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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Cgalloway6

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

Chose this cruise for the itererary and timing - peak fall colors in Canada and New England. Food was average, service was slow, dining room service was very slow. Ports of call and disembarkation was smooth except for the last one - New York City. Got in late, very disorganized exit and the transportation to the airport was a mess. No one knew which bus went to Newark, which one went to Kennedy and which one went to LaGuardia.

Entertainment on the ship was very good. The cabin was small and the layout hard to maneuver. Shore excursions were average, seemed priced about average.

One thing missing on the ship was any link to the ports we were going to see - only one presentation on any of the ports and this was well after the midpoint of the cruise. Information about the ports we had visited and then some about the ones coming up. Other cruises have a presentation for each port the day before arrival with tips about local foods, drinks, attractions, warnings(about pickpockets) and something interesting about the port that only someone that had been there would have.

One port was substituted due to weather - going to a dock instead of tendering. Also lost the last day of NYC as we were anchored riding out high seas and high winds.

I would recommend the trip to others but would also set their expectations based on our experience. Great fall colors, easy travel, average food and room, good entertainment.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

Small, bed layout made getting in and out difficult. Flip down bunk on one side was hard to avoid getting in and out. The dresser on the other side left little room to get in bed on that side. The TV was very small and far enough away that you couldn't read anything on the screen. Drawers on one side worked great, the other side didn't have any stops so when the ship rocked, the drawers slide out and then back in. Makes it hard to sleep. The gangway on the 6th floor was above us and something there also was banging around when the ship rocked.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Quebec City

Got in the day before to ensure we made the ship. Walked around the old town and enjoyed the experience. Went touring again after checking into the ship.

Nice overview of the area.

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Corner Brook

Not much to see here. Train with snowplow, local swimming area, heritage tree.

Got to see House of Green Gables, pretty average. Tour of lobster boats and traps, interesting. Visit to PEI Preserve Company was just another place to see the home of a business that ships worldwide.

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The historical presentation with homes from different time periods with people dressed in period clothes explaining the life at the time. Excellent. The actors were all local with deep roots in the community. Cool and rain but still excellent visit.

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Peggy's Cove

Nice lighthouse, old marina, food truck or restaurant packed with busloads of cruise passengers. Otherwise not much to see.

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Would have been better if at the rapids long enough to see them reverse. They were running upstream while we were there but hard to tell which direction was which. Skywalk was nice to see an explanation of why the tides are so high there. The walk over the rapids itself was okay, glass floor panels to step out over the water and rocks.

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Schooner Sail

Nice sailing tour of the bay. Only 2 hrs long so not a lot of sailing but was a nice day on the water enjoying the transportation system of the folks that founded the area.

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New York (Manhattan)

Got there a day late due to rough weather. No chance to see the city, just got off the ship and transferred to the airport.


Didn't get there due to rough weather, Substituted Boston instead.

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