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New York (Manhattan) to the Caribbean Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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Better than anticipated

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Chirpy Bird
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I read some reviews before this trip, as it was our first NCL, (We are mostly HAL cruisers.) Many were relating dissatisfaction. Was pleasantly surprised to experience none of those bad reviews. Whole process of embark/disembark was smooth and trouble-free. Some highlights: Good food in dining rooms and buffet. Room clean and bright. Excellent entertainment. Times of 7 and 9 are better than ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window


First time with NCL for 14 years.

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wheeljammer
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We sailed on NCL Pride of Aloha to the islands of Hawaii way back and had a really great time but we chose this cruise primarily for the itinerary and that it sailed from New York and not Florida. Anything that shortens flying time is a bonus! Since then it's been Celebrity pretty much every time. Anywho, after a hideous drive into Manhattan due to a 'non pick-up' at JFK by NCL (we had to arrange ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


Nice enough time

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Mid43
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

14 day itinerary very appealing; I know I wasn't going to be thrilled with the ship itself and it didn't exceed my expectations. Public areas in ship just average; Gatsby's was useless to me because of all the cigarette/cigar smoke. Professional (theater) entertainment was weak at best, the lounge entertainment was enjoyable. The cruise director staff was fair at best. I enjoyed myself mostly ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


Buffet was terrible

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Dougiejncl
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We have taken many cruises on a few different ships. We sail out of New York out of convenience. Many different NCL ships come and go in New York and sometimes the different ships can be very exiting. But the dawn was a bit of a let down. While the cruise itself was awesome ( 14 days & 8 islands ). First and most important was the terrible food in the buffet. Food was most of the time cold. Other ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Inside


Surprised the ship is operating with such poor maintenanc & lack of service by c

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davidhnymnrs2
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I selected the cruise by the stops the ship was making. Of course, the stops were quick stops & really not worth the expense of the cruise to spend 4 hours to 6 hours in port. The entertainment at the show room was less than good. We walked on three of the shows, but it could be the shows was not up to our standards. The worst part was that ship is being neglected, poor maintenance. Several of the ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


Love the Dawn

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Autumn72
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was our 8th trip on Dawn so we are very familiar with her! We booked this cruise after an injury this summer forced us to cancel a transatlantic cruise. The itinerary was appealing - we love the ABC islands and honeymooned on St. Lucia. Grenada and Barbados were new to my husband so it was a go! The Dawn is a "right sized" ship. Not too big and not too small. In addition we love Cellars, ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


Ship should be removed from sailing and overhauled.

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taras1
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I have chosen this cruise due to having good experiences on most of NCL ships, and it left from NYC which was good for me. 2 days we both wanted to take a shower and no water for showering. The last morning very early only cold water for a shower. Note: in order to get warm water the left dial had to be on 50, yes 50. 30 something shows red for danger. At times while taking a shower the water got ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside


Excellent service throughout. Fantastic shows. Beautiful

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geminitraveler2
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

The itinerary and weather were superb. But what make it 5 stars was the excellent level of service. It brought me back 10 years from when I first started cruising. Ncl must have focused on service because I noticed the difference. There was plenty of cheerfulness and attentiveness. The food was great. There were a few more choices and I couldn't complain about any dish. The ncl shore ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window


Terrific Itinerary

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cruisinlibrarian
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the terrific itinerary - 8 Caribbean islands, 3 of which we had never visited. Leaving from NYC was attractive, too, since we could take Amtrak there. We had cruised on the Dawn before but it was back in 2009 so we were interested in seeing how she had been refurbished. We enjoy the layout and size of this class of ship as well as the jewel class. Loved seeing ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Inside


Never again! Back to Princess.

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igetpaid
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Food was mediocre at best, Buffet served virtually the same food every day, Cabin door rattled constantly and the closet drawers wouldn't stay closed. False & misleading advertising regarding their "free offers." Security was nonexistent: bands of teens (4-6) terrorized some passengers. # African Americans (2 women + 1 man) and 1 Hispanic male were surrounded, physically threatened and insulted ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside


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