Norwegian Dawn Review

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Review for the Baltic Sea Cruise on Norwegian Dawn
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023

We wanted to explore a little outside our usual territory, and the Baltic Sea was an area we hadn't really visited in depth. We also hadn't cruised much with Norwegian, but they had the itinerary and we thought the price was fair... so off to Sweden we flew. We spent a couple days in Stockholm before departure, and enjoyed trips to the Vasa Museum, a tour of the archipelago that lies between Stockholm and the Baltic proper, various walking tours.

When it came time to board, we were dismayed to find a line that took two hours to traverse, with very few staff available to guide us. By the time we finally got aboard, we were locating our cabin and suddenly the ship was calling for a lifeboat stations drill over the PA. People were still boarding, and confusion reigned. We found our muster station and checked in, but I doubt most guests did.

Back at the cabin, we heard lots of loud music and plenty of swearing (with our door closed) that we finally discovered was coming from a work area behind "crew only" doors across the corridor where the luggage was being sorted out. I can't recall ever having experienced that on any of the other cruises we've taken, and I'm sure the staff was unaware how well the guests could hear them.

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