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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Great getaway!

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Deeanddotcruise

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

This was the 2nd cruise on the Dawn for my Mom and me. We did Boston to Bermuda a few years ago. This time, Miami to Costa Maya and Cozumel. We’ve been on larger ships, too, like the Breakaway and enjoy both the large and smaller ship experiences.

We had a great time. The crew was nice, always friendly and always greeted us with smile and warm hello. Our room steward, Sandip, was very attentive and our ice bucket was always full and cabin always neat and fresh. He left us such a nice note on the last day and we told him a little about NYC, where the Dawn is headed next.

The food was fantastic! We ate at either Aqua, the Venetian or O’Sheehans and hit the buffet for random snacks. The buffet was fine - it’s a buffet - our expectations were not high, but we didn’t eat there for major meals. We preferred the sit down and be served restaurants and were not disappointed.

Prime Rib, NY strip, baked fish, homemade chicken cordon bleu, risotto, and mozzarella ravioli. Delicious desserts. The brownie cheesecake at O’sheehans was yummy. Service was great as well. The 2 main dining rooms had great choices every night. And served nice lunches, too. I read the reviews about the food being just ok or horrible. Not sure what these people ate or what they are used to, but I strongly disagree! Perhaps they were eating hot dogs from the Pool grill? At any rate, we ate complimentary dining every meal and came home satisfied.

The shows were awesome. Loved Soul Rockin Nights and Elements and Po, the magician was fun. Didn’t see the comedian because we were pooped from the day on shore. But we played Deal or No Deal, enjoyed time in the sun on 12 and naps in the shade on 7 with gorgeous views. The weather was fantastic.

Minor complaint - I forgot how SMALL the pool was. Holy crowdedness! Wall to wall bodies. But that wasn’t of major concern, But might be for some.

The pool music was fine. Looked like everyone was enjoying it. Wasn’t of huge interest to us - we preferred the tranquil waves on deck 7. But all of n all, the Dawn is a nice small ship for a fun getaway. 5582

Costa Maya - we did a Mayan Ruin excursion. The ruins were interesting and excursion overall was good, however the trip there gave us an up close view of the poverty and horrible living conditions in the surrounding area. The roads were littered with trash, waste and general dirtiness. The cruise line, excursion company or someone needs to reinvest in the community and assist with cleanup and establishing a better sewer system.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OB 5582

We’ve done inside, ocean view and balcony. This was ocean view and cabin was bright and sunny. plenty of room for 2. Storage was plentiful. Bathroom was fine. Shower pressure was great, water nice and hot. Shower gel provided, shampoo provided.

Our steward, Sandip, was attentive and very friendly. Our cabin was always neat and tidy. We left a note the first day, asking for ice and after that, our bucket was always freehand full.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We took a horse and carriage ride around the city. Short but fun!

Mayan Ruins

This tour was very interesting and you can modify to accommodate. We opted out of a hike to the top but enjoyed the facts and the rest of the tour. Our guide,Cruz, was informative and fun. The immediate pier area has shops and is nice. A pool area, lots of souvenirs, etc. The local area, however is very different. Extreme poverty and filled with trash. Driving through on a coach bus with a/c made me feel entitled and like a rich tourist. This community needs reinvestment and cleanup. And a Swede system.

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