3 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

We chose NCL Dawn for its adventure into the Caribbean. Especially for its eastern stops in Aruba, Jamaica and Georgetown. Stops we hadn't ventured to yet. Loved the experiences. Overall it was a excellent vacation throughout its ... Read More
We chose NCL Dawn for its adventure into the Caribbean. Especially for its eastern stops in Aruba, Jamaica and Georgetown. Stops we hadn't ventured to yet. Loved the experiences. Overall it was a excellent vacation throughout its voyage. The Norwegian Dawn she was a beauty. Restored to her amazing grace of the sea. Embarkation went smoothly. Arrived in Boston at our pier time of 10am. Got our reservation checked in. Getting on the ship was smoothly. Enjoyed lunch ,relaxed and before you knew it. She was at sea. First night aboard we had dinner at Cagney's. Dinner and Wait staff was excellent. Every night there was a different show. We especially enjoyed Patti and Jose. They were our favorites. The Grand Atrium was where they were. The Elements performance was outstanding. The Dawn performers were amazing, talented group of people. We went off The Dawn at her ports of call. Favorite one was in Jamaica. We did the 4x4 Safari to Dunn's River Falls. The experience through the area and to taste and feel the cultural atmosphere is wonderful . And to walk up the Dunn's River Falls. Excellent location and experience. Disembarkation day. Port of New Orleans. We chose the walk off with your luggage. It was the most smoothest transition from ship to port I have ever experience. We did it early. And it was smooth . Got off the ship. Through the long, never ending terminal. Grabbed a taxi to our hotel and we were checked in at our hotel before 10am... Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Overall we weren't too happy on the Dawn. I had only been on one previous Princess cruise but I found it much superior. The staff on the Dawn were the biggest difference; they seemed unhappy to be there, weren't overly friendly ... Read More
Overall we weren't too happy on the Dawn. I had only been on one previous Princess cruise but I found it much superior. The staff on the Dawn were the biggest difference; they seemed unhappy to be there, weren't overly friendly and never went out of their way to make our trip special. We're a pretty easy-going couple in our late 20s but there were a number of occasions where both junior staff and management were rude. On one occasion a manager asked every table around us how their dinner was and blatantly passed ours. We were nicely dressed and the only thing we could think of was that the staff assumed we didn't have as much money to spend because of our age. We were 5 years younger on Princess and we were never made to feel like this. It's also unfortunate for NCL as we had money to spend but then purposely spent as little on the ship as possible and more at the ports. The average age on our re-positioning cruise was 66 and this also impacted the fun at evening parties as most people went to bed by 10pm. We definitely had a few couples come up to us on excursions excited that there were other younger people on the ship and they shared the same experiences above about the staff not being too friendly. I know NCL can't control who books certain cruises but we would have preferred a younger or more balanced demographic. Overall we found the ship very old and worn. Windows were smeared and dirty and it didn't seem as clean as it could be. A number of public bathrooms were disgusting (both men and women) and we ended up going back to our room whenever needed. The food was generally great but the food at the buffet was a bit dicey and we got sick once or twice and then never went back. Would avoid buffet at all costs even if it's difficult due to the lack of options at lunch. One aspect that we found better than Princess was the nightly entertainment as the shows were top notch and very enjoyable. The Second City murder mystery lunch, Bud Anderson comedy show and Elements show were highlights for me. More activities could have been scheduled during the day as especially the last day there were limited activities and it seemed like staff was more trying to get the ship ready for the next sailing. Overall we enjoyed the ports and had a relaxing trip but NCL could have done more to make the trip better. We tried to take into account the cost when considering the tired shipped but the staff could have been much friendlier. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was our fifth cruise on NCL, our third on the Dawn. What impressed us the most was the friendly and attentive service -- from our cabin steward, to the servers in the dining room, those on the guest services desk staff. They were all ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise on NCL, our third on the Dawn. What impressed us the most was the friendly and attentive service -- from our cabin steward, to the servers in the dining room, those on the guest services desk staff. They were all friendly, efficient and eager to please. We chose this particular cruise because of its length (12 nights) and the fact that its final destination was Boston, not far from where we live. We had wonderful weather the whole way and enjoyed visiting Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. But with seven sea days we really had lots of opportunity to see how the crew on the Dawn goes to great lengths to make sure passengers enjoy themselves. There are plenty of activities for those who like lots to do, and plenty of opportunities to just chill for those who prefer to relax. Having cruised with other lines (Celebrity, Azamara, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean) the one are where the Dawn disappoints is in the food. We dined almost exclusively in Venetian, one of the main dining rooms. The Venetian is attractive and bright. The lunch menu was adequate but didn't change much from day to day on our cruise. The dinner menu offers a mix of items that are offered every night and variety of "specials." Portions were more than adequate, and hot items were brought to the table when they were still hot. The servers were very familiar with the items on the menu. In summary we would say the food that while the food more than satisfactory, it was certainly not memorable. Twice we went to the Jazz Brunch which was served in La Cucina, one of the alternative dining venues. There the standard was much better. More attention was paid to presentation, and the entrees were much more enticing. We had the mini filet mignon and grilled ship one time and the chateaubriand the other, and they were both excellent. Foodies considering a cruise on NCL might want to consider purchasing a dining package which would enable them to eat at the specialty restaurants for less than the standard extra fee. Overall the Dawn was well maintained. The one area where the high standard of cleanliness doesn't seem to be maintained is around the Pool Deck and Sun Deck. Litter can lie around uncollected for an hour or more, and this detracts from the ship's appearance. Another disappointment in appearance is the condition of the tables in Blue Lagoon. The surfaces are cracked and warped. They should be replaced, or at least covered with tablecloths. That all being said, NCL offers exceptional value for the money and they go to great lengths to make sure that the service their crew members give will keep guests coming back. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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