1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Boarding in Boston was quick and easy-rooms on-board ready early and luggage arrived at stateroom before 5:30. Entertainment not as great as prior cruises but Jose and Patti as well as Hotwire were very entertaining. The Tina Turner ... Read More
Boarding in Boston was quick and easy-rooms on-board ready early and luggage arrived at stateroom before 5:30. Entertainment not as great as prior cruises but Jose and Patti as well as Hotwire were very entertaining. The Tina Turner tribute show by Ass't Cruise Director LUZ was phenomminal. Cruise Spent a lot of evenings in the atrium bar-Java Cafe. The bar staff were excellent-a definite credit to Norwegian. Ate at several specialty restaurants-Cagney's-Los Lobos-Le Bistro. Don't see the need for a men's pants dress code in Le Bistro- not necessary as long as you are in Bermuda-Bermuda shorts should be sufficient. Los Lobos was an OK experience-food was good but certainly not any better than the main dining rooms-Venetian or Aqua. We really enjoy Cagney's and the staff there seemed to go out of their way to make the dining experience special-well worth the price. Ate at the Bamboo cafe-very nice,especially considering it is a complimentary dining venue. Disembarking took less than 20 minutes. Boston is a great port! All in all another really fun Norwegian cruise. Have a 19 day Panama Canal cruise scheduled and booked 2 New England/Canada cruises while on board-Cruise Next staff very helpful as were all staff on-board-that's why we continue to sail Norwegian ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Birthday & celebration The staff on board will exceed your expectations and wow you for every second you are aboard. We were concerned when we booked. Getting help from NCL over the phone was painful. We had help with an ... Read More
Birthday & celebration The staff on board will exceed your expectations and wow you for every second you are aboard. We were concerned when we booked. Getting help from NCL over the phone was painful. We had help with an outside travel agent who really did the heavy lifting on planning this trip...unfortunately after we booked directly with Norwegian. Once the travel agent from AAA help out....we knew we had a great trip planned. Once aboard...the staff was awesome. Food was excellent and plentiful. Better than the Capital Grill and Legal Seafoods. Loved the entertainment... Julie Barr, Tina Turner Act , Irish comedian show was excellent. We watched the Newly Wed Game with actual guest....very, very funny. JC Sanchez....you had us in stitches!! JC your cruise director had a week of fun, fun and more fun planned 24 / 7 We would book this trip with our friends and family members in a heartbeat. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
One of the best cruises I’ve been on I will definitely take this cruise line again to Bermuda. Great beaches, shopping and restaurants. Enjoyed lunch at bone fish and visited Tobacco Bay Beach and Bar. Norwegian also had some great ... Read More
One of the best cruises I’ve been on I will definitely take this cruise line again to Bermuda. Great beaches, shopping and restaurants. Enjoyed lunch at bone fish and visited Tobacco Bay Beach and Bar. Norwegian also had some great specialty restaurants like Los Lobos and Bamboo. The shows were entertaining and there was plenty to do on the pool deck. Also had a chance to visit horseshoe bay and some of the great landmarks in Bermuda See you on my next trip very soon!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you. To staff and crew of Norwegian Dawn you all deserve 5 Stars for giving everyone 100% each day we were on the ship. Keep up the great work. To the staff at the Boston cruise port thank you for making so easy to board and disembark the ship so smoothly. You guys made are trip that more enjoyable. Our hats off to you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary and to just relax. We did both. It was such a wonderful time. We went to see a bunch of shows Element which which was great. A comedian who was very funny. A juggling comedian who was ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary and to just relax. We did both. It was such a wonderful time. We went to see a bunch of shows Element which which was great. A comedian who was very funny. A juggling comedian who was also great. We ate at Cagney’s steakhouse twice . which is a must . Moderno And the main dining rooms are great too. Did not care for the Buffet .The bands playing at the pool were great to listen to. Embarkation was easy just go where they tell you the lines move pretty quick. Disembarkation don’t keep your luggage. Pick a color it is much better than waiting in the line that goes all over the ship. We did one excursion and that was the glass bottom boat. Worth the 69 dollars . A lot of interesting tips about the island from the captain. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show ... Read More
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show and the adult comedy show.We also attended a jewelry seminar,wrist watch history seminar and Art seninar that were all interesting and gave us very helpful information for buying product we were looking for.There was plenty to do on the ship.We enjoyed the food at the buffet,Aqua the main dining room and O'Sheehans pub.Just an all around fun time.The shops had some great deals on jewelry and liquor if you are looking for anything.We were very happy with the casino staff they were all so friendly.Many different games to play in the casino and there are many people that win at the games and slots.Our room steward was always asking us if we needed anything and kept the room neat and clean.We did end up putting down money on the Cruise Next program due to the great time we had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
While the ship was relatively nice (I've been on better), I wasn't wowed by anything on board. It had decent amenities, but it was near impossible to find anywhere to sit. Seating was more difficult outside because on the ... Read More
While the ship was relatively nice (I've been on better), I wasn't wowed by anything on board. It had decent amenities, but it was near impossible to find anywhere to sit. Seating was more difficult outside because on the entire port side of the ship, they allow smoking. That's on deck 7, outside (so if you want to take a nice evening walk, for one half of the walk, you're walking through cigarette smoke). If you want to sit out by the pool, you better sit starboard or smell the smoke. You can even smell the smoke in some of the stairwells, and even the the Garden Cafe if things blow just right, which is disgusting. You can smoke in the casino, which has no doors, so the smoke comes out of there into the rest of the ship. Frankly, as soon as you got on the ship, mid-ship where Le Bistro is, you could smell the smoke. Just gross. So, if you're a non-smoker on the Dawn, good luck getting away from it. We also had an issue with our balcony neighbors smoking on their balcony. It took two days for Guest Services to remedy the issue, and ultimately took the head of Housekeeping catching them for something to be said about it. It's a safety hazard and should been dealt with immediately! The smoking issue aside, the rest of the cruise was okay. The food was decent, the service was good, and the entertainment was great. Cagney's was the best - 20 oz. Porterhouse was to die for. My wife and I went there for an anniversary dinner and the staff sang us a song and gave us an anniversary cake. Very unexpected, but very nice. We really enjoyed the music of Manila Soul, the ship band. They were fantastic. They had a large repertoire, and they played every day! One of the best things about the cruise was the extremely nice greeter at the Garden Cafe who sprayed the disinfectant on your hands. That had to be the happiest guy in the world. He sang songs and greeted you with a smile every time! Happy happy, washy washy! In all, the cruise was fine once we found the places to avoid the smoke, but having to think about that constantly took away from the overall enjoyment. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate my early retirement and to take a vey much deserved break. We loved the convenience of being able to sail directly from Boston without flights involved. We traveled just as a couple this time, but home ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my early retirement and to take a vey much deserved break. We loved the convenience of being able to sail directly from Boston without flights involved. We traveled just as a couple this time, but home to do a family cruise perhaps next June. The staff is exceptional and we loved our cabin steward, Dragan. Dining was excellent overall. We met some amazing people, and Bermuda is so worth visiting! The ship is aging, and there was very sting odor of mold on the lower decks in particular. I became ill by our last day, even with obsessive jabs washing, sanitizing and using all forms of illness avoidance techniques. I have pneumonia, which could be did Yo exposure to mold or just the contact with the large population. The conduct of passengers was an issue, and many of the guests over imbibed, which was unpleasant at times. I would recommend where there is card tracking and technology to allow monitoring excess of alcohol consumption, more should be done fiduciarily to protect ALL passengers. Any establishment that serves alcohol is legally bound to refuse service when guests are visibly intoxicated. There were public disturbances including outbursts in specialty dining establishments, violence between guests, vomiting in areas of food service (Garden Cafe, deck 12). and on deck due specifically to this issue which we feel could have been controlled with substantial efficacy and needs to be addressed with policy changes. There were paper thin walls as well which certainly added to the cruise experience at times, on many levels. However, all staff handled each event with professionalism, care and extreme efficiency, enduring much to maintain a safe and pleasurable cruise overall for each and every guest. We were treated as royalty and are exceedlngly grateful for this care. I would recommend this cruise and ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I like to write my review right away so everything is still fresh in my mind. I was travelling as a single parent with two friends who are also single parents. Our kids are different ages (12, 15, and 18.) There is something for everyone ... Read More
I like to write my review right away so everything is still fresh in my mind. I was travelling as a single parent with two friends who are also single parents. Our kids are different ages (12, 15, and 18.) There is something for everyone on this cruise. It’s a small ship, so no big climbing walls, zip lines, etc. We all had an amazing time. Our cruise was over the 4th of July and the ship was at full capacity. I did the same cruise a couple of years ago with less people in late August. Although it seemed crowded at times around the pool, it was amazing. I learned a few things that I would do differently next time we go. We signed up to go again with a great program Norwegian has because we loved it so much. We did not get the internet package – no phones, no internet, no snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. So, if you travel with other families (on not) it’s great to bring a small white board to stick on your door so you can leave messages the old fashion way. When you’re in port there are plenty of places to get free Wi-Fi to update friends and family. The Bermuda Information center has free Wi-Fi, you can sit on the bench outside and access it. We found it nice to be “off the grid for a couple of days.” DINING: There is so much food. I did not go to any specialty restaurants, but my friend went to some and said they were great. I made reservations for our party of 6 at Aqua and Venetian online for our days at sea. Once you are on the ship the main dining times are not open to make reservations at the complimentary restaurants. We did not have to wait in line for any of our dinners, and were seated right away b/c we had reservations. If you plan dinner reservation online you can only schedule Aqua and Venetian. Bamboo (Asian Fusion) says no reservation required. However, you can make a reservation the day you want to dine there once you are on the ship. It usually has a big line so make a reservation in the morning on the day you plan to dine there. Make sure to go to the Venetian for breakfast at least once. It’s mostly the same food as the Garden Buffet, but so nice to have five-star service, and some special menu options. ENTERTAINMENT: Go to every show. The performances are great. If you’re not that interested, at least make sure to go the Elements performance. It is the best show you will see at sea. It’s Broadway meets David Copperfield, and Cirque du Soleil in one amazing show. EXCURSIONS: Book most on your own. You can get to Horseshoe Bay on bus or shuttle. Public bus is great way to see island if you want to see lots of places in one day. Or buy tokens at the Bermuda Info. Center. The cruise excursion to Horseshoe Bay is $45/pp. – Just walk off ship and you can get $7 one way or $14 rt. (per person.) You must see Horseshoe Bay - there are tons of shuttle buses, so pay one way and when you are ready to leave pay the other $7. Most everyone on the Norwegian Dawn does everything they can to make sure you have the best vacation. Of course, there may be things you are not 100% happy with; overall you make what you want of your vacation. We loved it. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We loved the idea of our first cruise being to Bermuda, where we could explore for a few days instead of only a couple hours. Bermuda was AMAZING. The people are so genuine and nice. We rented scooters to tour the island and found some ... Read More
We loved the idea of our first cruise being to Bermuda, where we could explore for a few days instead of only a couple hours. Bermuda was AMAZING. The people are so genuine and nice. We rented scooters to tour the island and found some wonderful spots to explore (a mix of local haunts and touristy attractions). I will visit Bermuda again for sure. I fell in love with the country and the people. The ship food was fantastic. We did a 3 meal plan to be able to explore some of the specialty dining. Le Bistro and Moderno were our favorites. We were less than impressed with the spa staff. Having gotten many massages in the past, we wanted to add this to our cruise experience. Our 75 minute massage consisted of about 10 minutes of them telling us what was wrong with us do to our requested massage points and then them continuing to babble on and on, pressuring us to buy more services and products the entire massage. It wasn't even a little bit relaxing. Such a waste of our time and money. Next time we will avoid the spa completely and get better spa service the day before leaving. Another tip would be to skip the 'Shopping Shannon' or 'Shopping in Port' presentations unless you are going with the intention to buy diamonds. We did end up buying some lovely jewelry, but had no intention of spending $15,000 on jewelry and her entire spiel was on jewelry instead of helpful shopping tips, such as go to the scooter rental store to get snorkel gear for $25 instead of $40 in the other stores.... or shop in Hamilton for better prices than in the Royal Navy Dockyard. These were the tips we thought we'd be getting. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Booked a last minute cruise from Boston to Bermuda. The forecast looked great in Bermuda while the advance weather in Boston looked dreary. Food was very good and one night at Cagney's Steakhouse was perfect. We had to pay for ... Read More
Booked a last minute cruise from Boston to Bermuda. The forecast looked great in Bermuda while the advance weather in Boston looked dreary. Food was very good and one night at Cagney's Steakhouse was perfect. We had to pay for this dinner at a reduced rate but make sure to select the larger portion of the filet mignon. Breakfast at the pool top cafe pretty good but the bacon was always well undercooked. We went to the Venetian restaurant for breakfast on 3 occasions and if was very nice. Our cabin stewart Daniel Endaya was absolutely the best we have ever had on more than a dozen cruises! Great person.. The shows were much improved over last year on Dawn. Horseshoe Beach was fabulous and we took a non-ship mini van with about 10 other miscellaneous people for about $7PP each way. You can come and go when you please but the van has to be close to full before the driver will leave. All the drivers and people of Bermuda are wonderful and are very happy to have you on the island. I can't say enough nice things about them. Read Less
Norwegian Dawn Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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