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This ship left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We flew the night before the ship was to leave and stayed at The Waves Hotel, which was reasonably priced and a cab ride away from the airport. The hotel was right off the highway, so it was a bit noisy, but our sound machine drowned out most of the noise. The sheets were rough, but the bed itself was comfy. There was also a twin bed in our room, as well as a refrigerator and a large bathroom. The curtains blocked out light, which is important to me. In the morning, there was breakfast on the rooftop, which had a good selection of continental type breakfast items and was well taken by 3 attendants. Check out was at 11, which gave us enough time to pack after breakfast. We boarded the ship around 12 on the Pan-American Pier, ate lunch and went to the Bacardi distillery via Uber(around $10). Although we had been to San Juan before we had only visited Old San Juan, El Morro(fort) and El Yunque(National Park), and decided it was time to check out Bacardi. The $15 admission fee included a rum drink(choice of 1 of 4), which was quite strong, a souvenir cup and a tour of the museum. The was also an excellent view of the ocean and El Morro. We had one day at sea. We slept in and missed the 10:00 intro show on excursions, which we generally like to attend. Breakfast was served until 11:30, which is much later than other ships we have sailed on. We found plenty to do with trivia, an art auction and the best martini tasting session($19.95) where we sampled 6 (3.5 oz each) different martinis at Cagney's. If you want to do this, make sure you sign up on the first day at any of the bars, as seating is limited(although we witnessed 3 or 4 different people joining us without signing up previously-I think they take up to 20 participants). Each day brought us to a different port. DAY ONE-ST. LUCIA Beautiful mountainous tropical island with 2 picturesque mountains-the Pitons. We took our only excursion through the cruise ship-The Land and Sea- which took us on a tour of the island and a catamaran ride back to the ship. The only problem was we went to toward the Pitons, which is also towards the rainforest, and it rained off and on while we walked on a plantation(where we ate lunch), went to a waterfall, then boarded the catamaran. My advice to you, is if you want sunny skies and no rain, stay on the north side of the island. Although we had a great time and learned a lot about the island, it would have been better without the rain. The cost of the excursion was $99/person and lasted for 6 hours. DAY TWO-BARBADOS We took a taxi ride around the island. We met up with another couple and paid $75 a couple to see the sights, narrated by the driver. We saw several beautiful beaches, the oldest church on the island, and panoramic views. Our tour lasted 3 hours. DAY THREE-ANTIGUA We took a taxi to see the sites, with a family of 7 joining us. It cost us $25/person for a 4 hour tour and we to the beach as well as to Shirley Heights, which has the remnants of an old fort and magnificent views. DAY FOUR-ST. THOMAS We took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and went snorkeling. There were changing/restrooms, a tiki bar and rental booth for snorkeling gear, which we rented for 2 hours for $8/each. Last time we went to St. Thomas, we went to Coki Beach(near Coral World), which had the same amenities and much more fish. The water at Sapphire was a bit cloudy, but it may have been the overcast weather causing this. DAY FIVE-TORTOLA Our first time here and our favorite of all the islands we visited. We took a 3 hour tour for $25/person, which included an hour at the beach with soft white sand and beautiful views. The water was calm and clear, although we did not see any fish and did not go snorkeling. The ship is easy to get around except for the dining rooms which cut several floors into pieces-you can't get there from here..... The food was good, and even though they had different dessert choices every night, none were to die for. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and at the Aqua for dinner, where the staff were friendly and attentive. There is food from 6am-2am.....but from 12-2am you have to eat at the Oceania or order room service, which now has a $7.95 service fee. The shows are mediocre except for the magic show which was amazing and the last night's show, Elements, which was incredible.

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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by NHteacher

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
This ship left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We flew the night before the ship was to leave and stayed at The Waves Hotel, which was reasonably priced and a cab ride away from the airport. The hotel was right off the highway, so it was a bit noisy, but our sound machine drowned out most of the noise. The sheets were rough, but the bed itself was comfy. There was also a twin bed in our room, as well as a refrigerator and a large bathroom. The curtains blocked out light, which is important to me. In the morning, there was breakfast on the rooftop, which had a good selection of continental type breakfast items and was well taken by 3 attendants. Check out was at 11, which gave us enough time to pack after breakfast.

We boarded the ship around 12 on the Pan-American Pier, ate lunch and went to the Bacardi distillery via Uber(around $10). Although we had been to San Juan before we had only visited Old San Juan, El Morro(fort) and El Yunque(National Park), and decided it was time to check out Bacardi. The $15 admission fee included a rum drink(choice of 1 of 4), which was quite strong, a souvenir cup and a tour of the museum. The was also an excellent view of the ocean and El Morro.

We had one day at sea. We slept in and missed the 10:00 intro show on excursions, which we generally like to attend. Breakfast was served until 11:30, which is much later than other ships we have sailed on. We found plenty to do with trivia, an art auction and the best martini tasting session($19.95) where we sampled 6 (3.5 oz each) different martinis at Cagney's. If you want to do this, make sure you sign up on the first day at any of the bars, as seating is limited(although we witnessed 3 or 4 different people joining us without signing up previously-I think they take up to 20 participants).

Each day brought us to a different port.

DAY ONE-ST. LUCIA

Beautiful mountainous tropical island with 2 picturesque mountains-the Pitons. We took our only excursion through the cruise ship-The Land and Sea- which took us on a tour of the island and a catamaran ride back to the ship. The only problem was we went to toward the Pitons, which is also towards the rainforest, and it rained off and on while we walked on a plantation(where we ate lunch), went to a waterfall, then boarded the catamaran. My advice to you, is if you want sunny skies and no rain, stay on the north side of the island. Although we had a great time and learned a lot about the island, it would have been better without the rain. The cost of the excursion was $99/person and lasted for 6 hours.

DAY TWO-BARBADOS

We took a taxi ride around the island. We met up with another couple and paid $75 a couple to see the sights, narrated by the driver. We saw several beautiful beaches, the oldest church on the island, and panoramic views. Our tour lasted 3 hours.

DAY THREE-ANTIGUA

We took a taxi to see the sites, with a family of 7 joining us. It cost us $25/person for a 4 hour tour and we to the beach as well as to Shirley Heights, which has the remnants of an old fort and magnificent views.

DAY FOUR-ST. THOMAS

We took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and went snorkeling. There were changing/restrooms, a tiki bar and rental booth for snorkeling gear, which we rented for 2 hours for $8/each. Last time we went to St. Thomas, we went to Coki Beach(near Coral World), which had the same amenities and much more fish. The water at Sapphire was a bit cloudy, but it may have been the overcast weather causing this.

DAY FIVE-TORTOLA

Our first time here and our favorite of all the islands we visited. We took a 3 hour tour for $25/person, which included an hour at the beach with soft white sand and beautiful views. The water was calm and clear, although we did not see any fish and did not go snorkeling.

The ship is easy to get around except for the dining rooms which cut several floors into pieces-you can't get there from here.....

The food was good, and even though they had different dessert choices every night, none were to die for. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and at the Aqua for dinner, where the staff were friendly and attentive. There is food from 6am-2am.....but from 12-2am you have to eat at the Oceania or order room service, which now has a $7.95 service fee.

The shows are mediocre except for the magic show which was amazing and the last night's show, Elements, which was incredible.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IB 9101
Roomy enough for two with plenty of storage. Love the shower-with a door-not a curtain and a handheld shower head.
Nice, quiet room and well taken care of by Jonathon.
Needs-get rid of all those drinks in the fridge we don't use or want
need more storage spaces/shelves in the bathroom and more hooks
shelves in closets are hard to use
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