8 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

Value, cruised 8 times prior, this was the worse! Billed for more than should have with no reason, took 3 days to correct it. Premier eatery was out of Ribeye steaks and had been for 3 weeks. Failed to have proper glasses for wine ... Read More
Value, cruised 8 times prior, this was the worse! Billed for more than should have with no reason, took 3 days to correct it. Premier eatery was out of Ribeye steaks and had been for 3 weeks. Failed to have proper glasses for wine served all in small white wine glasses, even offering “wine classes, then not following through. La Bisto was right next to the music venue, making the restraint very noisy, almost unbearable. The wine cellar was a plus, wine steward knew her wines, very knowledgeable. Carney’s was still the best, wait staff and others, reservations were on time, excellent food. LaContina was the surprise very, very good, food, might say almost the best speciality. Very arrogant photo staff, all they wanted to sell was pictures, talk down to folks asking advice. Submit comment cards during the cruise only got one response from Raj the beverage manager, satisfied my question. Latitudes get together was very quick all they talked about was “CruiseNext” nothing about NCL and what was on the horizon, what is coming. Found information very lacking concerning future cruises. Will make me think twice when choosing my next cruise did not sign up for my next CruiseNext. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right ... Read More
In some aspects the Dawn excelled, In some she didn't do very well. For the most part I'd say our recent trip on the Dawn was middle of the road mediocre. First of all the cruise was far from full and had just the right amount of people for my liking. There were plenty enough people to have fun without overbearing crowds. There were no lines or waits for anything for the entire 9 days and the one time I had to change a reservation at a specialty restaurant, they were able to accommodate us without a problem. Although she was remodeled in 2016, Dawn is showing signs of her age and hard life. There were considerable maintenance issues from minor cosmetic issues such as paint and rust to more significant issues, such as broken tiles, cracked glass in an elevator windows being inoperable with broken and missing hardware and plumbing malfunctions in many of the public restrooms. With the exception of one nasty female bartender at Gatsby's the staff were happy and helpful all over the ship. Our Cabin Steward got it just right! We start each trip the same by asking for 3 things, that the mini-fridge be emptied, an mattress topper be put on the bed and that robes be brought. He took care of our request promptly and without complaint, unobtrusively while we were out. He wasn't pushy about cleaning several times a day at awkward times. He cleaned while we were away and had the bed turned down in the evening whenever we returned from the evenings events. He never bothered us on days we wanted to sleep in and just "be" and linger over a late brunch served in our cabin. The food was all over the place. We had had fantastic meals in specialty restaurants, especially Cagney's and Moderno. O'Sheehan's was much better than it was on last years cruise The Main dining rooms were pretty good. However a few meals seemed like buffet fare plated nicely and served elegantly. The Buffet was hit or miss, repetitive and lackluster. That being said I didn't turn away from it for snacks and light fare. We enjoyed cocktails all over the ship. Topsider's near the pool seemed to water the drinks down especially the premixed drinks of the day. The beer and wine was always good. Ray a server there, was always upbeat, fun and helpful. The entertainment was great! Shore excursions were hit or miss. An afternoon beach break which should have been low-key and pleasant turned out to be anything but. We ere brought to a beach around 25 minutes ride from the ship. Chairs were provided. We found our spot raised the umbrella, and settled in for a little while before going into the water. Once in the water we saw a man going through our belongings and then take them. We caught up with him and he complained that we hadn't paid for the umbrella. We paid and got out things but were uncomfortable leaving our spots together after that and were not able to freely enjoy the beautiful beach. Now comes the steady stream of panhandlers, a man carrying a bird feeder collecting money for the birds, a woman carrying aloe leaves asking for money to rub you with them. A man selling USB thumb drives with "island music installed," another man approached selling sea shells. In retrospect,$59 per person was a lot for what amounted to a ride to a public beach. For the price charged, I think Norwegian could do a better job, perhaps securing a private beach at a resort would be less menacing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than ... Read More
We wanted an early winter mini-break so booked a 9-day out of Boston on the Dawn. We have been on the Dawn before and found the re-furbishing a major disappointment, and the reason for four stars vs five. Space is even more cut up than before with flow through just about nil. We enjoy the main dining menus and food and see no need for the many, many specialty restaurants taking up all the common space. Our cabin (mini suite with balcony) seemed smaller than usual (11102) due to the different layout. We usually cruise mid-ship but on the Dawn the mid ship mini suites are under the pool so did not want to hear the chairs scraping. One of our drawers did not stay shut but cabin steward had carpenters fix immediately. Plenty of storage (prefer the cabins with more drawers vs shelves, but still plenty) Entertainment was again, excellent, with a good variety in the various venues. Food was good - not exceptional, but good, lots of variety and plentiful. We did try LeBistro (disappointing), LosLobos (nothing special) and Cagney's (Excellent) with our "free" perk for distinctive voyage/Latitudes Platinum. While we would go back to Cagney's (with our Latitude rewards, NOT to pay extra), we find plenty of variety and excellent choices in the dining room. We never eat in the cafe (I have a food allergy and don't trust the other diners not to cross-contaminate). Service was wonderful throughout the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make ... Read More
I spoke with people at the ports we landed at who were on different ships and their time at the ports were much shorter than NCL, I feel NCL gave us longer port days. Everyone on the ship that works there go above and beyond to make sure you have the best cruise. The staff was extremely friendly and they would go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Entertainment was good, I enjoyed the different activities throughout the day, we would meet in the Atrium or Gatsby's to play trivia games. Personally, I found the pool deck too noisy. I prefer a quieter area to relax, but the other cruisers seemed to enjoy it. I also prefer to cruise when the kids are in school. There were not many children on this cruise due to school, those that were on it were all well behaved. It's just a preference I have to cruise with more adults than children. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining ... Read More
We had a lot of fun on this cruise. We went to many beautiful beaches with some great people that we meet on the ship. The ship is really clean. The staff work quickly to clear the tables to accommodate other guests in the dining rooms. The menu choices are great! There seemed to be something for everyone. We really liked having the Distinctive Voyage Package. We ended up with 5 specialty restaurants, because we are Platinum too. Also, I loved having the phone benefit. I have an elderly Mother at home, and it was great for her to hear my voice. I wish that they would add something like that for a Platinum benefit. Just 30 minutes would be perfect! We had an early flight home on this trip. It was the first time that we used the early Latitudes disembarkation. It was amazing. We got off the ship so fast that we even had time to kill at the airport! We can't wait to go on our next cruise. The entire staff on the ship were so friendly. We also enjoy NOT having to dress up. Vacations are to relax! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were ... Read More
We loved our time on the Dawn. I truly cannot say enough - it was my first and my husband's third cruise. Everything went beautifully and we had many romantic, fun memories. I cannot wait to cruise again! The staff were exceptional. We felt pampered, appreciated and were utterly relaxed upon our return home. We did a wine tasting, lots of shore excursions, trivia, the comedy show, a game show and had a blast. My husband got onstage and we laughed till our sides hurt. It was a vacation that I wasn't ready to head home from. Having a balcony mid-ship made the cruise so enjoyable. Sipping coffee with the beautiful views is heaven for us. The staff made it the incredible experience, everyone seems happy to help you have a great cruise. Warm, kind and friendly; they offer service I have never experienced in my life to date. Thank you NCL Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We like the freestyle cruising of Norwegian. There is no appointed place or time for a given room. The list of things to do is extensive on sea days and even enough to keep most busy even on port of call days. Activities include: ... Read More
We like the freestyle cruising of Norwegian. There is no appointed place or time for a given room. The list of things to do is extensive on sea days and even enough to keep most busy even on port of call days. Activities include: Fitness center, small library, Trivia, Sudoku, Ping Pong - Shuffleboard - Beanbag toss tournaments. Presentations on books and subjects, dance and card playing basic instruction. Entertainment included - comedians (yes more than one) - singing, shows, entertainment provided by the crew, game shows, sing alongs, piano playing, dancing Food - 7 specialty (for a price) Restaurants, 1 informal buffet, several grills, 2 -be served restaurants. We ate at them all (except the Sushi specialty restaurant). And of them the best was the non-specialty main dining room Restaurant (Aqua) on prime rib night. The meat was perfect as was the rest of the meal. Of the Specialty eateries - We liked them all - Japanese, French (escargots were excellent), Italian, Chinese, Steak House, Brazilian, It is hard to chose the best. BE AWARE - reservations are required at the Specialty Restaurants, if you do not plan in advance times can be a little odd. This seemed to bother some guests far more than others - it was fine with us. The Activities staff was wonderful as was all of the Restaurant Staff. Housekeeping was average. I went on one Shore Excursion - Advice - AVOID Palm Beach Reef Snorkeling on Bonaire in Kralendijk - the Reef is pretty dead (but is coming back slowly). Fitness center was quite nice. Generally we liked the ports of call. Nothing Specific to say about them though Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We just returned from our 12 day journey on the Dawn. We were a family of 5 traveling in two different rooms (my sister was the lucky duck with a gorgeous suite and we had a balcony). We had a wonderful time as usual. Most of the staff ... Read More
We just returned from our 12 day journey on the Dawn. We were a family of 5 traveling in two different rooms (my sister was the lucky duck with a gorgeous suite and we had a balcony). We had a wonderful time as usual. Most of the staff were awesome. One of the bar servers, Shem, was most amazing! After our first drink, he knew who we were by name. We were fortunate to spend a lot of time with him. He was from St. Lucia and he told us all about his country. My husband was reading a book on all of the different islands and Shem gave him a "homework" assignment to read about St. Lucia, which my husband happily did. Shem gave him a "quiz", which my husband passed with flying colors. Shem made us feel more like a friend than a guest and it was appreciated. The majority of the cruise director staff were great as well, with our favorites being Joey, Alvin and Franco. I know they get paid to make sure we have a great time, but it felt like they enjoyed what they were doing and enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs. We tried to do as many activities as time and scheduling would allow and particularly liked the trivia with Franco. It was always a good time. We also went to karaoke quite a bit (I was actually tied for Karaoke Idol winner). I would say that although we had fun doing it, that activity seems to be more of something they have to do than something they want to do. I'd recommend they actually invest some money into it. There were quite a few of us there and it always felt like it was just a pain in the rear end for them and they didn't seem to enjoy it. There was no enthusiasm at all and most of the staff that did it, didn't know how to run the equipment. Bandeoke was also another activity that I think they would rather poke their eyes with hot sticks than do it. My two cents is that if you are going to offer the activity, don't treat it like it's a chore. The only real negative is regarding the lack of organization when we had to go through customs in St. Thomas. On paper, it looked great, but it was a mess! Those of us with excursions were supposed to have priority, but there were no staff members making sure that happened and so people without tickets for excursions lined up when they shouldn't have which meant people that followed the rules and waited until we were supposed to line up stood in long lines panicking that we weren't going to make our excursion. Having never done an excursion before, I didn't realize that they would wait for you and the staff didn't let us know that so I stood in a long line thinking I was going to miss my excursion (just a little anxiety there!). We did a lot of dining in the specialty restaurants and they were all great (especially Cagney's). I did notice that the buffet seemed to serve the same thing day after day and for a 12 day cruise, that can get a little boring. The shows that we saw were all good, especially the Oh What a Night tribute. We also did the Mystery Lunch with Second City and had a blast. We caught a couple of the game shows as well and thought they were great (especially Joey and the Jeopardy game show!) The casino was okay. Being someone who partakes in that "sin" quite often, I found their machines a little "tight". I also thought the bingo was a little expensive compared to what I'm used to paying for a whole night of bingo versus 45 minutes. 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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