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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,976 Reviews

Mediocre cruise but great ports of call

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by FPLLineman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside

We chose this cruise for 3 main reasons: cost, ports of call and our time on a future cruise credit was expiring. If you like a casual atmosphere in dining times, options and dress, this is the cruise for you. They have 3 options for breakfast, lunch and dining that don’t require extra costs or making reservations. Shorts and t-shirts are acceptable in all venues, including dining, which surprised us. At other lines, pants are required at dinner. This was a little too casual for us since the condition of some of the shorts and t-shirts wouldn’t qualify for appropriate. Food was typical of a cruise, nothing really outstanding, if anything, several items were repeated during the 10 day cruise. They do ask if you are allergic to any items and will offer to personalize dishes. We happened to stay in an interior room, cabin 10167, which presented a noise problem. This room has a ‘Hotel Store’ on one side and one above it as well as an electrical room above. This created constant noise issues late at night and very early in the morning. We complained on the 2nd night after figuring out what was happening. They apologized and said they would investigate. It happened the 3rd night and I called immediately when I heard the banging and the thumping and the dragging of something across the floor. They sent someone out to investigate. It happened the 4 night, and suddenly, we received a tray of 4 chocolate covered strawberries. This did not solve the problem. It continued to happen throughout the cruise and nothing was resolved, nor were we offered a change in cabin nor a credit. The entertainment was excellent and the quality of the shows and variety of entertainers too. The ports of call were one of the highlights, absolutely beautiful! The ship offered excursions that were very expensive and one minus is that they are conducted by local people who happen to be the driver as well as the guide, and some were not very understandable. Many of us struggled to understand. Embarkation was very smooth but disembarkation was a little confusing since they had us going up and down and from the front of the ship to the middle, while carting our luggage. We really don’t think this line is the right one for our type of cruising.

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Cabin Review

Cabin IC 10167

Very, very noisy. It was right next to a Hotel store and we found it to be above us as well. Above us was also an electrical room. Would have liked to have our sheets changed more often and our carpet vacuumed every day.

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