We had a great time on our family Spring Break cruise: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by nonotreally

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We had a great time on our family Spring Break cruise

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We were excited to finally get to go on an NCL cruise. The Dawn, at first, seemed fine. However, as the cruise went on, we noticed more and more buckets catching water drips from the ceilings and towels laid down on the floor as well. One of the public bathrooms near the main pool and elevator had "water" all over the floor and didn't seem taken care of anymore.

We were excited also about the dining options but then figured out that there were more "pay-extra-to-eat" restaurants than the "free" restaurants. We ate mostly at the free ones and that meant really 2 sit down options. Of course there was still the buffet and the 24-hr dining option but as far as sit down free dinner restaurants, it's basically the Aqua and the Venetian. Both had good food. Nothing to write home about. All in our party were honestly not impressed.

The kids play room was excellent. I have 3 children, all in different age groups and all had a great time. We hardly saw our teenager, she made More many new friends, and all the teens had to be back in their rooms by 1am.

The kids pool, which is where we spent most of our at-sea days, was a lot of fun. The kids were there for many hours each day. However, you have to supervise your children while they are there and there's hardly any shade. If you are in the shade, you can't keep an eye on your kids. There also weren't enough seats for adults to sit on while the children played. Lastly, we had some older kids and even some adults that were using the kids pool/slide making it harder for the little ones to get to play there. NCL should provide some occasional supervision for those purposes.

The shows were great, the buffet food was pretty good actually. The desserts weren't though.

Only option for free drinks were water, iced tea and coffee. If your kids don't drink tea or water, you're in trouble. Offering juices or lemonade would have been nice.

Our cruise director was AWESOME! I'd follow him anywhere! Less

Published 05/12/11

Cabin review: IA10561 Mid-Ship Inside

10559 - Inside stateroom that slept 4 Family of four in an inside stateroom. At night it was almost wall-to-wall beds. We were on a 10-day cruise so we had a lot of clothes with us. We were able to store all of our luggage underneath the beds but didn't have much shelf or drawer space for all of us. Only 1 bathroom space. Toilet, sink and shower stall all together.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This was the best beach! We took the NCL excursion to the beach. The water was so blue - the bluest we had seen. It looked like a picture postcard. Included in the excursion was lunch and 2 drinks per person. They had bathroom facilities, a bar, plenty of chairs and umbrellas. You had to pay extra for the umbrellas. Kids played a lot. Many NCL Dawn passengers were there as well. Shuttles to the ship were plentiful. At the end of the day, it was hard to go back to the ship. We had a great time there. Lots of shells.

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We took a taxi to the city center. I believe it was $6 per person each way. The city center was crowded and lots of traffic. We walked around and had some ice cream. We decided to walk back from city center to the ship/port. The walk was about a mile and well worth it. Very nice. On our walk back, we found a local crafts-type of market and some of the people in our party decided to stay there a little longer. The port had also some shopping available. We did not go to the beach.

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Cayo Levantado thru the ship excursion was very nice. Unbelievable color of water and the sand was so white. The palm trees provided nice shade and there seemed to be plenty of security guards there. No shells at this beach.

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At the port, there were many people holding little monkeys in diapers for photo opportunities. The port area had very well organized touristy shops. We were driven by taxi to Cockleshell Beach (sp?). The beach where they drop you off is very crowded. If you walk a little further, you have the same amenities and more peace and quiet. We set up next to the massage tables and volleyball net, since there weren't many beach chairs left, and we regretted the noise and business. At that beach there was a huge (900 pound)pig named Wilbur. They also had a caged monkey and goat there which made the kids happy and kept them busy for a few minutes. We walked along the beach, the water was beautiful. The drive to the beach was about 20+ minutes and cost us $16 round trip per person. Our driver was Leo and he was very informative.

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We were scheduled to go to Jost Van Dyke but our ship excursion was delayed so we were able to cancel and get a full refund. We decided to go via taxi to a beach not too far away. Gilbert was our driver and he did a great job and was very informative. The roads are amazingly bad. We were very safe but impressed with the state of the roads. Thank God we weren't driving. We stayed at the beach as long as we could. The scenery to the beach was awesome. Blue water everywhere! Mountains too. Reminded us of Hawaii. We had drinks on the beach and they were also very good. The painkiller drinks were super potent - almost not drinkable. No shells at this beach.

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