55 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bermuda

We have sailed on the NCL Dawn three times.Always have enjoyed.This time was no exception.The Dover Sole at Le Bistro was so delicious.Patti and Jose in the Atrium each evening performing was wonderful. The only negative we found was ... Read More
We have sailed on the NCL Dawn three times.Always have enjoyed.This time was no exception.The Dover Sole at Le Bistro was so delicious.Patti and Jose in the Atrium each evening performing was wonderful. The only negative we found was the twenty year olds in the suite next to ours who got so drunk and had screaming girls at 3am pounding on their door.Who do you call on a ship in the middle of the ocean at 3 am to report this kind of event?This only happened on the last night out but left such a terrible memory.Our suite on deck 12 was very large and our room steward kept it very clean.Our butler was pleasant.Not our best ever butler but he tried very hard. All the meals were very good and we had no complaints.Bermuda was beautiful as always even after a hurricane.Such a special island.We hope to sail on NCL again soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Sailing from Boston is very convenient as we live in the area and we love Bermuda. Theses two factors led us to choose to sail on NCL Dawn. We loved the casual dress onboard. It was a very relaxing cruise with Good food and service. ... Read More
Sailing from Boston is very convenient as we live in the area and we love Bermuda. Theses two factors led us to choose to sail on NCL Dawn. We loved the casual dress onboard. It was a very relaxing cruise with Good food and service. Bar, lounge and atrium entertainment was excellent. The theatre entertainment could use improvement. Dancers very good but in need of production improvement. Bingo and Deal or no Deal Game are just money makers for NCL. Large prize bingo is a coverall which must be done in 47 numbers. I felt there should be $500 coverall for each day given the cost of bingo cards. Venetian Main Dining room ( aft) is much prettier and brighter with large windows than Aqua Dining room which is midship. Embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient. When first getting onboard the Venetian is open for seat in dining and well as Gadren buffet. We opted for the Venetian and it made the day very relaxing instead of crowded and harried at buffet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We picked Norwegian cruise to Bermuda, because the Boston port and Bermuda schedule (2 overnights stay in Bermuda), so we can spend more time in Bermuda and beautifully beaches. Dawn is a middle size ship and kind old. The breakfast was ... Read More
We picked Norwegian cruise to Bermuda, because the Boston port and Bermuda schedule (2 overnights stay in Bermuda), so we can spend more time in Bermuda and beautifully beaches. Dawn is a middle size ship and kind old. The breakfast was great and late night shows were very good. Not too much activities we were interested, one small swim pool with too many people (hot pools too). Most disappointment was the food in dining room, we did not enjoyed. Didn’t heard any good feedback about the Chinese restaurant too (actually really bad). I don’t understand why can they pick a better chef? Food is very important to us for the trip. So we end up eating at a 24 hours bar restaurant for dinner. The room service was outstanding. Staff was very nice on the ship, they worked very hard with long hours and still smile. A lot of bingo games on the ship, they sell a lot of tickets but with small amount of winners in my opinions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had a great time on the cruise. We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We upgraded to a balcony room and was so happy we did. We went with 5 other couples that we knew, they all were celebrating there anniversary, All of ... Read More
We had a great time on the cruise. We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We upgraded to a balcony room and was so happy we did. We went with 5 other couples that we knew, they all were celebrating there anniversary, All of us had a awesome time on the cruise. We loved the entertainment, especially Patti and Jose. The food was great and our bartender at dinner, Michael, was outstanding. We would definitely do this cruise again. Our room was great and our room attendant Dinky was great. Our cruise was a very memorable time and we had great weather and the seas were so calm. We went to horse bay beach and had a fantastic time, what a beautiful beach. I would highly recommend if senior citizens go to the beach they take a taxi and not go on public transportation, there are too many stairs! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We sailed on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda July 27, 2018. The ship and the destination were excellent. The public areas of the ship were always spotless. Bermuda is such a beautiful, friendly island. Embarkation was a ... Read More
We sailed on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda July 27, 2018. The ship and the destination were excellent. The public areas of the ship were always spotless. Bermuda is such a beautiful, friendly island. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the pier at 10:45 went directly to the desk to get checked in and were on the ship shortly before noon. Headed to the Venetian dining room for lunch. Enjoyed dinner at three of the Specialty Restaurants: Los Lobos, Moderno and LaCucina. Really enjoyed Los Lobos and LaCucina. Also had dinner in the two main dining rooms the Venetian and Aqua. The food as well as the service was excellent. O'Sheehan's was our go to spot for snacks and adult beverages. The bartenders there were super friendly. Shout out to Juanto and Mary! Not a fan of buffet food, so did not eat in the buffet. The buffet seemed small and cramped compared to other ships. Stateroom was small, but clean and had tons of storage. Our cabin steward Mervin did a very good job , and was always friendly, he always said hello and called us by name every time we saw him. Did not go to any of the shows. The entertainment Manila Soul that played in the Atrium were fantastic. Tried out luck at the casino, which was very smokey but did have a win or two. Also Gatsby's was smoky due to the cigar smoking room and the casino that were near there. It was next to impossible to get a chair on deck near the pool. The port side of the pool deck is for smokers, so unless you smoke you don't want to locate there, maybe they should move the smoking area to one of the upper decks away from the pool area. Did not take any excursions organized by the cruise line. We did book a four hour private taxi tour with Quinton Bean. This was the best way to see the island. Quinton was friendly, knowledgeable and took us to the places that we were interested in seeing. He also acted as our personal photographer. Also played a round of mini golf at Fun Golf at the Royal Naval Dockyard. This is not your run of the mill mini golf course; it's 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in the USA, Scotland and Bermuda. Reasonably priced, has a bar where you can get adult beverages. Disappointed that the Dawn is leaving Boston, was hoping to sail on her again next summer from Boston to Bermuda. The Gem is coming to Boston and will give it a try, have already booked for July of 2019. Hope it's as good as the Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was an unbelievable cruise. The restaurants were outstanding. 5-star service and quality. Much better than we had expected. The free style method was great allowing us to eat at anytime we wanted. We took advantage of the ... Read More
This was an unbelievable cruise. The restaurants were outstanding. 5-star service and quality. Much better than we had expected. The free style method was great allowing us to eat at anytime we wanted. We took advantage of the specialty dining option and ate at the Teppanyaki, La Cucina, and Cagney's Steak House. All of these were superb. Cagney's is better than any 5-star restaurant that we have been to in Boston. The stateroom was large and comfortable. It was my wife's birthday so, I had our room decorated with balloons and banners and had a cake delivered. The entertainment was as good as it gets. We went to a show every night. The casino was fun and I even won $10! Every crew member that we met was fantastic. JC the Cruise Director was always providing us with the daily activities as well as being the MC for all of the shows. He was great. We enjoyed the "Ask the crew" session where we had the chance to find out about the ship and crew. My only complaint is that you do not have any access to the outside world unless you pay for internet service. The available television stations do not allow for news or weather. We would highly recommend Norwegian to all of our friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first time on the Dawn, and it more than met our expectations. We wanted to go to Bermuda, but not on the bigger ships. We have sailed many other NCL ships, (Starward, Magesty, Norway, Jewel, Gem and the Sun. We never were ... Read More
This was our first time on the Dawn, and it more than met our expectations. We wanted to go to Bermuda, but not on the bigger ships. We have sailed many other NCL ships, (Starward, Magesty, Norway, Jewel, Gem and the Sun. We never were disappointed in the service food or entertainment. We live near NYC, and when looking for a cruise to Bermuda, the only choice we had was the Escape. We did not want to sail the big ship, so we chose to drive to Boston and booked the Dawn. Well the Dawn is in a class by itself. The ship is older, but the Captain has made sure that she is beautifully maintained' The staff is unbelievably attentive, and they look like they really work as a team. We met many Bostonians who have sailed her many times to Bermuda and have only good things to say. Many that we met said that they were sad that she will be going to New York next year, and will miss her and the staff. The entertainment was outstanding. Patti and Jose was very talented musicians, and they plan to stay on the Dawn. Dave Dingo, Cruise Director does a great getting people excited about the events of the day.The comedians, Julie Barr, and Harry O'Donoghue keep us in stitches. Harry is an Irish comic, who plays and sings Irish favorites. Chris Burke and the dancers gave great performances. The high light was Elements, a award winning production show. We took a 3 hour Catamaran Cruise and Snorkel on the Restess Native, gave us a chance to swim and snorkel in beautiful Bermuda waters. Great crew and would do it again when we return to Bermuda. On the last day we took the ferry to Hamilton and had lunch at the Hog Penny, nice service and good food. It's one of the oldest restaurants in Hamilton. Deciding to drive to Boston from Long Island was a good decision. Parking was easy, the Dawn more than met our expectations, and we loved sailing with Bostonian's I can say ParRk the CaR i HaRvaRd Squar with a Boston accent. Read Less
Sail Date June 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
I live in the Boston area so a cruise out of Boston and/or terminating in Boston is a plus (minimizing air travel is always a plus). Embarking/disembarking was typical for an ocean going cruise as was the cabin and most other amenities ... Read More
I live in the Boston area so a cruise out of Boston and/or terminating in Boston is a plus (minimizing air travel is always a plus). Embarking/disembarking was typical for an ocean going cruise as was the cabin and most other amenities (I'm a six time cruiser, "typical" means quite good and no complaints). Dining was free style so no reserved table in the evening and a different wait staff each time. I missed that from other cruises. Norwegian seems to be steering you to the specialty dining venues: smaller, better food, more intimate but cost extra. That is the Norwegian theme. Everything seems to cost extra. I suspect the up front costs are deliberately kept low to attract customers but you seem to pay constantly for day to day amenities such as drinks (wine $11, beer $9); unless you buy the "Ultimate" drink package which is exorbitant. Speaking of which, the Norwegian Internet site sucks, it fails to inform you of all the various drink packages available. You don't find out your options until you board. There is a beer package and a wine package available. The wine package worked for me. Forget Internet service (at least for me). I purchased 175 minutes of Internet and got like 10 minutes. The rest of the minutes went down the drain. If you don't make a point of logging out of their app, the minutes just keep counting. I went to the Network guru the first time and he restored my lost minutes, but even then I lost minutes big time (download time can be extensive and counts toward your allocation and it seemed even logging out of the app stop the clock). Simply not worth it. You're on vacation, forget the Internet! Money is better spent on a drink package or an excursion on Bermuda. I wish I'd done that. Biggest complaint for me was no quiet spot. There were four days at sea and for me, the only quiet spot for reading or contemplating the horizon was my balcony. Every public venue was noisy or had some entertainment or noisy and crowded. Even the promenade deck had very few lounge chairs. The other ships I've been on all had a lounge or two overlooking the bow or stern with views and with wait service and was fairly quiet and peaceful and a place for conservation, except for an occasional event. I missed that and found it a real drawback, particularly since we spent four days at sea. My biggest complaint. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I live in the Boston area so a cruise out of Boston and/or terminating in Boston is a plus (minimizing air travel is always a plus). Embarking/disembarking was typical for an ocean going cruise as was the cabin and most other amenities ... Read More
I live in the Boston area so a cruise out of Boston and/or terminating in Boston is a plus (minimizing air travel is always a plus). Embarking/disembarking was typical for an ocean going cruise as was the cabin and most other amenities (I'm a six time cruiser, "typical" means quite good and no complaints). Dining was free style so no reserved table in the evening and a different wait staff each time. I missed that from other cruises. Norwegian seems to be steering you to the specialty dining venues: smaller, better food, more intimate but cost extra. That is the Norwegian theme. Everything seems to cost extra. I suspect the up front costs are deliberately kept low to attract customers but you seem to pay constantly for day to day amenities such as drinks (wine $11, beer $9); unless you buy the "Ultimate" drink package which is exorbitant. Speaking of which, the Norwegian Internet site sucks, it fails to inform you of all the various drink packages available. You don't find out your options until you board. There is a beer package and a wine package available. The wine package worked for me. Forget Internet service (at least for me). I purchased 175 minutes of Internet and got like 10 minutes. The rest of the minutes went down the drain. If you don't make a point of logging out of their app, the minutes just keep counting. I went to the Network guru the first time and he restored my lost minutes, but even then I lost minutes big time (download time can be extensive and counts toward your allocation and it seemed even logging out of the app didn't stop the clock). Simply not worth it. You're on vacation, forget the Internet! Money is better spent on a drink package or an excursion on Bermuda. I wish I'd done that. Biggest complaint for me was no quiet spot. There were four days at sea and for me, the only quiet spot for reading or contemplating the horizon was my balcony. Every public venue was noisy or had some entertainment or noisy and crowded. Even the promenade deck had very few lounge chairs. The other ships I've been on all had a lounge or two overlooking the bow or stern with views and with wait service and was fairly quiet and peaceful and a place for conservation, except for an occasional event. I missed that and found it a real drawback, particularly since we spent four days at sea. My biggest complaint. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Overall a very good cruise to Bermuda, For frequent NCL passengers a few changes. Embarkation was a breeze, the only bottleneck was security and the scanners. We arrived curbside at the pier at Noon and 20 minutes later ordered lunch in ... Read More
Overall a very good cruise to Bermuda, For frequent NCL passengers a few changes. Embarkation was a breeze, the only bottleneck was security and the scanners. We arrived curbside at the pier at Noon and 20 minutes later ordered lunch in the dining room. We had late dinner reservations the entire cruise 9PM and the specialty restaurants were all still fairly busy but winding down. It appears the shows are in a phase of changing. Where we had seen "Band on the Run" and Elements at least a half dozen times, we typically skip the shows. This trip we saw one - but I don't recall the name. Typical production, no plot where during the whole thing you wished you were as thin and flexible again. I did not see in the daily the expected Band on the Run, but I might have missed it. I saw on the TV the crew talent show, that I was glad I could switch channels. The food in the Specialty restaurants was excellent but smaller portions. The 38oz Tomahawk at Cagney's has forever slipped into the past. Even things like sides portions have been reduced. We breakfast in Venetian and the food now is hot when served. A big improvement. Even the poached eggs are perfect and still warm. The Venetian lunch menu everyday is the same and closed on most port days. I wish this changed back to a different menu each day with some surprise items. One surprise to us, NCL now has there own 450 passenger ferry to St George. It runs 3 or 4 times certain days and is excellent and very punctual. The only grip being it departs from the other end of the pier, a couple thousand foot hike from the gangway. But then again, the Bermuda run city ferry is farther away. Disembarkation was a little different. We did not receive immigration declaration forms or luggage tags to our room, we had to fetch them from deck 7 at the last moment. No one ever collected our completed declaration so maybe its not required any longer. They asked for those with yellow or gold luggage tags to the big show lounge around 9am. Exited right out the door and got off without any of the expected congestion of inconsiderate or angry passengers. One hint I would have is don't try going the entire length of the ship on deck 7. Best to use a cabin deck unless your dragging luggage, as your screwed by the steward carts. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I chose this cruise for my boyfriend and I because it seemed like a good bang for your buck at the time. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of flying and thought this could be a fun alternative. The cruise itself was super easy to book and ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my boyfriend and I because it seemed like a good bang for your buck at the time. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of flying and thought this could be a fun alternative. The cruise itself was super easy to book and board. When we got on the ship, we were the youngest people traveling alone, we're 25. Everyone was very old and very slow moving (not to mention the judgemental looks and entitlement to the elevator). The food was terrible. Part of the appeal to the cruise was that the food would be good and easy. Unless you were willing to pay for a full meal every night, you are eating the fattiest, lowest grade meat and the blandest options of everything else. It was a week of french fries and soft serve. You couldn't bring your own booze, the booze package was $800 per person, and if you did pay for the $11 mixed drinks there was barely any alcohol in it. The island we went to, Bermuda, was absolutely amazing. We rented mopeds and did the excursions we were interested in on our own, beating crowds and saving money (the places didn't charge as much as the cruise line charges). Back to the boat for two days of $50 bingo and french fries and both my boyfriend and I contracted scabies from the mattress. Awesome. If you want to spend $2000 to be with the dinosaurs of the country, eat mush and get scabies than the Norwegian Dawn is for you! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
It was an easy access for us out of Boston and the service was very good. The entertainment excellent. We were able to enjoy wonderful food in the Venetian, and Le Bistro. The staff were very attentive. It was like a Resort on the ... Read More
It was an easy access for us out of Boston and the service was very good. The entertainment excellent. We were able to enjoy wonderful food in the Venetian, and Le Bistro. The staff were very attentive. It was like a Resort on the water. This was a very reasonable trip. I would say cost of things such as bingo cards very excessive $39++. I would suggest that although there was sufficient signage I believe much of our time was spent finding our way around. Having more diagrams of the ship from “you are here” and a large diagram of the ship in our room would have been extremely helpful. I would like to see more formal dining experiences offered..a very dresss up night. The dance floor/area concisited of moving between tables on carpeted floor in the Atrium area. Seating in the Atrium very limited on the main floor. There was only about 20 little tables and seating limited. During several shows one had to sit in metal folding chairs. The pool area and available lounge chairs very generous. The pool was not heated and the weather fair so a heated pool would be a big advantage during the early summer sails. We were never offered drinks by the pool as on other ships. We saw very few wait staff offering beverages. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was our first time on the new "Norwegian Dawn" since the "refurb"-so have nothing to compare from before.We loved it very much.Found it to be very colorful,very friendly easy to manoeuver around once we found our ... Read More
This was our first time on the new "Norwegian Dawn" since the "refurb"-so have nothing to compare from before.We loved it very much.Found it to be very colorful,very friendly easy to manoeuver around once we found our bearings.We always take the first day to go around all the areas of our likes before settling down on any one area.The casino was great had a lot of more modern machines and the service was excellent for us.My husband is a good tipper so we are always treated well.It didn't hurt that we also had very good luck as well..The entertainment in the theatre both venues were first rate.There had been a standing ovation for both shows.Food and drink are always good on Norwegian since we have the "UBP"it is much easier now at the bars.We tried the "Sunset" boat excursions around the Hamilton Coastline,they too were first rate.Those rum cruises are not chinzy at all.Alot of fun and kept the mood going..Even though the weather was very cool,maybe 65-68 degrees at night,that didn't dampen our spirits at all.We loved Bermuda and maybe thinking of returning at an other time to go to the other side of the island to see St.Georges,we hear that's quite a nice place as well. The music and bartenders in the Atrium were also great and always in a good mood. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I live in Baltimore County and there are two cruise lines that operate from here. Visiting Bermuda was on my bucket list, especially since it is so close to the U.S. East Coast. After years of vacation trips to the Northern Caribbean, ... Read More
I live in Baltimore County and there are two cruise lines that operate from here. Visiting Bermuda was on my bucket list, especially since it is so close to the U.S. East Coast. After years of vacation trips to the Northern Caribbean, Bermuda just called out "visit me". Due to date and cost issues, I selected to travel North to Boston to catch the NCL Dawn for three days in Bermuda. The only problem was the timing - I got a good single fare at the last minute but discovered that my passport had expired. No problem - I made a morning appointment at the Tip O'Neal Federal building in Boston the day of the departure. I arrived at the fed building at 10 AM and left at 10:45 with a brand-new passport, still warm from the printing presses. Now my cruising education began. I arrived at the cruise terminal at my scheduled time. I I turned my baggage over to the NCL baggage-handlers out fromt of the terminal. I entered the terminal and then stood in a long line to register my boarding documents with the NCL clerk who eventually issued my key to the kingdom - my NCL ship's ID/charge card. I was then guided to a large auditorium where I was given a boarding number and waited for a long time for my number to be called. I wished that they had a bar there. Once aboard I set off to locate my inside cabin. I am ex-U.S. Navy so I knew something about nautical life. I located my cabin in quick order. My bags took a bit of time to materialize. I went to find a bar and explore the ship. I found O'Shanahan's bar where I heard that before our departure there would be a life-boat drill. After that drill the ship departed Boston on time at 5 PM. After an early morning plane trip from Maryland I was hungry so I found the buffet for my first meal aboard. The food offered was very good - not Club Med level gourmet cooking but a wide selection of acceptable and sometimes intriguing dishes. I made my home-base at O'Shanahan's where I quickly bonded with the Filipino bartenders there. In the Navy I was stationed in the Philippines for a year, so we had much to talk about, And befriending bartenders can have its advantages. Our two-day crossing to Bermuda was menaced by the Northward approach of hurricane Jose. The ship did some protective maneuvering and the storm eventually turned away from Bermuda. My trip priorities were to travel, explore, rest, drink and socialize with a lot of people. I accomplished all of these without attending much of the ship's other entertainment offerings - shows, games, shops, gambling, etc. I did enjoy an hour of video poker in the casino but was disappointed that there were no free drinks there. I have always been reluctant for hotel staff to go poking around in my room, so I had very little use for my pre-paid room steward. I let him change my bed every day (so unnecessary!) just so he would have something to do. The ship docked in the western-most island in the Bermuda chain at the Royal Navy Dockyard. This contains a historical British citadel and a large collection of bars, shops and tourist services and activities. After the near brush with the hurricane the weather was hot and humid. I discovered that there is a road system that runs west-to-east connecting the island chain. There are also ferry boats that carry people back and forth. I purchased a two-day bus and ferry pass and climbed aboard a ferry to the main town of Hamilton. It was a Sunday and a lot of non-tourist related things were closed. I found an Irish pub with great draft beer. One Norwegian perk is its large, air-conditioned private ferry boat that only NCL passengers can ride to the eastern-most, historic port of St. George's. I boarded this on my second day in Bermuda. My first stop was at a restaurant where I ordered a lunch of chowder, conch and fries with a local draft beer. On the third day I returned to Hamilton and took the harbor ferry around to all of the residential docks that the city's inhabitants use for work and shopping. Once back in Hamilton returned to my newly-found Irish pub and did a walk-about among the business people walking the streets of the downtown area. And yes, businessmen in Bermuda do indeed wear white short-sleeved shirts with tie and Bermuda shorts. I then rode the island transit bus back west to the ship in order to see the island's interior residential areas. We arrived back at the Navy pier and I explored the commercial shops surrounding the old military citadel and has another beer at the popular pier bar and restaurant there. The trip back to Boston was uneventful and I returned to Baltimore with a head full of Bermuda memories. Food in the buffet and the gratis restaurants was very good and service was excellent throughout. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I am very loyal to Carnival Cruise Lines because their service, food, entertainment, and itineraries are consistently outstanding. The last time (before this cruise) I cruised Norwegian was back in 2003. I was thoroughly disappointed ... Read More
I am very loyal to Carnival Cruise Lines because their service, food, entertainment, and itineraries are consistently outstanding. The last time (before this cruise) I cruised Norwegian was back in 2003. I was thoroughly disappointed with the service, the plasticware on the top deck cafeteria, and the stateroom not being made up until 2:30 in the afternoon, if made up at all during the day. I WON this cruise at a local Casino and decided to see if the cruise line had made any improvement over the past decade and a half. So, I booked the room and even though Hurricane Irma was going strong, they notified us that we were definitely heading to Bermuda. I was pleasantly surprised. The Embarkation went smoothly and quickly. The staff was friendly on land as well as on the ship. Overall, we ended up having a blast and the Service in the stateroom and dining rooms was superb. We had smooth seas and 85+ degree temperatures. Smooth sailing upon our return as well. No longer is plasticware the norm in the Garden Cafe, but silverware IS. The keep it on each individual table. The Entertainment was excellent. Musicians in all ensembles were professional and sounded great! They have LIVE MUSICIANS in most of their Stage Productions as well. We truly enjoyed all shows. The Fitness Center had decent equipment, though it was difficult to locate on the first day. The Elliptical machines were challenging, and there were only 3 exercise bikes available. The Casino was very good to us Blackjack players, though expect a smoky atmosphere if you're planning on staying for a while. The food was average at best. Everything we ate was either "just ok" or dry. The ONLY entree that was palatable was the the Prime Rib. THAT was done to perfection. Most offerings were quite salty, from soups to entrees. Our Servers was consistently professional The BATHROOMS in the stateroom are luxurious and large. There are sliding door to separate the sink from the toilet and shower. Smart design. The remainder of the room is tiny. TV selections are poor. There are 2 movie channels, a news channel, and one "TV Station" that showed mostly cartoons. Overall, we had a blast! SERVICE was EXCELLENT. Will definitely consider cruising with Norwegian again..... and maybe not even wait 15 years to do so! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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
The crew was exceptional in every respect. The fresh fruit was to die for. The specialty steak house was perfect. The usual staterooms were adequate if not too large. 165 feet was one with a balcony. The toilet entrance can't be used ... Read More
The crew was exceptional in every respect. The fresh fruit was to die for. The specialty steak house was perfect. The usual staterooms were adequate if not too large. 165 feet was one with a balcony. The toilet entrance can't be used by anyone too fat. The shower was great. There is no cabin on the ship that is close to everything. If food is your thing, pick a cabin aft. If shows are for you, go forward. Three football fields long is a very long walk! The variety of foods is excellent. Don't drink the water in the buffet, because some people ignore the sign and jam their water bottles to come in contact with the spigot. The ship should, but does not, station a person near those dispensers to stop people from doing that. Virtually all the shows are only 45 minutes long. That was a bit disappointing, but the performers are energentic and work very hard. Many people brought very young children who were up and cranky late at night when they should have been asleep. If you require assistance on the ship or disembarking, it is there and excellent. Getting on the ship is another story. They don't provide wheelchairs until you have already checked it. That was the worst part of the entire voyage. In some cases, the entertainment you might like overlaps in different venues, making it a struggle to see and do everything you might like. If I could afford it, I would cruise regularly based on this experience - always a cruise that is touted as a leisure cruise, with food and drink available 24/7. The casino is smoking or I might have been there more. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Ship was chosen to coincide with our anniversary. Very Old ship and even with 6' swells we were rocking and rolling. Moved very slowly to give us two full days going and two full days returning. Would have liked to have had more time ... Read More
Ship was chosen to coincide with our anniversary. Very Old ship and even with 6' swells we were rocking and rolling. Moved very slowly to give us two full days going and two full days returning. Would have liked to have had more time in Bermuda. Staff tried to make trip as pleasant as possible. Food in specialty restaurant was overcooked and very bland. Buffet had large variety and most passengers ate there. Pool was always crowded and hot tubs were constantly filled with people. Even tough to find a lounge chair during the heat of the day. Dinning was at one end of the ship and entertainment was at the other end. Paid $69 for three (3) games of bingo that paid $125 each. For our anniversary we received a small cake 4" x 4" and singing waiters. Only four (4) elevators to a group and many times they would pass your floor because of overcrowding. Highlight was room steward making us a towel animal each evening and completing his room prep very efficiently and with a smile. First experience with Norwegian and we will not be giving up our membership on Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because neither of us had been to Bermuda and it was a good deal within driving distance from home... The good: No lines for anything, 3 minutes for check-in! I suspect this ship was less than half full because, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because neither of us had been to Bermuda and it was a good deal within driving distance from home... The good: No lines for anything, 3 minutes for check-in! I suspect this ship was less than half full because, even at sailaway, there were plenty of tables to be found in the Garden Cafe buffet. There was also never a shortage of pool loungers either. Our cabin steward was friendly and efficient and the shows were pretty good, too. The bad: The food was mediocre....not bad, but not that great either. I have chosen not to cruise Norwegian for the last 20 years because my first and only Norwegian cruise had bad service and worse food. The "nickel and diming" has now gotten out of control! You are not even allowed to bring your own bottle of water aboard! This is obviously because one of the first things you are offered in your cabin is their deluxe "hydration package" for just $19.95. Even at the formal dining rooms, a lobster tail comes with a $20 upcharge. Another gripe is that they set up the formal photography backdrops right at dinner time in such a way the the only passage for diners was between the camera and the subjects. All in all, we both gave this cruise a "B-" grade...a big improvement over the "D" we would have given the first Norwegian cruise....but in my mind, Norwegian has firmly established itself as the bottom of the barrel as far as cruises go. PS: What were they thinking with the horribly defaced framed paintings in the Venetian Dining room? Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I found inaccurate charges on my bill when I got home. Getting it straightened out is taking months and the customer service people are not real helpful. I have cruised on the Dawn 5 times. It is a nice little ship, the pool is too ... Read More
I found inaccurate charges on my bill when I got home. Getting it straightened out is taking months and the customer service people are not real helpful. I have cruised on the Dawn 5 times. It is a nice little ship, the pool is too small and the music at the pool is too loud. Conversation is impossible. Food was good. I have taken the cruise because it only takes me an hour to drive to the ship, no air travel needed. The best dinning is the steak house. Disembarking is not well organized very time consuming. Pay-outs in the Casino are poor at best. The cigar room has very poor exhaust ventilation. The cabin was comfortable and the maid service excellent. Check your receipts when yu get them. I had a tip added to a specialt dinning that I did not add. Was also charged for drinks that should have been unlimited. Bartenders are very busy and handling multiple guest card at a time and it appears easy for them to make mistakes putting a drink on the wrong card. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The service as always, was excellent. The specialty restaurants were excellent also. The buffet however ,could have changed up their menu more. most of the shows were really good, but the singers on this cruise were not of the quality we ... Read More
The service as always, was excellent. The specialty restaurants were excellent also. The buffet however ,could have changed up their menu more. most of the shows were really good, but the singers on this cruise were not of the quality we have experienced in the past. the hot tubs were very sub par. I don't know why, but the temperature of the water in all of them had been turned way down, nothing more than warm bath water, and that's not what we were used to. Really wanted that hot tub experience, and was very disappointed, expecially since the pool was ice cold. The slots in the casino were paying poorer than usual also. We never expect to win but we usually get more play for our money than w did this time. Also, and this applies to all of norwegians casinos at sea; they need to update their machines on a much more frequent basis. The ship did embark right on time, a surprise. Don't get me wrong, my wife and i are still planning on many more cruises with norwegian(9 so far), and hope they will read this and make the necessary steps to improve. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We cruised Boston/Bermuda with friends last week. We all had the unlimited drink package. The cruise was outstanding! Great food and never ending! Great entertainment! The service onboard was beyond exceptional. Our favorite waiter in the ... Read More
We cruised Boston/Bermuda with friends last week. We all had the unlimited drink package. The cruise was outstanding! Great food and never ending! Great entertainment! The service onboard was beyond exceptional. Our favorite waiter in the Venetian Restaurant was "Omar". We built up a rapport and he was outstanding with service and chatting. Plenty to do onboard. We had one minor issue that we chewed on a slight amount of sand in the salads, mentioned it to restaurant director and she immediately took steps for extra lettuce washing and in fact thanked us with a complimentary bottle of wine of our choice at dinner! One thing, be careful with cell phone as once out to sea it may connect to the onboard cellular service at enormous cost if phone uses any data. Put it in "airplane" mode or turn off cellular service. Ise only purchased wifi on board. Also another tip is to bring multiple socket power adapter as there is only one socket in small staterooms. Be aware that unlimited drink pkg does not cover specialty coffees or alcoholic drinks over a certain price, I think over $15 ...but no problem at all as it covers just about any drink type you want with no limit. Vessel was very clean and crew constantly cleaning even clean areas. Stateroom was very clean, well maintained, always maintained several times daily and it had a small safe and small refrigerator (don't use drinks stocked in refrig., they are charged and not in drink pkg). Disembarking was slightly confusing because instructions from PA system were not loud enough in central areas where people drowned it out. Overall, we would easily give it a grade of 95 out of 100! Would go again in a heartbeat! Great job Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I love travelling out of Boston - the Pier is user friendly and the check-in goes quickly. I have some mobility challenges. First trip back on the Dawn since it has been refurbished and it does look and feel fresher. I was in a 2br ... Read More
I love travelling out of Boston - the Pier is user friendly and the check-in goes quickly. I have some mobility challenges. First trip back on the Dawn since it has been refurbished and it does look and feel fresher. I was in a 2br suite on Deck 11 and while I love the room and particularly the shower, I like it best when it is in the Haven. There really is better service there. Ate at 4 of the specialty restaurants - I love Cagney and our waiter was terrific - that always remember food allergies and make suggestions. But the food at Le Bistro is the best onboard and I am glad they have moved the restaurant. Entertainment was so-so- the comedian not funny at all but the ensemble energetic and fun to watch. My favorite music can be heard all over the ship. NCL is a service driven company and I feel that as a customer. Love forward to a fall cruise on the Jade to Canada. Just made contact with a private tour company in Prince Edward Island as a result of a review on this site. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Cruised from Boston to Bermuda. My 5th Norwegian, her 1st. A great trip for sure. Only negative was that mother nature sent an Atlantic storm our way forcing the captain to hug the coast line to near Delaware causing us to loose 1 day in ... Read More
Cruised from Boston to Bermuda. My 5th Norwegian, her 1st. A great trip for sure. Only negative was that mother nature sent an Atlantic storm our way forcing the captain to hug the coast line to near Delaware causing us to loose 1 day in Bermuda (can't fool mother nature.) Trip was wonderful.....great food in main dining rooms and complimentary Bamboo restaurant. Room attendant was top-notch (thank you Dewey). Over-all service was first rate. Open dining does not always get you the same waiter, but Rosana in Aqua was outstanding with a great personality,,,,made our dinner very relaxing and fun. In Venetian, Nestain and partner Russell were in their first full week as wait staff....they were fun and efficient (but a little nervous). Maitre D in Venetian was a bit of a stuffed shirt as we complimented Nestain to him and he didn't let Nestain know that we did. Entertainment was absolutely fantastic....Jose and Patti were the best...played and sang daily with incredible repertoire....kept us dancing all night. Also Sonata was another group who also kept us dancing with a great variety and range of music. Shows were fantastic with high energy dancing and singing. An acrobatic act and magician were awesome. Never a dull moment. Shore excursion...Hidden Gems was the best (see review on Trip Advisor). Also Bermuda triangle evening cruise gave a great view of shipwreck and undersea life in glass bottom boat. Will definitely cruise Norwegian again...hello Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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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