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Norwegian Dawn Review

Average ship but great itinerary

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on Norwegian Dawn
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2023

We chose this cruise strictly for the itinerary, not the ship. The ports were all amazing! We unfortunately missed the port of Stornoway due to weather which was very disappointing as I was looking forward to seeing the Outer Hebrides. The tender into Edinburgh was a bit difficult on the way back to the ship as there were long lines and the tender boats were just the tiny life boats from the ship. Was very windy and cold to stand there as long as we had to so that was a bit frustrating. I agree with the other reviewer, it was disappointing to have to tender into Dublin. We only had about 5.5 hours total to see the city; not long enough. As far as the ship goes, it was fine, not as updated as the newer ships but good enough. The food in my opinion was excellent EXCEPT for the Brazilian Steakhouse specialty dining. Beware! The price is not worth it for the food that is served. Beef was tough and chewy and hardly any selection in desserts if you are not a fan of coconut. I talked with the manager about it and he just said, "sorry". Didn't offer anything other than that. Truly, the main dining room and buffet were better! I also agree with the other reviewer in that the cruise director was not good. You could not understand her due to her accent and she was nowhere to be found. Announcements were hard to hear and understand. Entertainment was good when there actually was entertainment. A few nights there wasn't anything offered. I find that unacceptable on a cruise ship. I also was surprised there was no on demand TV/movies in the room. That's so old fashioned. I've been on 3 cruises post covid and all of them had on demand movies and shows. Its just nice to be able to relax in your room and watch a movie. The cabin we had was a balcony cabin and was perfectly good. I liked that the bathroom had a separate toilet room and the shower had a door not a flimsy curtain and was a decent size. Overall, we basically used the cruise ship as transportation around the UK.

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Port Reviews


Saw the Causeway Giants, was amazing!

Cobh (Cork)

Cute port with things to do right off the cruise ship

Edinburgh (South Queensferry)

Port itself was amazing, with so much to do. Tendering was not great though. They should consider using larger tender boats and not the life boats from the ship

Invergordon (Inverness)

Beautiful port and surrounding area with a great variety of things to choose from. Im an Outlander fan so I did an Outlander tour that also included Loch Ness

Isle of Portland (England)

Cute little port. We missed doing the Tank museum and regretted not being able to do it because it looked like an amazing museum about D-Day. Don't miss the singers and cannon salute when the ship leaves. Go out on deck 7


Great port with the town literally as you step off the cruise ship. Easily walkable to anything in town. Great send off when ship leaves

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