Sail Date: April 2019
My very first cruise with Norwegian, and what a pleasant surprise! After 40+ cruises on other lines, I was very impressed with Norwegian. Love, love their free style cruising and the entire experience was AMAZING! The cruise directors ... Read More
My very first cruise with Norwegian, and what a pleasant surprise! After 40+ cruises on other lines, I was very impressed with Norwegian. Love, love their free style cruising and the entire experience was AMAZING! The cruise directors and his staff were the best I have encountered! Kudos to you Norwegian! The only thing I regretted was that is was not longer cruise. The cabin was spacious and the bathroom was larger than or usual cabin. The shower and toilet were in separate locations, by sliding doors. The dining was superb with many options. The service impeccable, and the entertainment superb! The shows were superbly done. The performers were passionate and their energy was evident in all their performances. The game shows were nicely done with added twist and humor. An excellent cruise, I highly recommend the Norwegian cruise line. Their free style cruising surpasses all the cruise lines I’ve been on. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Balcony very nice. outstanding concept of complimentary restaurants. Only nccl has. First time with norweign. 35 cruises with carnival and royal carribean. Bufett was the worst selection of food and tasteless. Had electrical fire at 2am on ... Read More
Balcony very nice. outstanding concept of complimentary restaurants. Only nccl has. First time with norweign. 35 cruises with carnival and royal carribean. Bufett was the worst selection of food and tasteless. Had electrical fire at 2am on my deck had too evac to pool deck for 2 and a half hrs. Finally brought coffee at 4am. Ship was clean and cruise director did a very good job.got on board late due to post cruise guests late getting off. Carried own luggage and getting off was fast and efficient. Dislike Miami port due to long walk from parking. I desided I will not go out of the port of Miami again.port Canaveral, jax, and tampa only.smoking areas were very scarce. Deck 13 at open air bar only after refueling. And cigar room only. Casino smoking only when open. So only place to smoke when we got onboard for3hrs was cigar room with15 seats and you needed a knife to cut thru the smoke.rccl going to have to change that. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
The ship has a small pool area for the amount of people that it takes, on land days that’s not a big problem but on sea days there’s definitely no room to enjoy that area unless you go save a spot early in the morning, the biggest ... Read More
The ship has a small pool area for the amount of people that it takes, on land days that’s not a big problem but on sea days there’s definitely no room to enjoy that area unless you go save a spot early in the morning, the biggest problem we had was with the onboard entertainment, it was 5 days of the same over and over, the one day we had a night of somewhat good music I requested from vip band to play something for everyone and was told yes no problem but they played through their 50 minute session non stop and didn’t please the crowd, once they finished and the DJ Dylan came to his booth I again went to him and requested some Latin music and was told that I should have asked the band that was doing the Latin party and when I told him I did but didn’t get the request fulfilled he simply brushed me and stated playing something else completely different, take in account that there were only about 20 of us there at that time and we all wanted what I was requesting, the hallway on the 9th floor where my stateroom was located was always smelling like weed and the room itself was a 3.5 at best. Most likely I will not be vacationing with Norwegian again. The one girl from Morocco that was on the entertainment was the nicest person ever on that whole ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
This was the 2nd cruise on the Dawn for my Mom and me. We did Boston to Bermuda a few years ago. This time, Miami to Costa Maya and Cozumel. We’ve been on larger ships, too, like the Breakaway and enjoy both the large and smaller ship ... Read More
This was the 2nd cruise on the Dawn for my Mom and me. We did Boston to Bermuda a few years ago. This time, Miami to Costa Maya and Cozumel. We’ve been on larger ships, too, like the Breakaway and enjoy both the large and smaller ship experiences. We had a great time. The crew was nice, always friendly and always greeted us with smile and warm hello. Our room steward, Sandip, was very attentive and our ice bucket was always full and cabin always neat and fresh. He left us such a nice note on the last day and we told him a little about NYC, where the Dawn is headed next. The food was fantastic! We ate at either Aqua, the Venetian or O’Sheehans and hit the buffet for random snacks. The buffet was fine - it’s a buffet - our expectations were not high, but we didn’t eat there for major meals. We preferred the sit down and be served restaurants and were not disappointed. Prime Rib, NY strip, baked fish, homemade chicken cordon bleu, risotto, and mozzarella ravioli. Delicious desserts. The brownie cheesecake at O’sheehans was yummy. Service was great as well. The 2 main dining rooms had great choices every night. And served nice lunches, too. I read the reviews about the food being just ok or horrible. Not sure what these people ate or what they are used to, but I strongly disagree! Perhaps they were eating hot dogs from the Pool grill? At any rate, we ate complimentary dining every meal and came home satisfied. The shows were awesome. Loved Soul Rockin Nights and Elements and Po, the magician was fun. Didn’t see the comedian because we were pooped from the day on shore. But we played Deal or No Deal, enjoyed time in the sun on 12 and naps in the shade on 7 with gorgeous views. The weather was fantastic. Minor complaint - I forgot how SMALL the pool was. Holy crowdedness! Wall to wall bodies. But that wasn’t of major concern, But might be for some. The pool music was fine. Looked like everyone was enjoying it. Wasn’t of huge interest to us - we preferred the tranquil waves on deck 7. But all of n all, the Dawn is a nice small ship for a fun getaway. 5582 Costa Maya - we did a Mayan Ruin excursion. The ruins were interesting and excursion overall was good, however the trip there gave us an up close view of the poverty and horrible living conditions in the surrounding area. The roads were littered with trash, waste and general dirtiness. The cruise line, excursion company or someone needs to reinvest in the community and assist with cleanup and establishing a better sewer system. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
I was a bit taken back after booking this cruise to have the Norwegian agent say you may be disappointed after being in the Bliss...a true statement. From embarkation, seemed like one ball drop after another. Met some truly wonderful ... Read More
I was a bit taken back after booking this cruise to have the Norwegian agent say you may be disappointed after being in the Bliss...a true statement. From embarkation, seemed like one ball drop after another. Met some truly wonderful people and staff- and as well some people I wish stayed home. Cabin older (10058-balcony) but clean, smaller. Toilet was small and on five occasions I had to call guest service- wouldn’t flush... someone a few cabins away kept blocking it. Met people who had no a/c in an interior, sewage smell , in their cabins.... one night on my deck an electrical fire broke out causing many to be evacuated to deck 13... we didn’t hear the commotion but heard thru passengers horrible stuff and handling. The smoking section at top of ship was flat out horrible traversing twenty plus steps. Food was good, specialty restaurants good, entertainment and music was so so.... same people same songs...all in all I will sail on Norwegian again but not on the Dawn. Also, I think Norwegian needs to deal with some of the surly staff and the way they handle problems or complaints. You have a wonderful product but Passengers who pay have rights too—help those or reimburse those with uncorrectable problems..instead of babysitting people who are in a large suite who act inappropriately, worry about the folks who work hard and want a wonderful experience Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Love the Western Caribbean. Love sailing on NCL. Even though the Dawn is one of their older, smaller ships, it makes up for it in a close knit crew who we became very much acquainted with and hated to say "good bye" to. Food ... Read More
Love the Western Caribbean. Love sailing on NCL. Even though the Dawn is one of their older, smaller ships, it makes up for it in a close knit crew who we became very much acquainted with and hated to say "good bye" to. Food excellent (breakfast in the Venetian), dinner at Los Lobos, Moderno, and Le Bistro. Tenderloin at Le Bistro was amazing! Our steward took great care of us! Our servers at the restaurants we're fabulous! Because we have sailed on NCL multiple times, we have noticed the entertainment hasn't changed. We had seen it all before. That is an area that could be updated and improved upon. White Hot Party was a bust. It used to be held in the Bliss and more of a dance party for adults. Now on the pool deck it has become disorganized, scattered, children and teenagers running around with adults sitting off to the side....bored. Karaoke had some songs that had to be removed due to inappropriate words (profanity, vulgar, demeaning words). Some entertainment in the Bliss during hours that children were allowed in we're inappropriate for children. Enjoyed the Bliss better on past cruises better when it was used more for adults to go and dance and enjoy the music. Embarkation and Disembarkation were the smoothest, quickest, friendliest and best ever in Tampa. Better than Miami, Port Canaveral, Seattle, Venice, and Barcelona. Great Port! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our first cruise on NCL. The live entertainment (deal or no deal, the "cirque-like" performance, the comedian, the big-band musicians who did a trivia game) was better here than on that "other cruise line" ... Read More
This was our first cruise on NCL. The live entertainment (deal or no deal, the "cirque-like" performance, the comedian, the big-band musicians who did a trivia game) was better here than on that "other cruise line" although some of the singer performances were not very appealing and we left those early. The flexible dining options were really nice... we could eat free in multiple places without long lines or reservations. The times for the one event we liked most, trivia, were changed without notice multiple times, and that was a downer. The wi-fi we paid for was awful. We had no issues with our cabin or plumbing which was lovely. All the staff was friendly and helpful. Most places on the boat felt clean and kept up, with the exception of a few ladies' restroom doorlocks. The "new" paintings in the larger dining hall were garish and out of place, and service there was a little slow in the a.m. But the other restaurants were comfortable and varied. There were too many things you could do if you paid extra, and not enough fun/free things to do like trivia, dance lessons, or exercises that were free. There were plenty of lounge chairs and sun, however. This particular cruise had very few little ones running around. We will likely go again, but with a better plan in place for internet needs and lower expectations on schedules. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This was my wife and myself, 10th cruise with N.C.L. and it simply didn't disappoint. As usual embarkation was an absolute breeze. A very smooth operation. Access to our cabin to unpack was swift so we could start our holiday as soon ... Read More
This was my wife and myself, 10th cruise with N.C.L. and it simply didn't disappoint. As usual embarkation was an absolute breeze. A very smooth operation. Access to our cabin to unpack was swift so we could start our holiday as soon as possible. The cabin was spotlessly clean, and remained so for the cruise duration thanks to our fantastic cabin steward, Agus. A real gentleman. All cruise long, the food on board was the usual N.C.L. standard. First class. Not a single complaint on either temperature, quality, or service. The vast majority of the guests were from the U.S. and a very friendly mix of all age groups made for a very enjoyable holiday. We always get a great welcome in America. O.K. now to the main reason for the 5 star rating of this cruise. The entertainment. Without doubt, the best we've seen on any ship. The cruise director (Dingo Dave) certainly came up trumps here. Every theatre show was outstanding. The magician, the acrobats, the comedian (Landry) , the singers and the dancers. A standing ovation every night. The top show of the week was Elements. We've seen that show before and it was good, but this time it was out of this world. As good as a London West end performance. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The final show of the week was Showdown. Again, a top quality (mock) singing competition. The comedian (Landry) did a one off adults only end of cruise performance. Very funny guy who didn't need to resort to swearing just to get a laugh, but be warned, it is most definitely adult humour. All the around ship entertainers were excellent. The piano man (Anthony Garcia), was exceptionally talented. The poolside band (Caribbean wave), the nghtclub band ( Manilla soul), all are worthy of a mention. On the final night Dingo Dave and the rest of the entertainment crew did the 1st ever trial of a new show called, The Movie Sketch Comedy Show. A resounding success. Bliss Nightclub was packed to capacity. All the destinations were very pleasant places to visit with a vast array of excursions to choose from, but we did hear that the taxi drivers in Honduras were very pushy for business to the guests who chose to explore on their own. It is a shame when that happens. It can be very intimidating for elderly guests. Our final port of call was Harvest Caye in Belize which we unfortunately had to miss because of high winds. The captain made the right call to abandon docking. It would have been very dangerous to try. At the end of the cruise, disembarkation should have been much quicker. All non U.S. citizens were told time and time again to go to the Aqua lounge to be checked by the immigration officials, but some guests either chose to ignore, or genuinely didn't understand the instructions to follow, and as a result, our disembarkation tour of Tampa and transfer to the airport just felt a bit rushed to start. To finish off, we'd just like to thank America for a lovely welcome, and holiday. Us Scots always get a great welcome, and to all N.C.L. staff, from the captain to the happy happy, washy washy stewards, we're already planning N.C.L. cruise number 11. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our fourth cruise, and all on NCL. All have been with at least one grandchild. This time we had two grandchildren who were new to cruising (middle school and freshman in college). We splurged for not only a balcony, but also a ... Read More
This was our fourth cruise, and all on NCL. All have been with at least one grandchild. This time we had two grandchildren who were new to cruising (middle school and freshman in college). We splurged for not only a balcony, but also a mini suite. Embarking was unpleasant. Heard the ship had arrived late. We had a noon time embarking slot-a madhouse in Tampa. No clear entrance for Latitude members. Just happen to hear one lady guiding others to an entrance. At the end of the cruise, no confusion, just a crazy long lilne. The shows/ entertainment-outstanding. Dingo Dan has the gift to keep your attention and laugh. All the shows were super. Really enjoyed the afternoon hour of a few of the entertainers talkin about their life onboard and taking questions. Food-great variety the first day. Unfortunately, there isn't much change. Yes, some days did have more Mexican or more seafood, but just didn't seem like "Mexican night" or 'Seafood night" as experienced on other cruises. Taste though was fine, and could have Indian entrees lunch and dinner (which was a treat for me). Cagney's-what more can be said that you haven't read already. First time we went and hopefully won't be the last. Liked the buffet, but regretted not eating at Cagney's every dinner. Smaller swimming pool (singular) than expected. Casino was fine. Sufficient smoking areas. Steward was amazing as all we have had have been. There was just something about this ship and cruise that rate a 3 as opposed to a 4. The room was spacious. Sufficient storage. Convenient electrical plug (of course bring a multiplug for four people's electronics). TV was located in a logical place (unlike on our first cruise). Did not use the "Children's/ Teen Club". Both children did not seem board hanging out with us and checking out what was available on the ship and swimming. Harvest Caye-girls loved the pool. Just a place to shop at a created port; that doesn't sell bottles of local rum ! Costa Maya is so much better even if just shopping. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
Thought it would be a nice winter getaway. However getting on and off the ship at Port of Tampa was a nightmare. Very poorly coordinated. Made to wait outside in sun for almost 2 hours. No water and limited restrooms. Norwegian ... Read More
Thought it would be a nice winter getaway. However getting on and off the ship at Port of Tampa was a nightmare. Very poorly coordinated. Made to wait outside in sun for almost 2 hours. No water and limited restrooms. Norwegian terminal staff not very helpful or organized. Once on the ship the smokers filled the main passageway with cigar and cigarette smoke from the casino. The pool area wasn't any better. Ship is very difficult to get around in due to only one main corridor (Deck 7). This is also directly above casino and an open air lounge below. Harvest Caye is incredible but other ports are just average. If you have respiratory issues or just a distaste for cigarette smoke, take another cruise. Ship arrival and departure at ports was on time and the shows at the theatre were very good. Other entertainment was average. I will not use this cruise line for a long while. 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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