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My husband and I just returned from a 7 night Bermuda cruise on the Norwegian Dawn. This was the second Bermuda cruise that we had taken on the NCL to Bermuda. We stayed in an Inside cabin, #9725, which was at the stern of the boat. This was good in that we could take a very close elevator and arrive at the Garden Cafe or either of the dining rooms without having to walk the length of the deck. Our room was small but we expected that. It was larger than the inside cabin we had on RCCL in January and had more storage. The bathroom was large enough and the shower was large by cruise ship inside cabin standards. We were pleased with our room. We did find that separating the beds gave much more room in the cabin. The cruise was calm so there was NO movement at all on board. Some cruisers think that being on a higher deck mid-ship is best. I have taken ten cruises and have been in cabins all over the ships and find that lower decks are fine and actually have less movement. Deck 9 was closer to the top of the ship (13 decks) and was great. I wouldn't hesitate to take one on deck 4, however. Either the Dawn was renovated or our last cruise was on a sister ship. There were some things we remembered that we liked, for instance the food and atmosphere in the Aqua and Venetian dining rooms. NCL has gone totally with Freestyle dining which means there are no assigned seatings. This is good for scheduling your day, you can eat anytime you wish. This is bad for those who like sitting with the same people each night, being served by the same staff. They also have eliminated the formal night on the ship which suited us fine but which upset some cruisers that I talked to. The Garden Cafe has standard cafeteria food but all is good, hot and plentiful. There is also free room service and pizza delivered to your stateroom, to the pool, or to whereever you may choose to eat. There is a $5 per cabin fee for the 16 inch pizza but that is quite a bargain. We weren't impressed with the entertainment on board. The production shows were quite like the ones two years ago and the activities scheduled daily were stale and limited. My husband developed tendonitis and we were confined to the cabin for a couple of days and found that the tv selections were terrible. CNN and Fox News were carried but little else except an entertainment channel which looped the entire week and several movies which did the same. Even more aggravating was the fact that the movies were sometimes spaced with a break of 30 minutes between them. NBC, ABC and CBS would have been delightful. We wouldn't have noticed this if we hadn't been forced to stay in the cabin all day, however! Our last ship had an area called The Blue Lagoon which was fine for bathing suits and quick pickup. That is now a seated restaurant and the food isn't as good and it is more formal. Next to that is a Brazilian restaurant which was a disappointment. Meat is presented on skewers Texas De Brazil style but the skewers were slow coming out and they eventually served the food on a plate. The salad bar was good and the crocks of rice, potatoes and black beans were left on the table so one could serve himself. We found food presentation needed to be picked up a notch. We had too much water drinking time with an empty plate in front of us. It was not worth the extra $25 pp fee. I researched Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL itineraries and found that NCL gave us fromm 4pm on Sunday until 4pm on Tuesday on the island. Carnival gave its cruisers less than twenty four hours on the island and RCCL was less time also. We wanted as much time as possible there so NCL was a great choice for that. This was our third NCL cruise and we have mixed feelings. Our Hawaiian cruise was absolutely fabulous, our first Bermuda cruise was wonderful but this one wasn't as good. Perhaps it was because we had an identical cruise to compare it to.

Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by bwoodard

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2011
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Family Inside
My husband and I just returned from a 7 night Bermuda cruise on the Norwegian Dawn. This was the second Bermuda cruise that we had taken on the NCL to Bermuda.



We stayed in an Inside cabin, #9725, which was at the stern of the boat. This was good in that we could take a very close elevator and arrive at the Garden Cafe or either of the dining rooms without having to walk the length of the deck. Our room was small but we expected that. It was larger than the inside cabin we had on RCCL in January and had more storage. The bathroom was large enough and the shower was large by cruise ship inside cabin standards. We were pleased with our room. We did find that separating the beds gave much more room in the cabin.



The cruise was calm so there was NO movement at all on board. Some cruisers think that being on a higher deck mid-ship is best. I have taken ten cruises and have been in cabins all over the ships and find that lower decks are fine and actually have less movement. Deck 9 was closer to the top of the ship (13 decks) and was great. I wouldn't hesitate to take one on deck 4, however.



Either the Dawn was renovated or our last cruise was on a sister ship. There were some things we remembered that we liked, for instance the food and atmosphere in the Aqua and Venetian dining rooms. NCL has gone totally with Freestyle dining which means there are no assigned seatings. This is good for scheduling your day, you can eat anytime you wish. This is bad for those who like sitting with the same people each night, being served by the same staff. They also have eliminated the formal night on the ship which suited us fine but which upset some cruisers that I talked to.



The Garden Cafe has standard cafeteria food but all is good, hot and plentiful. There is also free room service and pizza delivered to your stateroom, to the pool, or to whereever you may choose to eat. There is a $5 per cabin fee for the 16 inch pizza but that is quite a bargain.



We weren't impressed with the entertainment on board. The production shows were quite like the ones two years ago and the activities scheduled daily were stale and limited.



My husband developed tendonitis and we were confined to the cabin for a couple of days and found that the tv selections were terrible. CNN and Fox News were carried but little else except an entertainment channel which looped the entire week and several movies which did the same. Even more aggravating was the fact that the movies were sometimes spaced with a break of 30 minutes between them. NBC, ABC and CBS would have been delightful. We wouldn't have noticed this if we hadn't been forced to stay in the cabin all day, however!



Our last ship had an area called The Blue Lagoon which was fine for bathing suits and quick pickup. That is now a seated restaurant and the food isn't as good and it is more formal. Next to that is a Brazilian restaurant which was a disappointment. Meat is presented on skewers Texas De Brazil style but the skewers were slow coming out and they eventually served the food on a plate. The salad bar was good and the crocks of rice, potatoes and black beans were left on the table so one could serve himself. We found food presentation needed to be picked up a notch. We had too much water drinking time with an empty plate in front of us. It was not worth the extra $25 pp fee.



I researched Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL itineraries and found that NCL gave us fromm 4pm on Sunday until 4pm on Tuesday on the island. Carnival gave its cruisers less than twenty four hours on the island and RCCL was less time also. We wanted as much time as possible there so NCL was a great choice for that.



This was our third NCL cruise and we have mixed feelings. Our Hawaiian cruise was absolutely fabulous, our first Bermuda cruise was wonderful but this one wasn't as good. Perhaps it was because we had an identical cruise to compare it to.
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