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Maybe we are just too easy to please on a cruise vacation, but we had another great sailing on the Dawn! We have sailed on her twice before her 2016 dry dock and twice after. We booked this cruise around Christmas 2018. We originally booked an inside cabin, then kept an eye on the price and available rooms and eventually upgraded to porthole ocean view, regular ocean view and finally balcony for almost no additional cost. It never hurts to call and ask! We drove from our place to Manhattan in a few hours. Left the car at Park Right on 43rd at 10am. Have used them before and been pleased. 10 min walk with our bags to the ship. We arrived at the terminal around 10:30am. This is our second platinum cruise so we were ushered to the vip line. Made it through security and check in in about 12 minutes and were group ONE to board. Waited about an hour and were having lunch and drinks in O’Sheehans by 11:15! DINING We had two specialty dining’s meals due to platinum status and we had the 3-meal dining plan as well, and we always eat in Bamboo the last night. So we never ate a dinner in the main DR. We ate at LeBostro, Los Lobos 2x, Cagneys, Moderno, LaCucina, abd Bamboo. All were very good! Best meal probably at Los Lobos, but we love it there. Excellent service everywhere. We do like to eat around 5:30-6. We find it less crowded then, servers seem less rushed, and we get out in plenty of time for the shows. Don’t miss the coconut avacado ice cream in Los Lobos! They make it there and it is unique and delicious! We ate many breakfasts and lunches in O’Sheehans and had good food and service. Also a few leisurely breakfasts in the MDR which were very nice. ROOM Loved our balcony! Julie did a great job except for one day that our room was not made up until 1pm, and we had been by the pool since 8am so not sure what happened there. Final day at sea our room safe DIED. Made a weird noise and refused to open. Our passports and all valuables in it. They sent someone to check it out within 10 minutes of our call. After a few tries they finally got it open so we could get our valuables out but it no longer would lock. We were told they would bring a replacement but might be a while. Ughhh. Well low and behold it was replaced within an hour while we were at dinner! ENTERTAINMENT we loved the comedian Jim Colliton and saw all 3 of his shows! The 2 on the same night were very similar but he does a lot of banter with the audience so course that is different every time. Loved Elements and Showdown. Those singers and dancers work their tails off and always give 100%! Loved the aerialists, wish they had a show of their own! Finally got to see Jose and Patti! Have read so many nice things about them and they did not disappoint! Caught their act in the atrium every time we could. They need their own lounge act! Loved their positive vibe and stories of their years traveling and performing! Enjoyed CD Luz and her sidekick Vo. Favorite shows were the not-so-newlywed game and The Perfect Couple show. Laughed til I cried. EXCURSIONS Have been to port Canaveral so many times that for once we just laid by the pool and stayed on the ship. It was awesome! We had the UBP which we made good use of. Made it to GSC!! We have missed the island several times in the past due to weather but the weather was great. We rented a clam shell for $35 which counts as an excursion so we were on the first tender. The clam shell was HOT, Luke being in a tent. And we walked down the path a ways and found a very nice shaded area with picnic tables that was much nicer than our clam shell. Live and learn. Water was perfect, lots of fish. Island felt very uncrowded being that we were on a smaller ship like Dawn. This island has to accommodate the larger new ships, so it worked out well for us. Ate at the make your own taco bar which was tasty! I think my only suggestion for the Dawn would be more chaise lounges by the pool. There are very few that are right around the pool, and they don’t set them up until at least 7am or later. We never had a problem getting two chairs until the last day. A number of us were all waiting for the chairs to be set up and it was getting close to 8am. One grumpy lady shoved her way over very rudely and grinned chairs that other people had been waiting patiently for an hour to get. It wasn’t worth arguing with her. We wished her a nice cruise and selected two different chairs a row away. It’s vacation, folks! Relax and smile! I know we sure did!

4th sailing on the Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by trex-de

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Maybe we are just too easy to please on a cruise vacation, but we had another great sailing on the Dawn! We have sailed on her twice before her 2016 dry dock and twice after.

We booked this cruise around Christmas 2018. We originally booked an inside cabin, then kept an eye on the price and available rooms and eventually upgraded to porthole ocean view, regular ocean view and finally balcony for almost no additional cost. It never hurts to call and ask!

We drove from our place to Manhattan in a few hours. Left the car at Park Right on 43rd at 10am. Have used them before and been pleased. 10 min walk with our bags to the ship.

We arrived at the terminal around 10:30am. This is our second platinum cruise so we were ushered to the vip line. Made it through security and check in in about 12 minutes and were group ONE to board. Waited about an hour and were having lunch and drinks in O’Sheehans by 11:15!

DINING

We had two specialty dining’s meals due to platinum status and we had the 3-meal dining plan as well, and we always eat in Bamboo the last night. So we never ate a dinner in the main DR. We ate at LeBostro, Los Lobos 2x, Cagneys, Moderno, LaCucina, abd Bamboo. All were very good! Best meal probably at Los Lobos, but we love it there. Excellent service everywhere. We do like to eat around 5:30-6. We find it less crowded then, servers seem less rushed, and we get out in plenty of time for the shows. Don’t miss the coconut avacado ice cream in Los Lobos! They make it there and it is unique and delicious!

We ate many breakfasts and lunches in O’Sheehans and had good food and service. Also a few leisurely breakfasts in the MDR which were very nice.

ROOM

Loved our balcony! Julie did a great job except for one day that our room was not made up until 1pm, and we had been by the pool since 8am so not sure what happened there.

Final day at sea our room safe DIED. Made a weird noise and refused to open. Our passports and all valuables in it. They sent someone to check it out within 10 minutes of our call. After a few tries they finally got it open so we could get our valuables out but it no longer would lock. We were told they would bring a replacement but might be a while. Ughhh. Well low and behold it was replaced within an hour while we were at dinner!

ENTERTAINMENT

we loved the comedian Jim Colliton and saw all 3 of his shows! The 2 on the same night were very similar but he does a lot of banter with the audience so course that is different every time. Loved Elements and Showdown. Those singers and dancers work their tails off and always give 100%! Loved the aerialists, wish they had a show of their own! Finally got to see Jose and Patti! Have read so many nice things about them and they did not disappoint! Caught their act in the atrium every time we could. They need their own lounge act! Loved their positive vibe and stories of their years traveling and performing!

Enjoyed CD Luz and her sidekick Vo. Favorite shows were the not-so-newlywed game and The Perfect Couple show. Laughed til I cried.

EXCURSIONS

Have been to port Canaveral so many times that for once we just laid by the pool and stayed on the ship. It was awesome! We had the UBP which we made good use of.

Made it to GSC!! We have missed the island several times in the past due to weather but the weather was great. We rented a clam shell for $35 which counts as an excursion so we were on the first tender. The clam shell was HOT, Luke being in a tent. And we walked down the path a ways and found a very nice shaded area with picnic tables that was much nicer than our clam shell. Live and learn. Water was perfect, lots of fish. Island felt very uncrowded being that we were on a smaller ship like Dawn. This island has to accommodate the larger new ships, so it worked out well for us. Ate at the make your own taco bar which was tasty!

I think my only suggestion for the Dawn would be more chaise lounges by the pool. There are very few that are right around the pool, and they don’t set them up until at least 7am or later. We never had a problem getting two chairs until the last day. A number of us were all waiting for the chairs to be set up and it was getting close to 8am. One grumpy lady shoved her way over very rudely and grinned chairs that other people had been waiting patiently for an hour to get. It wasn’t worth arguing with her. We wished her a nice cruise and selected two different chairs a row away. It’s vacation, folks! Relax and smile! I know we sure did!
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Balcony
Cabin BD 8528
Great other than our room safe dying on the last sea day with all our valuables inside. Nick responded immediately and the safe was replaced within an hour or two while we were at dinner.
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