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This was our 9th cruise with NCL. We were looking for a relaxing vacation with warm weather to some ports that we hadn’t visited. We were on the Dawn several years ago. It is a mid-sized ship and easy to get around. We booked an aft suite which had a great balcony . By booking a suite we had access to Moderno for breakfast and lunch daily. Suite guests also have a butler and concierge which makes everything very easy. The cruise starts with 3 sea days and ends with 2 - very relaxing. We booked excursions through NCL at each port. They were all fun. The onboard entertainment was good. A great dance band nightly in Bliss. Music was also played nightly in the Atrium and the martini bar. The gym is large and we used it daily. I am pleased to report that NCL does not stalk you with photographers any more. They are always available in the Atrium but you aren’t hounded in all of the speciality restaurants. Fellow cruisers were friendly- it was an older crowd this time of year. Very few children. They need new ping pong tables and should put wind screens up so they can be used. A mini golf course would also be a good addition. They do not have enough outlets for cell phone charging. We had to ask for an extension cord. ( older ship) We had a great time !

Enjoyable cruise of Eastern Caribbean - 12 nights

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by leslie e

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony
This was our 9th cruise with NCL. We were looking for a relaxing vacation with warm weather to some ports that we hadn’t visited. We were on the Dawn several years ago. It is a mid-sized ship and easy to get around. We booked an aft suite which had a great balcony . By booking a suite we had access to Moderno for breakfast and lunch daily. Suite guests also have a butler and concierge which makes everything very easy. The cruise starts with 3 sea days and ends with 2 - very relaxing. We booked excursions through NCL at each port. They were all fun. The onboard entertainment was good. A great dance band nightly in Bliss. Music was also played nightly in the Atrium and the martini bar. The gym is large and we used it daily. I am pleased to report that NCL does not stalk you with photographers any more. They are always available in the Atrium but you aren’t hounded in all of the speciality restaurants. Fellow cruisers were friendly- it was an older crowd this time of year. Very few children. They need new ping pong tables and should put wind screens up so they can be used. A mini golf course would also be a good addition. They do not have enough outlets for cell phone charging. We had to ask for an extension cord. ( older ship) We had a great time !
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Cabin Review

Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SF
Suite has an area for dressing and mirrored makeup table . Nice size closet and ample drawers for clothes. Bath tub shower combo. Separate toilet area with door. Balcony has two chairs, table and one lounge chair . Suites also have a Nespresso coffee machine that is restocked daily. Needs more electrical ports.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Catamaran Sail
    Catamaran ride with Lobster lunch. Unfortunately the first half on the trip was very cold and drizzly - the only 3 hours of bad weather . We made a stop at beach but I was too cold to go in the water. Finally, the sun appeared and it was fun. We made a second beach stop. If you want a chair, you have to rent them. Otherwise, you can walk the beach or go in the water. We then got back onboard and the crew prepared a nice lobster lunch. Ride back was very pretty as the sun was shining.
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  • Monkey Encounter
    We did the Jeep tour and visit to see the green monkeys. The driver takes 8-10 people around the island for a tour. We then went to the animal sanctuary to see a variety of animals which were out in the open- not in cages. The monkeys are free to roam. Be sure to walk around as the little ones are off playing next to a fence by a field. They don’t all show up for the fruit and veggie spread put out at 2pm. It was a fun way to see different parts of the beautiful island in an open air Jeep ( it does have a top on it)
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  • City Tour
    We hadn't been to San Juan for years so we wanted to do the quick 2 hour city tour. We really enjoyed the fort- part of the National Park System. If all you want to see is that, you can walk ( or take a taxi ) to it from the cruise ship. It is fantastic! Really enjoyed it. It was nice to be taken around the city - the bus driver made several stops for people to get out and take a photo. After the tour, we walked around San Juan for an hour before going back to the ship.
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  • Historic House
    Very easy way to see the island. Enjoyed seeing the house and also going to the batik exhibit. Nice shop with lovely items to purchase. I bought 2 sundresses and my husband got a shirt.
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  • Catamaran Day Sail
    Gorgeous day for a sail to the Pitons. The captain took us in to Marigot Harbor - stunning. We then cruised along the coastline on our way out to see the Pitons. We also made a 30 minute stop at a beach for swimming. We had our snorkel masks with us. So glad we did as the water was very clear and we had a beautiful reef with lots of fish. If you don't have gear, bring googles so you can see the fish! Loved it!
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  • Catamaran Tour
    Twice as Nice Catamaran Tour- lots of fun. We stopped at two places. They provide gear but we had our own. The weather was fantastic and the water was crystal clear. Lots of gorgeous fish and we saw three large sea turtles!! First time for that experience. Would highly recommend
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