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A very good cruise with a very good itinerary The embarkment at Tampa was slow, and it was confusing which port to go to (port 2 is supposed to be Carnivial only but we left out of there). It was a Holiday Cruise. Christmas decorations were fun, christmas show was adorable. But being Jewish, I was impressed with Hannukah. I expected the menorah in the atrium, and even the nightly candle lighting (electric), but they made latkes, jelly donuts, and served manashevitz wine every night. We had up to 60 people!!! THe itinerary was excellent. I took a NCL excursion in Costa Maya to two Mayan ruins; was overpriced, but it was far and excellent and have no comoplaints In Belize, we just stayed on their private island. You can go back to the boat to eat for free, they should have a bbq like other cruise iines. I ziplined for 49 dollars which was overpriced but fun as well. Beautiful clean beach. They have a little zoo for free worth checking out as well In Honduras, I privately booked the sloth and monkey hangout directly through Daniel Johnson. For 55 dollars per person they picked us up, drove us, gave us a tour of ROatan, got to hold sloths, monkeys, and parrots, and took a boat to a reef and snorkled for an hour. Amazing day In Cozumel, I booked a jeep tour through aviator. The jeep was old and not safe (seatbelts didnt even work) but the excursion was amazing. Went tequila tasting, went to 2 beachs, went to a cenote, had lunchj, and snorkled. Very fun day. So yes, the itinerary was amazing The band caled Sonata was excellent. they played rock, pop, soul. The piano man played well but sang fair. there was a guitarist who was also okay. aniother soul band was pretty good the entertainment was good. I have seen their shows, they rarely disappoint. They comedian was pretty good. The magician I had seen before, he's pretty good too. The acrobats -- i think one may have gotten sick becauysewe they didnt do a solo show. The girl did perform at elements tho The main casual dining room, aqua, is too small. We got sent away and told to go to the dressier dining room even tho i was in shorts to accomodate us. Food in the dining rooms was pretty good overall. I liked Osheenans a lot. the food was better than I expected (turkey, buffalo wings, fish and chips) I had a drink package and they were generous with their pours. I got my money's worth on that I paid a little extra for a midship inside cabin on a high floor. The room was smaller than I expected. And at times I heard too much noise from the atrium. The cabin steward was amazing, and the bed fairly comfortable and my wife approved of the bathroom size The pool area was crowded but they did hjave enough chairs if you went up to the 13th deck. the hot-tubs were good but i wish they had adult only hot tubs, too many kids in them to enjoy I won a poker tournament in the casino. the rake is way too high during their cash games but it was a fun tournament. Overall I am a big fan of norwegian, and for a small old boat (2300ish passengers) I think it is a great time

Fun Chanukah/Christmas Cruise

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Metsbill

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
A very good cruise with a very good itinerary

The embarkment at Tampa was slow, and it was confusing which port to go to (port 2 is supposed to be Carnivial only but we left out of there).

It was a Holiday Cruise. Christmas decorations were fun, christmas show was adorable. But being Jewish, I was impressed with Hannukah.

I expected the menorah in the atrium, and even the nightly candle lighting (electric), but they made latkes, jelly donuts, and served manashevitz wine every night. We had up to 60 people!!!

THe itinerary was excellent. I took a NCL excursion in Costa Maya to two Mayan ruins; was overpriced, but it was far and excellent and have no comoplaints

In Belize, we just stayed on their private island. You can go back to the boat to eat for free, they should have a bbq like other cruise iines. I ziplined for 49 dollars which was overpriced but fun as well. Beautiful clean beach. They have a little zoo for free worth checking out as well

In Honduras, I privately booked the sloth and monkey hangout directly through Daniel Johnson. For 55 dollars per person they picked us up, drove us, gave us a tour of ROatan, got to hold sloths, monkeys, and parrots, and took a boat to a reef and snorkled for an hour. Amazing day

In Cozumel, I booked a jeep tour through aviator. The jeep was old and not safe (seatbelts didnt even work) but the excursion was amazing. Went tequila tasting, went to 2 beachs, went to a cenote, had lunchj, and snorkled. Very fun day.

So yes, the itinerary was amazing

The band caled Sonata was excellent. they played rock, pop, soul. The piano man played well but sang fair. there was a guitarist who was also okay. aniother soul band was pretty good

the entertainment was good. I have seen their shows, they rarely disappoint. They comedian was pretty good. The magician I had seen before, he's pretty good too. The acrobats -- i think one may have gotten sick becauysewe they didnt do a solo show. The girl did perform at elements tho

The main casual dining room, aqua, is too small. We got sent away and told to go to the dressier dining room even tho i was in shorts to accomodate us. Food in the dining rooms was pretty good overall.

I liked Osheenans a lot. the food was better than I expected (turkey, buffalo wings, fish and chips)

I had a drink package and they were generous with their pours. I got my money's worth on that

I paid a little extra for a midship inside cabin on a high floor. The room was smaller than I expected. And at times I heard too much noise from the atrium. The cabin steward was amazing, and the bed fairly comfortable and my wife approved of the bathroom size

The pool area was crowded but they did hjave enough chairs if you went up to the 13th deck. the hot-tubs were good but i wish they had adult only hot tubs, too many kids in them to enjoy

I won a poker tournament in the casino. the rake is way too high during their cash games but it was a fun tournament.

Overall I am a big fan of norwegian, and for a small old boat (2300ish passengers) I think it is a great time
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good location, felt no boat sway, but it was a little too loud, you can hear music in the atrium till later than i would have liked. the room is narrow so feels cramped. tv worked well, it's nice to be near an elevator. and room steward was amazing
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