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Friends and family suggested we experience NCL.We chose a cruise out of San Juan to the Southern Caribbean. (Airfare was extremely pricey.) Everything went smoothly both embarking and disembarking. We enjoyed Karaoke each evening and a couple of dance competitions. Elements was a good finish to the week. The Irish bar was a daily stop and we thoroughly enjoyed the bartenders. All other servers and staff were good, too. Aqua was our preferred dining experience over the Venetian. It was more intimate, with less hustle and bustle. We also had the dining package. The French bistro was our favorite. The chef was excellent and entertaining at Tappanyaki. We least preferred Cagney's Steakhouse. Service was good but the food was bland. At each port, we took part in various excursions and enjoyed them all. St. John beach escape was our favorite. St. Lucia catamaran was not as good as our last cruise. The ship is good and easy to navigate around. Smaller than previous cruise ships. Our mini suite was spacious and inviting, along with the balcony. Our one complaint is that our room was on the 11th floor, directly below the Cafe. The constant scraping of chairs across the floor above was annoying. I would recommend you look closely at the ship layout before confirming a room. Your cruise planner can also assist. In summary, it was a great week with family and new friends that we met. We already miss cruising so we've booked again for the summer. This cruise is on the Breakaway, a larger ship with more amenities. We can't wait. Bon voyage!

First NCL Cruise!

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by CathySchroeder

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Friends and family suggested we experience NCL.We chose a cruise out of San Juan to the Southern Caribbean. (Airfare was extremely pricey.) Everything went smoothly both embarking and disembarking.

We enjoyed Karaoke each evening and a couple of dance competitions. Elements was a good finish to the week. The Irish bar was a daily stop and we thoroughly enjoyed the bartenders. All other servers and staff were good, too.

Aqua was our preferred dining experience over the Venetian. It was more intimate, with less hustle and bustle. We also had the dining package. The French bistro was our favorite. The chef was excellent and entertaining at Tappanyaki. We least preferred Cagney's Steakhouse. Service was good but the food was bland.

At each port, we took part in various excursions and enjoyed them all. St. John beach escape was our favorite. St. Lucia catamaran was not as good as our last cruise.

The ship is good and easy to navigate around. Smaller than previous cruise ships. Our mini suite was spacious and inviting, along with the balcony. Our one complaint is that our room was on the 11th floor, directly below the Cafe. The constant scraping of chairs across the floor above was annoying. I would recommend you look closely at the ship layout before confirming a room. Your cruise planner can also assist.

In summary, it was a great week with family and new friends that we met. We already miss cruising so we've booked again for the summer. This cruise is on the Breakaway, a larger ship with more amenities. We can't wait.

Bon voyage!
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11168
Our mini suite was spacious and inviting, along with the balcony. Our one complaint is that our room was on the 11th floor, directly below the Cafe. The constant scraping of chairs across the floor above was very annoying. I would recommend you look closely at the ship layout before confirming a room. Your cruise planner can also assist.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We did see turtles and a sting ray. The shipwreck was interesting to experience.
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  • Catamaran Day Sail
    The stop to swim was a waste of time. No snorkeling, just swimming around. Would have preferred a beach day. Otherwise, the scenery was great.
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  • St. John Snorkel/Sail
    Our favorite day! Snorkeling was great. Would have liked more time on the beach.
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    The surf was very rough so we weren't able to truly enjoy the water and beach. It is an amazing site. Probably won't return and opt for a beach day without a hike. I would recommend it to anyone that hasn't seen it's beauty.
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