Sail Date: September 2018
Our cruise ship was suppose to go to Bermuda. Unfortunately, so was Hurricane Florence. Norwegian Cruise Line made the correct decision to divert our ship to New England and Canada. What a great cruise!! The weather was perfect in the ... Read More
Our cruise ship was suppose to go to Bermuda. Unfortunately, so was Hurricane Florence. Norwegian Cruise Line made the correct decision to divert our ship to New England and Canada. What a great cruise!! The weather was perfect in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s. The seas were calm and the excursions were plentiful to select from. Halifax, Nova Scotia was amazing. We visited the Fairview Cemetery where 151 victims of the Titanic disaster are buried. Such a humbling experience!!! We also learned about the great explosion in Halifax in 1917. Peggy’s Cove is a must see and great souvenir shopping there. In Sydney, Nova Scotia we enjoyed a very festive live fiddle show. In Saint John, New Brunswick we went to see the Reversing Rapids and learned about the high tide from the ocean pushing back the river!! Beautiful marigolds were planted in the middle of the highway by the school students. Our last stop was in Bar Harbor, Maine. We took a tour to Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. Such a breathtaking view and excellent photo shots!!! To end our day, we ate lobster at the West St. Cafe, highly recommended by the ship and locals!! Oh my goodness, we ended our trip with triple chocolate cake!!! Norwegian Cruise Line took great care of us. I also loved the casino on the ship and all of the delicious meals they served to us!! Could not have asked to be treated any better. Thank you Norwegian Dawn for some of the best memories of my life!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I have had great experiences with Norwegian. We found the night before we were leaving that due to the hurricane our itinerary was NOT going to be Bermuda. We were disappointed but we did not that ruin our cruise. Our trip was paid for and ... Read More
I have had great experiences with Norwegian. We found the night before we were leaving that due to the hurricane our itinerary was NOT going to be Bermuda. We were disappointed but we did not that ruin our cruise. Our trip was paid for and we made the best of it.It is in the contract that they can change the itinerary. The ports in Canada we really nice and staff on the ship was great. Especially the bar servers on the pool deck. I have nothing negative to say about this vacation. The food was excellent in all the restaurants we ate in, entertainment was great, and our cabin & steward were excellent. He was very attentive to our needs and on top of it.I just wished those who upset about the itinerary change read their contracts and were grateful that Norwegian kept us safe from hurricane Florence. I wouldn't let this prevent me from booking with Norwegian again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
One of the best cruises I’ve been on I will definitely take this cruise line again to Bermuda. Great beaches, shopping and restaurants. Enjoyed lunch at bone fish and visited Tobacco Bay Beach and Bar. Norwegian also had some great ... Read More
One of the best cruises I’ve been on I will definitely take this cruise line again to Bermuda. Great beaches, shopping and restaurants. Enjoyed lunch at bone fish and visited Tobacco Bay Beach and Bar. Norwegian also had some great specialty restaurants like Los Lobos and Bamboo. The shows were entertaining and there was plenty to do on the pool deck. Also had a chance to visit horseshoe bay and some of the great landmarks in Bermuda See you on my next trip very soon!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you. To staff and crew of Norwegian Dawn you all deserve 5 Stars for giving everyone 100% each day we were on the ship. Keep up the great work. To the staff at the Boston cruise port thank you for making so easy to board and disembark the ship so smoothly. You guys made are trip that more enjoyable. Our hats off to you. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
It was a spur of the moment trip and we had the best time. Weather was beautiful, food was great, wait staff was excellent and friends were fun! We enjoyed the after dinner entertainment in the lounge. The performances were great, the ... Read More
It was a spur of the moment trip and we had the best time. Weather was beautiful, food was great, wait staff was excellent and friends were fun! We enjoyed the after dinner entertainment in the lounge. The performances were great, the daily bingo was fun and entertaining, and we had our own bar hop at the pool everyday. He was great. We are looking forward to many more cruises on the Norwegian Cruise Line. Any time we had a request for extra towels or blankets the room Stewart was always there to make sure our needs were met. Of all the cruises we have been on this I think was the best. The trip was very smooth and honestly felt like we were in a hotel rather than on the ocean. It was very relaxing and really couldn’t have asked for anything else than what Norwegian Cruise Line provided. Keep up the great service and hospitality that your cruise line has to offer. A definite must! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Staff, food & drink, ship, entertainment, excursions, all fabulous. One of my best vacas ever. Staff couldn't be friendlier or do enough for you. Hot food was hot and cold food was cold----and all delicious ! Ship is possibly ... Read More
Staff, food & drink, ship, entertainment, excursions, all fabulous. One of my best vacas ever. Staff couldn't be friendlier or do enough for you. Hot food was hot and cold food was cold----and all delicious ! Ship is possibly considered a smaller older ship but it was plenty festive & fun if you wanted to be festive and plenty relaxing & quiet if you wanted to relax. Pretyy ship. Always clean. More than enough lounge chairs on the sun decks for full capacity ship which was great ! We saw the Irish musician/comedian in The Stardust Theater and he was GREAT ! The Famous Homes & Hideaways shore excursion was relaxing and interesting and fun ! Small boat for this excursion was not overcrowded. Roomy cabin (balcony cabin on deck 8) with enough "storage" to unpack just fine ! Magnifying mirror, safe, hair dryer, liquid hand soap at the sink, small fridge, fully working TV, and coffee pot in the cabin were big pluses. The bed was soooooooooooo comfy. Never slept so good ! Clean and pretty cabin. Nice balcony with two chairs and a little table. Pool towels provided. Shower was roomy and I wasn't expecting that. Shower was modern and worked great---Instant hot water when turning it on and good water pressure. Didn't hear much noise at night when turning in early from inside the cabin even though 8058 is in a convenient location right near stairs & elevators ..... and also near Stardust Theater.! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Birthday & celebration The staff on board will exceed your expectations and wow you for every second you are aboard. We were concerned when we booked. Getting help from NCL over the phone was painful. We had help with an ... Read More
Birthday & celebration The staff on board will exceed your expectations and wow you for every second you are aboard. We were concerned when we booked. Getting help from NCL over the phone was painful. We had help with an outside travel agent who really did the heavy lifting on planning this trip...unfortunately after we booked directly with Norwegian. Once the travel agent from AAA help out....we knew we had a great trip planned. Once aboard...the staff was awesome. Food was excellent and plentiful. Better than the Capital Grill and Legal Seafoods. Loved the entertainment... Julie Barr, Tina Turner Act , Irish comedian show was excellent. We watched the Newly Wed Game with actual guest....very, very funny. JC Sanchez....you had us in stitches!! JC your cruise director had a week of fun, fun and more fun planned 24 / 7 We would book this trip with our friends and family members in a heartbeat. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Our first cruise in many years and it was so enjoyable. We arrived in Boston 2 days early and did a tour to Cape Cod. Took a taxi to the cruise terminal on the sailing date. The embarkation process was smooth and went quickly. Our cabin ... Read More
Our first cruise in many years and it was so enjoyable. We arrived in Boston 2 days early and did a tour to Cape Cod. Took a taxi to the cruise terminal on the sailing date. The embarkation process was smooth and went quickly. Our cabin was an inside stateroom, very comfortable bed, well organized for storage of clothing and luggage. This cabin worked as well, and better than, most hotel rooms. The cabin steward, Rodolfo, was very helpful and friendly. On my husband's birthday he gave him a Happy Birthday cupcake. Food in all restaurants was very good, service was excellent. The beverage service at the Oasis pool area was outstanding, Franchelle was super attentive and did an excellent job. Entertainment in the Atrium was fun and top notch. There are numerous activities on board, fun for all ages. We chose to spend most of our onboard time lounging and reading around the pool so did not participate in many other activities. We will definitely be cruising again and will chose Norwegian if possible. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the ... Read More
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the best, but the actual food was delicious and they had healthy food and plenty of junk food!!! The entertainment was amazing all the bands and the shows were top knotch. The staff were amazing always had a smile on there face which was wonderful and they were not afraid to talk to you which was even better. The gym was great and the staff there were amazing as well. I did two excursions with Norwegian and I had a wonderful time Mike from the crystal caves was wonderful he new Bermuda and made everyone laugh. Would just do a bus tour with him for hours!! Thank you Norwegian for a wonderful experience! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We had a fantastic time on the Bermuda cruise! A psuedo booze cruise but very fun. Food was great and entertainment was pretty good as well. Bermuda was beautiful, beaches excellent! Not used to salt water pool but was ok. Julie and the ... Read More
We had a fantastic time on the Bermuda cruise! A psuedo booze cruise but very fun. Food was great and entertainment was pretty good as well. Bermuda was beautiful, beaches excellent! Not used to salt water pool but was ok. Julie and the comedy show were great! Highly reccomend! Washy washy happy happy was very fun and good, you have to know what I mean lol. The weather was fantastic as well never really saw any rain at all which was great. Did a catamaran tour and that was great also, learned about the rum swizzle! Free boat to St Georges from the Dockyard. Shops at the Dockyard were also pretty good for souveniers. Had a total of 16 people from two families on the trip and Veniatien and Aqua both accomodated after a long wait but gave us free champaigne while we waited. Overall a great time, crew and other guests wer great, and O'Sheehans was simply the best for late night drinks and food. Can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show ... Read More
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show and the adult comedy show.We also attended a jewelry seminar,wrist watch history seminar and Art seninar that were all interesting and gave us very helpful information for buying product we were looking for.There was plenty to do on the ship.We enjoyed the food at the buffet,Aqua the main dining room and O'Sheehans pub.Just an all around fun time.The shops had some great deals on jewelry and liquor if you are looking for anything.We were very happy with the casino staff they were all so friendly.Many different games to play in the casino and there are many people that win at the games and slots.Our room steward was always asking us if we needed anything and kept the room neat and clean.We did end up putting down money on the Cruise Next program due to the great time we had. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the ... Read More
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the best, but the actual food was delicious and they had healthy food and plenty of junk food!!! The entertainment was amazing all the bands and the shows were top knotch. The staff were amazing always had a smile on there face which was wonderful and they were not afraid to talk to you which was even better. The gym was great and the staff there were amazing as well. I did two excursions with Norwegian and I had a wonderful time Mike from the crystal caves was wonderful he new Bermuda and made everyone laugh. Would just do a bus tour with him for hours!! Thank you Norwegian for a wonderful experience! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This ship was chosen as a family reunion from the Boston area and Bermuda was the choice destination and NCL Dawn was the means to achieve it. From the easy check in to the warm greeting not mention the clean and beautiful redesigned ... Read More
This ship was chosen as a family reunion from the Boston area and Bermuda was the choice destination and NCL Dawn was the means to achieve it. From the easy check in to the warm greeting not mention the clean and beautiful redesigned ship..It became a perfect place for us all to enjoy each other. The restaurants accommodated our large group in various sizes on different nights with outstanding food and beverages.. The cabins and stewards are awesome Overall many of the guests were first time cruisers and they had a great introduction to the world of Cruising the excursion for caves and waves and rising sun catamaran were a lot of fun It was great to see that straws have been removed to protect the environment and sea animals The evening entertainment (especially Element) rates #1 to a Las Vegas show... I highly recommend NCL and I will return for another cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
We've been on this cruise many times and each time was excellent. The service was impeccable, the food was always perfectly done (we dined at the Venetian, Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's, as well as the buffet and ... Read More
We've been on this cruise many times and each time was excellent. The service was impeccable, the food was always perfectly done (we dined at the Venetian, Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's, as well as the buffet and O'Sheehan's) and our cabin was more than adequate. Embarkation was a breeze (we are platinum and have early embarkation) and once on the ship we confirmed our dinner reservations and went to the buffet before it got too crowded. The food was plentiful with many choices. Our luggage was delivered before the muster drill so we were able to unpack and get organized right away. Our cabin steward Clockson introduced himself right away and took great care of us. He always had a smiling, upbeat manner and you could tell he loved his job. His towel animals were adorable. We had to make some last-minute changes to some dinner reservations and Lizzet (hostess at Cagney's) and Maricel (assistant Maitre D') were able to get us what we wanted. They were always friendly and smiling whenever we saw them. Our waitress in the Venetian, Noemie, was adorable and took good care of us. We wished her all the best at her up-coming marriage. One can't enter any of the dining rooms or buffet without being greeted by the "Happy Happy Washy Washy" folks who were a riot and made you want to get "washed". The greeter at the buffet was always laughing, upbeat and dancing as you went in. They were so entertaining and kept you laughing. We only saw one performance, Elements, which was fantastic. Bermuda is beautiful and we ate off the ship both nights we were there as we have friends there. The public transportation system is very efficient, and the beaches are just gorgeous. We would definitely recommend NCL and this cruise. We are sad the Dawn is leaving Boston after this season as we've been on her numerous times, but we've been promised that the Gem, which is replacing her, is just as nice. We can't wait to find out. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife and I always cruise with NCL,but this one was fantastic dance ,drink,ate. We love it so much,we were on the penthouse at 12th floor,the services was very nice. The moderno restaurant was very so good,for our meals,waitres ... Read More
My wife and I always cruise with NCL,but this one was fantastic dance ,drink,ate. We love it so much,we were on the penthouse at 12th floor,the services was very nice. The moderno restaurant was very so good,for our meals,waitres and all staff helpfulll . Our Room service were very helpful ...Seka and Malvin made our trip much better ,we got fresh flowers,fruit,a clean and neat room every day. Pool side was so nice,as usual a lot of muisic,dancing ,drinking and much...much ..Fun. The photograph shop the quality of their photos are so bad,not neat and very dark. We when to NCL island and we have a wonderful time,everything perfect ,clean,good food,the beach water hot....love it so much. Going to Nassau Bahamas best ever,we took a tour around the town.Never forget such a lovely experience . The cruise Director Richard was super fantastic ,he gets control over every show. We enjoy been around Richard...a lot of fun ,Dancing,competition and many more. WE LOVE NCL ANA&FELIX Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Our first cruise and so glad we chose NCL Dawn. Our mini suite was large enough for the 4 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony... drinking coffee in the morning and relaxing in the evening. This cruise was very relaxing with lots to ... Read More
Our first cruise and so glad we chose NCL Dawn. Our mini suite was large enough for the 4 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony... drinking coffee in the morning and relaxing in the evening. This cruise was very relaxing with lots to do. The restaurants that we went to were all very good. Ate mostly at the buffet because it was close to our room and quick and easy. I absolutely loved the freestyle type of cruise....eat when you want and where you want. The ship was clean and kept that way through the cruise. The staff was very friendly and always willing to help or answer a question at anytime. We chose this cruise to go to Bermuda. Leaving Boston was a breeze and returning was even easier. I would definitely choose NCL again and would definitely go to Bermuda again!!! Highly recommend cruising to Bermuda on NCL Dawn!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Loved this cruise and the dawn. Great staff and ship very convient for us sonce we live about 45 mins from Boston. Our cabin was very clean and nice and we loved the dining choices and the entertianment. Staff was so friendly and ship very ... Read More
Loved this cruise and the dawn. Great staff and ship very convient for us sonce we live about 45 mins from Boston. Our cabin was very clean and nice and we loved the dining choices and the entertianment. Staff was so friendly and ship very clean and lots to do. We loved Bermuda so nice and the ppl are so friendly there. We loved this cruise and are def going to take it again next summer. Best vacation ever. This was our first cruise and we loved it. Would def recommened this cruise escpecially to first time cruisers since there is so much to do and see on the ship and on shore as well. One tip if you want the specialty dining rooms book them at the beginning of the cruise they fill up very fast. By the time we wanted to make a reservation all were booked up. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 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
Great week, second time cruising with Norwegian. would love to do it again soon on the Gem... Love the ease of leaving out of Boston. parking was very convenient. Weather/Staff was perfect. lots to do all the time. I agree the main ... Read More
Great week, second time cruising with Norwegian. would love to do it again soon on the Gem... Love the ease of leaving out of Boston. parking was very convenient. Weather/Staff was perfect. lots to do all the time. I agree the main dining was so so, nothing to rave about. the room at the venetian was pretty, staff was nice. Aqua so so too, but the room was pretty and staff was nice again. We had the specialty dining and our favorite was Cagneys Steakhouse by far. Rey and Irene Sandoval (bar/wait staff) were our friends for the week and provided exceptional customer service. The food at the garden café was very good and always lots to choose from. Always fresh too. Loved Luz and the male cruise director they were so funny and made our week a lot of fun. We enjoyed the shows and entertainment that was offered. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We live in western MA so leaving out of Boston was perfect. We were 4 families with 4 children. Took us about 1hr and 45 minutes to get there and as soon as we were on board the party began. At sea we all did our own thing, (trivia, ... Read More
We live in western MA so leaving out of Boston was perfect. We were 4 families with 4 children. Took us about 1hr and 45 minutes to get there and as soon as we were on board the party began. At sea we all did our own thing, (trivia, swimming, bingo, exercise, line dance, casino or just relax and maybe read a book). We all got together to have dinner together and went to the shows together which were fantastic! Elements was totally awesome and so were the dancers, singers, comedian and magician. The ship was the perfect size for us. The larger ships have more to do but you need to make reservations when you first board for the shows, if you don’t you might not be able to see them as you would have to check just before the show to see if there is any room. The movie trivia was a lot of fun and the staff did a fantastic job. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
I’ve never taken a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line before and didn’t know what to expect. We cruised to Bermuda from Boston. I have to say it was excellent. Food was great all the crew were very friendly and attentive. Room steward ... Read More
I’ve never taken a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line before and didn’t know what to expect. We cruised to Bermuda from Boston. I have to say it was excellent. Food was great all the crew were very friendly and attentive. Room steward was a fantastic guy. Cabin # 5058 was very roomy and in a quiet area. Shows were great and overall had a great time. The buffet was fantastic. Great variety of foods. Being a freestyle cruise I really enjoyed the dining options and not having a specific time to dine. Entertainment was great with some very good shows and many activities. Sandip was our Room steward and was very friendly and always asking if there was anything we needed. I would highly recommend the Norwegian Dawn. The shore excursions we took were good also. I’m sure I will take another cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line. It was a great value too. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. ... Read More
We had an excellent trip on the Norwegian Dawn Boston-to-Bermuda Cruise! IT was a great way to see the beautiful island, and a fabulous way to get there! Purpose: This trip was a family vacation. My husband and I have 3 girls under 6. We were traveling with a party of 23 that included grandparents and other family members. The trip was booked as a group. Embarkation: The embarkation process was quick and efficient. As soon as we arrived at the terminal. We needed passports for ourselves and birth certificates for the children. As soon as those were presented it was very easy to obtain our room keys and wait to board the ship. Ship: The ship was very clean, and the updates to it were nicely done. It was easy to become acquainted with the different common areas once exploring the ship a few times. The common areas including lounges, restaurants, pool areas, dining, and bathrooms were all extremely clean, and there are several hand sanitizing locations throughout every area. This put me at ease especially when traveling with small children. -Kids Pool: My children enjoyed the kids pool each day. There were two waterslides, along with kids hot tubs and a small pool. There were not many places for adults to sit around the pool, but it was never too crowded so one could usually find a chair. -Adult pool: Some were concerned about the fact that there was only one pool on the ship. This never seemed to be an issue and the pool never seemed overcrowded. People would come and go and there was always room to swim or sit around the edge. Dining: Our group had a 5:30 reservation each night at the Venetian. I would highly recommend reservations for large parties. It was great, we had the same 3 tables each night. The food was great and the menu had options that stayed the same each night, along with 8-10 new appetizers and entree choices. There was plenty of choices for kids as well. We also ate one night at Aqua, and one night at O'Sheehans. Both had great service and great food. The buffet was great for a quick breakfast. Some of our family ate at the Venetian a few days and loved it. The buffet was quick and easy especially with the kids. The breakfast and lunch options were pretty plentiful, but did not change too much day to day. The staff at all restaurants was so nice and all eager to please. Shore Excursions: We did the Restless Native Catamaran but booked it through the company. it was a GREAT trip and I would highly recommend it. Our whole group went and everyone had an awesome time. The people running the excursion were great and there was something for every age! Kids: Our daughters are 5.5, 4, and 14 months and I can safely say they had the time of their lives. I will preface by saying they are big fans of swimming, beaches, and parties so this cruise was a perfect match. The older 2 loved Splash Academy. The hours are 9 AM-12PM, 2:00-5:00 and 7:00-10:30. There are also late night hours that charge a fee. Our girls usually went for an hour or 2 in the morning, and each night they went to the party. Both were nervous at first about going but after the very first time, were asking to go back again. They were in the 3-5 group together. Each night was a different themed party, and they would return with face paint, prizes, and crafts. Splash Academy is awesome! As for our youngest daughter, she was too young for the Splash Academy room,but they did have a "Guppies" area for younger children where parents could bring them to play. There were lots of toys, and they did a class each day. We went to one and it was great! At night while our older 2 were in the Splash parties, we took the youngest with us to shows and activities. ****One suggestion I will make is to be prepared if cruising with children. We had a wonderful time, but there was lots of front-loaded planning that went into the trip. I read many articles on what to pack, and what to expect when cruising with kids. The work we put into preparing definitely paid off, as we had an awesome time. Entertainment: We went to a show each night at the Stardust theater and they were all great! We also liked sitting in many of the lounges listening to music. Norwegian puts a lot of effort into their entertainment and it shows. You are certainly never bored! Port: The Royal Naval Dockyard was a great place. We got off the ship once a day with whatever we needed for the day, but there was certainly the option to go back on and off whenever needed. The disembarking process is pretty easy. The port itself had lots of little shops and most of the excursions left from the port. You were never far away from activity. We took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay Beach the first day with our entire party, and had a great afternoon playing, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. The second day we shopped around town, and did the catamaran cruise (see above). The final day we took the NCL ferry to St. George's, visited a beach, walked around town, and jumped off the Calico Jack's Pirate Ship back at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was great! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My Mom and I really enjoyed our cruise. The staff on the Dawn were so attentive to my mother, who uses a wheelchair and a cane. I feel like each time we attempted a transfer in and out of her transport chair, someone was there to hold the ... Read More
My Mom and I really enjoyed our cruise. The staff on the Dawn were so attentive to my mother, who uses a wheelchair and a cane. I feel like each time we attempted a transfer in and out of her transport chair, someone was there to hold the chair or flip the foot rests up and down, no one was asked, staff just know what to do and don't hesitate to jump in. I read plenty of reviews complaining that the buffet didn't have variety, that the staff in the buffet were miserable, etc. That was not the case! The offerings changed every day. The salad bar had different cold salad offerings every single day, the dinner buffet the first night had a seafood theme, another night they did a Turkey dinner (we did not have it, we dined at Los Lobos that night). The final night there was prime rib. I nominated the entire buffet staff for a hero of the cruise award because they were so attentive and personable. The breads are amazing but the salad dressings are watered down. There are name brand bottled dressings available, use those. The music on board kept us so entertained. Manila Soul performed on the pool deck and in the night club, they are high energy and cover everything from the Beatles to Donna Summer to AC/DC, we loved them. Jamroc was so fun also and Paul Mullins performed lots of Elton John, Billy Joel, Sinatra at Gatsby's. Everyone had a little luck in the casino at one time or another. I did not like the way the craps dealers kept pushing to keep the dice moving, we were trying to teach some people the game, there was no one else playing and there was no reason to be that aggressive and pushy. I did not play craps the final two days because the pit staff just were bossy and pushy. Jerry in the casino will keep you from going thirsty, great cocktail service. My mom was in very good hands with Dorotea in the salon and I was able to enjoy a hot stone massage with Richelle, just delightful. The day pass for the spa is $50. The thermal loungers are the most magnificent things ever! Le Bistro was very good and the best cup of coffee on the ship. Our favorite meal was at Los Lobos, the ambiance was colorful and mom raved about the red snapper. The Mexican rice however was straight out of a Zatarains box, oversalted and gross. Tres Leches cake was off the hook delicious. We dined at Venetian one meal and it was inedible. We are really not picky eaters. Both of our entrees, lasagna and roasted lamb, were inedible. The coconut lime souffle was terrific. We did not return to the Venetian and never tried Aqua. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This would be out fifth time on the Dawn and we love it. The embankment and disembarkation was smooth. Staff is very friendly and always makes you feel at home. Food was good went to two specialty restaurants La Cauccina and the new ... Read More
This would be out fifth time on the Dawn and we love it. The embankment and disembarkation was smooth. Staff is very friendly and always makes you feel at home. Food was good went to two specialty restaurants La Cauccina and the new Mexican one, both really good. Had two balcony rooms and they where wonderful. By the way the even number staterooms are the side facing Bermuda. We parasailed in Bermuda it was so nice it was only us six on the boat. Lots to do on the boat past years there where more shows but we where busy with other things so really didn't bother us. Pool was nice wasnt to hot or cold perfect to just cool off in. Wake up early to get a lounge chair!! and use the bar at the top of the pool deck less crowed! Love this cruise and sad its not going out of Boston next year! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my family’s first cruise together. We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent, especially Rey, our poolside waiter. He was so attentive and pleasant. We really enjoyed him. Our housekeeper did a fantastic job and was ... Read More
This was my family’s first cruise together. We had a wonderful time. The service was excellent, especially Rey, our poolside waiter. He was so attentive and pleasant. We really enjoyed him. Our housekeeper did a fantastic job and was also very pleasant. The food and service at restaurants was fantastic. We enjoyed the shows at the Stardust theater greatly. The last show, the comedian and the magician were excellent. Bingo was little pricy but fun. We only played once. The casino was little too smoky. The fitness center was clean. The pool was nice and refreshing but little too small. We enjoyed the bands around the pool. The hot tubs were always crowded, got in once. There should be a time limit to how long people can stay in the hot tubs. We did a snorkel excursion in Bermuda which was excellent and highly recommend. We would definetely do this cruise again! Read Less
Norwegian Dawn Ratings
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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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