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Norwegian Dawn Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2899 reviews
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Memorable Anniversary Cruise

Review for Norwegian Dawn to the Southern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Feb 2012
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony

We had a fantastic cruise, overall beautiful weather, great ports of call, wonderful crew & staff and surprisingly good meals. We took our parents on this cruise for their 50th Anniversary and we were celebrating our 14th Anniversary on Valentines Day. We were worried after some of the reviews but if you're booked on this --don't worry. You're going to have a great time! The only real negative was an NCL corporate decision that ruined our Samana stop that hopefully won't impact any other cruises. Read below under ports for more details.

We flew in a day early and stayed overnight at the JW Marriott. Very nice hotel-we were using points but they gave us beautiful corner rooms. Good location, very close to the port, great French bakery across the street for breakfast & coffee and we were able to walk in the morning on a nearby jogging path along the water.

Embarkation went quickly, we got settled in and had a wonderful 1st dinner. We lined up for Aqua but to accommodate everyone they seated us in a cozy booth in La Cucina. Lobster was on the menu and the guys ordered surf & turf (Ribeye's) and Mom and I had 2 lobster tails (they're the smaller Caribbean lobsters). The server Joanna could not have been more accommodating or professional and everything was delicious. This was the best meal we had in the main dining rooms but all meals ranged from good to very good. I think 10 nights would have gotten a little repetitive but we also ate in Le Bistro, Cagneys, Bamboo and La Cucina. Le Bistro and Cagneys were excellent but Bamboo and La Cucina were a nice change of pace. We really like the freestyle option of eating when we want, where we want. My parents ate in the Venetian every day for breakfast and really enjoyed the quiet, the service and how accommodating the servers were. We mostly ate in the buffet for breakfast. By the time we got up, had our coffee on the balcony and worked out & showered it was towards the end of the service in the Venetian. We liked the made to order eggs & omelettes in the buffet and overall variety offered. But it was always very crowded and hard to find tables. They had an outside BBQ for lunch which was great but again, very long lines and hard to find seating. We did really miss having the aft dining that's offered on most other boats.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin BA

Cabin 10090-Great layout but needs updating. carpet is worn, just looking a little tired and dated.

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