7 Norwegian Dawn Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Bermuda

The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. There were plenty of on board activities throughout the week. The entertainment staff keeps you on your toes and laughing through the entire week, the shows and performers were all amazing. We dined at the Venetian, Aqua, and Bamboo The food was delicious, sometimes it took a bit for us to get our food after ordering however we also went at busy times .Restaurant staff was friendly and attentive. We ended our nights at Bliss Lounge and enjoyed the fun there. The DJ played some of the same songs night after night, but we still had a ton of fun. The only thing we didn't like was the pool deck area was taken over by children a lot of the time, and the hot tubs would have been much more enjoyable if there wasn't many children in them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our first cruise. It was convenient for us leaving out of Boston. We had two teenagers with us that we barely saw. The teen club was awesome for them. The staff and crew on the ship was great. It's the little things that ... Read More
This was our first cruise. It was convenient for us leaving out of Boston. We had two teenagers with us that we barely saw. The teen club was awesome for them. The staff and crew on the ship was great. It's the little things that struck me as great customer service. One day coming back to the ship it was raining and we were greeted with plushy towels to wrap in. The entertainment was excellent and offered something for every taste. The dining options were plenty-full and varied enough to not become boring. I would recommend to take the dining package that allows for three meals at the higher level restaurants. We enjoyed that as a break from the main dining halls although they were great as well. I am not sure I will ever go on a cruise again, but if I would, the Norwegian Dawn would be ship that I'd consider. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and ... Read More
very fun ship...lot to do with kids and adults...the entertainment was TOP NOTCH, and Bermuda is a great port...rooms were clean and nice...and the upgrades were very good. Only a few negative things to mention: 1) Out of Boston, and maybe this is the time of the year, there were a LOT of younger (18-22) kids getting hammered...that goes obviously with a lot of adults...it's not going to ruin your time, but it can get annoying QUICK...during a more intimate cabaret show/improv comedy show, some kids were so loud you couldn't hear the performers with their mics MAXED...again this might be different when you go. 2) This is my fourth Norwegian Cruise, and I've never encountered as much of a language barrier as this ship. Normally the crew is very international, but in this occasion, we did have some issues. 3) The food outside of sit down wasn't all that great. Usually the buffet has varying options, but it seemed like the same old every day. the Bamboo included restaurant was impossible to get a reservation to. And the Irish bar pub food was not good. 4) Our inside cabin had VERY thin walls, so we could hear a lot of other people...again this could be our cabin/floor, and the party atmosphere of the ship. Overall I would recommend this cruise, just be aware of when you go. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to ... Read More
Went on this cruise with my cousins. Our group was early to mid twenties, and this cruise was FANTASTIC! Everyone had a blast. Living right outside of Boston we were able to be drop off right at the pier where there was someone waiting to take our bags. Boarding was a breeze. Once on the boat, there was truly something for everybody, from game shows and the casino for the gambler in our crew, or all sorts of activities during the day from trivia to mr. Sexy legs by the pool, no body ever once said they were bored. Even though I preferred laying by the pool with a drink in my hand. And with two bars near by made the wait minimal. The shows in the evenings were amazing we only missed one all week. We definetly recommend not missing the comedy shows, the second city group on the boat is hilarious!! Food was delicous from the buffet, to the Venetian all around great food. And we loved Not having a set meal time so there was no rush to get off the pool deck and to dinner on time, instead we left when ready and took our time showering and getting ready. And with three girls sharing 1 bathroom and straightener that was definetly a huge plus. Bliss Ultra lounge was soo much fun at night, its huge and the bar tenders always on point. And having osheeans open all night made for the perfect late night snack afterwards. All the staff was all fantastic but Dan, Jaime and shake it Shirley were most definetly our favorites, definetly made our week unique and a blast! All around a blast already planning for next time!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We're a couple in our 60's who went on a 7-night cruise to Bermuda from Boston on the NCL Dawn. We've been on 30+ cruises on various lines (with 11 on Celebrity). This was our third cruise on NCL. We knew that the guest ... Read More
We're a couple in our 60's who went on a 7-night cruise to Bermuda from Boston on the NCL Dawn. We've been on 30+ cruises on various lines (with 11 on Celebrity). This was our third cruise on NCL. We knew that the guest demographics would be different from the ones on the Celebrity and other lines, but this was quite a departure from what we’re used to. Since it was only seven nights, it attracted a younger crowd who could get away from work with a quick cruise w/o flying and it appeared to be the first cruise for most of them. Apparently NCL encourages smoking as you could do that anywhere in the casino and on any of the outside decks. You could even smell it on people’s clothes in the elevators and in the dining rooms and bars so you could never really get away from it. We’d be sneezing and getting stuffed up from all the smoke. There was even an ashtray mounted in the toilet area of the bathroom as they allowed you to smoke in the cabins until 2012! The buffet was really crowded and the food there was bad. The dinners in the MDRs were passable, but they were pretty basic and not very interesting. On Celebrity, we look forward to each meal but on this cruise, we had to drag ourselves there. The Dawn's décor was kind of tacky and things were worn down. There were no formal nights and people dressed down in every venue. We never saw the Captain once on the entire cruise and we only saw the senior officers when they were introduced in the theater. On the other hand, the staff was hardworking and friendly and the bars, shows and bands were very good. We danced more on this cruise than on others since you weren’t on display in the center of a room as you would be on the Celebrity Millennium class ships. We partied every night as we enjoyed our drink package. We’re pretty adaptable so that made things somewhat acceptable. However, we were very happy when the seven days were over so we could get off! We did this cruise as a way to check out NCL so on that level, we met that goal. This experience may not be typical of other NCL cruises and ships but we’ll be extra careful before going with them again. In the meantime, we’ll likely stick with Celebrity since we're Elite with them and may also try RCCL again now that we’re Diamond with them. The NCL may be just what others are looking for but it's definitely not for us. Bermuda was a pleasant surprise. We did our own tours as it was very easy and safe to do that. The ship arrived at 11:00 am so we walked around the Royal Naval Dockyard area the first afternoon. We went to the National Museum of Bermuda which is a 5-10 minute walk from the ship and was only $10 for adults ($8 for seniors). The Commissioner’s House was closed due to damage from a hurricane but we enjoyed visiting the other museums and walking on ramparts. We also spent about an hour at the Dolphin Quest watching the staff and guests interacting with the dolphins. It was surprisingly interesting (especially since it’s free to watch). The second day we bought a 2-day ferry/bus pass. We took the first ferry of the day to St. George and then connected by bus to visit the Crystal Caves. It was a little pricy at $30 pp for the two caves but it was much cheaper than the ship’s tour. We took other buses and stayed on just to see St. David’s and got off to check out several beaches before we headed to Hamilton for the ferry back to the ship. The last day we took the bus to Horseshoe Beach and swam there. We then went to Hamilton and walked around the town and saw plenty of locals wearing Bermuda shorts. We used our bus pass to get back to our dock on a different route to see other parts of the islands. The weather was perfect so we really enjoyed our time there. It’s a really nice destination and doesn’t have the crusty Third World feel of some of the Caribbean islands. So, we now know why people like it so much. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We took a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn. We left on April 20th and returned April 27th. Myself, my husband and our 2 1/2 year old daughter all went. We left from Manhattan, which was nice. From where we live it was easy to get to ... Read More
We took a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn. We left on April 20th and returned April 27th. Myself, my husband and our 2 1/2 year old daughter all went. We left from Manhattan, which was nice. From where we live it was easy to get to the port, parking was not a problem. For the week it cost $210.00 to park at the pier. Getting on the ship took about 1-1 1/2 hours total. It was not too bad but with a 2 1/2 year old it was a long wait. Once on the ship we went to our room. We booked an inside cabin. It was small, smaller then Carnival or Disney but was clean. For the most part the ship was in good shape. Everything was clean except for the windows. They often looked dirty. The ship was VERY crowded. It was spring break for many school so there were LOTS of children. It was difficult to find a seat at the buffet for lunch or breakfast. Also we had to wait approx. 30 minutes to eat in the main dining rooms for dinner. If you were not in a rush it was not such a big deal but with a 2 1/2 year old it was too much. The food for the most part was fine. We ate in the Venetian, Aqua, Salsa, Impressions and Cagney's. Impressions was fair, Aqua, Salsa and Venetian were good, I'd say Cagney's was the best (but it also cost the most). The buffet was fine for breakfast and lunch but again it was SOOO crowded. My daughter went to the kids program most evenings so we could enjoy a few hours by ourselves. It was usually crowded, but the staff seemed caring. She often cried when we left her but was fine when we picked her up. The kids pool section was nice. She really enjoyed the slide and going into the pool. However, I fell a lifeguard should be on duty there at all times. Many kids were running around, not following directions and being fairly rude. Twice medical staff had to come to tend to a child who was must due to others not following the rules. We did not use the adult pool, most days were chilly. Very few seemed to use the main pool at all. Bermuda was beautiful, although not very warm. The first day and a half we spent outside Hamilton. They needed to tender us to shore. It was a pain, poorly run. We had to wait at least an hour to get on and off the boat to get to Bermuda. There were MANY upset people. By the second day many of the tours were sold out. We decided to take the bus ourselves to Horseshoe Bay Beach. It coast us $10.00 round trip by bus. The bus was staff, reliable and cheap (a great way to see the island). Horseshoe Bay is a public beach. They had bathrooms, food and was free to get into. We only spent about an hour there since it was chilly. The last day we were in the dockyard. It was east to get on and off the ship. They had a free trolly to see the dockyard. It was so beautiful. They had a snorkel park, a shopping area, a museum and some places to eat in the dockyard area. Getting off the ship we did the express disembarkation. So did many others. We waited about 1-1/2 hours to get off the ship. The cruise overall was not bad just crowded, The weather also could have been better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2008
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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