husband and myself so I cannot review the kids areas. We enjoyed the mojito bar and champagne bar (try the lavender martini, oh boy, it is the best) The pools were full and we did not get in but since this was an extensive port cruise (only one sea day) we didn't miss it and usually don't get in the hot tubs which we couldn't if we wanted to because they were full every time we walked the lido deck. This was our 5th NCL cruise and prefer the Dawn from all of them so far. The size is just right. We booked the Canada/NE cruise on her in May out of NYC. We've cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, HAL and RC and have enjoyed all our cruises so far with NCL.

We really like the Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by surfone

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have been wanting to cruise out of San Juan and finally had the chance. We stayed in Old San Juan for two nights prior and enjoyed it with all the great food and so many things to do. What a nice walking town! Embark and disembark was easy. We had a balcony on deck 9. Good space for our things and quiet area of the ship. The only negative was the last day of the cruise we woke up to the bad smell of sewage. Not sure why or what but other than that we had no problems.

We ate at Le Bistro, our favorite of the specialty restaurants on NCL. Love the french onion soup. Other times we ate mainly in the Venetian dining room and never had to wait for a table for just two. One night we ate at Aqua but never returned, it was too loud and crowded. We ate one time at the Garden buffet for lunch and was just okay. Plenty to choose from though. O'sheehan's was good for late night snacks. Chicken wings were very tasty.

Our ports each day were easy on and off. Enjoyed St Lucia and by far our favorite island.

The entertainment in the theater was very good and the aerialist couple were by far the most entertaining.

Our room steward was great and so were 99 percent of the crew. They always greeted us with hello, good morning, etc., It was just my husband and myself so I cannot review the kids areas. We enjoyed the mojito bar and champagne bar (try the lavender martini, oh boy, it is the best)

The pools were full and we did not get in but since this was an extensive port cruise (only one sea day) we didn't miss it and usually don't get in the hot tubs which we couldn't if we wanted to because they were full every time we walked the lido deck.

This was our 5th NCL cruise and prefer the Dawn from all of them so far. The size is just right. We booked the Canada/NE cruise on her in May out of NYC.

We've cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, HAL and RC and have enjoyed all our cruises so far with NCL.
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Balcony
Cabin BC 9066
We liked the deck location and it was quiet. Room steward was excellent. Plenty of storage for the two of us. Shower always had great water pressure. I like having the separate area for the toilet. The balcony was a little smaller than we have been use to but it was fine for two. I would book that cabin again.
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