6 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Southern

Great size ship. Not too big. Norwegian Ships always provides first class service, amenities, food and entertainment. The ports of call were varied and safe. The excursions were awesome. Couldn’t beat the weather. The registration ... Read More
Great size ship. Not too big. Norwegian Ships always provides first class service, amenities, food and entertainment. The ports of call were varied and safe. The excursions were awesome. Couldn’t beat the weather. The registration and de-barking process was swift and efficient. The speciality restaurants were as fine as the best in any City. The waiters are extremely well trained and attentive to one’s every need. Our cabin steward was new;; however, he went out of his way to perform his responsibilities very well. The hostesses, and bar personnel learned your favourites quickly and by the third day knew what you wanted before you placed an order. The ship was spotless and employees were present everywhere cleaning and putting final touches on the ships interior. The constant attention to the hygiene of everyone on board is remarkable. The washy washy, happy happy, theme made the process fun and effortless. We have cruised on other lines; however, we now patronize Norwegian due to the consistent delivery of all of the above. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise visited 6 islands in addition to Puerto Rico and was a new itinerary for us. We like the smaller ship and were familiar with the general layout of the restaurants and activity areas. Our restricted view cabin had great ... Read More
This cruise visited 6 islands in addition to Puerto Rico and was a new itinerary for us. We like the smaller ship and were familiar with the general layout of the restaurants and activity areas. Our restricted view cabin had great storage but was small and had no chair or small couch other than a stool at the desk/vanity, so I guess one sacrifices storage for seating. We had four dining experiences in the specialty restaurants and found the experience to be very nice. The main dining room can be a bit noisy and we found we liked going to Aqua better since it was a bit smaller. I think NCL trains their staff well as everyone we encountered was friendly and had a word of greeting. The entertainment was rather predictable, some I liked better than others, and the staff offered a wide variety of activities. The cruise director, Robert, was excellent, one of the best we have every had. He was friendly and interacted with everyone he met. I liked going to the Library and getting the daily puzzles. We were able to find some sheltered areas to enjoy (not too much sun or wind). On this particular cruise we took all but one of the ship's excursions per port. Only one of them was a bit disappointing, the afternoon beach break on St. John's. I wish we could have stayed a bit longer in each port since most of the islands were very close together but I understand the port authority and costs to dock may influence the hours the ship can be at the pier. I am not sure that I would do this same itinerary again since the islands seem a bit of the same; however, in the winter, the weather can't be beat. Maybe we will have to try the Eastern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Out of Boston and back to Boston. Liked going to 7 islands. Enjoyed shore excursions for the most part. Like bigger ships usually. Enjoyed specialty restaurants. Drinks very expensive. Room on the small side. Most of entertainment very ... Read More
Out of Boston and back to Boston. Liked going to 7 islands. Enjoyed shore excursions for the most part. Like bigger ships usually. Enjoyed specialty restaurants. Drinks very expensive. Room on the small side. Most of entertainment very good. Elements excellent.Shouldn't have to ask for toilet paper or tissues. Dining room. Best table was 101. It seems to be better when sitting at one table. Get to know waiter and assistant waiter. Hypnotist had a good show but not very friendly off stage. So called drink package free but wasn't. Over $200 each person in room for taxes and tips. Patti and Jose sang in atrium every night. Very versatile and excellent singers. Hard time finding a seat in atrium area. Shore excursions had $50 off each. Still very expensive. Enjoyed games and prizes at the end of cruise. Bean bag baseball, ring toss, etc.Too much cigarette smoke on deck 6. Casino and smoking room. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Having barely survived, the installation of an updated kitchen, .... This was to be, that pre holiday break, that was so dearly needed. That was the hope, and that was the plan, .... But the Norwegian Dawn, .... Would quite frankly, fail ... Read More
Having barely survived, the installation of an updated kitchen, .... This was to be, that pre holiday break, that was so dearly needed. That was the hope, and that was the plan, .... But the Norwegian Dawn, .... Would quite frankly, fail to deliver !!! This ship, was such a disappointment, in so many ways, .... That one could easily fill this page, .... And still not cover it all. Suffice to say, that complaints were a normal occurrence, of just about every day. Ranging as minor as, internet minutes, .... And as major as disfunctional / overflowing toilets. Ours, had a fill valve that did not close completely. Which resulted in a flooded bathroom floor, by morning !!! Several attempts, by our cabin steward, resulted in no response, .... He finally suggested, that we should call, and perhaps they would listen to us ( What ??? ) When we did call, .... It took several attempts to resolve the problem, .... As this was obviously not unique, to just our particular stateroom !!! More importantly, .... After many years of cruising, Platinum on Norwegian alone, .... We are forced to conclude, that the so called “Norwegian Edge”, .... Or whatever they choose to call it, .... Is strictly a marketing term, that pathetically fails to deliver, in a real world sort of way !!! One only needs, to sample the food offerings, .... To put things into a crystal clear perspective. At entry level pricing, .... Norwegian feels no particular obligation, to feed you like a King. Offering their up priced, signature offerings, for those that are willing, to reach into their pocket. While quietly spoiling, suite’s and above, in a private dining area !!! The most glareing disappoinment, .... Could be found, in the Ocean Cafe, .... Where the monotony, of the day to day offerings, .... Would only be upgraded, on the very last day’s of the cruise ??? Norwegian would like to have you leave, with only good thought’s .... If one can somehow absorb, the constant pressure to sell, .... You may not be quite as patient, with the charges, on your Mini Bar Purchases, .... Which seemed all too common in scope !!! In our particular case, .... After repeated requests, for more soft beverages, we resorted to stalking it ourselves. We left a note, for our cabin steward, advising him of such, .... And still found a charge, on our final bill .... We challenged this, with the “Stone Faced Service Desk”, .... Only to be told, that we should take this issue up, with our Cabin Steward ??? The same one, that could not get our toilet fixed ... We are not so naive, .... As to not get this folks, .... Things do happen & things do break, .... And should be remedied, in a quick & professional manor, .... Sans intervention, by the customer themselves !!! We however, find ourselves in a physiological war, with Norwegian, .... And have to seriously assess, .... That if one needs to reserve a Suite or a piece of the Haven, to get a fair shake, .... Then our vacation dollars, just might best be directed, to a more appreciative cruise line !!! Hope this helped someone, .... In some small way ‘)) Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My wife and I just got off the dawn, and the ship is barely 10 years old and looks in pretty good shape. The crew were engaged in ongoing maintenance varnishing the hand rails, painting etc. as they should be. The meeting with the ... Read More
My wife and I just got off the dawn, and the ship is barely 10 years old and looks in pretty good shape. The crew were engaged in ongoing maintenance varnishing the hand rails, painting etc. as they should be. The meeting with the cruise critics was opened by the "Company man" flanked by the skipper, saying that the comments that the ship was unsafe were very unfair. They arrived in Miami with 2 engines, someone told the captain that the faulty engine was fixed, the skipper took her out and the engine failed again. They sent out a repair crew to "fix" the engine and the cruise continued on 3 engines. The comment from one of the passengers was "why don't you tell us what is going on?" Good question. The stop at Samana was a dead loss for us. I walk 4 miles a day and thought that I'd walk on shore to get my mileage in, not! They have the most annoying and aggressive sales people I've ever encountered. There was nothing at the place we stopped to see so stay on board or try one of the tours. With 2000 people on board I know you can't please everyone but for those of us who need to keep in touch with the outside world a better selection of T.V. would help a lot. There were 500 Canadians on board but no Canadian T.V. You could cut out FOX news, all I learned in a week was that there was a Democrat in the White house and worse he was black and lots of republicans are very upset. The Pearly King Pub would get more business if it had some variety of games on their screens. Also there was a couple of entertainers in the foyer next to the pub and they were very popular with some of the passengers, the passengers came and took the chairs from the pub, hurting both venues. The ship arrived 2 hrs. late in Miami, no explanation, but after that disembarkation worked fine. All in all if you want to visit 5 different islands and not pack and unpack all the time this is the only way to go. 9 days is a bit much and I feel kind of cruised out. A passenger had a medical emergency on the way back from Barbadoes and the ship stopped to let her off at St. Martaan. A very decent thing to do! Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
We sailed to the Southern Caribbean on the Dawn in mid March. Weather was fantastic. My overall impression of the trip was good. As always what you put into any venture effects what you get out of it. These are my impressions. Embarkation: ... Read More
We sailed to the Southern Caribbean on the Dawn in mid March. Weather was fantastic. My overall impression of the trip was good. As always what you put into any venture effects what you get out of it. These are my impressions. Embarkation: To this end NCL reigns supreme. I have never had a bad experience and again this was true. We arrived at 11:15 am and was setting in the Venetian enjoying lunch before noon. The ship: The Dawn is a beautiful ship and well maintained. Getting around can be a little confusing but as time passes, it's a breeze. I especially like that the Casino of situated where you need to make an effort to get there. Many other ships put it in a path that forces you to go through it but not so on the Dawn. Post: The itinerary was excellent, I even enjoyed Samana, which I did have some reservations on. I don't like to Tender but the Dawn crew made it an efficient process. All the other ports were docked and no problem getting around. Dining: Well this is an area which I did have some disappointments. We ate in the Venetion all but one night. For the most part service was excellent. We did however have one unpleasant evening where we had dirty plates in front of us for over 20 minutes. I would excuse this if they were busy, but this was not the case, it was more of a lack of attention. But like I said this was only 1 of 9. As for the food, I think NCL may need to work a little on the menu, It was not as good as we have experienced on other NCL cruises. I think the problem for me lies more in selection than quality. What I tried was good, but the variety that I expected was not there. Specialty restaurants were available but we did not use them. We will have to explore this more on future cruises. I almost forgot the Buffets, they were excellent and we never had a problem finding something we liked. Cabin Staff: Excellent, never a problem, room was kept clean and serviced through out the cruise. Definite, hats off to the cabin staff. Entertainment was so-so. To be honest I have bragged on previous cruises but on this I would call it adequate only, although the crew skit was the high point. Maintenance: I realize that there is a concerted need for continuous maintenance on any ship. We had the unfortunate luck to have a major task going on just outside our cabin for most of the cruise. Although an effort was made to keep disruption at a minimum it was an inconvenience, one of which we forgive due to the need. Disembarkation: Best ever of any cruise. From the time we met in the Bamboo lounge until we were leaving in our rental car for Orlando...under an hour. absolutely fantastic. Hands off to NCL, Miami Cabs, and Budget for making my most dreaded part of the trip, the best ever. All and all, we had a positive experience. A high point was our meet and greet for cruise critics member. We had two gatherings and NCL supported us very professionally. We had over 50 members attend. It was great putting faces on otherwise names and nicknames. I'm glad that NCL supports Cruise Critics and hope they continue in the future. We plan to do the 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman next spring and see that the Dawn is scheduled for that itinerary. We will be looking forward to seeing a great ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2010
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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