Norwegian Dawn Review


Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Dawn
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2024

The NCL Dawn is a nice sized ship with 2,340 passenger capacity. It was launched in 2002 but refurbished in 2021 and still looks good.

The main lounge is the Bliss but we preferred the smaller Gatsby’s , which always seemed to be the most popular. Unlike many ships, there are no lounges on the top decks, which is a shame, so we preferred the Norwegian Spirit, Jade and even the Sun.

Two aft lifts were not working for a few days, so we were content to be on deck 5, which proved to be very convenient.

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La Spezia (Cinque Terre)

We used the local train to visit the five Cinque Terre towns set into the rocky coast. The day ticket cost 27 euros (for 70 plus) and the trains run daily every 20 minutes. Even in April the trains were really packed and every town was really full of tourists and locals.

La Spezia town is quite pleasant and has a palm lined promenade along the front leading to a pedestrian area with shops. The station is a little further up the slope and is an easy 30 minute walk from the cruise port. The Cinque Terre towns are all set into the cliff with good views and numerous steps and tunnels. Vernazza was the best for lunch and we skipped Corniglia because it would have required a bus link down to the town (albeit included in our train tickets).

Florence (Livorno)

We opted for the Florence On Your Own excursion, which gave us 5 hours in Florence. It rained for most of the day but we still enjoyed the day as Florence is quite compact.


Went ashore by tender and strolled around the pleasant sea front.


Miserable wet day and ship was docked a long way from town. Only option was a shuttle to town but the queue was a mile long, to get there and maybe lomger to get back, so we gave up.

20 euros return would have been poor value for a 4 Km journey.

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Caught number 1 bus to the old town for 3 euros each way as the alternative was a 45-minute walk. No alternative on offer from NCL. Nice town with a good market, which is a bit hidden. Large cathedral but we were put off by the 10 euro entry charge.


The old town is at least 30 minutes walk from the port, so getting a bus or boat to town is a really good option. NCL provided a shuttle but charged an unreasonable 20 USD per person.

The city boat across to town costs 10 euros for the day but needs a short walk to the jetty.

The Old Town is nice, has plenty of coffee and eating places, with good views from the top. Harbour makes a nice setting. But unable to enjoy the famed night life scene.


We caught the local number 95 bus to the Science and Art centre, which was interesting.


Our Taste of Barcelona excursion was cancelled, so we booked Spectacular Monserrat With Transfer, which also took us to Barcelona Airport for our evening flight. It was extremely busy but we had an excellent guide and driver and the trip was excellent.

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