18 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Group and Theme Cruises to Bermuda

We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. ... Read More
We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. We were traveling with a party of 23 that included grandparents and other family members. The trip was booked as a group. Embarkation: The embarkation process was quick and efficient. As soon as we arrived at the terminal. We needed passports for ourselves and birth certificates for the children. As soon as those were presented it was very easy to obtain our room keys and wait to board the ship. Ship: The ship was very clean, and the updates to it were nicely done. It was easy to become acquainted with the different common areas once exploring the ship a few times. The common areas including lounges, restaurants, pool areas, dining, and bathrooms were all extremely clean, and there are several hand sanitizing locations throughout every area. This put me at ease especially when traveling with small children. -Kids Pool: My children enjoyed the kids pool each day. There were two waterslides, along with kids hot tubs and a small pool. There were not many places for adults to sit around the pool, but it was never too crowded so one could usually find a chair. -Adult pool: Some were concerned about the fact that there was only one pool on the ship. This never seemed to be an issue and the pool never seemed overcrowded. People would come and go and there was always room to swim or sit around the edge. Dining: Our group had a 5:30 reservation each night at the Venetian. I would highly recommend reservations for large parties. It was great, we had the same 3 tables each night. The food was great and the menu had options that stayed the same each night, along with 8-10 new appetizers and entree choices. There was plenty of choices for kids as well. We also ate one night at Aqua, and one night at O'Sheehans. Both had great service and great food. The buffet was great for a quick breakfast. Some of our family ate at the Venetian a few days and loved it. The buffet was quick and easy especially with the kids. The breakfast and lunch options were pretty plentiful, but did not change too much day to day. The staff at all restaurants was so nice and all eager to please. Shore Excursions: We did the Restless Native Catamaran but booked it through the company. it was a GREAT trip and I would highly recommend it. Our whole group went and everyone had an awesome time. The people running the excursion were great and there was something for every age! Kids: Our daughters are 5.5, 4, and 14 months and I can safely say they had the time of their lives. I will preface by saying they are big fans of swimming, beaches, and parties so this cruise was a perfect match. The older 2 loved Splash Academy. The hours are 9 AM-12PM, 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-10:30. There are also late night hours that charge a fee. Our girls usually went for an hour or 2 in the morning, and each night they went to the party. Both were nervous at first about going but after the very first time, were asking to go back again. They were in the 3-5 group together. Each night was a different themed party, and they would return with face paint, prizes, and crafts. Splash Academy is awesome! As for our youngest daughter, she was too young for the Splash Academy room,but they did have a "Guppies" area for younger children where parents could bring them to play. There were lots of toys, and they did a class each day. We went to one and it was great! At night while our older 2 were in the Splash parties, we took the youngest with us to shows and activities. ****One suggestion I will make is to be prepared if cruising with children. We had a wonderful time, but there was lots of front-loaded planning that went into the trip. I read many articles on what to pack, and what to expect when cruising with kids. The work we put into preparing definitely paid off, as we had an awesome time. Entertainment: We went to a show each night at the Stardust theater and they were all great! We also liked sitting in many of the lounges listening to music. Norwegian puts a lot of effort into their entertainment and it shows. You are certainly never bored! Port: The Royal Naval Dockyard was a great place. We got off the ship once a day with whatever we needed for the day, but there was certainly the option to go back on and off whenever needed. The disembarking process is pretty easy. The port itself had lots of little shops and most of the excursions left from the port. You were never far away from activity. We took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay Beach the first day with our entire party, and had a great afternoon playing, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. The second day we shopped around town, and did the catamaran cruise (see above). The final day we took the NCL ferry to St. George's, visited a beach, walked around town, and jumped off the Calico Jack's Pirate Ship back at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was great! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise for convenience being from the Greater Boston area. We are a retired couple in our mid 60's enjoying retirement while we can. This was our 6th trip to Bermuda via cruise ship - 2nd time on the Dawn and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for convenience being from the Greater Boston area. We are a retired couple in our mid 60's enjoying retirement while we can. This was our 6th trip to Bermuda via cruise ship - 2nd time on the Dawn and previously on the Spirit and Majesty. We were traveling with a local band who would be playing on board as well. Embarkation went well - we had an assisgned arrival time of 10:00 - 10:30 and we arrived at 10:00 am and we were in the VIP lounge by 10:30. Boarding from the lounge started just after 11:00 am and we were in the Moderno dining room eating lunch at Noon. Cabins were not ready until after 1:30 so we just enjoyed sitting near the pool and people watching. The Dawn has been around a long time and starting to show her age. She is well kept and looks good, but it will be nice to have a newer ship sailing from Boston next year. She is easy to navigate - the public decks are laid out well and one can get from bow to stern easily. Around 1:30 we went to our cabin, met our steward and left our carry-on things. We then set out to re-familiarize ourselves with the ship. Luggage came up around 3:00 pm and we were able to unpack and get ready for dinner. Our steward was nice, but we had to keep asking for things like our water (latitudes perk), a bath mat, soap - things that should have been in our cabin but weren't until we asked. This is a very casual cruise - you won't find a lot of "dressy" attire. Formal nite has been replaced with "Dress up or Not" - and we saw very few (if any) suits on the gents or formal cocktail dresses on the ladies. Mostly dressy tops with capris or long skirts, Maxie and short dresses on the women and dockers or nice slacks on the men with golf shirts. We even saw shorts in the main dining rooms so clearly the dress code has relaxed and gone is the "glitz and glamour" that is still seen on other cruise lines. ( and we miss that!) The entertainment was good - PJ a magician from Korea, and Chris Burke a singer from Nashville (soul music not country!) were both great. We had a good comedian, Sam Fedele, but he was only on the ship for one week with us. We have seen the "Elements" show before but enjoyed it again. The International Crew Show is always a favorite, and we enjoyed seeing cultural dances from around the word, and singers using their native language. Such talent! There are plenty of activities every day - trivia, game shows, bingo, etc and you can find something to do if you are looking for that. The pool is small, and as always you have to get up at the crack of dawn to get a chair near the pool or in the small shaded areas. There are rules about saving chairs but no one pays attention. The hot tubs were consistently full with a lot of small children (even babies in diapers - yuck!) and no personal or pool staff to tell them that's a NO-NO - what a germ breeding environment - and the kids were "snorkeling" in the hot tub - YIKES! We are not against seeing children on a cruise ship, but we were genuinely concerned for the health and well being of these kids with no adult supervision... it's the lack of parenting that gets me going.... NOTE: There are NO STRAWS currently on the ship due to environmental policy changes. They are working on getting paper straws but for now, bring your own! We always bring refillable water bottles so had a straw when needed for those frozen drinks! Dining - was disappointing! We had VIP access to Moderno for breakfast and lunch which was very good. The buffet was okay for breakfast and we were glad to see the "made to order" omelet and egg station. Bacon was greasy and limp - we only ate there 2 times. Lunch in the buffet had the same offerings the few times we checked - if we weren't in Moderno's we had lunch from the grill - hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, chicken and fixings to go with them - French Fries were great here! For dinner we ate in Venetian a few nights - the menu's were "blah" - the nights we did eat there were disappointing. The Prime Rib was mostly fat, steak was served with French Fries not baked potato and the Pork Loin was a large pork chop with bone in that was very dry and tough. We ate in Teppanyaki and Cagney's and those meals were fabulous - but we shouldn't have to pay extra to get good food! We ate at O'Sheehans several times and the food there was good - fast too! We found service overall to be good, but you no longer see bar staff "hustling" beverages, We felt there were far less bar service people around the pool and theater and in the lounges than in the past and I believe it's because most people have the package and there is no incentive for them to "sell". Drinks were good but as mentioned before - hard to drink frozen concoctions without a straw! Having been to Bermuda several times we "do our own thing". We docked around 1:00 pm and we waited till the crowds left and then went for a walk around the Dockyard. There are several stores and museums to look around in but we were happy to have less people on the ship around the pool! NCL has a complimentary ferry running from the Dockyard to St. George which is a beautiful little village to walk around. We like Tobacco Bay on that end of the island for snorkeling so we went there the second day. The third day we went to Snorkel Park which is a very short walk from the ship ( less than 10 minutes). It's a nice clean beach with facilities, and food services and good place to snorkel when the weather cooperates. It was very windy on our day there so the water was rough and cloudy. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We just came off the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. embarkation was not too bad at all and we made it onto the ship in about 45 mins. Once on the ship we walked around to get the layout...being lunch time we headed to the buffet in the back of ... Read More
We just came off the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda. embarkation was not too bad at all and we made it onto the ship in about 45 mins. Once on the ship we walked around to get the layout...being lunch time we headed to the buffet in the back of the ship....total mayhem, we opted to head to the pool deck for a burger ...which was good. They announced rooms open and we went to our balcony cabin 10206, starboard side aft. It was clean but on the small side but enough room for two. The bathrooms were on the small side but ok. The cabin and the ship were always kept clean and neat. We never did the freestyle cruising before but go the hang of it. NCL has a rather relaxed dress code, there were no Formal nights....long pants and collared shirt for men seemed to meet the codes. Shorts were allowed in the dining room on almost every night. We chose to eat in the dining room or a specialty restaurant every night. The Buffett was just crazy, ie morning breakfast lines on two sides ended with the Omelet station ...which backed up the line as people waiting for their egg ordered stayed in line and kept the rest of the line from moving forward. ...Dining room food was good. Specialty dining was great..go for the packages. We had the free drink package, a first for us...what I did not like was you did not get a receipt after you get your drink...so there was no way of telling how much they charged for the gratuity or service charge...strange... Some bars carried certain liquors some did not...so you have to search out which bar has your brand . Staff was very friendly and helpful. Entertainment was ok. Cruise director does a Tina Turner set and is great. Shopping on board is really not worth the bother, no great prices at all...even when they put things on sale. Our cabin was under the Spa...noise in the middle of the night when they do the floors, but it does not last that long. One big gripe was on several occasions we stopped at Osheehans for a cocktail, the first time, I had to go to the bar after waiting 20 minutes to ask if we could have someone come take our drink orders, ...10 mins later someone came...and we got a drink....we were there over an hour and a half and that was the only time we got served a drink...we tried to give it another chance but it was bad...we moved on to another bar for our cocktails...I am sure there is more but my mind is whirling around after just getting off. Not sure if we would do the Dawn again but it is not a bad ship by any means... Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Went with two of my friends and my girlfriend. We traveled to Bermuda from Boston. Didn't know what to expect. Ship: The Norwegian Dawn is a big and beautiful ship with lots of things to do on-board. Rooms: We stayed in an inside cabin and loved it. It is comfortable and very clean. Got a lot of good sleep. Room sturits are very friendly and nice. Our friends had a balcony room and it was awesome. Spent more time in their room because of the view. Nice to relax on the balcony. Food: Can be a hit or a miss. Some restaurant are unbelievable and others are not so much. Bought a 3 dinner package and was disappointed by couple places we went to. Bamboo is an Asian food restaurant, thought it would be good but boy were we disappointed. Not worth it at all. Went to Cagney's Statehouse and were very disappointed in the service. Our steak wasn't cooked the way we ordered. DO NOT EAT ANY OF THE SOUPS. Los Lobos is a Mexican restaurant and it is amazing. Get the Guac! Our server named "Faruk" is the guy you want. He will tell you how it is and will not disappoint. We put our trust in his hands and he kept bringing us delicious foods and drinks. Hands down the best servant we have ever had. Venetian is great for breakfast and lunch. We had a server named "Diaz", we was very good. Good assortment of food. Bimini Grill by the Oasis pool has awesome burgers and drinks. Aqua is a great place for dinner. Le Bistro is a French restaurant which we saved for last. We were blown away by the service and the food. Everything was so delicious. Service was outstanding. The Garden Cafe which is a buffet, has a great variety of food for everyone. Everything was clean and food was fresh. There are a lot of restaurants that you can go to. Trust me, you will gain some weight. Gained 10lbs myself. Crew: Crew is great. These guys make the whole experience that much better. They treat you as if you own the ship. They are there to help with anything you need. Definitely are understated. They go above and beyond to make sure you have what you need and that you are happy. Entertainment: There are always things going on all the time. Acrobatics, comedy, music, movies, games, and trivia. Cruise Director: Are very helpful and make it easy for everyday plan. Excursions: Something for everyone of any age and ability. Makes Great Memories. Enough time in port for excursions and shopping. Did the glass bottom ferry tour and it was awesome. Cool to see different fish, coral, ship wreck, and $3 Rum Swizzles. Beaches are beautiful and clear. Locals are very friendly and helpful. Lots of places to shop around. Did a jet ski tour out of Somerset Bridge Water Sports 441-236-7758. Had an awesome time. Harry Patchett was our tour guide. Was really nice and made the tour fun. Was lot of fun doing 45mph on the water. Bermuda: Lots of things to do and enjoy. If you are looking for a taxi then Shaun, P. Tucker is your guy. Was awesome and very informative. Took us to the beach we wanted to see, but there wasn't much there. Shaun told us he will take us to an awesome beach. We drove around half the island. he told us about the history. Dropped us of at clear water beach. We spent 3-4hrs there. He came back later and picked us up. Was a great guy. Tucker's Taxi Service Cell:441-336-9674 or email: shaunp@logic.bm Trip was very relaxing for sure. No worries at all. No cooking, no cleaning, no kids, drinks available everywhere..."get the booze package" you're welcome. Overall had an amazing experience especially for being a first timer. There are lots of things to do and explore. Lots of restaurants with lots of variety. Had a great company and made some new friends. Will book again for sure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Best record for hygiene and just a great crew. Always a pleasure to sail with you guys and we won't try another cruise line I don't think we are happy with this one! The only issues we had were with the Iconcierge app being ... Read More
Best record for hygiene and just a great crew. Always a pleasure to sail with you guys and we won't try another cruise line I don't think we are happy with this one! The only issues we had were with the Iconcierge app being terrible and the Deal or No Deal game being terrible. Other then that just an amazing time! Love the energy of the crew and how they take care of not only our happiness on the trip but also being super clean and professional. This was our 3rd cruise and the 2nd on the Dawn. I brought my daughters this time for their 16th birthday present and they had never left the country or been on a boat. They are hooked and are already begging to go again as a gift for their graduation! We will miss the Dawn on the Bermuda out of Boston run but look forward to our next adventure aboard the Gem that will be taking over that cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers were all amazing. We dined at the Venetian, Aqua, and Bamboo The food was delicious, sometimes it took a bit for us to get our food after ordering however we also went at busy times .Restaurant staff was friendly and attentive. We ended our nights at Bliss Lounge and enjoyed the fun there. The DJ played some of the same songs night after night, but we still had a ton of fun. The only thing we didn't like was the pool deck area was taken over by children a lot of the time, and the hot tubs would have been much more enjoyable if there wasn't many children in them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We took this cruise as a last minute deal to get away from Hurricane Irma. Had a wonderful time on board. Shows were great, food way to good, and staff was friendly and hospitable. What a way to ride out the storm. The fine dining ... Read More
We took this cruise as a last minute deal to get away from Hurricane Irma. Had a wonderful time on board. Shows were great, food way to good, and staff was friendly and hospitable. What a way to ride out the storm. The fine dining was great except for the way you now get a certificate and can only choose one salad-or- soup. In the main dining room, you can order whatever you want, as much, or little, as you like. Fine dining is limited and sometimes I'd love to have a soup and salad. You have to pay extra. Not quite worthwhile when the main dining and buffet areas have such fabulous items too. The port is so easy to get around - just walk off and you're already in a fort. Jump on the free water shuttle to go to St. George's. Overall a fabulous cruise. Love NCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it ... Read More
I've been sailing on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda each year for the past 5 years. This year was special because my nephew and his fiancee arranged to be married on the Dawn. They got engaged onboard the Dawn in 2015, and thought it would the best wedding ever to be married onboard the Dawn. The wedding was arranged with the wedding planners affiliated with Norwegian Cruise Line. The ceremony and reception was held in the Bliss Lounge onboard. The wedding planners met the entire group at the pier, and escorted us efficiently through the boarding process, and we were allowed to board the Dawn early. The whole process of handling all the guests went extremely well, and it was a beautiful day. We ended the first day onboard with the entire wedding party and sailing guests having dinner together in the Venetian Restaurant. Everything was fabulous! Our cabin was inside on deck 9, and it was comfortable with adequate storage. Our cabin steward was amazing, she was very friendly, and she was always available if we had any special requests. We enjoyed all of our meals in the complimentary dining restaurants, and we did not have a bad experience anywhere.The service in the restaurants was great. Onboard experience with entertainment, and activities was also very good. During the day there were plenty of different activities happening, you could choose to participate or just relax with a good book in a quiet area of the ship. There was also a good selection of shore excursions offered for Bermuda, and I would recommend booking before you sail, because space may not be available if you wait until your onboard. Entertainment onboard was very good, from theater shows in the Stardust Theater every night to music entertainment in the different lounges onboard. The cruise itself was also fantastic, beautiful weather, and calm seas, and of course beautiful Bermuda. I live in Massachusetts during the summer months, and I cannot think of better way to end my summer. I am planning on sailing on the Dawn again in 2018 Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to ... Read More
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to secure your bags, travel by planes would be as wonderful. Once aboard the ship we went to our room and it was lovely. We had a balcony and it was perfect. I couldn't believe how much room there was. The room steward Errol was wonderful he greeted us and introduced himself and he was exact any time we needed anything he was there. The food was outstanding in all the restaurants as well as the buffet and pollside. The shows were a great mix and we enjoyed them all. My husband enjoyed the casino. We went ashore when we reached Bermuda and that too was spectacular every one was so helpful and all the information given on the ship at board was so helpful. Our main event the weeding was also perfect and special for my niece. I thank all of the staff a thousand times over. I am Norweigan by birth and so thankful this was the line we were on. I can't say enough wonderful things about this cruise line. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts...... Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and ... Read More
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and maybe this is the time of the year, there were a LOT of younger (18-22) kids getting hammered...that goes obviously with a lot of adults...it's not going to ruin your time, but it can get annoying QUICK...during a more intimate cabaret show/improv comedy show, some kids were so loud you couldn't hear the performers with their mics MAXED...again this might be different when you go. 2) This is my fourth Norwegian Cruise, and I've never encountered as much of a language barrier as this ship. Normally the crew is very international, but in this occasion, we did have some issues. 3) The food outside of sit down wasn't all that great. Usually the buffet has varying options, but it seemed like the same old every day. the Bamboo included restaurant was impossible to get a reservation to. And the Irish bar pub food was not good. 4) Our inside cabin had VERY thin walls, so we could hear a lot of other people...again this could be our cabin/floor, and the party atmosphere of the ship. Overall I would recommend this cruise, just be aware of when you go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in the greater Boston area so no flights were needed. We picked the first week in June because we thought there would be less children on board (before schools get out but there were still more than we thought!). We are retired, in our mid 60's, and healthy. We do find that this cruise out of Boston is a bit overpriced, but we are paying for the convenience of not having to fly anywhere so it averages out. Embarkation went very smoothly - we arrived at the port approx 10:45 (at our appointed time),and were on board at Noon. We did have to sit in a waiting area which seemed to annoy some people but things went smoothly if you were just patient and listening to instructions. The main dining room is open for lunch and most people are not aware of that so we had a very nice, quiet lunch once we were on board. Once we finished lunch we were able to go to our cabin and our bags were delivered about 1:30 pm which was pretty fast! Dining - we ate in the Main dining room several times, and O'Sheehan's Pub as well. As a perk we were able to dine in Moderno for Breakfast and lunch which was very quiet. Eating in any dining room is always our preference to the buffet. The food was as expected - not fabulous but good. We had a specialty dining package (3 dinners) as part of our perks for booking and this was a first for us - the meals were very good and well worth the extra gratuity charge we paid for this "free" perk but we don't normally pay for extra special dining so it was a nice bonus for us. We ate in Teppanyaki, Moderno (go VERY hungry and don't fill up at the salad bar!) and Cagney's - of the 3 Cagneys was by far the best! We never use room service but did notice there is now a $7.95 fee for each delivery - not "free" anymore either.... We also chose the Ultimate Beverage Package as our other perk but again this is not "free". We paid $98 each in gratuities up front and would have paid about that or less without the package as we are very light drinkers and don't drink a lot of soda but it does make it easier not having to keep track of your bar spending. Bottled water is not included in this perk but the water from the ship is probably filtered better than at home so we bring refillable bottles and have them filled with ice before we leave the ship for the day. Excursions: we have been to Bermuda several times, so we did our "own thing" - when we arrived on Sunday we took the #7 bus ($9 round trip each- tokens are bought at the Info center) to see the Gibbs lighthouse. We were left off by Henry the VIII's and you walk uphill about 1/4 mile to the lighthouse - and then 187 steps to the top for fabulous views ($2.50 admission each). Came back down and caught the #7 again back to the dockyards. On Monday we took the new NCL Ferry (which is complimentary!) to St. George and back - our favorite area on the islands. From the center of town we went into the information center and purchased round trip bands to get us to and from Tobacco Bay - a beautiful beach on the North Shore - $9 for the two of us in a shared van) - we purchased a chair and umbrella for $20 and snorkeled in the bay. There are facilities and a snack/beverage bar. On Tuesday we went to Snorkel Park which is within walking distance from the dock. $5 per person cover charge - nice clean facilities and also snack bar, etc. Chairs ranged from $5 for a regular chair to $15 for a nice lounger- $10 for an Umbrella. With two ships in port the beach was very crowded but we got in some more snorkeling (we bring our own gear) until the winds picked up and the skies clouded up. Service was great all over the ship and we were always greeted with smiles wherever we went. This crew works hard for their money and seem to enjoy what they do. Entertainment was good - the comedian was not to our liking, but there was always something going on somewhere on the ship - so many different choices it can be overwhelming if you try to do it all! Jerry 9NOt Terry)Sager is a Broadway star and her show was amazing as was Soul Duo. We had seen "Haines Magic" previously and he was amazing as always - "how did they do that????" A Second City troupe was onboard as well but we missed them. Disembarkation - we thought since we were local that we would use the "walk off" program and not have to search for our luggage - this proved to be the wrong way to go as so many people made this choice the line went down one side of the ship, through the bliss lounge and back up the other side to get off. Since we had a priority advantage, if had we used the tag system and placed our bags out the night before we would not have been in such long lines. We only had to turn in our Custom slip - no customs to go thru other than that and no need for passports to be shown. The Dawn is a beautiful ship with a great crew and we will definitely be on her again from our "home port". Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to ... Read More
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to take our bags. Boarding was a breeze. Once on the boat, there was truly something for everybody, from game shows and the casino for the gambler in our crew, or all sorts of activities during the day from trivia to mr. Sexy legs by the pool, no body ever once said they were bored. Even though I preferred laying by the pool with a drink in my hand. And with two bars near by made the wait minimal. The shows in the evenings were amazing we only missed one all week. We definetly recommend not missing the comedy shows, the second city group on the boat is hilarious!! Food was delicous from the buffet, to the Venetian all around great food. And we loved Not having a set meal time so there was no rush to get off the pool deck and to dinner on time, instead we left when ready and took our time showering and getting ready. And with three girls sharing 1 bathroom and straightener that was definetly a huge plus. Bliss Ultra lounge was soo much fun at night, its huge and the bar tenders always on point. And having osheeans open all night made for the perfect late night snack afterwards. All the staff was all fantastic but Dan, Jaime and shake it Shirley were most definetly our favorites, definetly made our week unique and a blast! All around a blast already planning for next time!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose to get married in Bermuda, and sailing on the Dawn to get there seemed convenient and cost effective for us. We ended up bringing over 60 of our friends and family aboard with us. In a word it was AMAZING!!!!! This was for me, and ... Read More
We chose to get married in Bermuda, and sailing on the Dawn to get there seemed convenient and cost effective for us. We ended up bringing over 60 of our friends and family aboard with us. In a word it was AMAZING!!!!! This was for me, and many of my guests, a first time cruising. I have to admit, I was getting nervous as there are A LOT of negative reviews out there on the Dawn. Don't be fooled, if you are a fun, down-to-earth, easy-going person, you will have the time of your life on this cruise! THE SHIP: The Dawn recently underwent a refurbish right before we came aboard. It was beautiful! The pool area was a lot of fun- we spent a ton of time on the pool deck. I'll admit the pool could be bigger, but it didn't hinder our experience. Drinks were flowing, music was pumping, and the sun was shining- what's not to like?? The Stardust Theater is very nice, not a bad seat in the house. Bliss Lounge (dance club) was great too, lots of room to dance. One thing important to note, is that I was shocked at how much I could feel the boat moving. It didn't bother me, but if you're someone who gets seasick, I would highly recommend you get the patch. Apparently the seas between Boston and Bermuda are known to be a little rough. Nothing crazy, but I was very surprised as I thought I wouldn't be able to notice it at all. THE FOOD: To my surprise, the food was fantastic! We didn't opt to eat at any specialty restaurants. We just stuck to the main dining areas that are included in your cruise. It was so much fun at dinner- every night I got an appetizer, entree, and dessert (or two!) If you didn't like what you got, or simply just wanted to try something else, the servers are more than happy to bring you another meal, and the best part? IT'S FREE! Many of my guests did opt for at least one specialty dining. The feedback I got was that it was 10 times better than the free dining (which we all agreed was already pretty good!) If I do this cruise again, I'll likely be booking at least one specialty dining night. We ate breakfast at the Garden Cafe mostly everyday. This is a buffet with millions of selections. Again, if you're on a budget, even the free buffet was pretty good and open all day long! THE ENTERTAINMENT: Probably one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to get the Norwegian iConcierge app. It's $9.95, but totally worth it. It allows you to text other people on board who have the app, keep track of your on board account (how much $$ you're spending), and also gives you an hourly calendar of events going on around the ship. We had so many people with us, without the app it would have been hard to stay connected with everyone. It is slightly difficult to set up, but once you get it- it's super easy to use. There is ALWAYS something going on, on board...and for all ages! We had quite a few kids with us. My flower girl who is 5 absolutely LOVED the kids club. She would beg to go there, and ask us to come back later when we would pick her up! Some fun things we did that I would recommend include: Thrillusionist Show, Deal or No Deal Game Show, Not-so-Newlyweds Game Show, White Party (NOT TO BE MISSED!), Comic Show, Karaoke, the Casino. THE SERVICE: The service was top-notch. I truly felt like all they wanted was for me to be happy! Again, I read some pretty terrible reviews about rude servers- and quite honestly, I'm wondering if they were on the same ship??? We got the Ultimate Beverage Package included with our cruise (thank god, because I think the drinks are ridiculously expensive if you don't have it!) We never had trouble getting drinks. I did find that if I tipped a server around the pool area, they came around a lot more often- which was great and I didn't mind throwing out an extra $20, they deserved it. Our cabin steward, Nick was absolutely outstanding. He knew us by name after only about 10 minutes of us being on the ship. He also knew we were getting married on the trip, so he made it extra special for us. Everyday we had some new, awesome towel animal and a perfectly spotless room. On the night of our wedding, we came back to our cabin to a huge "CONGRATULATIONS" sign, balloons, our names spelled out in chocolate mints on the bed, and a bride, groom, and heart made out of towels. It was just the cherry on top of the most perfect night of my life. BERMUDA: Bermuda is gorgeous, and by far the nicest beach I have ever been to. Horseshoe Bay is breath taking and shouldn't be missed. The great thing about Bermuda, unlike most other islands I've been to is that the poverty rate is extremely low. You feel safe walking mostly anywhere! I loved that. But, that does come at a price--and a very expensive one. Bermuda is VERY, VERY expensive. I'm not kidding- two eggs, with nothing on the side- $18!!! Beware, I highly suggest eating on the boat. We did the mopeds which was super fun, but definitely dangerous. You drive on the opposite side of the road, and you don't really know where you're going. If you're comfortable on a moped, it's worth a try for sure! Only $105 for a 24 hour rental of a double (two person) moped, I thought that was a pretty good deal! We also did a Jet Ski Snorkel Adventure...it was a blast!! The snorkeling kind of sucked, didn't see much other than murky seaweed, but the jet skis made up for it! We also chartered a private yacht called UberVida for our wedding. We did a sunset cruise, and it was absolutely beautiful. If you have a large group and are interested in some kind of private charter, contact Roxi at Ubervida--it was amazing and not nearly as expensive as it sounds!! Overall, this was the most fun trip of my life. The cruise was great, but I can tell you that you make your own fun. All these people writing terrible reviews clearly don't know how to make the most of where you are and who you're with. If you're in the Boston area and looking for a fun, inexpensive trip for your family- travel on the Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My family traveled with 50 members and overall had a blast. From the minute we got to the pier embarkation went very smoothly. My family had 3 cabins- a Family Suite w/ balcony on deck 12, a balcony on 8, and an obstructed ocean view on 8. ... Read More
My family traveled with 50 members and overall had a blast. From the minute we got to the pier embarkation went very smoothly. My family had 3 cabins- a Family Suite w/ balcony on deck 12, a balcony on 8, and an obstructed ocean view on 8. We were in a VIP room for approximately 45 min. at that time we were able to make reservations at all restaurants (Specialty and main Dining rooms) this was a nice feature. We were then escorted to our cabin to leave our carry on belongings, met our cabin steward and went to have lunch. The cabin was not fully ready but that was okay with us. Vacation had begun! We downloaded the NCL I concierge app so we could communicate via text as a family. The app is free to download but the it does cost $9.95 to hook up. This was worth it. You can monitor you onboard account as well. The ship upgrades were very nice especially at the pool area. Service for beverages could have been a bit swifter, but the wait staff did work very hard to serve you there just wasn't enough of them since it appeared that everyone had the drink package. Most people do save seats at the pool and we did witness a women having a fit over that, but as the saying goes "when in Rome" ... There is also a smoking area on the pool deck for smokers which was nice for my husband... The food was very good each night ..we ate at Aqua, Venetian, Le Cucina, Teppanachi, OSheehans Pub. Service at OSheehans was extremely slow so be patient, the food portions were very small. We went to a Comedy Show, played Deal or No Deal, Kareoke Night which was a blast as many family members sang....the White Out Night was the best night of all so don't miss that! Each night after dinner we stopped into the casino... Not much luck there... It is small and smokey. The staff on the ship were very pleasant and helpful. For our two days in Bermuda we went to Snorkel Park beach which was in walking distance, kids went on a jet ski tour and went to Horseshoe Bay. One tip on that... Once you get off the ship you can pay $7.00 per person for a van taxi that will take you to the bay. Chair and umbrella rentals were 2 chairs and umbrella for $40. As far as our sailing days the first two nights were a little rough and it was smooth sailing after that! Disembarkation wasn't bad. You have two options- Carry your own off or have them take it before midnight the night before. My kids wheeled their luggage off themselves and found their grandmother trying to do the same... It was hard for her to wheel it on the carpet...she should have chose not to handle it. I chose not to handle it. I wasn't going to carry or wheel my luggage around as I have a bad back and my grandson surely couldn't wheel his since he is 5. We left the ship at 9:15 through priority and when we got off it was right there lined up had a porter take it to a cab and that all she wrote! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
we took the dawn to Bermuda, this was our first cruise. we cruised with another couple & we shared a room, next time we will definitely get our own room for privacy but overall it was an amazing time. we live about a hour away from ... Read More
we took the dawn to Bermuda, this was our first cruise. we cruised with another couple & we shared a room, next time we will definitely get our own room for privacy but overall it was an amazing time. we live about a hour away from Boston so this cruise was very convient for us. like I said I had never been on a cruise before so I really didn't know what to expect, but i will tell you it blew my expectations right out of the water! there was never a dull moment, always something to do, lots of live entertainment, such as bands by the pool, dj's, and shows at the theater. when we got to Bermuda we took a cab to horeshoe bay, one of the most popular beaches on the island. on the way to the beach he told us all about Bermuda, what we should see, and all the history of the island. he also set us up with scooters, he took a business card out & dialed the number to set us up right. we rented from elbow cycles, they were truly amazing. Mrs. t treated us like family, she wrote on our map, explain in detail how to get there. Kevin (Mrs t's son) fave us a full lesson on how to drive the scooters, he wouldn't let us go until we were fully confident. after we got the scooters we did so much, we had a full day of adventure. we saw & did everything we wanted to do.everyone on the island was so kind & understanding, you could literally ask anyone for directions. we snorkels at church bay & that was by far my favorite part of this cruise. being so close to all of the different kind of fish was amazing. my boyfriend & I are already planning our 2nd trip. truly an amazing vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
EyeSeaTravel.ca cruised from Boston to Bermuda on the September 30th, 2011, 7 day Norwegian Dawn Cruise. Where this was our first cruise with Blind and Visually Impaired travellers, we knew that their would be many things to learn and ... Read More
EyeSeaTravel.ca cruised from Boston to Bermuda on the September 30th, 2011, 7 day Norwegian Dawn Cruise. Where this was our first cruise with Blind and Visually Impaired travellers, we knew that their would be many things to learn and experience. From the expedited boarding, room service, front desk staff, waiters in the Venetian Restaurant, the Blue Lagoon Restaurant and beyond... we were very well taken care of! One of our highlights was the Wednesday formal Dinner, where the ladies were in their finest and the 4 men of the group all wore authentic Bermuda Formal attire right down to the "Bermuda Shorts!" While on Bermuda our Group of 4 Blind Travellers experienced a Bermudian picnic at the Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, scooter rides and of course the Islands Fast Ferries (easier and faster than the buses) In St Georges we participated in the Ducking of the Wench, and toured the Historic St Peters Church. Climbing the 185 stairs in Gibbs Lighthouse was good exercise and helped make more room for the Dawn Food! Buss tour, Swizzle Inn and Stagger Out, Maritime Museum, and Swimming with the Dolphins all to be topped off with The Frog and Onion Pub and a refreshing swim at Snorkel park! Bermuda we miss you and look forward to experiencing you again! Norwegian Staff were good to excellent! Overall grade A to A+ The food in the Venetian Restaurant was supper and the service of Louis was even better! Grade for the Venetian A+. The Blue Lagoon had a very limited menu and service was fair to good, overall grade B+. Buffet food was alright I would grade as B- Overall experience on the Dawn was Excellent and we all look forward to future cruises and would jump on the Dawn at any chance! check out our unique service for the visually impaired at www.eyeseatravel.ca or www.eyeseatravel.us Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
NCL Dawn NYC to Bermuda June 7-13 Review The beginning: My wife and I just returned from our fourth cruise to Bermuda and our first on the Dawn. The Dawn was a beautiful ship and the staff was excellent! We went with a CC Group and had our ... Read More
NCL Dawn NYC to Bermuda June 7-13 Review The beginning: My wife and I just returned from our fourth cruise to Bermuda and our first on the Dawn. The Dawn was a beautiful ship and the staff was excellent! We went with a CC Group and had our first of two M&G's right after the muster drill and of the 65 members on our roll call, not including lurkers, about 20 or so showed up which isn't bad for a M&G after the muster drill as many cruisers have their own plans for sail away. It was great to put some faces to the screen names and everyone was very nice. We were also very lucky to have one of the CC members who had both GV's and some owner's suites offer all of us a tour of the GV! It was amazing and thank you so much Dennis for having us! Since part of our roll call was our CC group, we all proudly wore our "King's Wharf Rats" shirts and it was great meeting most of the group during the afternoon and early evening while we wondered around the ship. We had dinner with one of the couples on our roll call and the cruise was off to a great start! On Monday we had our "official" M&G with the NCL senior staff including the captain, and everyone showed up for this one! The staff all spoke to us and we could put our names into a raffle to eat with the staff and just like I read it's almost a guarantee you'll get picked if you enter!! A continental breakfast was served and we had a fun time with a gift swap myself and the roll call had planned. Since I organized the M&G I didn't get a chance to enter my name in the raffle so after the M&G I went to the front desk and asked to speak to Anna (forgot her title) about entering the raffle. They asked me what I wanted to speak to her about and I told them and the next thing I knew Anna came out and said hi Barry, how can I help you. I told her I wanted to enter the raffle and even politely asked her if I could eat with the comedian and the doctor who I read about on the boards as a good table to be at. The doctor was out but Anna said she would see what she could do. We wound up eating with Dave the comedian who was very very funny, and John the Cruise Director and we had a great dinner with wine provided by the staff! Embarkation: Our son dropped us off at pier 88 around 10:30 and as latitude members getting through security was a breeze! In fact, everyone at the pier had an easy time getting through security and checking in to the ship. They gave us numbers to board the ship and we were onboard before noon and went directly to the Venetian for lunch which was great! Room/Food/Shows/Casino: We had our first aft BA cabin 9238 and it was excellent though we thought the room was a bit small. But having the aft was like having private water fall when the balcony door was opened and when shut, it was very quiet! We had the cabin steward empty our fridge the first day and loaded it with water and ice tea we had brought on board! And yes; if you can get one of the two BA afts on deck 10 the balconies looked to be almost twice the length! The food was good at both the Aqua and Venetian while I'm not sure we liked the new menu's which are different in each restaurant, but the same each night. And don't forget, you can get ice tea and cappuccino at no extra charge in the dining rooms! But there was plenty to eat and we only had to wait to get in the first night so go early to beat the crowd!! The Blue Lagoon was great and always open and we had the wings several times and I even got our breakfast for the last day there with no crowds and my DW and I enjoyed our last morning having breakfast in bed. The buffet was huge with lots to choose from and we loved the pasta bar! We had dinner at two of the pay restaurants. We ate at was Impressions which was excellent for the $10/pp cover with a real good multi course Italian meal. I even asked for Veal Parmesan which was not on the menu and they made it for me!! We also ate at the Teppanyaki with 6 of our CC Group Rat friends. The presentation and food was very good and we all had a great time and dinner for the $25/pp cover! We caught all but one of the shows and liked them all! The band and dancers were excellent and they also had some specialty dancers who were amazing as well as some gymnastic type entertainment which was amazing. We loved Dave the comedian though he's not for everyone. And unfortunately we missed the magician. The casino was nice though there was only one roulette wheel which did get crowded at night. However, they did have an automated game with around 10 seats for what I call "quick" roulette with an actual wheel and computer payouts. I saw something similar in Vegas and really enjoyed it as sometimes the real table is too slow with payouts and chip staking. You can bet around every 20 seconds after a roll. I play the same 5 numbers every time so I bet using the repeat button was nice and easy. I am a moderate gambler but usually win one night during the cruise and our first night at the table was my night!!!!!!!! One of my numbers came up three times in a row and I racked up my second biggest win ever gambling. Thank you 6 (you know who you are) and all the rest of my friends who routed me on at the table and I ended my night with some Yager shots to celebrate!! Ya baby!! Bermuda: What can I say about Bermuda! We love the place and if there are any beaches nicer then Horseshoe Bay and Tobacco Bay please let me know! Returning to Bermuda for the fourth time we knew our way around. We rented mopeds as we always do and NO, I do not recommend them for everyone and YES, we did see several people go down! The roads are very windy, you have to drive on the left, and there are many blind spots! We had perfect weather every day of our cruise! On the first day we went to Horseshoe Bay and it was even more beautiful then I remembered. We got there early and saw a lot of our group members. Though it does get crowded, the beach is so large you can get all the privacy you want. And if you walk to the left of the beach you can walk to several other beaches which are breathtaking! On our second day we had a very busy day planned. We got up early and took the moped on the ferry and headed to St. George and Tobacco Bay! Awesome!! We stayed about an hour or two then headed to Alexander Battery beach which I read had sea glass and we wanted to do something new! There was tons of glass just laying there though the jackpot stash was a short walk on the right and you'll see a cave loaded with sea glass. You have to navigate over some rocks to get there so I passed as I'm not as young as I used to be! From there we took about a 20 minute ride to the original Swizzle Inn which we had never gotten to on our first three Bermuda cruises. We had planned to meet up with several other couples from our CC group and they were all there though I could only have one drink since I was driving. The rum Swizzler's were excellent and we carved "Rats '09" into one of the tables on the upstairs balcony and look forward to finding it on our next cruise to Bermuda as we will definitely go again. We then took a leisurely ride back to the Dockyard passing and stopping for pictures at all our favorite south shore beaches. When we got back to the Dockyard we dropped off the moped which ended probably one of our favorite days in Bermuda ever! On our final day we booked a catamaran snorkeling excursion with the Rising Sun II. Real nice boat and crew and we snorkeled a very pretty cove and I even got to snorkel in a cave which was really cool! There weren't that many fish to see and I'm still trying to find the best snorkeling in Bermuda so if you know a place, let me know! They served unlimited rum punches on the way back which was great, and we headed right for lunch when we got back on the ship. We then headed back to the room to clean up and planned to go the Frog and Onion happy hour and visit Snorkel Park but fell asleep. I guess we needed it!!!! Disembarkation: Getting off was a breeze! I'm not sure how or why but we were given VIP status! When we went to our choice of meet times, I thanked one of the butlers I had met as some of our CC group members did have butler services and he said "I heard of you so I added you to the list". Nice way to end the cruise eh!! Final Thoughts: We loved the Dawn and traveling to our favorite port with our CC Group is the only way to go! Besides the great rates and amenities offered by the CC group cruises, we met the nicest people and every thing was near perfect! We would definitely do it all over again and you never know but there might be a "Kings Wharf Rats II" coming up in the future! For our next cruise were heading to the Eastern Caribbean on the Miracle with another CC group and we're already counting the days! If you have any questions let me know. I am a CruiseAholic and Luv2Cruz!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
Embarkation was extremely easy!  We arrived at 11:30 am, drove in to the garage, and the luggage was taken from us there.  No long check-in, we were onboard within 30 minutes.  We checked our carry-ons at Dazzles Lounge, and we were off ... Read More
Embarkation was extremely easy!  We arrived at 11:30 am, drove in to the garage, and the luggage was taken from us there.  No long check-in, we were onboard within 30 minutes.  We checked our carry-ons at Dazzles Lounge, and we were off to the main dining room for lunch.  The cabin was ready at 1pm and the luggage was already there.  The $210.00 fee upfront for parking is excessive but that's my only complaint.  Debarkation was equally smooth and quick!It was fun meeting my fellow Rats, and being able to put a person to a name! The Dawn is large, but its design gives one the feeling of cozy, comfortable areas.  The only time you feel its size is when you have to walk the seemingly endless cabin corridors.  The crew from top down is A1, courteous, helpful, pleasant and accommodating. 2 complaints here:  no one enforces the dining room "no t-shirt and shorts rule"  Why say it then?  No one enforces the no items on lounge chairs "in case a friend shows" rule either. Kudos to all otherwise!  We had an inside cabin, fully wheelchair accessible.  Largest w/c cabin I've ever been in; great turning radius.  Well done but needed more shelves in the bathroom.  There actually was hot water in the bathroom not just lukewarm!  Twin beds and full-size pullout bed in couch - and still room for turning!  Except for shelves, and a bump in the floor near the bathroom door, the cabin was perfect.  The bed, however, was a torture rack.  It was both very hard while sagging at the same time!?  They kept bringing me foam toppers until I felt like the Princess and the Pea, and still it was very uncomfortable.  I've never experienced this to such a degree before!  They seem to be low on linens, and despite repeated requests, we didn't get a laundry bag until mid-week. Another wheelchair note.  In port, there's a separate gangway for wheelchairs which was well set-up.  Gangways are often frighteningly steep, ridged, and ending with drop-offs.  The worst part of the trip for me.  Everything was done right here and the crew helpful.  Because it wasn't the main gangway, I didn't feel pressured to rush, or embarrassed that I was holding up the line. The food was very good.  It was plentiful, well-prepared, tasty and appealing.  HOWEVER, the 2 main dining room menus are the same EVERY NIGHT!  Good, but boring!  It almost forces you to go to the specialty restaurants to have a change.  Considering the initial cost for the cruise, the high-end restaurants should be an option, not an alternative to boredom.  Surf & Turf every night may sound nice, but 7 nites in a row?!  I prefer a different menu to explore every nite.  The food is a major part of the whole experience for me, and here the Dawn let me down.  One other disappointment:  no warm bread or rolls.  They were good, but never just-out-of-the-oven fresh. Excellent entertainment in the lounges, while routine in the theater.I look forward to another opportunity to cruise on the Dawn. Read Less
Sail Date June 2009
Norwegian Dawn Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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