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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Dawn doesn’t disappoint

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by bostonfred

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

We sailed the Dawn 9 years ago and enjoyed the ship We also loved the southern Caribbean itinerary. Dawn was recently refurbished and looks great for a 17 year old ship. We heard before the trip about some plumbing problems and did meet some people on board that experienced those issues. This is troubling that NCL sells these cabins and does not seem to do much for those affected. We saw a similar problem last year on Caribbean princess. Fortunately, we did not have any issues either sailing, but it does give you pause that both lines sell cabins with a history of plumbing problems and offer no recourse to passengers affected.

We had beverage package and four meal dining package. So along with our platinum perk of two other restaurants we had six dinners in those restaurants. They were all excellent..we used Le Bistro, Cagneys and Moderno twice each and we can’t say enough about the food and service...fabulous!!

The remaining dinners were all at Bamboo the free Asian restaurant. We were familiar with this restaurant from sailing the Star two years ago. It is an excellent venue with great food and service. It is very popular, so make all your reservations early.

Breakfast was either on main dining room or buffet depending on how much time we had in the morning. Both we fine. One suggestion in the buffet is to have the muslelex available dry. It was soaked in milk. I use almond milk which they would get for me, but only twice was dry muslelex available to which I could add my fruit nuts etc..small point, but other lines do a better job with this.

Staff was great entire voyage, happy helpful and courteous throughout the ship. Richard was the cruise director who we had previously on the Star. We had a midship balcony which was great. Entertainment was fine, Jose and Patti returned for second half of cruise,and while we enjoy them, they get stifled by the same requested songs over and over. Comedians were great. Three Knights...singers were good. Did not go to other shows.

Itinerary was great along with the weather.

Basically took cabs to beaches. Do your research and chose the ones you like. Will give a shout out to the Boatyard in Barbados. Great spot, best deal in Caribbean. It is a five dollar shuttle to Boatyard. Admission is 25 dollars which includes two loungers,and umbrella and two drinks. You also get free snorkeling too. They go to two spots close by, some underwater wrecks and a spot to see the turtles. Snorkeling was pretty good and I did see a large greenback close up. Register for the snorkeling when you pay the admission, it can get backed up if you wait.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10160

Good sized balcony....A.C. Great...no plumbing issues...great cabin steward, Melvin

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

San Juan

San Juan is still struggling with after affects of Maria, stayed one night prior to cruise and had great time and were treated well


Took cab to a Palm beach.we were there 20 years ago and it is more developed but still stunning


Just walked around and shopped. Sent postcards t grandkids, short time in port


Went to Mambo beach b cab. It is a man made beach, but has great sand and very calm waters. Rented a couple of chairs for three bucks each and paid a 3 dollar admission as well. Brought my gear and snorkeled out by the breakwater, if you concentrated on the opening that led to open water the snorkeling was pretty good. Also many shops here and many Dutch that were staying at the hotels on beach.


Not our favorite island, shopped and rested on ship.


See above review about Boatyard....my wife spent over 2 hours in the water while I was snorkeling great beach, don’t let cabbies try to steer you to other spots, we checked out our cabbies recommendation while strolling the beach and it did not measure up

St. Lucia

Pretty island, been there twice, but had negative experience last time, so did rest of our shopping and enjoyed the ship

St. Maarten

Walked over to great bay beach, got some loungers and beer..plenty of choices...lots of swimming and strolling beach

Jost Van Dyke

Love sail over to white's bay...great beach,lots of boats moored, crowded but fun, lot more swimming, it is not a Maine lobster, but lobster special for lunch at Soggy Dollar hit the spot....try the virgin island summer ale, best I have had, hated to leave but great sail back

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