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Norwegian Dawn Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2901 reviews
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Little Boat, Lower Expectations

Review for Norwegian Dawn to the Western Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Mar 2022
Cabin: Balcony
Traveled with children
Smaller view from balconies on Deck 8
Don’t skip the wine tasting! Ernie is awesome!
Another view from the smaller Deck 8 balcony
Gatsby’s is best hangout, but super crowded since it’s the only good nightlife option.

We chose Norwegian based on a recommendation looking for something out of Tampa & cheaper (than Disney, which we only sailed before). The boat is nice & the crew is really great, but there are little options of things to do on board & the cabins are definitely dated. The Specialty restaurants were great, but main dining/ buffet…hit or miss (mostly miss). And that was the thing, to book may have been cheaper & Lord knows the all inclusive beverage package saved us, but otherwise felt like we got nickel & dimed for everything, unlike Disney. We found ourselves spending a lot of time in our cabin without much to do. And that is saying a lot because these cabins aren’t very comfortable. The entertainment that was available was excellent, especially the piano bar entertainer, just needed more. And it seemed we missed a lot of stuff as layout & communication was not a strong suit of the company. The on board App & Internet was super confusing & didn’t really work. As for Itinerary, the 4 stops were pretty awesome & Roatan was the coolest but at almost every port, even Harvest Caye, we had to tender into the port via lifeboats or ferries because the bigger ships take priority at the actual docks. Overall we’ll give Norwegian another go as much of the issue was with the boat itself I believe, but going to try one of the bigger boats at a different port & see how it compares.

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Joined Balcony Cabins

Even with 2 rooms, family of 5 felt cramped. The cabins were definitely the least favorite part of the boat. The bathroom was the tiniest I’ve ever seen & the one smelled like sulfur the entire trip. Deck 8 hallways are a maze because of the lifeboats forcing some cabins & sections to be set in from others. The balconies on these rooms are NOT the same as the other decks. There is not a floor to ceiling view on the balcony, it’s a smaller “square” view so makes it hard to actually see a good view of the ocean or at a port. Unless saving money is your top priority, spring for a cabin on 9 or 10.

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