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Depature from Black Flacon was the worst I have ever seen. Very crowded and confusing. Seemed in years past it was much better organized. However once on board everything was going smoothly. Lunch at the buffet, met up with old cruise friends. Then off to the wonderful cruise critic party. Thanks to our gracious host and organizer for a well planned event. Sorry we didn't stay for the photo but it got way too crowded. We had the easiest muster ever no taking of cabin numbers. We ate most of our dinners in the Venetian which was far superior to the service we had had in Aqua. The room was very pretty and they had a piano player every night. I do have to say however that the best meal we had was in Le Bistro service was so great that the we all tipped an extra 25% for the wonderful service. The buffet was fine for breakfast, however lunch was disappointing as items did not vary much from day to day. It was much better last year. Enjoyed drinks at Cagneys bar not far from the casino most nights and had fun at the Pub. Of course, the Bruins winning it all was extra special. We cracked a bottle of champagne in honor of the event. Had no problem finding chairs at the pool each day, and for the first time in a long time didn't feel hounded for drinks by the staff. Went to all three production shows. I felt they were very good to outstanding. Didn't make it to second city--didn't enjoy them on the Spirit so we passed. We had a BA balcony on the ninth floor, very quiet. Our sliding door however was terrible to open and the people in the room next to us stated that it sounded like an "elephant in heat"every time we opened or closed the door. Mentioned it on day one to the room steward but never fixed. Beds were comfortable, closet tight and I found the room very small. Also, it wasn't very clean for just having come out of dry dock. The Dawn is a pretty ship but very disjointed. I always seemed to be in the wrong corridor or one deck up and had to come down or one deck down and had to go up. There were no places were you could just completely walk from one end to the other. Many of the toilets in the ladies room in the public area were shut down all week and out of order. This left to scrambling from deck to deck to find an empty stall. This is our third year doing the Bermuda run and I think it will be our last for a while. NCL needs to upgrade their inclusive dining room menu as all our favorites are now in the pay restaurants only. Rack of lamb, swordfish, escargot, filet, etc. Otherwise our trip was enjoyable, made especially so by hooking up with old friends and meeting new ones.

NCL Dawn 6/10-6/17/11

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Husney

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2011
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
Depature from Black Flacon was the worst I have ever seen. Very crowded and confusing. Seemed in years past it was much better organized. However once on board everything was going smoothly. Lunch at the buffet, met up with old cruise friends. Then off to the wonderful cruise critic party. Thanks to our gracious host and organizer for a well planned event. Sorry we didn't stay for the photo but it got way too crowded. We had the easiest muster ever no taking of cabin numbers. We ate most of our dinners in the Venetian which was far superior to the service we had had in Aqua. The room was very pretty and they had a piano player every night. I do have to say however that the best meal we had was in Le Bistro service was so great that the we all tipped an extra 25% for the wonderful service. The buffet was fine for breakfast, however lunch was disappointing as items did not vary much from day to day. It was much better last year. Enjoyed drinks at Cagneys bar not far from the casino most nights and had fun at the Pub. Of course, the Bruins winning it all was extra special. We cracked a bottle of champagne in honor of the event. Had no problem finding chairs at the pool each day, and for the first time in a long time didn't feel hounded for drinks by the staff. Went to all three production shows. I felt they were very good to outstanding. Didn't make it to second city--didn't enjoy them on the Spirit so we passed. We had a BA balcony on the ninth floor, very quiet. Our sliding door however was terrible to open and the people in the room next to us stated that it sounded like an "elephant in heat"every time we opened or closed the door. Mentioned it on day one to the room steward but never fixed. Beds were comfortable, closet tight and I found the room very small. Also, it wasn't very clean for just having come out of dry dock. The Dawn is a pretty ship but very disjointed. I always seemed to be in the wrong corridor or one deck up and had to come down or one deck down and had to go up. There were no places were you could just completely walk from one end to the other. Many of the toilets in the ladies room in the public area were shut down all week and out of order. This left to scrambling from deck to deck to find an empty stall. This is our third year doing the Bermuda run and I think it will be our last for a while. NCL needs to upgrade their inclusive dining room menu as all our favorites are now in the pay restaurants only. Rack of lamb, swordfish, escargot, filet, etc. Otherwise our trip was enjoyable, made especially so by hooking up with old friends and meeting new ones.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 9180
Quiet room, small, door to balcony was stuck all week; requested repair never came. Room could use a good steam cleaning.
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