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We sailed out of Boston on July 29th to Bermuda. Cruise was very good. No complaints on food as it was generally very good, considering it is 10 "restaurants" in the ocean and not accessible to so many variations that land-based restaurants have. All crew members were exceptionally polite, friendly, and very hard working - most seemed to be of Philippine descent which I mention only for info. If you take this cruise, the info below may help: 1) For quick good meals at most any time, the Buffet is very good. Otherwise if you wish a nice atmosphere, no entry fee, and full service - go to the Venetian or Aquos restaurants. A tip of 15% is added to any drinks if you buy them, but we usually added additional tip as they did serve us the meals in nice fashion. 2) The TV has 18 channels, mostly a waste of time. At least 8 dedicated to ship info, several movie channels with blank screen excepted at designated start times and not the latest movies. About the only thing worth watching is FOX, ESPN, MSNBC, or CNBC. No kids channel - which is unfortunate for families with kids. Don't expect a VCR or DVD player in your stateroom. 3) Everywhere you go, they try and push the expensive $~$8.50) drinks, which is understandable for profit margins - but you can easily say "no" and its OK. 4) The only free drinks are: water, coffee, juice (breakfast) , or tea. You pay for everything else, including sodas. 5) Casino is not NON-SMOKING, so if you can't stand a bit of smoke - be aware to not stay long, though it is not full of smokers. 6) Only one outlet in stateroom - so bring a multiple outlet cord if you need to connect multiple devices. 7) Internet is expensive! $0.75/minute or plans which as I recall are like $50 for 100 minutes. Time flies fast too! 8)Bingo playing is not cheap: $39.95 for 2 cards , $49.95 for 3 cards., etc 9) Photos photos photos ..a huge money maker for the ship: An 8X10 is $19.95 for a photo that would cost you $1.50 at CVS. A 5 X 7 goes for $12.95 so they make good money, though it again does help make up profits. They are always taking photos and at end of cruise you may get reduced price on left-over pics. 10) Don't expect much in the way of menu changes daily - though food is pretty good. 11) shopping on board is reasonably priced for many items - so go ahead and indulge. 12) What the cruise seems to lack is additional activities for seniors. 13) bathrooms are small and shower tight but it will be OK unless you are way overweight. There is soap and shampoo and also a hair dryer in the room. You can request an iron for your clothes if you wish. 14) You will need to take a ferry or tour in Bermuda to get anywhere useful , though a small mall exists near the dock. We went to Hamilton and one store (Brown and Company) would not let us use their restrooms after seeing we had not yet made a purchase, so we went to public restrooms and also bought my wife's fragrances an another store (clerk had initially told us where restrooms were and suddenly a nearby store associate looked at us with no bags and said "all our restrooms are out of order". Overall, cruise was very nice- no significant downsides and would do it again.

Nice cruise but a few comments

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by Tom38

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2011
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
We sailed out of Boston on July 29th to Bermuda. Cruise was very good. No complaints on food as it was generally very good, considering it is 10 "restaurants" in the ocean and not accessible to so many variations that land-based restaurants have. All crew members were exceptionally polite, friendly, and very hard working - most seemed to be of Philippine descent which I mention only for info. If you take this cruise, the info below may help:

1) For quick good meals at most any time, the Buffet is very good. Otherwise if you wish a nice atmosphere, no entry fee, and full service - go to the Venetian or Aquos restaurants. A tip of 15% is added to any drinks if you buy them, but we usually added additional tip as they did serve us the meals in nice fashion.

2) The TV has 18 channels, mostly a waste of time. At least 8 dedicated to ship info, several movie channels with blank screen excepted at designated start times and not the latest movies. About the only thing worth watching is FOX, ESPN, MSNBC, or CNBC. No kids channel - which is unfortunate for families with kids. Don't expect a VCR or DVD player in your stateroom.

3) Everywhere you go, they try and push the expensive $~$8.50) drinks, which is understandable for profit margins - but you can easily say "no" and its OK.

4) The only free drinks are: water, coffee, juice (breakfast) , or tea. You pay for everything else, including sodas.

5) Casino is not NON-SMOKING, so if you can't stand a bit of smoke - be aware to not stay long, though it is not full of smokers.

6) Only one outlet in stateroom - so bring a multiple outlet cord if you need to connect multiple devices.

7) Internet is expensive! $0.75/minute or plans which as I recall are like $50 for 100 minutes. Time flies fast too!

8)Bingo playing is not cheap: $39.95 for 2 cards , $49.95 for 3 cards., etc

9) Photos photos photos ..a huge money maker for the ship: An 8X10 is $19.95 for a photo that would cost you $1.50 at CVS. A 5 X 7 goes for $12.95 so they make good money, though it again does help make up profits. They are always taking photos and at end of cruise you may get reduced price on left-over pics.

10) Don't expect much in the way of menu changes daily - though food is pretty good.

11) shopping on board is reasonably priced for many items - so go ahead and indulge.

12) What the cruise seems to lack is additional activities for seniors.

13) bathrooms are small and shower tight but it will be OK unless you are way overweight. There is soap and shampoo and also a hair dryer in the room. You can request an iron for your clothes if you wish.

14) You will need to take a ferry or tour in Bermuda to get anywhere useful , though a small mall exists near the dock. We went to Hamilton and one store (Brown and Company) would not let us use their restrooms after seeing we had not yet made a purchase, so we went to public restrooms and also bought my wife's fragrances an another store (clerk had initially told us where restrooms were and suddenly a nearby store associate looked at us with no bags and said "all our restrooms are out of order".



Overall, cruise was very nice- no significant downsides and would do it again.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
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Cabin was small but fine - no issues other than intermittent TV (bad cables)
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • King's Wharf
    Port is limited in services and stores. Take tours and ferries. Also, hospital is 1 hour away and it took that long for ambulance to reach the ship when a passenger was injured and eventually he and family remained in Bermuda due to injury. They should really have an ambulance and/or clinic nearby as so many ships stop there! Clean port but very limited and small and not really a place to tour. Customs is very easy in Bermuda as is in/out of ship. You need a photo ID (license) and the ships card given to you (to use for all purchases) to go in/out of ship and customs.
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