Great To Get Away: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by lsu2fan

Norwegian Dawn 4
Member Since 2009
866 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

Great To Get Away

Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Embarkation: Well over two hours from getting to the pier to getting on board. This long wait was due to a Coast Guard inspection as the Dawn had just repositioned from NYC to Miami. No point fussing so we just dealt with it.

Ship: Showing its age but clean. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Cabin: 11598, Cat. AF, Mini-Suite. Pretty much a glorified balcony on any other ship. My DW "has to have a bathtub". I didn't think the extra dineros were worth it but.... if it made her happy then!

Dining: As we did not eat at any of the speciality restaurants, the menu, although good, became sometime repetitive. We much preferred the Venetian.

Spa Package: Well worth the money for us as we aren't heavy drinkers. Never very crowded, quiet and relaxing.

Shore Excursions: The process of getting off the ship at each one of the ports was long, chaotic and cumbersome. On every other NCL sailing that we've been on they did a much better job. All ports, (Samana, More Tortola, Antigua, Barbados and St. Kitts) were beautiful although there are other ports in the Dominican Republic other than Samana that we enjoy better. We did not participate in NCL sponsored shore excursions but hired are own tour operators or drivers at each island.

Service: The service that we were given was outstanding. Every staff member that we came in contact with was extremely polite and friendly. We participated in NCL's S.T.Y.L.E. project and recognized well over a dozen staffers that "went above and beyond". There was one negative interaction with a member of their management but this did not change our outlook on the rest of the staff. Our cabin stewards, restaurant hostesses and wait staff, and even Antonio, the omelet chef, were great.

Entertainment: Pretty much typical cruise stuff. Band on the Run and Bollywood were entertaining. We did see the magic show and it was OK.

Trip highlights: Meeting some very wonderful folks from all parts of the world, especially making new friends with folks from Canada and Virginia Beach. Spending quiet time, especially in the early mornings, on the balcony watching the ship as it nears port.

We consider ourselves experienced cruisers and truly have never been on a "bad" cruise. We believe that just some are better than others. Would we recommend the ship, probably. Less

Published 11/18/10

Cabin review: MA11598 Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

11598 Cat. AF Mid-ship Balcony small but nice. Quite close to elevators which made it very convenient but yet not noisy at all. Bed comfortable. TV miniscule. Sitting area small. Bathroom nice and included a tub and separate WC. Closet space not ample at all. Pretty much a glorified balcony cabin with a great central location.

Read All Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony (MA) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

We did our own thing and hired a taxi. The fare was $12 each way to take us to Dickenson Bay. Laper, our driver, told us about Antigua and picked us up at the mutually agreeable time to take us back to the shhip.

There were less than 20 people on the whole beach. We were able to buy drinks and food and use the changing and bathrooms there.

Read 1191 Antigua Reviews

This was not our first trip to Barbados. Just like in the past, we found the locals to be not as friendly as in other Caribbean ports. A group of us hired a taxi and went to Paynes Bay.

We found quite a bit of coral right off the shore line that made it hard to get back onto the beach but all in all it was a beautiful experience.

Next trip we'll go back to Crane Bay.

Read 1223 Barbados Reviews

By far this (once more) is our favorite stop in our many trips to the Caribbean. St. Kitts is truly a beautiful island made more so by the locals. Our taxi driver, Ms. Veronica, took us to South Friars Bay. The fare was $20 for two one way but would have been cheaper had we gone with a group.

Getting to South Friars Bay is worth the price of admission. The drive from the dock takes one up a mountain and from the top you get a panoramic view of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The beach itself doesn't have white sand but it seems to jut out right from the mountainside. From the beach you get a beautiful view of sister island, Nevis.

We were able to spend time with friends, Barry and Leigh from Virginia while relaxing. Beers at the shack/restaurant were $2. Needless to say we had a few.

Read 1318 St. Kitts Reviews

We had previously made arrangements through Tortola Charters to take a day trip to Jost Van Dyke. After an hour wait, Terry, the tour operator, informed us that "I can get you there, but have no way of getting you back". Although apologetic, we felt this was in bad form. Others on our cruise hired different tour operators and had no incidents.

However, we did not let this ruin our day so we took a taxi to Cane Garden Bay. Along with our newly found friends, Cathy and Scott, we became fast friends with the local "Painkillers". Just what the doctor ordered.

Read 1237 Tortola Reviews

Compare Prices on Norwegian Dawn Southern Caribbean Cruises

Read more Norwegian Dawn cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Dawn Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Dawn Southern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2009
866 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Norwegian Dawn deals up to 82% off:

September Deals
Norwegian Dawn 68% Loved It

7-day Canada & New England From Boston
See all Norwegian Dawn Deals >>