392 Norwegian Dawn Bermuda Cruise Reviews

Just got back from an excellent experience on the Norwegian Dawn going to BermudaWe had a great experience on the Norwegian Dawn. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10 (10516). It was great. We used the balcony quite a bit. The cabin was ... Read More
Just got back from an excellent experience on the Norwegian Dawn going to BermudaWe had a great experience on the Norwegian Dawn. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10 (10516). It was great. We used the balcony quite a bit. The cabin was small, but nice. The bathroom was actually quite large. It was annoying that although the tv had an HDMI input it wouldn't work with my computer to show movies. A message indicated that the input was blocked. Our cabin steward was great. There was plenty of storage room for a week. Suitcases fit under the bed.The process of getting on the ship was easy and took about 30-45 minutes total. We arrived about 11:30 and were eating lunch at about 12:15. We went to the Venetian restaurant for lunch the first day and there were very few people there. This may be partly because it was a little hard to find. Although it is on deck 6 you have to get there by going on deck 7. I think that most everyone headed to the buffet. We got into our cabin about 1:30.I am not big on waiting in line or buffets. We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe, which is the main buffet about half the time. It was fine. There was an omelet station which made omelets to order that were pretty good. I would say that the quality of food was something like what you would get at Denny's. I would disagree with anyone who said it was horrible and inedible. It wasn't fine dining, but it was adequate. My wife particularly liked the rooster man. This was a Garden Cafe staff member who crewed like a rooster in the morning and amused people with stories about his mother in law.We paid for a weekly spa pass. It was $146 each. It was nice, but I am not sure it was worth it. We ended up going there pretty much every day. They had a nice changing area with robes and towels. There were two hot water pools and an inside pool. There were about 12 lounge chairs by the aft end of the ship with nice views. We were able to get one of those right away about half the time. There are also separate areas for relaxing for women and men that were nice places to read. The spa was a lot more attractive on days when the weather was bad. On sunny days it was pretty warm.The specialty restaurants were exceptional. We ate at Cagney's two nights and Le Bistro two nights. The service was excellent and the food was as good as anything that you would get at a very nice restaurant at home. I was surprised at how much I liked Tepanyaki. It is a Benihana style restaurant. There are 3 seatings a night and probably 16 people total that can be seated. I had the filet and seafood and it was great. It was also fun. We also ate at the Brazilian steak house and Cucina. Both were good but not great. The menu in the Italian restaurant didn't have a lot of things on the menu that I would have ordered at home. For example there was a scalopini (? sp) but it was pork and not veal. I had a pasta carbonara that was pretty good. We also had lunch at the Sushi restaurant. The Sushi was good. A noodle dish was ok.We didn't attend a lot of the entertainment available. The comedian was very funny. We went to the Second City shows, and the Murder mystery luncheon. Both were good. If you want to go to these I would recommend that you get there early. If you don't it is difficult to find seats. It is also important to consider when to make your restaurant reservations. The shows are at 7 and 9 so if you like to eat early you won't be able to go to the early show. We also attended a show like a honeymoon show where they pick 3 couples from the audience who were married for different lengths of time. I am suspicious about one of the couples based on their answers and wonder whether they were legitimate passengers. The wife's answer about what the husband would want bigger was her brain, which he answered. Her answer to the most unusual place they had made love was her bum which he also answered correctly.We did 3 excursions. The first was a Segway tour of the Dockyard. It was arranged through the ship ad was fun. The second day we were given a private tour with a driver by friends and it was wonderful. On the 3rd day we scheduled a shipwreck snorkeling tour from a tour company on the dock and it was great. It left at 9 am and got back about noon. This allowed some time in the afternoon for last minute activities.The process of checking out with customs was less than ideal. If you spent more than the $1600 allowance on the ship you got a letter indicating that you had to appear at 7 am on the last morning to clear customs. If you spent the same amount of money off the ship you didn't get the letter and it appears that you could leave the ship as you normally would and then deal with the customs issue as you left the ship. If that is the case it is a significant disincentive to purchase anything on the ship. My issue isn't related to paying duty on the purchases. I would have declared the purchases anyway, and as it turned out I was not required to pay anything anyway. It was particularly annoying to have to show up at 7 am and wait for 45 minutes to complete the process. I also think it was interesting that we were the last people called, even though we had arrived earlier than others called before us. I suspect that this had something to do with my complaint about the process to an NCL staff member who was calling people back for customs clearance. We carried our luggage off and were able to leave the ship at about 8:15 am. The only problem was that there were a lot of people who lined up early and they ended up blocking the ability for people trying to get off the elevator on deck 7. Once they opened up the area that allowed people to leave the line moved pretty quickly. It took about 30-45 minutes to leave the ship and part of the wait was related to getting in line early.Overall a good experience. I would gladly go to Bermuda again and would be happy to choose the Norwegian Dawn again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
The trip down was a little rough due to a storm front and 7-12' waves, but very smooth considering the weather. The meals were very good in the Venetian Dining room, with lobster tails and steak, to prime rib. We did have a birthday ... Read More
The trip down was a little rough due to a storm front and 7-12' waves, but very smooth considering the weather. The meals were very good in the Venetian Dining room, with lobster tails and steak, to prime rib. We did have a birthday celebration on formal night which was a surprise to my wife. I took her to Cagney's for a great filet and I had rib eye. The creme brulee was great.The comedy with Ted Kaminski was not to be missed. Of course the ship crew show on the last night also was not to be missed.We took the five house mini bus tour of the island upon Sunday arrival. It gave us tour of the entire island with stops for shopping, photos, etc. The next day we took the ferry to/from St Georges. Very nice trip.Gratuities being included with drinks was fine (since not everyone has a drink). The few dress code requests for Freestyle were fine, if anything too relaxed. This was all explained on NCL sites and catalogs before we booked the trip.The cruise took one day to go down to Bermuda and two days to return to Boston. We would have preferred an additional day in Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Please note that my boyfriend's review of each category appears first, followed by mine in the [brackets].[Pre-Embarkation - Had a lovely ride on Amtrak from CT to Boston early Friday morning. If the weather is nice, I highly ... Read More
Please note that my boyfriend's review of each category appears first, followed by mine in the [brackets].[Pre-Embarkation - Had a lovely ride on Amtrak from CT to Boston early Friday morning. If the weather is nice, I highly recommend getting a Charlie Card ($10 for 2 people round trip) to ride on the articulating/bendy section of the SL2 bus from South Station to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal--just hold on to your luggage and enjoy the ride! The Dawn was conveniently positioned near the final bus stop and was only a very short walk back to the porter area. One thing I noticed with those of you bringing on bottled water in the cardboard trays--I would highly recommend duct taping the open, exposed sides shut as we saw numerous unintentional drops and spills off the porter's carts and watched bottles rollin', rollin', rollin' every which way.]Embarkation - Getting on board the ship initially could have been quicker, but not bad considering the quantity of passengers. Some refreshments during this process would have been nice. [Some lines seemed to move faster than others, which I found somewhat frustrating considering we cruised on the NCL Jewel in March 2012 out of NYC to Florida/Bahamas having our own VIP line for Casino at Sea members and sailed right onto the boat within minutes--not this time. The port staff was very friendly and always smiling, though.] The Cabins - First time in an inside state room and pleasantly surprised. (Last time had a balcony room). Though lots of jokes were made about the size of the cabins, I found it rather cozy and ample, given the fact that you don't spend an enormous amount of time in them. [Our cabin location was forward port side and worked out beautifully for all the time spent in the Stardust Theater, Casino, and Bimini Bar. I also found our bed to be very comfortable. I would add that for the two of us, we had tons of room for our suitcases and clothes in the closet space, pullout drawers, and shelves as well as ample room for our personal belongings in the bathroom area. I also had much more room in this area as the toilet is angled toward the door allowing extra head and leg room rather than straight on in the Jewel Balcony bathroom. A-LO-HAAAAAA! :) The movies, comedies and ship's navigational info on the flat screen TV were fun to pass the time with. Also, our cabin steward, Rona, was a sweetheart, very friendly, and made the best towel animals!]Food - I love breakfast buffets so the Garden Cafe was perfectly fine for the AM. Rooster guy was funny. A couple times, they ran out of coffee mugs but I managed. Great selection in afternoon as well, but just like any buffet, not everything is suited for one's particular taste. Awesome burgers in Bimini Bar. Great poolside barbeque. Loved the filet mignon in Le Bistro. Excellent Creme Brule there as well. [We also dined in Aqua two times, which felt a bit rushed on the 1st night, (it was very late) but we took our time anyway. The hostess knew our first names prior to checking us in on the second to last night! I would recommend the delicious Mushroom Quesadilla with extra sour cream (thanks Melane!) and the Spaghetti Carbonara. My favorite items in the Garden Cafe were the fresh fruit every morning and the amazing smiley-faced crêpes in the evening. The Chocoholic Buffet was fun to look, but fell short in the taste department. The chocolate fountain with fresh bananas was my favorite part. Celebrating my birthday in Le Bistro on our last night surrounded by Van Gogh-like paintings was unforgettable and worth every penny--I dined on Escargot and Scallops for appetizers, Coq Au Vin for an entree followed by Apple Tatin with the most exquisite dollop of chocolate I've ever had in my entire life! And it was really sweet when the staff brought out a cake (my boyfriend arranged with CAS & guest services pre-cruise) and sang Happy Birthday!] Entertainment - Loved, Loved the shows! I love rock and roll so Band on the Run was right up my alley. Comedian Tim Kaminski was hilarious, especially during the 3:00 PM Wednesday performance where he satirized the ship and cabins. Was honored to be selected (as Cowardly Lion) to participate on stage for his Sunday 9:00 PM performance. Great Wedgie! Instant popularity for remainder of cruise. Absolutely thought Bollywood was amazing, and enjoyed Second City improvisation. [I, too, highly recommend seeing Tim Kaminski's shows! My incredibly brave and talented Cowardly Lion boyfriend (ROOOAARRRR, baby!) was the star of the show in my opinion and was recognized everywhere we went, both onboard AND off the ship! Anybody know a good talent agent?! Tim brought those cruising on the Dawn together in more ways than I could have ever imagined and truly elevated this cruising experience to the highest level possible! Thank you, Tim, from the bottom of my heart!] Bermuda - Excellent swim at Horseshoe Bay, Breathtaking beauty! Cocktails at The Swizzle Inn were excellent. Nice experience at Saint David's Lighthouse, and snorkeling at Tobacco Bay. Saint George's was very interesting. Highly recommend the ferry/bus passes, but be careful on Sunday Night because the bus stops running early and cabs are very [VERY, VERY=$40 one-way] expensive. Great walking tour of The Royal Naval Dockyard and Museum. [We had perfect, sunny weather all three days in Bermuda. We began by taking the Number 7 bus to Horseshoe Bay and enjoyed exploring the coves and caves and snorkeling, too, where I saw some small, beautiful silvery fish. My only cautions besides NOT missing the bus Sunday afternoon would be to be aware of the potential undertow and Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish (we saw one on the beach--long tentacle and all!) Otherwise, meet some of the locals and let the fun begin! There was a convenient dining area, bathrooms with showers and changing rooms, and numerous items for rent. The DJ was loud, but played some great music. The next day, we took the ferry to St. George's where we hit up Robertson's Drug Store for some much needed Tums and Aloe for the heartburn and sunburn we thought we wouldn't get! LOL! Riding the Number 6 bus from St. George's past the airport to St. David's Lighthouse was a breeze. We had the whole property to ourselves--so picturesque, private, and romantic! The bus ran every half hour for convenient pickup and dropped us off where we were able to walk by Gates Bay (awesome memorial to those shipwrecked on the Sea Venture) to both St. Catherine's Fort and Tobacco Bay. The bus driver actually physically got off the bus and walked us to where we needed to go--we were so thankful even with the six maps I had in my pocket! The water was chilly in Tobacco Bay due to an incoming tide late in the afternoon, but that didn't stop us! We snorkeled our hearts out swimming along with numerous schools of large fish, discovering Sea Cucumbers, and gathering some nice shells and ceramic pieces. I would recommend water shoes and possibly flotation for the little ones as the bottom becomes rocky and steep at various points. There was a nice bar, Buzz on the Beach, bathrooms and changing rooms, and a chair-rental area as well. I did NOT want to leave this paradise! The walk back to the ferry was quite a hike, (seeing the Unfinished Church was breathtaking) but grab a taxi if you want as they are stationed right there on the beach. The ferry ride back to the dock was very smooth and offered a great view of the island of Bermuda. I, too, highly recommend the FREE walking tour of the Royal Naval Dockyard for all its historical facts and period significance (Thank you Thomas Driver! You were quite the artist in your day!). After the tour, walk on over to the National Museum of Bermuda Incorporating the Bermuda Maritime Museum and pay the well-worth-it $10 admission to view the "Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda's Past" Exhibit, as well as the cannons and the Commissioner's House that you see from the Dawn. You will be AMAZED and learn sooo much! The view is breathtaking! Seeing the dolphins frolic was great, too!] Casino - Excellent casino staff. Had a blast playing Roulette and Craps with some of my fellow passengers. [Once onboard, we headed to the casino to pick up our CAS reward card and free house drink card. Shortly after we left Boston, we attended the CAS welcome party and had a blast. Learning to play Craps, feasting on spring rolls and wings, drinking champagne and meeting fellow passengers was the perfect start to a fabulous cruise. While docked in Bermuda, the Casino and Shops remained closed, which kept more money in my pocket. Bartenders Noel & Ryan provided excellent service and were always ready with a fresh pour! You must try the Miami Vice--so delicious and pretty to look at, too! The late-night snacks of sandwiches, wings, and fresh fruit and cheese were perfect for taking a break from all the action.] Disembarkation - Very smooth. Highly recommend placing luggage outside cabin door the night before. Easy off and retrieval of luggage / customs process. [I concur--we had to be out of our room by 9am and chose to be the last passengers off the ship. We found comfortable seating in the Photo Gallery area on Deck 7, which was closed by then so get your photos the night before! Didn't buy much of anything other than souvenirs so customs was a breeze! The Greyhound bus trip back to CT was a bit stressful due to rain and a great deal of traffic. Next time Amtrak round-trip all the way!] Fellow Passengers - Met tons of excellent people that were also having a fantastic time and made the trip much more pleasurable. Can't wait until next time! [I second that! The opportunities to meet people were endless! From the Sexy Legs Contest to the nightly dance parties poolside, from the Casino welcome party and the Latitudes cocktail party in the Spinnaker Lounge to the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet in the Star Bar, we met people from Canada and all over New England who love to party, play and dance! At the CC Meet & Greet, light refreshments, coffee and juice were provided. It was such a pleasure to be introduced to Captain Paul, Cruise Director Gio, and each of the cruise department heads. When it came time to add my boyfriend to the Latitudes program prior to the cocktail party, Sherry took care of us instantly and professionally. The memories made on this cruise by meeting so many fellow passengers will last a lifetime!] [Can't wait until our next cruise! Thank you to everyone at Cruise Critic and the NCL Dawn!]Sincerely,The Cowardly Lion aka Wedgie Guy & Wedgie Guy's Girlfriend aka Hi_Ya_Sunshine :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We had an excellent 7 day cruise from Boston to Bermuda. Parking is very easy in a garage across the road from the port building. Embarkation was fast if not a little too fast for a first time cruising not familiar with the process. Room ... Read More
We had an excellent 7 day cruise from Boston to Bermuda. Parking is very easy in a garage across the road from the port building. Embarkation was fast if not a little too fast for a first time cruising not familiar with the process. Room was small as to be expected but in perfect order without any issues. The safe jammed once and I called the front desk and a crew member had it fixed in less than 10 minutes from my call.The crew provided great service to a fault. Literally to a fault (such as when they step aside for you to walk by when it would be more efficient for everyone for them to keep walking). Everyone smiles and says hello. I felt the crew was truly genuine about their desire to satisfy guests, they really seemed happy to be delivering top quality service. As a manager in the service sector myself, I was taking notes. Simply blown away by service of the crew.Food was excellent. We only ate at complimentary dining options included with our cruise. The food was of high enough quality that paying extra for the specialty restaurants couldn't possibly be justified. We only had one evening in which the food was not as good as if not better than high quality restaurants in our area. We were disappointed at first to learn that the breakfast menu in the MDR is the same as the buffet options. But this was actually great because we could get the same quality at the buffet as well as get lots of different things. I'd recommend skipping the MDR for the breakfast buffet due to this unless you find the buffet area too loud (IT IS LOUD). The boat is a bit of a pain to navigate. The central elevator is particularly difficult and inefficient due to traffic flow and ship design. Also, the central elevators are smaller than average and get crowded at 8 people. This means the elevators frequently stop for additional passengers and no one gets on or off at the stop. The forward and aft elevators are larger and barely used. The traffic in front of Aqua MDR on deck 6 is especially difficult to deal with at the elevators. I'd recommend staterooms better located to the forward or rear elevators depending if you want easier access to the lido (forward) or Venitian MDR and Buffet (aft). Some people complained on board about dress of passengers. We were very casual and did wear jeans and t-shirt to the MDR once or twice (but skipped it on the "formal" night out of respect to those dressing up). The fact of the matter is there is no dress code and the Freestyle concept is cruise your own way. NCL doesn't make a secret of this. If you want others to dress to the nines and respect formal nights or go to the MDR strictly no jeans/shorts/t's/etc. then you should pick a different cruise. For the rest of us, NCL's approach means we can dress casually all week.We cruised the last week of May while kids were still in school. The patron make up was generally on the older side which was fine with us as we preferred a quiet cruise, we were not looking for a party. The Dawn's festive atmospheres seem confined to the Lido and Lounge. There was ample opportunity for a good time if you wanted it but we also were able to have a quiet cruise.Aside from a cruise 25 years ago when I was a young kid, this was my first cruise. I LOVED Bermuda. I normally am not a beach person (I'd rather be skiing or hiking or biking) but the south shore beaches of Bermuda are incredible. The crew was insanely good, welcoming, and friendly. The food was beyond our expectations and we never felt we were missing out by not paying for the extras. We'll do this one again. I feel that anyone not having a good cruise with the Dawn to Bermuda went in with their expectations not in line with what is being offered. The Dawn isn't a new ship with the latest and greatest entertainment options. It isn't a luxury ship with the pinnacle of service, taste, and food. Patrons are going to wear jeans and shorts to the MDR and around the ship. Those leaving negative reviews for any of these reasons picked the wrong cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This was a different cruise experience for me. I was a chaperone for a group of 10 students and faculty from the Rotaract chapter of my college. We attended a Rotary conference that was being held onboard, and one day on Bermuda we did a ... Read More
This was a different cruise experience for me. I was a chaperone for a group of 10 students and faculty from the Rotaract chapter of my college. We attended a Rotary conference that was being held onboard, and one day on Bermuda we did a service project at a facility that serves children with special needs.Embarkation - Very smooth. We were picked up in Nashua at 9:30am, and got to the port by 11:00. We were done with check-in by 11:30, and only had to wait 15 or 20 minutes before we could board. Cabins - Our group had three inside cabins on Deck 4. Two of the cabins held 3 men, while the 4 females had to share one cabin (and 1 bathroom!). Despite being cramped the cabins were actually quite nice for being insides. In particular the shower was relatively roomy, with a glass partition. An extra outlet would have been nice, though.Food - Quality varied quite a bit here. I found that the food in the Garden Cafe, the main buffet area, was the poorest part of the cruise. I wasn't alone in that assessment either. One night I saw a group of adults raiding the kids part of the buffet in order to get the chicken nuggets that were there - they said it was the best food in the place!Other than that, though, the food was good. In particular the burgers at the Bimini Grill were excellent, as were the on-deck barbecues. Our group had no trouble making reservations for 10 at the main restaurants - Aqua and the Venetian. The food and service there was good to very good for the most part. The last night of the cruise we ate at the Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian steakhouse. The food and service were definitely a step above the free restaurants, and it was a great way to end the cruise.Entertainment - The highlight of the cruise was the comedy of Tim Kaminski. He had members of the audience come up on stage and act out the Wizard of Oz. The Band on the Run show, a tribute to 70s rock, was also very good. There was an excellent Boston-based band that played on the pool deck during sea days.On Bermuda - we didn't do any shore excursions. We each bought a 3-day pass for the bus and ferry system for $35.00 each. Among the places we visited were Horseshoe Bay Beach, Crystal Caves, the Aquarium/Zoo and Hamilton. Also, one day we went to Windreach, a facility that works with special needs children, to spend the day doing a gardening project.Disembarking - again, very smooth. We were scheduled for a 9am departure, and we were called shortly before 9. There was a huge line to disembark, but all of a sudden they decided to open up a second exit from the ship right in front of us! We were all off the ship in 5 minutes, got our bags, and were outside and picked up by 9:30. We arrived back in Nashua before 11.All in all it was a great cruise with a great group of people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
You won't find much negative in this review! I firmly believe anyone that did not have a good time on this cruise, only chooses to be miserable, because there were very few things that weren't perfect, and those that ... Read More
You won't find much negative in this review! I firmly believe anyone that did not have a good time on this cruise, only chooses to be miserable, because there were very few things that weren't perfect, and those that weren't, were nothing to get upset about. Day 1 - We got to the Boston port around 11AM, about a half hour later then we wanted because our GPS lost connection in a tunnel, and we got lost. Cost us an extra 6 dollars in tolls, not off to a great start! haha Got there and everyone was extremely friendly. One lady kept screaming at everyone to keep your numbered ticket out, which was a bit annoying because we sat there for almost an hour and I didn't want the ticket out because I didn't want to lose it. The weather was beautiful, about 70 degrees and sunny. We paid our luggage girl 15 dollars (5 a bag) and she seemed shocked. Not sure if that was too much but we didn't have to carry them, and that was all that mattered to us. Once we got on the boat, we went right to the ultimate beverage package signup. 394 dollars per person total, and we are glad we did! At the end of the cruise we added up what we drank, keep in mind we only had a half a day Friday and 3 days we were out and about in Bermuda. It was worth it! We spent 909 dollars so we saved over 100 :) We sat on the pool deck, on the bimini bar side and listened to the reggae band Jammroc, drinking beverages :) We left right at 4 and it was beautiful, a little windy but nice. There was a great BBQ outside and we pigged out on that. Our rooms became available so we went and took a peak. The boat is hard to navigate the first time but we got the hang of it by day 2/3. Our bags were there and the balcony room (AFT facing, 8676) was amazing. No towel animals, in fact we only got 2 which was frustrating, but still really nice. Lots of room for all of our things. We unpacked and my boyfriend took a nap (he works second shift so was exhausted and not use to this lol) and we went to dinner at Cagneys. We had the potato cheese soup, the pulled beef with carmelized onions and the filet mignon. We wish we knew how amazing it all was because we weren't super hungry that night and couldn't finish it all, let alone get dessert. They also give you a free bottle of wine but we do not drink that. We wish we would've gotten it and given it as a gift tho. That night we could not keep our eyes open and were in bed by 11 watching a movie. Great movies on the TV, but thats about it for good television unfortunately. Day 2 - At sea We woke up early and got breakfest at the garden cafe. Very good food on the go. We went poolside immediately and met 2 nice girls there while we drank some cold drinks. My boyfriend is a redhead so went to the room after a few hours and I stayed out. Watched the mens sexy leg comptetition. It was pretty funny, minus a couple men who clearly LOVE attention a little too much. You actually saw them the entire cruise participating in everything they could so they could be the star of the show, taking their shirts off everytime. We didn't let them annoy us tho as they didn't matter :) We got ready and went to dinner at the blue lagoon. Then got some really nice pictures done. Went to the deal or no deal show and played along, did pretty well and won free instant cards. Went and checked out Tim Kaminsky (comedian) and he was absolutly hilarious! Great laughs. We checked out the casino and did not like that one bit. Smoke everywhere and nothing worth spending your money on. We left there and went to a bar for a drink then called it a night. Hadnt found our groove yet for the night life but we did eventually ;-) Day 3 - Bermuda Pulled into Bermuda around 1030. What a beautiful arrival. The weather was gorgeous. We grabbed a quick breakfest and got in line to leave. Very easy getting on and off the boat. We went to get our bus/ferry 3 day passes but you cant use your card there so had to walk a ways to get to an ATM at the frog and onion. We figured since we were there we would grab lunch. Very expensive but DELICIOUS. I also got a great 45 oz margarita, cost 26.50 but got to get a HUGE keepsake margarita glass, so worth it :) Went and got our passes, everyone there is SO helpful.. Kind, generous, wonderful to talk to. We really enjoyed Bermuda but most of all the people who live there. We went to Horseshoe Bay and it was gorgeous. Very busy but plenty of space to lay out. The wind was blowing like crazy tho, we only stayed there about a half hour. Theres a bus that takes you to the top for 2 dollars we were going to take but we wanted to go to Gibbs lighthouse. The man who would've made money off of us actually helped us get there a different way even tho it took money out of his pocket. Thats how Bermudians are, they are all about helping you even if it doesn't help them. We took a cab to the lighthouse and went into the gift shop to get tickets and some gifts. Climbed the top, HOLY COW, exhausting! I'm in good shape and even I was sore the next day. The view was astounding but the wind was crazy and i felt like I was going to blow off the top. It started to sprinkle a little bit so we left and took a wrong turn to the bus stop. Had to walk a mile back uphill with no sidewalks which probably didn't help the calves ;-) That night we stumbled upon kareoke. We met some awesome people! Pat the canadian who sang Kenny Rodgers and was amazing, Big Jon (I called him Big Tony) who sang Sinatra better then Sinatra, and the cruise staff hosting it (Justin & Wally) were amazing! Wally told us about a bermuda beach party at night the next night, probably the best tip we got the whole time. We went to the spinnaker lounge after for dancing. I had a little bit too much to drink and had a "spinny" night in bed :-p Day 4 - Bermuda Woke up feeling not so hot, shockingly ;-) Grabbed a great breakfest at the blue lagoon, french toast, and a drink for the hair of the dog. Right back to 100% :) We took the ferry to Hamilton (about 20 minutes) and did some shopping. Flying Colors is a great gift shop store. Then we went by bus to the Swizzle Inn and had THE BEST lunch ive had in a long time. I got the famous Rum Swizzle and the chicken quesadilla with spicy fries. Then we got ice cream across the street and took the bus back (about 45 minutes). Then we waited in line for the ferry which was very disorganized. They created several lines after people had been waiting a while and let the lines with people that just got there on before the people that were there in the beginning. Everyone did get on but there were elderly people very hot who should've been on right away and werent. We got back to the ship and took a nap, ate and got ready. We went to deal or no deal then kareoke, then 80s night in the spinnaker. Then we went to Snorkel Park Beach around midnight for that party Wally told us about. What an amazing time! Dancing, ON THE BEACH, at midnight in 70 degree weather to reggae music. Couldn't ask for better. We thought we were leaving around 2 but it was actually only 1, we were exhausted. Day 5 - Last day in Bermuda We woke up early again and went to sea glass beach via bus. We picked a few pieces of glass, like 3 each, and took the bus back to town. We went to snorkel park beach this day and rented a beach chair (15$) and snorkel gear (10$).. They bring the chair right out to you. Got a great drink in a coconut carved into a monkey. Great souvenier :) Music playing was great but service at restaurant was so terrible we walked away. Took her 30 minutes and she didnt even bring us a menu, we got our own and 10 seconds after we got it she asked if we knew what we wanted, which we didnt. We did order a drink and waited another 30 minutes and she was nowhere to be found. We knew we'd be there hours at this rate so we left our stuff on the beach and went to Bone Fish Bar & Grill for lunch which was great. Service great, food amazing and quick! Went back to the beach and my boyfriend had to leave again so he didnt get too much sun. I stayed for about an hour and a half. I had bought wifi there for 10 dollars and was having fun catching up with friends online :) That night we were very VERY sad to leave Bermuda. It was one of the saddest times of the trip for sure. We went to dinner that night and then the chocolate buffett which wasn't what I expected. Lots of cakes and cheesecakes and I was looking for some GOOD chocolate like truffles, brownies, anything with peanut butter lol.. Then we went to kareoke again, which was becoming our "Cheers" like bar. I can't remember what else we did this night but we were starting to have a blast at night. Had a great time with the same people and it was nice to get to know some people finally :) Day 6 - at sea We went to the pool and we are so thankful for where we sat because we met two great girls from New York who I wish we wouldve met on day 1, Emy & Maryann. Great girls and became very good friends with them :) We sat poolside for the day and my boyfriend left early again due to sun. I wish I would've joined him. I got super burned even tho i'm very tan and my arm had a scaly like rash on it, possibly heat rash? We went to dinner and then met Emy & Maryann at the Second City comedy show which was great. Then we went to kareoke for a little bit and then the White Hot Party. The waves were a little rougher then they had been that night and I felt terrible. My boyfriend got me my wristbands that I hadn't had to use yet but nothing was really helping. I just think the sun and the waves and all the alcohol that I never consume at home was taking its toll on me. I didn't get to enjoy the party as much as I normally would've and that was disappointing :( Day 7 - at sea I woke up early and met Emy at the spa for a massage. I had a great 50 minute swedish massage for 140$ (that includes the tip) but didn't like her trying to sell me all the product after. I would've considered buying it at home but not on a cruise ship where I won't be able to get it again for a year. Then we packed all of our stuff so we didn't have to do it that night. We opted for an easy disembarktion where we carry our own bags but we wanted it all done. Emy called me and wanted to meet at the pool. I wore sunscreen a shirt and shorts even tho it was super hot because I didn't want to be overexposed to sun again on our last night there. I ended up staying with them for a while and watched the sexy ladies booty contest which was a hoot. We went to the raffle to see who would win a 7 day cruise paid for and it clearly wasnt us or I wouldve said something a little sooner. Im 29 and played my first game of bingo and was one number away from winning the grand jackpot. Very bummed I didnt as it was a huge chunk, thousands of dollars. Maybe next time ;-) This was a busy night, we had lots on the agenda. We met at 9 for bollywood which was an amazing show. Then we went to Second City comedy again. After that we did "The Quest", an adults only scavenger hunt with the comedian Tim Kaminsky. We were team number 1 and I was the chosen one to bring the things we found up. I won't post too much in case you've never seen it, but be prepared to rip a bra off if you're a woman, or wear lipstick if you're a man. We laughed so hard my stomach hurt. After that it was about midnight and we had to be up early to leave so we said our goodbyes which was very sad. We met some amazing people, made some amazing memories and saw the most beautiful sights. We put a deposit down on another vacation with NCL. 250$, they give you a 100$ credit, so you really spend 150$ but get 250$ twoards your next cruise. Only thing is you have to book it within 4 years. Done deal, we will be back next year :) One more thing, we noticed there was a charge to our room from the mini bar. I had taken a soda because i was dying for one but that shouldnt have been 21 dollars. I checked with them and they said we took a vodka, which we didnt, nor would we because we had unlimited drinks. I got a little annoyed with that but they took it off of there, which im greatful for since we spent a LARGE amount of money with them and didn't want that to tarnish how I felt about their great service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Folks, face it, there will always be the hard to please. My wife and I have cruised Norwegian 4 times now, booked next May. While we can't compare other cruise lines, we have no reason to switch. Cruising is NOT for everyone as you ... Read More
Folks, face it, there will always be the hard to please. My wife and I have cruised Norwegian 4 times now, booked next May. While we can't compare other cruise lines, we have no reason to switch. Cruising is NOT for everyone as you will witness here with the bad reviews. We both are very critical of food prep and taste, the wife runs a kitchen and is a top notch baker and I have cooked all my life and know good food when I taste it. Love the food on board in all the restaurants. Sure, some are better than others and the extra charge ones are superior, but as far as some being inedible? Nonsense. You can bet the same whiners eat at Burger King, so take that with a grain of salt. The Italian La Cucina is not as good as it used to be, I'll say that, but we like it just the same. The Asian one is the hidden gem......no one goes there but it's great! Perfect, no crowds and great food. The main dining halls.....no problem. The buffet? HUGE selection and I mean HUGE. If you can't find something good to eat there then obviously your taste buds have been compromised.If food is all you want out of a cruise, then eat away, but it's the whole package that keeps us coming back. Our cabin has always been super clean and I'm a clean freak. Our steward has always been the best. The staff is TOPS.......the entertainment? Something for everyone. Bermuda? One of the most beautiful places on the planet. The people, warm and friendly, the places to see, many. The beaches, stunning. Best snorkeling. Norwegian has it down and when was the last time you saw any of their ships on the news for bad things happening? These are Viking descendents.So, don't listen to all the complaints guys, like I said, there is always the hard to please and trust me, if they're not complaining about a cruise, they're complaining about something else. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We travelled with another couple who were first time cruisers. This was our 4th cruise and our 4th cruise line. We still rate our Royal Caribbean cruise #1, though we heard they had a fire on board the ship we were on with them, the day ... Read More
We travelled with another couple who were first time cruisers. This was our 4th cruise and our 4th cruise line. We still rate our Royal Caribbean cruise #1, though we heard they had a fire on board the ship we were on with them, the day after we got back from our cruise on the Dawn! Overall, we enjoyed the cruise a lot. The entertainment was great. We ate the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dinner we ate in the Venetian 6 nights, and Aqua once. We didn't care for the atmosphere in Aqua since is has no windows and low ceilings. The food was very good for the most part. This was our first Free style dining cruise, and while it worked out well for us, the service was extremely slow. We had to flag down the maitre 'd once because our waiter simply disappeared. I have a gluten allergy, which they handled well by having me preorder my dinner for the next night and simply give my cabin number when our waiter came to the table. They did have GF bread for me, but sometimes it was so slow in being served, I'd already eaten half my dinner. The ship itself is OK. It was clean, but older. Small things like missing stickers in the shower and a few areas of peeling paint. We found the layout a little odd, but figured it out by the end of the week. They have several restaurants on board for an upcharge of $20 per meal. We tried to make a reservation our last night to use up our onboard credit, but the steakhouse was full. We felt they had a lot of other "costs" - their bingo is expensive $40 for 3 cards. Shopping on board was run-of-the-mill. Embarkation was super easy. We drove to Boston and parked in the garage ($112 for the week). We chose to self-disembark and there was a huge line to get off the ship, but it did move along. Our Stateroom (cabin 4600) was about what we expected, tiny! But our stateroom attendant was cheerful and did a good job. We didn't book excursions, but used the public transportation on the Island. Bus and Ferry to Hamilton. I wish we had gone to St. George instead as there wasn't much except expensive shops in Hamilton. We did have a nice lunch at the Pickled Onion there. Over all it was a good trip. We've sailed on RC, Carnival and Celebrity. I'd put Norwegian in 2nd place behind RC. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
This was a college graduation gift for my daughter (22) traveling with my sister and my niece (25, as well. Ages 22-59. We all had a wonderful time. Room was clean and spacious, steward Aris wonderful. We paid the corkage fee ($15 per ... Read More
This was a college graduation gift for my daughter (22) traveling with my sister and my niece (25, as well. Ages 22-59. We all had a wonderful time. Room was clean and spacious, steward Aris wonderful. We paid the corkage fee ($15 per bottle) for our own wine, had a bottle with dinner every night, well worth it. Blue Lagoon good for quick bite, Garden buffet great for breakfast and snack. Ate in both the Venetian and Aqua, both good for dinner, not great, but ok, Venetian prettier, and also ate at both Teppanyaki and Moderno. These were well worth the price as food was delicious, and hot and fresh. Entertainment was superb, starting with headline comic Tim Kaminski who sets the tone for guests and his colleagues for a great fun week. All shows (Broadway, Band on the Run) were great; we especially liked headline singers Becky and David. We loved karaoke in Pearly Pub with Justin and Gatsby's jazz and trivia with Ariel. Cruise band BE Free in Spinnaker terrific as well. Cruise director Gio a lot of fun. BBQ by the pool great food. My daughter (first cruise) could not believe all the options on board. We did the Presumed Murder lunch with Second City (just ok) although they were funny in their show. Great weather every day, loved lounging in the sun. Bermuda was just as beautiful as all say. Took the Rising Son catamaran (shore excursion $79) first day in port, snorkel and swim in Deep Bay, pretty fish and caves and grottos, unlimited rum swizzles on ride back, well worth the money. Lots to do by wharf, especially Monday night festival, crafts, music. Bought a 2 day pass ($25) for bus and ferry and did Horseshoe Beach, sand so clean and water so clear, body surfing, rented chairs and umbrellas (cash only $10 chair $5 deposit refunded, then took bus to Hamilton, saw town, walked around, took ferry back. Next day ferry to beautiful St. George, St. peter's, perfume factory (small home, well worth the short tour), Crystal Caves ($22 but worth it), then lunch at the Swizzle Inn, ferry back to boat. Last night we skipped Bollywood, lay on deck and did Moderno, delicious meats and free pitcher of yummy Brazilian punch. Scavenger hunt at 11pm with Tim Kaminski was a riot! Would do this again in a heartbeat, just wish we had one more day in Bermuda. Drinks on board were weak and not that tasty, stick with beer and wine. Also brought our own soda (no charge). Since my last cruise was high-end Crystal, my expectations were not that high, but I was pleasantly surprised by how great this was. Also, would go this time of year, weather not too humid, kids not out of school yet so more adult experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Norwegian Dawn May 17, 2013 Boston to Bermuda Jade Suite, 11020 Cast of Characters: Me, 50ish woman 6th cruise to Bermuda, 1st on the Dawn Boyfriend, around the same age, 1st cruise Dad, 76 year old, parkinsons and a touch of dementia, ... Read More
Norwegian Dawn May 17, 2013 Boston to Bermuda Jade Suite, 11020 Cast of Characters: Me, 50ish woman 6th cruise to Bermuda, 1st on the Dawn Boyfriend, around the same age, 1st cruise Dad, 76 year old, parkinsons and a touch of dementia, cruised before, 1st cruise to Bermuda Daughter and friend, two 19 year old women, both cruised before We live 15 miles south of Boston so we had a driver pick us up at 10 am. We were at the Black Falcon Terminal by 10:30, long line of traffic, there were still people being picked up from the prior cruise. We looked like FBI agents in our HUGE black Cadillac SUV. Driver dropped us off, within 5 minutes a porter came and grabbed our luggage (including a wheelie cooler that we had stocked with diet coke, coke and bottled water). Dad uses a walker, so we went to the handicapped line where we waited for a crew member to bring us onboard with a wheelchair, that took about 40 minutes.  did a lot of people watching (checking out our fellow cruisers). Once King came (he was the crew member with the wheelchair) we were off and running, zipped us through all the lines and check in. Then he took us to the Suite area where they served us coffee and sweets..Then he took us up and showed us our suite.  VERY IMPRESSIVE the JADE Suite, 11020. Absolutely beautiful..Then he brought us to Cagneys where we had our lunch!! Bye Bye King.Never saw him again, he was very nice. Our family suite with balcony was very roomy, even for 5 of us and a walker. We ate most breakfasts at Cagneys. If not Cagneys, then it was the garden buffet. One dinner at the Venetian, two at aqua, then the rest of the time we ate in the suite or Blue Lagoon (not too impressed with Blue Lagoon), or buffet, I thought the buffet was great for a buffet!! Had pizza delivered to the cabin one night, it was very good and worth the $5 charge. Flor, our butler, was great, any wishes were granted and Virginia, our concierge was so nice and helpful. Our cabin steward (dont know his name) was the hardest working man on the ship!! We LOVED Tim Kaminsky, the comedian I think we saw all his shows but one. Second City was a let down after him, not funny at all. Not So Newlywed Show, funny as usual. Dont think we went to any other shows  Loved playing Deal or No Deal, even though we didnt win The girls played bingo one night (again no winners here) Did well in the casino, Blackjack and slots, came out a bit ahead!! My dad even played one day when the table was empty. (he just needed a little help telling the dealer what he wanted) First day in Bermuda, because we were in a suite we were able to disembark first!! Great perk!! Only about 30-40 of us waiting to get off the ship, they had us wait at LaCuccina (I think), then it was off to Horseshoe Bay (we took a taxi cause of Grandpas limitations) Spent a couple of hours there, the girls swam, Grandpa ate (he ate non stop all week) Taxi back, then we relaxed on our balcony the rest of the day. Scott took the girls to their first bar that they could order drinks legally, so they went to the Bone Fish, which is right off the dock .. Second day, didnt do too much, just walked around the Dockyard. Sampled rum cake, watched the glassblower ..Did some souvenir shopping, then back to the ship. Monday night they have Destination Dockyard, Scott and I walked over, listened to the music, purchased some more gifts, then stopped at the Bone Fish for a couple of drinks then back to the ship. Third and final day. The girls got their hair braided at Snorkle Park, then Scott and the girls took a jet ski tour. They left from the dockyard. It was 75 minutes, the guide took them to a shipwreck (in the Bermuda triangle) That was the most fun they had all trip. Well worth the $$$....$440 for the three of them. While they were jet skiing, Grandpa and I sat in the shade, people watched and rode the trolley around. Note: The Grandeur of the Seas was docked next to us. It had sailed down from Baltimore. We met a couple of women that were on it, they were unhappy with the ship. But then again, they were unhappy with Bermuda and the dockyard, too ¦..Not sure if they were just cranky or if they had real concerns ¦..Unfortunately the ship just caught fire the other day in the Bahamas and the cruisers had to be flown home. We left Bermuda about 5 pm Heading back to reality stinks . Disembarkation in Boston was tough (a little easier for suite passengers) , but we were home by 10 am. Already planning our next cruise!! Loved the Dawn, will cruise her again to Bermuda next May. Note: There were only a couple of children on this cruise. I think I only saw maybe 20? So if you dont like to wait for an elevator while the kids play Ghost Rider (when they hit all the buttons and get off) this is a good week to cruise!! Staying in a suite was the best!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
We have taken this cruise before on the Norwegian Spirit. This was our first time on the Dawn. We were traveling with our best friends and had been looking forward to this getaway for months. We were standing in line at security and a ... Read More
We have taken this cruise before on the Norwegian Spirit. This was our first time on the Dawn. We were traveling with our best friends and had been looking forward to this getaway for months. We were standing in line at security and a representative began passing around pieces of paper that said we would not be docking for our entire trip, but instead tendering. One of the things that makes this cruise so appealing is the fact that you dock right there in Bermuda and it is extremely easy on and easy off. Needless to say, we knew this would change our experience.When we arrived on tehs hip we immediately had to go to customer relations because the person checking us in put my photo on my husband's ship card and vice versa. That was another 30 minutes and very annoying. We grabbed lunch at the Blue Lagoon and went to our cabin 8162. Our cabin was available but it would hours before our luggage would arrive. The room was as expected and we took a few minutes to chill out there. Dinner was nice in the Venetian dining rom and we went to most shows during our trip.The first morning we woke up the waves were 12 foot waves and I put on my sea sickness patch. Within two hours I was not throwing up and ate something. It made me feel much better. We ate at two of the up-charge dining rooms, the Bamboo Japanese (great!) and the La Cucina which was also very nice.When we arrived in Bermuda we were able to disembark on the dock, but they quickly moved our ship out and made way for a Royal Caribbean ship for the remainder of our stay. It didn't feel as though they were prepared for the tendering process. There was one time it took us 90 minutes to get back to the ship. And this was only a 5 minute boat ride!Bermuda was gorgeous - we visited Horseshoe Bay Beach again and this time we went to Warwick Long Bay and there were only 5 people on the beach. It was lovely! The Bermuda Aquarium was a nice visit, they had beautiful outdoor areas.The Dawn felt a little tired. I wish there was a second pool on the ship like there are on Royal Caribbean ships. We like the Freestyle dining, but I think some of the surcharges are a bit ridiculous. Disappointed in the way they presented the chocolate buffet in the buffet area. It took a lot of the elegance away from the presentation. Overall our trip was great because Bermuda is wonderful, clean and we needed the break from our regular life. The Dawn was not anything spectactular. We had expected something more updated and were definitely disappointed in the tendering situation. It made it difficult to get off the ship and go back to get lunch or other quick visits in Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
First time on a cruise. With a hurricane in the forecast for Bermuda we were a little concerned. The Captain sailed an extra day at sea, and then stayed an extra day in Bermuda, so our concerns were for naught. We booked a Penthouse ... Read More
First time on a cruise. With a hurricane in the forecast for Bermuda we were a little concerned. The Captain sailed an extra day at sea, and then stayed an extra day in Bermuda, so our concerns were for naught. We booked a Penthouse Suite, great choice. Both the butler, Ceasar and our room steward Michael were top shelf. Cagney's for lunch and breakfast was a great deal. Going up in the glass elevators we could see the lines on the deck below, at Cagney's, no lines, no waits, great meals. Le Bistro was our top choice for dinner, the steak and the rack of lamb were fantastic. Plenty of choices for entertainment on the ship. We bought all the seasick stuff, our cabin was in the very front of the ship, never needed it, smooth cruise. The cabin was great, plenty of room, had breakfast in the cabin a few times, Ceasar did a fantastic job. On time and the food was still warm. Afternoon snacks, fruit, desserts, finger sandwiches. We're not big drinkers, but the wine we enjoyed was about $50.00 a bottle. A couple of drinks before supper $18.00. The $300.00 on board credit was great. (Book 11 months in advance). We were escorted by our butler, Ceasar, from the Black Falcon Cruise Port to our cabin. He took the time to explain all about the ship. Being a working stiff, I called room service once for a sandwich, not wanting to both Ceasar, he delivered the sandwich, and reminded me that he was there for us, nice touch. We've already booked for next year. (Another $300.00 credit) Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Who: Mary-Ellen and Rich, 50-somethings from New Hampshire When: NCL Dawn Boston to Bermuda September 6, 2013 Where: Aft Balcony 10230 The Plan: A relaxing vacation. We are not show people and not too much for the casino (although we ... Read More
Who: Mary-Ellen and Rich, 50-somethings from New Hampshire When: NCL Dawn Boston to Bermuda September 6, 2013 Where: Aft Balcony 10230 The Plan: A relaxing vacation. We are not show people and not too much for the casino (although we did make a very small contribution via the slotplay coupons ordered online earlier in addition to the NCL slot deal). The only show we did was one of Tim Kaminski's comedy shows and loved it and him! We brought our snorkeling stuff with us planning for a beach day followed by a day in St. George's and ending with a day split with small shopping in Hamilton and the Dockyard. Embarkation: We had an easy drive down from NH and arrived around 11:30 AM. Dropped Rich off with the luggage at the port and Mary-Ellen headed to the parking garage ($16/day). Had 2 carry-ons with us ' one a rolling cooler with a few sodas, water and 3 bottles of wine, the other a wheeled beach tote with essentials ' medicines, CPAP machine and swimsuits for hitting the hot tub early before the other two pieces of luggage would arrive to our cabin. Easy-peasy filling out of medical questionnaire, registration and pick up of our key cards. We were in group 12 and walked on the ship a little after 12:00 and headed directly to the Venetian for lunch rather than the crowded buffet. Room: After lunch we headed up tour our cabin to drop off the carry-ons before the muster drill. The balcony was huge! Two loungers, a chair and a small table (we later brought out the taller, larger one from the room to enjoy meals alfresco later in the week). I was writing a note for Mario our room steward when he magically appeared to welcome us on board and introduce himself. What a treat it was to have him as our steward! We asked to have the fridge contents removed and to please keep our rolling cooler filled with ice out on the balcony ' when we returned 90 minutes later all was done! The room had the flat screen TV, queen sized bed and very small nightstand with shelf to be used for the CPAP machine (top of the nightstand was approx. 9' X 15') and the loveseat that can be turned out for another cabin mate to accommodate 3 in the cabin. There was one outlet by the vanity area (bring a power strip ' ours had space for 5 plugs we used to charge electronics and to use the CPAP machine) and one more in the bathroom. Ladies, the hairdryer is plenty powerful enough for even the thickest of hair like mine. We also had an over the door shoe pocket to use on the bathroom door which was a necessity to keep things organized (makeup, sunscreens, lotions, etc.). Out Latitudes party invites were on the desk along with our ship pins and slot coupons. Food: We pre-purchased the 3 specialty restaurant deal online and booked ressies for them before we left. We were very pleased with each of the specialty restaurants - Cagney's, La Cucina and Le Bistro. We did a couple of dinners in the MDRs and one breakfast also. Service was a tad slow at times in the MDR (we usually had dinner around 7PM). Of course the wings at the Blue Lagoon were awesome as usual. Other than that we grazed around the buffet - pecan sticky buns !!! Transportation tip: Upon arriving in Bermuda Sunday we headed to get bus/ferry tickets. Since we knew we would not be going back and forth throughout the island too much the best deal for us was to get the 15 tickets for $30 instead of the 3 day passes for $35.00 each. These tickets are not mentioned on the bus/ferry info flyer but are available when you ask and saved us $40.00 by doing this. They are good for all zones and transport either bus or ferry. We only used 12 of the 15 tickets. What we did on the island: Sunday Horseshoe Bay - after getting off the 'special' bus we made the long walk down to the beach area and headed left away from the crowded area. There is no shade at Horseshoe but there are chairs and umbrellas for rent ' we however brought our little Coleman cabana easy to set up/take down weighs just 5 pounds and packs into a zippered pouch about 5' X 20' ' instant shade and good for a nap. We brought our snorkel equipment but TS Gabrielle was reforming so we did not snorkel too much due to the roughness of the ocean waves. The waves were strong but highly entertaining! We did have quality time at the beach. Having our fill of sunshine we hit the showers/changing rooms at the main area of the beach and took advantage of the gentleman who runs the 'To the Top' van = $2 per person to bring you back up to the bus stop area (well worth it). Monday St. Georges 'a leisurely, scenic 40 minute ride on the ferry. Rich had a walking tour document he had printed out and we used part of that as our plan. We hit St. Peter's Church, an interesting Bermuda Art Museum, the fun dunking of the wench at noon, followed by lunch at the White Horse (Bermuda fish chowder was on the must do list). St. Georges has this little tram for $15 that does a 30 minute ride around St. Georges. This was really great to give you an overview for a future visit ' many of the streets are cramped together and it can be difficult to get your bearings and it is very hilly. Tobacco Bay is a must do for us when we return in 2015 (heck maybe sooner). I learned about Bermuda's role in the Civil War (there is a great museum operated by the Bermuda Trust near the Town Hall that has a small admission ($5) and is worth a visit. Tuesday Hamilton and the Dockyard ' Captain Paul came on the speakers early to let us know that Garbielle was moving faster than expected and we would need to be back on the ship by 2:30 instead of 5:00 (his plan was scrapped later in the day ' more later). We took the 9 AM ferry to Hamilton - a nice 20 minute ride for a bit of quick shopping. As we all know you will not find bargains in Bermuda like other islands, but there are some things you cannot find easily in the US so we shop. We hit a few shops for shirts and general browsing and then headed back to the ferry to finish up shopping at the Dockyard. Many folks will tell you to visit the shops at the Clocktower Mall where you can find cheap souvenirs (unfortunately mostly made in China). I prefer to support the locals and visit the Bermuda Rum Cake Factory (free samples too!), the Bermuda Glassworks (great glass ornaments, jewelry and vases) and then to the Bermuda Marketplace by the Frog and Onion Pub near the ship. Locally made items including jewelry (you can see them creating the pieces in front of you), the various sherry sauces, fish chowder to bring home and enjoy and even honey made by Bermuda beekeepers. What we did on the ship: Our CC meet and greet was scheduled for 10:30 AM on the first sea day (Saturday). Unfortunately the cooking demonstration with chefs was at the same time and we missed the gathering but did catch up later to sign up for the slot pull set for Thursday. The cooking demo featured some sushi, an apple dessert from the Le Bistro menu and the Mussels in Pernod appetizer also from Le Bistro. We were given recipes for them and a couple more ' it was an enjoyable activity for those who are interested in cooking. On our last cruise we did the Pub Crawl so we skipped it this time but we tried to take advantage of Margarita Madness each time it was offered throughout the cruise. Most of our time on the ship involved hanging in the hot tubs, the occasional donation to the casino and walking around. We did play the free bingo card and purchased the $20 pack of strip card thingys at the comedy show which also included 10 raffle tickets for the free cruise drawn on the final sea day. We also had raffle tickets from our liquor purchase. We were just 2 numbers off on the liquor raffle, 2 numbers off from the mega raffle and a mere 5 numbers off on the free cruise (we decided to get a few Powerball tix on our way back to NH on Friday) The hot tubs varied greatly in temperature ' one night the one on deck 13 way up front was blazing hot. The others by the pool were like bathwater one night and then the next a comfortably hot temp. Interspersed during the week were two Latitudes appreciation events that we attended ' never pass up a free drink and snacks. Captain Paul spoke at the first one Saturday afternoon. He is a lovely man and quite entertaining. Speaking about Captain Paul ' he was very good at communicating what was going on with TS Gabrielle. Originally we were told to be back on board Tuesday at 5PM, then that morning he changed it to 2:30 thinking we could hightail it out of port before the worst of the storm. However Mother Nature had other plans and it was impossible to safely navigate the channel out of port (or even to drop the lines if you happen to watch the video at portbermudawebcam.com), so we spent Tuesday night safely tied to the pier during the howling wind and rain. The ah-hem 'bakery bags' were placed by the elevators in case someone was in need through the night. Outside it was pretty severe - I was waiting for Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel to show up. However the ship remained pretty stable ' I did not feel too much movement at all in our aft balcony. For those who are in awe of what nature can do, I found it mesmerizing and took a couple of videos of the waves rushing over the walkways on the pier. You could leave the ship if you wanted to and walk around (and some folks did for the experience of walking in those strong winds), but it was all aboard at 8AM for leaving around 8:30. Our departure was very smooth amid the remaining rough waves. Wednesday night it felt as if we had crashed a wedding party ' a Portuguese band did a 2 hour concert by the pool. Many of The Image Band's fans had made group t-shirts for the cruise ' they were very good and we had a great time watching and enjoying the group. Do not miss Tim Kaminski's comedy show. The man is sharp and extremely entertaining involving many members of the audience for his show. Soozy was our cruise director. We had not heard of her before the cruise so perhaps she is one of the newer CDs. It was refreshing to see women in this position and those of Shopping Consultant and Latitudes consultant. Another difference from our last cruise on the Dawn ' there seemed to be much fewer announcements during the day. Disembarkation: We chose the last color tag of green at 10AM. I was up around 6:00 to watch the sail into Boston and then went up and got coffee to bring back our cabin and enjoy on the balcony one last time. We finished up packing the carry-ons, said our goodbyes to Mario and headed up to the buffet for a bit of breakfast by the pool until our color was called around 9:40. We found our luggage easily and retrieved the car from the parking garage to get on our way to New Hampshire. Epilogue: As we were driving back home Friday morning, Rich comes out with this gem: 'I think the salt in the ocean air shrinks your clothes'. Sure go ahead and think that sweetie'   Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
For her 75th birthday I brought my mom on cruise to Bermuda. I was never quite interested in cruising, but for Mom there is little I won't do. As an added bonus, her sister and my cousin both joined our travels. Two sisters (Mom and ... Read More
For her 75th birthday I brought my mom on cruise to Bermuda. I was never quite interested in cruising, but for Mom there is little I won't do. As an added bonus, her sister and my cousin both joined our travels. Two sisters (Mom and Aunt), and their two daughters. The trip was truly a gift for each of us. The ship, Norwegian Dawn, was beautiful and and offered all that we could have anticipated. We had arranged for adjoining mini-suites which afforded all of the accommodations we would need; spacious rooms with ample space for two women's clothes, toiletries and accessories. (This is saying alot, as none of us packed lightly). The staff could not have been friendlier, or more responsive. I will not say that we are a demanding group, but we nore are we shy to to ask for service. Our porter was always accommodating, friendly and, most important, available. The staff throughtout the ship was equally responsive, and friendly. The entertainment was in a word: phenomenal. Having never cruised before, I had anticipated the entertainment to be 'less than stellar'. How wrong I was. The entertainment offered varied each night, and was broad in genre. Most importantly, the talent was fabulous. Food on board was equally fabulous. Complimentary meals were wonderful, and again exceeded my expectations. The first night on board we ate in the Aqua room and had Lobster and filet mignon. Each were succulent and perfectly prepared. We also ate in the three of the specialty restaurants. Cagneys was wonderful, and well worth the small fee for the tremendous meal ****. LaCucina,too was wonderful. But, the best meal we had on the ship was our last night at the Brazilian steak house: Moderno. A five star meal, with tremendous offering and service. I wish we had eaten here earlier, as we surely would have returned. Excursions: We did book one excursion through the boat to Snorkel Park. Reasonably priced. Great little spot near the boat where you can snorkel, cayak, paddle boad or just swim about. There is a band that plays island music, and snack bar. The only downfall: this is a man made beach. The snorkeling was still great, and we had seen at least 16+ different species of beautiful colorful fish. Lastly, and one of the greatest elements of your Bermuda experience: our tour guide Lewis Foggo. I did not book Lewis through the cruisline, but found him on the Bermuda tourism site. He is a tourguide certified by the Bermuda govt. I travel quite a bit, and like to tour a city or area on my first day. I've also discovered that it pays to search in advance for a knowledgeable tourguide. What a find! He was friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and seemed to anticipate our questions and needs. From history, botanical, social or cultural - he could answer all of our questions. He also was great for recommending beaches, restaurants, shopping and accommodations. Price was great. Less costly than the packages on the cruise ship, and I would wager worth much more! We had booked him for 1/2 day upon arrival, and were so pleased with his service and pricing, we booked him an additional day for 8 full hours. (If interested: he specializes in island tours of Bermuda, and also offers services for corporate, weddings, parties and street pick-ups. He is a Bermuda Government certified Blue Flag Tour Guide. Email: lewis_foggo@hotmail.com or Call: 441/704-2109.) It seems, I suppose that I am 'pitching' for him. But his service was so good, I would be remiss to not praise him. Back to the cruise: Our overall experience was wonderful. I mentioned earlier that in the past I had little interest in taking a cruise. That has certainly changed. I will cruise again. You simply cannot have had a bad time on this trip, unless you simply didn't want to. So much to do, such wonderful service ... We were pleased as can be. Mom is busy now planning her next cruise. - Ginge from Boston Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
My boyfriend and I had the BEST time on the Dawn labor day week. I'll try to give a short review here, but I'll post more detail on the forums later this week. Room: We had a midship balcony on deck 10. It was absolutely worth ... Read More
My boyfriend and I had the BEST time on the Dawn labor day week. I'll try to give a short review here, but I'll post more detail on the forums later this week. Room: We had a midship balcony on deck 10. It was absolutely worth the extra expense. The balcony wasn't very large, but we both managed to spend a few afternoons sitting there and enjoying the sun. We were also lucky enough to face Bermuda when we were in port, so we enjoyed the music NCL played every day as the guests came back to the ship. The room was large enough for all of our things, and we managed in the bathroom just fine (bf is 6'3"). Our room steward Francisco was wonderful and stopped to chat with us every time he saw us. I can't say enough good things about him. Food: We go out to eat in the Metro Boston area pretty often and we agreed that the food in Aqua and Venitian were on par with most of the better restaurants we eat at. Someone on here said you can get better steaks at Outback, but that's absolutely not true. Every steak we had was cooked exactly to our specifications and seasoned very well. Some may say it had a bit too much seasoning, but it was perfect for our tastes. The staff in the restaurants and the Garden Cafe really made the experience for us. Staff members that we interacted with once during the week would come over to say hi to us and chat with us and suggest foods to try. Every food recommendation was fantastic, and we had a few custom made dishes thanks to our wonderful servers. I don't know if I should post so many shout outs here, but we miss Achmed from Aqua and the Garden Cafe!!! Entertainment: Now, my boyfriend isn't really the kind of person to sit through multiple Broadway type shows in a week, but he really enjoyed all of the evening shows on the Dawn. I did too, but I really love that kind of stuff. The performers really push themselves to be the best they can be and it's obvious that they're having fun doing it. We also went to trivia multiple times and we loved joking around with Justin and Luke! They were the life of the party at so many events and we hope to encounter activity staff like them the next time we take a cruise. Bermuda: It was beautiful and relaxing to visit this island, and I loved having 3 days to explore. We did not do any ship excursions, but we got around the island easily and were guided by kind islanders. We definitely want to go back here. Overall: We honestly thought the experience top to bottom was fantastic. Every crew member seemed like he or she honestly wanted our vacations to be the best ones ever and they worked so hard to provide a wonderful experience. Even the Captain took a minute to talk to us when we caught him grabbing a late night crepe in the Garden Cafe. I'm sure there are better decorated ships out there with waterslides and rock climbing walls and more bars etc etc, but the staff on this ship made the ship come to life for us. We had something to do every minute of every day, and we enjoyed everything we did. We even invested in a cruise reward and are planning on taking another cruise sometime in the future, and we're pretty sure we're going back to the Dawn. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Leading up to this cruise my wife and i frequently read reviews about this cruise and were concerned about some of the negative comments people wrote. Well i have to say that this was one of the best weeks i have had in a long time. If you ... Read More
Leading up to this cruise my wife and i frequently read reviews about this cruise and were concerned about some of the negative comments people wrote. Well i have to say that this was one of the best weeks i have had in a long time. If you can not have fun on this cruise you should serious seek professional help. My wife and I went with another couple and we all had a great time. First, if you are from Mass, one of the best things about this cruise is that you show up in Southie, board the ship in about 40minutes and the fun instantly begins. The band is playing, the grills are going,and the drinks are being served the instant you step foot on the ship. All of the drinks were great, we all thought the food was fantastic for a cruise ship. None of us had the expectation that we would be at the Capital Grill for 7 nights, we All had realistic expectations and felt the food value warranted what we paid for the cruise. By far, one of the best things on this cruise was the entertainment, the band southside was one of the most versatile bands i have ever listened to. The cruise director paul scally and his team were great in getting the crowds fired up and involved. Magician Justino was great as were the other variety shows we attended. The room size was great, could put luggage under the bed, plenty of room. We had a balcony which i felt was worth the extra money. The cabin steward was very accommodating and everyone on the ship was happy to help you with any questions. Spa and gym were excellent, great running track on the ship and walking on the 7th deck is great. Overall, a great time. If you are thinking about booking this cruise and are on the fence about it because of some of the other reviews on this site please trust me, you will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
My wife, teenage children, and I took the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda, for our family vacation 8-3 to 8-10-2012. We have been on the NCL Majesty (twice), Spirit (twice), Dawn (three times), Dream, Pearl, and Gem. This was our third time on ... Read More
My wife, teenage children, and I took the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda, for our family vacation 8-3 to 8-10-2012. We have been on the NCL Majesty (twice), Spirit (twice), Dawn (three times), Dream, Pearl, and Gem. This was our third time on this ship, our 10th NCL, and our 17th cruise. Embarkation: We have been to Black Falcon before and being from the area it was no problem to get to the pier. I dropped off my family and the bags and parked the car in the garage. The weekly fee for parking the car here was 112.00. The pier has been renovated. We now need to go to the second floor for check in. Check-in was easy and soon we we were meeting the concierge, Karabi, getting our room keys and waiting for the announcement for the escort to board the Norwegian Dawn. At 11:30, Mark, our Butler came and brought us and the other suite passengers on. We were able to got to our suite and drop off our things, lock our valuables, and go to Cagney's for a nice lunch. Our cabin was ready when our lunch was done. The ship is still beautiful. It is clean and the recent renovations did much to improve the ship. I still miss the old Spinnakers Lounge which was located on deck 12 forward. However our new suite was located here and it was beautiful. We stayed in a Family Suite. This was a wonderful space for the 4 of us. The location was great, deck 12 right down the hall from the pool and on the same deck as the buffet and the fitness center. The suite offered plenty of closet space and storage. The wall of windows provided an amazing view. Dining is subjective. We enjoyed all our meals. We ate in Le Bistro, Cagney's Bamboo, Moderno, Blue Lagoon, La Cuchina, and the buffet. Service was excellent in all of these restaurants. The food was also great and I was pleasantly surprised. I noticed an improvement in the meat quality from last year's cruise on the Gem. All meals were cooked to our specifications. We enjoyed every dining experience but some stood out more than others. Moises, the waiter in Le Bistro gets special recognition. He was superb and went above and beyond! We asked for him again and dined with him again on our last night. We also had most of our breakfasts in Cagney's. This is a treat for us and a stress free way to start the day. The staff anticipated our needs after the first day. They made breakfast special. Other crew also provided excellent Service. Mark, our butler was wonderful. He took the time to explain his services and really made us feel that we were his only passengers on the whole ship. Roy our Room Steward was also great. He did an excellent job keeping our room clean and anticipating our schedules as to not interfere with our vacation. Karabi, the concierge, made our dining reservations and was always checking in to be sure that we had everything that we needed. Wilson, at the Guest Service desk took the time to ask us how we were enjoying our cruise. We only went there to ask a question. However, he specifically asked if we were satisfied with the service, meals, cabin, and ship. I have never experienced this before and it was a welcome sign that they really wanted to know what we thought. The staff in the Garden Buffet also asked us frequently if our meals were good and if there was anything that we needed. This is a sign of caring, teamwork, and service. From the officers to the crew. All seemed to be working well together. As I said before, I have been on 17 cruises and the crew really went out of their way to make our vacation wonderful. These are just some of the vacation hero's that made our cruise special. There are a lot of activities for people to do on a NCL cruise. You can do as little or as much as you want. I took classes in the fitness center, enjoyed the games by the pool, participated or observed the many game shows offered. Bingo and Deal or No Deal are the gaming options. There were pool parties day and night, dancing every night, and music to listen to in all the lounges and in the grand Atrium. The Dawn also has shows or comedy every night, including when in port. There really was something for everyone. The Freestyle Daily lists all the things going on. We had a great turnout for our meet and greet. I organized it so I was thankful that most showed and there were plenty of officers that took the time to meet us. Thank you Captain, Christian, the restaurant Manager, and others for coming. We were blessed with the most beautiful weather and incredibly calm seas the whole week. It was unbelievable! Even the crew were amazed. The pool area was crowded but with the exception for one morning, I always found a good place to sit and enjoy the sun, pool, and activities pool side. The nice weather really brought most passengers out to the pool area and upper decks. It was really enjoyable to be out on deck. This was our 7th time to Bermuda. We went to Horseshoe Bay for another unforgettable beach day. We took the ferry to St. George to see the dunking of the wench and explore this quaint little town. From St. George we took the bus to Hamilton for some shopping. Then we hopped on a ferry back to the Dockyard. The Harbor Nights festival was in the Dockyard on Monday night and this was the first time that we participated in that. It was like a craft fair and there were dancers and music. On our last day we walked to the sea glass beach and then took the Rising Son II catamaran tour in the afternoon. It is great to have 3 days in a port. Our cruise was excellent. As I talked to other passengers all seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were many large groups on this sailing. From extended families to groups of friends. All seemed to be enjoying the ship and Bermuda. The Dawn delivered an excellent vacation for my family and friends. The service, food, entertainment, and weather were all fantastic. I am grateful for another wonderful experience on NCL. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
To gauge if my review is for you, you need to know a little about me. I'm a 30 year old Bostonian male who cruised with another fellow Cruise Critic member (philamike). I've taken several cruises over the years with many mass ... Read More
To gauge if my review is for you, you need to know a little about me. I'm a 30 year old Bostonian male who cruised with another fellow Cruise Critic member (philamike). I've taken several cruises over the years with many mass market lines including Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean and one time even Carnival (ICK!!). Since 2009 I have sailed exclusively with Norwegian Cruise Line with this being my 14th cruise with them and second time sailing with Platinum Latitudes status. Overall this was my 24th cruise so as you can tell I am a seasoned cruiser. How I prefer to write the rest of my review is in a journal format reviewing things in the order in which I experienced them with special headers for entertainment and specialty dining. DAY 1: EMBARKATION -- BOSTON, MA I arrived to Cruiseport Boston early (10:30AM) and upon arrival I discovered cruisers from the previous sailing were still disembarking. The porters were not busy and we quickly got rid of our luggage and headed up the escalators to the security checkpoint. There was no line to get through security and we were through in a flash! There was no line at the check-in counter for Platinum Latitudes and before I knew it, we had keycards and a number for boarding. Cruiseport Boston underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment and basically changed the entire process and look of the building since the first time I cruised out of Boston in 2008. The entire system flows with ease. For cruisers waiting in the terminal, it's not the white walls as it was before but rather more vibrant and colorful with natural sunlight and tons of nostalgic ocean liner pictures on the walls. I was very impressed with the new look of the terminal. I skipped cruising from Boston in 2011 so this was the first time I got to see the completely renovated terminal. It was still under construction in 2010. Very nice job Cruiseport Boston! After meeting up with a shore-side friend at Cruiseport Boston, it was time to begin the embarkation process with the embarkation photo and next thing we knew, we were onboard and dining in the Venetian Restaurant for embarkation lunch. The lunch menu didn't change from the January cruise so I had my typical lunch fare of Vietnamese Spring Roll with that awesome sauce and my first of many New York strip steaks. It was all very tasty. During our lunch service we inquired about some crew members from January who may or may not still be there. To our surprise Michael from the Philippines was still onboard and stopped by. He let us know some of our other favorite wait staff was still there. Most of them were assigned to Aqua Restaurant. OCEAN VIEW CABIN: Stateroom 5630 After lunch cabins were already available for occupancy. They were ready just after 1PM which is earlier than usual. We went down to the cabin and began unpacking. Here we met our very nice cabin steward Owen and he delivered our bags shortly thereafter. The cabin was in great overall shape. Everything was neat and clean with the bed split into a twin configuration. The only bad thing was a bathroom door that failed to close easily unless you slammed it. This was more problematic at night then during the day but nothing to scream about. We were completely unpacked and in vacation mode before muster drill which was at 3:15PM! Now that's a way to start things off! Our muster station was in Aqua Restaurant and even though I was on an 11 day in January 2012 on the Dawn I had never once set foot in the restaurant! The decor was very white and very well... ugly in comparison to all other dining venues on the ship. I am very happy this is the true FreeStyle dining room where if you don't want to dress in anything particular, you don't have to. I stuck with Venetian like January where the decor is MUCH MUCH better and dressed in resort casual attire like always. It was disappointing since our favorite teams were in Aqua except when they had a lunch rotation in Venetian. After muster drill it was time to go topside and get the party started! Bought my first drink of the cruise in an NCL signature plastic hurricane glass and waited for the ship to leave. We left later than 4PM but that gave us time to take in the dance number from the dancers onboard at the party. Finally we left and for the first time I can say I didn't freeze while leaving Boston. It wasn't cool or cold but nice and HOT and a perfect sail away! We also got to meet up with the ship's resident DJ Keith Armian who is one of the better NCL resident DJs. We also got to meet the Celebrity DJ Suga Ray (NYC). So far things in the music department were off to a great start! SPECIALTY DINING: Le Bistro Restaurant In early August 2012 NCL introduced a book ahead dining package for their specialty restaurants. If you booked Le Bistro (French), Cagney's Steakhouse & La Cuccina (Italian) then you would save $8 per person on the cover charge. We took advantage of this and started with a 7PM reservation at Le Bistro. I had the escargot and the French onion soup along with the lamb. All were very good dishes. I had the lamb which was cooked to order and nice and tender. For dessert I had the crème brule. We also took advantage of NCL's Facebook Fan special offer with a free bottle of wine if you dined in a specialty restaurant on embarkation night! It was a nice way to start off the cruise and it was great service provided by Pamela Estipona and Emilio Andrews. We skipped tonight's featured Stardust entertainment which was a variety show of the acts coming up in the cruise and instead sat at the Star Bar to meet others on our sailing and take in the sounds of the pianist. It was a great little gathering and lots of folks showed up! Next, it was off to the Spinnakers Lounge for the first of many nights this cruise to catch the tail end of Southside performing the Dawn Breakaway Dance Party and then DJ Suga Ray took over. It was here we were finally able to meet up with my crew friend who I've sailed with many times before. It was so nice to see her again and be able to hang out. A great night in the disco between DJ Suga Ray but an early rise prevented us from staying for DJ Keith's session. DAY 2: SEA DAY After our 8:30AM wake up call by room service and a very brief CODE BRAVO in laundry, it was off to the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet at 10:30AM. It was attended by all senior management who were kind enough to provide our group with complimentary pastries, coffee and some juice. Captain Paul also stopped by as well to give us an update on the laundry area and Leslie, a Tropical Storm threatening our trip. All was well and then it was off to a Cruise Critic organized Poker Cabin Crawl! Featured in our trip was an interior, balcony, mini-suite and aft-penthouse suite and culminating in the Owner's Suite forward on Deck 10. It was a great way to see other accommodations onboard the vessel and what I could do with my money if I crOuise less (and that's not going to happen)!! The afternoon was relaxing after a small buffet lunch. I went up on the pool deck in the Quiet Zone forward and sunned for the afternoon before coming back for dinner at Venetian Restaurant. Tonight I had two signature appetizers including the Spring Roll and the Tortilla Crisp (aka Quesadilla) along with some main dish I can't remember. It was all good though and then it was off to the early show. STARDUST SHOWTME: Band on the Run! As mentioned previously I did an 11 day on this ship in January 2012 and since then they had changed the production cast. This show features 70's club hits with live band music. I can say this new production cast had great choreography this time compared to January and were spot on with each other but the singers; especially the male lead one with blond hair (Trent?) was so horrible and murdered most of the songs! I wanted this man to stop singing and let the other guy do it but it never happened. One of the two female vocalists was also off on their singing but Trent took the cake. The good part the dancing was back up to par though. SPINNAKERS: Norwegians Night Out Party DJ Keith spun the beats and it was a great night out at the club. We left before Suga Ray took over because the ship's clocks were springing ahead one hour. It was a great night out in Spinnakers! DAY 3: NOW ARRIVING -- BERMUDA! It was our intent to get up and watch the ship sail into Bermuda but that didn't happen. A look outside the window showed a tug boat and the coast line and we weren't moving! After having a leisurely lunch in Venetian where we re-united with Dewi (Aqua Restaurant Waitress) from January, it was time to go shore-side to take a tour of the Dockyard for Mike who had never been before. After some shopping and seeing the Dockyard sites including the glass blowing demonstration at the Bermuda Glass Factory, it was time to head back on the ship for the show and dinner. STARDUST SHOWTIME: Duo Volgyi The opening act was a ballet number from Marsha and then it became a show of aerial artistry with silks and ropes. It was a great show and it wasn't going to be the only time during the cruise we got to see them as they appeared in Band on the Run and more so in Bollywood. Definitely worth checking out! SPECIALTY DINING: Moderno Churriscaria Located on Deck 8 opposite the Blue Lagoon, this lovely dining venue will satisfy any carnivore's appetite. Our seating was at 9:30PM and one of the last ones. After a small salad at their expansive salad bar, it was time to start the flow of meat by flipping the handy little card to green! After sampling each of the meats, which for the most part were very tender, it was time to get some more! My roommate flipped to red. I kept going with more Filet Mignon and a few other meats and finally flipped to red. Mike was ready to fall asleep at that point! Dessert consisted of a papaya cream and a flan! This restaurant is amongst the options available to Platinum members instead of dining in Le Bistro (which we purchased before sailing as part of the new NCL dining package). ATRIUM ENTERTAINMENT: Arvin & Emily While dining at Moderno we were being serenaded by Arvin & Emily. It was a nice addition to the dining experience. This duo knew all sorts of songs from every genre from Broadway to Country, Pop to Rock 'N Roll. They were always a great time throughout the cruise but this night in particular we were able to catch them for more than just a few songs due to our length of dining at Moderno. We dined so late into the evening that we missed the 70's Groove Party in Spinnakers and instead decided to grab a drink topside. The bartender was fantastic and I wish I caught his name but he was at Topsiders during the deck party with DJ Suga Ray. We moved down to Spinnakers to finish out the night with DJ Keith at the turntables! I stayed until the wee hours of the morning and grabbed breakfast at Blue Lagoon. DAY 4: BERMUDA During our sailing it was the US and Bermuda's Labor Day holiday. As such there were a lot of places that were closed to tourists but shopping and beach options. This day after a late rise and lunch in Venetian we went ashore to Horseshoe Bay Beach. A friend of ours from the ship showed us a more quiet area of that place and we went there and hung out for the afternoon. Great photo opportunities to be had and the waves were crazy due to the storms in the Atlantic. It was a great afternoon at the beach. Handy tip for new people traveling to Bermuda: Cab fare is $33 to Horseshoe Bay from the Dockyard in each direction. Back onboard the vessel it was an early dinner at the Venetian Restaurant where Asheesh and the newly embarked Danielo from the photo gallery stopped by to take our pictures. This night will be memorable for the picture they took and how it all came about! LOL! Having been to Bermuda three times before, there is a night for each cruise that is either in Hamilton or in the Dockyard. All the other times I've been to Bermuda it was cancelled due to bad weather. This trip it was actually held at the stage by Clocktower Mall and it was a great time. There were percussion (drum players) and Gombey dancers. The police were out to make sure there was peace and were also kind enough to pose for pictures! We stayed out and walked around to the vendor tents outside before heading back to the ship for... STARDUST SHOWTIME: Extreme Vegas (Second Show) We had missed their opening act in the Variety Show on embarkation night. We had heard their section was really good and to check it out. This duo did a fantastic job of entertaining with illusions, one of which is in the show ELEMENTS on the Norwegian Spirit. I can't really describe how great this show was and entertaining. I was happy I checked it out and I recommend you do as well! After a quick wardrobe change and meeting up with some folks in Spinnakers it was time to get off the ship for a night of dancing shore-side! The crew party ashore has more energy to it then most nights in the disco onboard. I love the Bermuda overnights for this one night! Otherwise, the Dockyard is deadsville and the cab fare to Hamilton is INSANE! Great night ashore with so many memories! DAY 5: BERMUDA I continued partying until the wee hours of the morning. I didn't get back to the ship until sometime after 3AM and then went to Blue Lagoon for yet another breakfast of chicken tenders and fries before retiring. My roommate left the party earlier and got up early to head off to St. George's. I stayed onboard for a little while longer until the crew muster drill began and the announcements were being made in the passenger cabins! Numerous announcements were made in the cabin to the point where I was so annoyed I called up guest relations and told them to knock it off already! If it was a crew drill then keep it in the crew areas and general public areas. I got an apology and sorry for the inconvenience but it was going to continue. Being wide awake I went shore-side to get away from the noise of it all and went to BUZZ at the Dockyard Pharmacy for my second green tea latte of the trip! If you don't know where BUZZ is, ask for the Pharmacy in the Dockyard. It's the only pharmacy there and inside is this neat little coffee shop which is basically a Starbucks. They have Starbucks coffee and they make all the same drinks as Starbucks does. With some explanation they even make a Green Tea Latte which is charged the same as their chai lattes. I watched the Enchantment of the Seas pull out before getting back on the ship since the announcements had stopped. I plunked down in the Quiet Zone on deck and slept a few hours. When I awakened it was just before the Starboard Promenade Deck & Pier-side Party! This new party featuring music and housekeeping department folks dancing shore-side is a neat and fun way to welcome guests back onboard. Some guests would get involved in it and it made waiting for cast off a little easier. DJ Keith was spinning and the three male housekeepers seemed to make up their own dance for the new "Cruise Like a Norwegian" theme song which was played every half hour until 5PM when it all ended. There was a female housekeeper, who bless her heart for her age and still working on ships, was keeping up with the guys pretty well! I saw her later on in the cruise by chance and told her she was awesome!! What a great time!! After a nice relaxing dinner again in Venetian, we went up to the Star Bar for more drinks with new friends made onboard before I retired for the evening. I was informed by some of these people when I described the Second City's usual routines in their main show that it still hadn't changed. Second City definitely needs new material, especially for repeat cruisers. DAY 6: SEA DAY It was nice to sleep in and have no interruptions this morning. A quick breakfast in Venetian lead to the Captain & Senior Officers Question and Answer session in the main atrium and then next thing you know it was time to go to the Latitudes past passenger party for all tier level members. It was at 1PM and Captain Paul came by to talk with us. We were also showed a video of Norwegian Breakaway, joining NCL's fleet next May 2013. Thereafter we returned to the cabin and relaxed for the duration of the afternoon until dinner time. SPECIALTY RESTAURANT: Cagney's Steakhouse I have dined in Cagney's several times over the years cruising with NCL. I truly miss their Porterhouse steak option. It was great for carnivores like me to have as a single dinner option. This trip I decided to try the ribeye after having appetizers of shrimp cocktail and New England clam chowder. The dinner was great overall and the service provided was great. STARDUST SHOWTIME: The "V" Show The Norwegian Dawn cast basically makes up their own show for this one-time only showing. It features dancers doing their numbers, aerialists and the singers. The blond haired singer got to be interesting in seeing just how well he could butcher any song he got his vocal chords on. I was so hoping for a good cast this cruise but this one guy who sang so much just stunk so badly! The other singers were great compared to his vocal abilities but it seemed they were hardly singing. I would pass if you see this guy with the ripped abs and bleached blond hair in the earlier Band on the Run performance. STARDUST SHOWTIME: The Paul Scally Show -- LIVE Comedy (Adults Only Show) This was my fourth cruise with Paul Scally as the Cruise Director. I met up with him several nights out at Spinnakers while he was in the back checking how things were going. He encouraged me to come and check out his new show this night and I did. It was a great time and all of his jokes were good. I would recommend this show as an alternative to the earlier "V" show. SPINNAKERS: White Hot Party!!!! A quick wardrobe change once more led me to the entry way of Norwegian Cruise Line's best party on the high seas! The dancers come out and do a number on the dance floor and the cruise staff have their angel wings on. Cruise passengers, including myself, really get into the act with their attire and it's just a great night of music and dancing and it goes ALL night long! DJ Suga Ray (NYC) kicked it off before the resident DJ Keith finished out the night in the wee hours of Thursday morning.DAY 7: SEA DAY The day actually started off right at midnight with the continuance of the White Hot Party and an early morning breakfast of Blue Lagoon chicken tenders and fries. The rest of this day I spent in my cabin until it was time for dinner! I wanted to relax and that is what I did. I ordered room service and watched some of the movies on their movie channels including "Ghost" and "Up." It was cloudy so it wasn't really good sunning weather. Relaxing in the cabin was a great alternative option. SPECIALTY DINING: La Cuccina Restaurant (Italian) Out of all the Norwegian cruises I've done, I have only eaten in this restaurant one other time. The decor of this restaurant is by far the second best on the Dawn (just behind that of Le Bistro). The food was nice and there were other options available besides just pasta and pizza like most Italian eateries state-side have. I tried the Risotto and it was fantastic. My dessert stole the show though as it was a flourless chocolate cake. For the price of this specialty restaurant, the decor and food alone make it a great value. STARDUST SHOWTIME: Bollywood This was the best performance by the new production cast. This premiere night of entertainment features more dancing, aerialists, acrobats than singing so it was by FAR the best show of the entire cruise. Furthermore, compared to January 2012's show, this new cast brought a lot of new items to the table making it far more engaging for the audience. I do give props to NCL for getting this show back to a level of somewhat equivalence to the show of the same title I saw originally back in 2003 with Jean Ann Ryan Productions. NCL Productions definitely stepped it up a notch for this show. "Jai Ho" the main song was butchered again by that singer but since he didn't sing much this production, the production was THAT much more enjoyable! Bravo NCL productions on this new edition of Bollywood. Upon completion of the show was the premiere of the new Norwegian farewell song. I missed the Norwegian Way / Wave farewell but sometimes new things are good! The crew and staff came up to wish us farewell one last time and the Captain accepted flowers from a kid in the audience as he was signing off for vacation this Boston. After the show, we headed upstairs to say goodbye to new found friends at the Star Bar. Our meeting time had changed this last night but we didn't care and arrived at the time we'd had all the rest of the cruise. The pianist this night seemed to be a little overpowering and it was unclear why but he finished up and we could actually continue talking without yelling. It was time to go back and finish up packing before heading out to Spinnakers for the remainder of the night. SPINNAKERS: The Second City Unplugged (Adults Only) Most of this is show is improv and not sketch comedy so it can be sometimes more interesting. I went to get seats for the show after this one but it turned out to be an ok time. SPINNAKERS: Adult Quest Game Show Now this always provides for a fun time. I forewarn anyone to go and be a spectator but don't participate unless you are very open-minded. It's amazing what people will do for a grand prize of a free shot at the bar! This cruise didn't disappoint and we were joined by some crew friends and other friends made onboard before this concluded. SPINNAKERS: Norwegians Farewell Party featuring DJ Keith This disco was short and sweet. It lasted only 1.5 hours until the crew and passenger curfew at 2AM. Afterward, a few of us passengers popped over to Blue Lagoon for one last breakfast of chicken tenders and fries before retiring. DAY 8: DISEMBARKATION -- BOSTON, MA Woke up at 8AM and headed off to Venetian Restaurant for one last breakfast meal before clearing out of the cabin. NCL prefers you clear out of the cabin by 9AM and we happened to stay just a little longer than that. We decided to head up to the Star Bar and wait for the last call on disembarking the ship. I had a ride coming to get me at 11AM and my friend had to wait to check into his hotel so we stayed until the very end. Last call came at 10:15AM and we were off the ship shortly thereafter. Cruiseport Boston simplified the disembarkation process by just having the collection of the US Customs Forms. Baggage claim was accessed by a new type of escalator walkway but instead of there being steps; it was just a slanted drop to the bottom floor. Coming down this moving walkway, our bags were the only ones left to pick up! It made fishing for them that much easier!! FELLOW CRUISERS ON THIS SAILING: I have sailed out of Boston four times with Norwegian. By and far this was this worst cruise behavior by fellow cruisers of any NCL cruises departing anywhere! Parents were not watching their kids on this sailing resulting in a wake up call in ALL passenger cabins at 4:30AM on Saturday morning looking for a 15 year old boy who later turned up in another passenger's cabin. Rumor had it the boy was in a cabin with women (plural). Furthermore, later on in the cruise yet more announcements were made during the daytime but in the cabin for a missing 7 year old girl. It was so bad even Paul Scally cracked jokes about the kids being sucked down the toilets for heaven sakes since so many went missing and weren't being watched closely by their parents. Furthermore, guests who chose to be in the Star Bar at a certain time were either illiterate or were there to heckle and be a pain. You have so many other things to do on vacation then to stare people down and make other fellow cruise passengers uncomfortable with your staring and comments - go elsewhere! There are several other public venues to hang out around the ship. There really shouldn't be any need to call up ship's security to have them come up and speak with you about your behavior. What is wrong with cruisers nowadays, especially on a ship that originates out of BOSTON of all places given our history on individual freedom? Thankfully security did patrols of this venue for the rest of the sailing and things were kept well under control thereafter but I'm still irritated that fellow cruisers would act in this manner at all when everyone is there to have a good time. I don't blame NCL but rather these intolerant people. NCL's security response was above and beyond! Not all the fellow cruisers were bad; I did make some new friends off this sailing who were repeatedly in Spinnakers each night. These folks were fun and didn't care about anything. Bravo to them for being the coolest people to hang with outside of crew this vacation! WRAPPING IT ALL UP: I couldn't have asked for more of what I wanted which was relaxation balanced with a healthy dose of partying. Having crew members onboard who are like family just made it that much more special and without the following people, this cruise wouldn't have been as good as it was: Liga (Photo Lab Manager) & DJ Keith Armian first and foremost, Relizon (Bar Waiter -- Spinnakers for always keeping me hydrated with my drink. You just give the man the card and you get your drink, nothing simpler than that!), Captain Paul, Paul Scally (Cruise Director), Les Riley (Hotel Director), Dewi (Aqua Restaurant Waitress), Michael (Aqua Restaurant Waiter), Asheesh (Photo Gallery), Justin Short (Cruise Staff), Blue Lagoon early AM shift staff and every dining room hostess we encountered who seem to know my name without me telling them! A special shout out to the Norwegian Dawn Security team for their service during this voyage as well! What a great trip with a great crew! I highly recommend the ship and its crew to anyone (just leave that bottle blond singer guy on the pier)!!! I look forward to my next voyage on Norwegian's newest ship Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. Until then, it's dreaming like a Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Our cruise from Boston to beautiful Bermuda was a lot of fun. The cruise director, Paul Scally, was very good and very funny; Second City Improv was excellent as were the magician, Justino Zoppe and his wife, Diana; impressionist Greg ... Read More
Our cruise from Boston to beautiful Bermuda was a lot of fun. The cruise director, Paul Scally, was very good and very funny; Second City Improv was excellent as were the magician, Justino Zoppe and his wife, Diana; impressionist Greg London; and the other stage and lounge entertainers. The ship is very nice, easy to find your way around. Dress is a lot more casual than on other cruises we've been on, which made it easier to pack! Deck 7 is the best for your daily walk...4 laps around equals 1.4 miles or a quiet place to relax in a lounger. But, unfortunately, there were a few negatives: One was the glassware and cups in the buffet...there is such a lot of encouragement to keep your hands clean, yet there was not one day where I didn't pick up several dirty glasses and / or cups from the dishwasher baskets. There was either lipstick on them or the inside of the glass / cup was dirty. One day I looked at 10 cups before I found one I felt was ok to drink from, and then I used a straw. The second was our cabin steward. He seemed to have a problem remembering our request for a couple extra towels each day or to replace the used glassware and refill the ice bucket (he DID leave those cute animal towels, however). One evening, he neglected to leave pool / beach towels in our cabin. Upon asking him about them the next morning, he merely said they were in the laundry. Does that mean NO ONE got any towels? He also did not do a great job in cleaning...we found someone's bathing suit under the bed when we first entered the cabin and the balcony didn't get any attention. His reason? He was in a hurry. The third was the lack of variety of menu items in the two main (complimentary) dining rooms. There was only one or two different choices each day, leaving the rest of the menu the same every day. It seems if a passenger wants food variety, he must pay extra for it. Fourth, while I understand that cruise lines are looking to increase their bottom line, all the extra methods they have devised to try to squeeze out every last dollar from the passengers via lottery tickets, for-a-fee demonstrations, etc. seems unfair. Fifth, the pool was too small to accommodate a lot of passengers on sea days. It's too bad there isn't a pool for kids only. Lastly, while the shows in general were good, the production singers were only so-so. I would recommend this cruise if the above things don't matter all that much to you. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
I traveled with My husband and my almost 19 year old daughter. We Just love Bermuda and have been there several times, we are also great fans of NCL so I may be a bit biased..LOL We stayed in Boston on Thursday night, went to the Blue ... Read More
I traveled with My husband and my almost 19 year old daughter. We Just love Bermuda and have been there several times, we are also great fans of NCL so I may be a bit biased..LOL We stayed in Boston on Thursday night, went to the Blue man group for my husband b-day... was amazing well worth seeing, We stayed at the Westin Boston Water Front. If you book ahead you can find great deals under 200.. not bad for Boston and its a 3 min ride to dock. From our room we can see the ship. Getting on board was a piece of cake, we were in our room by 12 noon, room is beautiful. Not impressed with Cesar the butler, he was nice enough but not as attentive as we have had in the past. Ok Not to sound like a snob through this. We save and give up a great deal all year for this trip. We forfeit many nights our to eat and movies and toys to go her so we get a great room...otherwise we couldn't afford it, plus we do not have to pay air fair.. Anyways, the butler was just not up to par, I Had to ask for things to be refilled and replaced, he was not the best. The concierge Karobi... who... never saw her ... dose she exist.... Now our Cabin steward MICHAEL.... he is the best we have ever had... the tops....He was always there with a huge smile and new our names from day one and we did not have to ask for anything... he has everything covered.. I also had a zoo in my room by the end of the night... he made the best animals ever... dog, bat, monkey, mouse swans, frog, elephant... Kudos to Michael... Food on the ship was good, we did eat at the specialty restaurants. we are all platinum members so we had vouchers for dinner for two at three restaurants and a free bottle of wine with each. THanks NCL... a great bonus. Moder-no is one of our favorites... My daughter discovered lamb and loved it... The bistro was also great and Cagney's... wouldn't go back for the evening meal, lunch was amazing though.. I am sad to say the we did not see one show, we ate late meals and were just to exhausted. Bermuda was great a s usual... beach was amazing loved the pink sand and the wonderful warm water... so relaxing. We did not venture to St. George as we had been there many times, Majesty used to doc there. Hamilton is the same, if you need jewelry that's where to go.. We loved the casino, my daughter gambled for the first time and loved the slot tournament. She lost...lol My daughter and I both had spa treatments using our credits again Thanks NCL... they were great, very relaxing and enjoyable My husband won a treatment also. Kate loved that one too.. I liked that fact that at the drawing she locked the door to any late comers, f you were not there for the entire talk and drawing you were not able to win. It was funny to watch a guest to door duty and she was great at it.. We spend a great deal of time in our room just relaxing, we love the balcony and just love to sit and watch the water... we also had a bird a Wren some type come visit us, weird in the middle of the ocean... I know that this is not a typical review, We are addicted to our cabin and just relaxing watching the water and enjoying the sun... we are at the front of the boat so the deck was amazing... sun and waves what more do you want. Oh the coffee machine in our room well i am a huge coffee drinker so it was my favorite.. in summary we love Bermuda and NCL... Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
My husband and I cruised to Bermuda on July 27, 2012. This was a 7 day cruise out of Boston. Our cruise experience has been with Royal Caribbean (6), Celebrity (2), Norwegian (3), and Carnival (3). This was our third time on Norwegian ... Read More
My husband and I cruised to Bermuda on July 27, 2012. This was a 7 day cruise out of Boston. Our cruise experience has been with Royal Caribbean (6), Celebrity (2), Norwegian (3), and Carnival (3). This was our third time on Norwegian Dawn. The ship is beautiful, but shows signs of age. Embarking (getting on the ship): Very smooth! The sail departure time was 4 p.m., and we arrived at the dock at noon time which is an hour later than we usually do. In the future, we will stick to arriving at 11:00 a.m. because they do start letting passengers on at that time. Cabins: We were in cabin #9722 and it was very quiet and fairly close to aft elevators. The buffet was on deck 12 aft, so that was convenient. Everything else was located more toward the middle of the ship so we did a lot of walking. Cabins on Norwegian are smaller than the ones on other cruise lines we have been on. Two twin beds were made into a king-size bed and it was extremely comfortable! The room was attractive and clean. There was a flat screen television in the cabin, but it got very few channels and had no pay-per-view movies to watch. Surprisingly, you are not able to check your expense balance on the t.v. so we had to go to guest relations a couple times to ask them to print out our expenses. The shower in the bathroom was quite large and had glass doors which was nice. On the other side of the shower was a sink. The toilet had its own enclosure. Beware: I do not exaggerate when I say you are a few inches of the wall on all sides of the toilet area. Warning: I must again warn people who book cabins on deck 8 (like we did last year) that the Spinnaker lounge is on deck 7 aft and they party until about 3 a.m. with loud music. Last year, we were awake all night long with music from the band and then a DJ. On deck 9, we did not hear a thing. Tips: Norwegian charges $12.50 per day for all passengers over age 3. Unlike other cruise lines, they will not remove it even if you ask. It covers all tips, including your cabin stewart. I don't like that. I would prefer to decide on my own what to tip. Buffet: The buffet was great at every meal! A wonderful choice of foods and a decent variety each day. Everything was so great compared to last year when we sailed on this ship. Kudos to the chefs on the Dawn! If I could make one suggestion to the Dawn folks, I would say that salad dressing in bottles is not very appealing. Specialty Restaurants: Note that each day, the ship offered you a bottle of wine if you book at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. That is what we did and the wine choice was white or red and it was good. We dined at Moderno (known as the Brazilian steak house) which had a cover charge of $20. Please note that all cover charges at specialty restaurants do cover the tip. No need to add more tip unless you want to do so. If you are a meat lover, you will love this restaurant! The food was so delicious, but I was confused with the menu. I thought we would pick on entree from the menu, but not so. You get all 10 entrees offered to you! They have little "stop" and "go" cards which tell the wait staff when to bring your next entree. I have never eaten so much meat in my life! There was chicken, pork, sausages, several kinds of beef and all were very spicy. They are served by wait staff that walk around with giant skewers of each meat to offer to you. They also have an extensive salad bar. It is quite an experience and I highly recommend it. We also ate at La Cucina which is the Italian restaurant ($10 per person). It was a nice atmosphere and service was good, but I ordered seafood fettuccini which was very dry. The bread is so good! There is not much variety on the menu. Last year, we ate at the Teppanyaki restaurant ($25 per person) and I would not recommend it unless you have never been to that kind of restaurant before. The food was nothing special and neither was the presentation of the chefs. Last year, we ate at the French restaurant and that was really good. Note: Casual dining in all specialty restaurants (you can wear shorts), except for the French restaurant. Main Dining Room: We did not eat there because the buffet was just too good! Cruise Activities: There were not a lot of activities to do compared to other cruises we have been on. We did play trivia a couple of times and they have a new system where winners do not get a prize. You collect signatures and get prizes at the end of the cruise. Very odd and we never did find out where it is that you collect the prize. Pub Crawl: Oh brother! I quit half way through it! You sign up for this event at the pool bar. Cost was $25 per person and the way it works is that you go to five different bars and get a different drink. What they don't tell you in advance is that you will be walking from bar to bar and upstairs, down stairs, back upstairs while holding your drink. There is a game mid-way and if you want to be picked on by Justin from the cruise staff during the pub crawl, just wear a t-shirt with a different cruise line name on it. Boy, does that bug him! Tell Justin that the lady with the Royal Caribbean shirt says hello! Dating Game: Hilarious. You must go to it. I do like that Norwegian has its games scheduled at normal times instead of 10:30 p.m. or so. Deal or No Deal: Rip off. They choose two random people to play. You buy a card (like bingo) and play along. The prizes were trinkets and a couple people won $50, but it was not worth it. Stick to regular bingo. Shows: We saw two great shows. There was a Broadway star, Jeri Sager, who was fabulous in one show! Second City Players were improv and very funny in another show! I highly recommend both. Ports of Call -- Bermuda. Last year we went to Horseshoe Bay Beach which was really beautiful and not crowded. I would definitely recommend this beach since they have bathrooms, umbrella and chair rentals, as well as snacks, soda, and alcohol there. We took the bus both ways for a total cost of under $8 per person, roundtrip. You can buy bus tokens when you get off the ship. This year, we went to what is known at "the sea glass beach". It is the second stop if you take the bus. Just ask the driver to let you know. I picked up a lot of sea glass (mostly brown, green, white) and it was hot so I went in the water there. Not much of a beach, but quite interesting. When I asked at the information booth about how to get there, I was told that there no longer is sea glass there. I guess people who live in Bermuda think they own the sea glass that washes ashore. Don't listen to them. There is plenty of sea glass and we had no problem taking it on the ship. Disembarking (leaving the ship): Great! Disembarking went smoothly. We especially liked that we didn't have to leave the cabin until were were ready to disembark. No sitting in a holding area like other ships have made us do. We were carrying our own luggage, so left the ship at about 8:45 a.m. and were off the ship by 9:00 a.m. We were taking a shuttle home and got picked up at 9:30 a.m. That is the time I would recommend if someone is picking you up. However, you will have to carry your own luggage in order to make that time. Overall Cruise Comments: We will definitely cruise again in the future, and would consider Norwegian again. Overall, the cruise experience itself was great, but I have never been on a cruise that I didn't think was great! In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad cruise! If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to email me at d w 3 3 3 3 (at) yahoo (dot) com. No spaces between any letters or numbers in the email address. Happy cruising! Deb Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
July 13-20, 2013 Seven night Bermuda sailing. Background: This was our ninth cruise on NCL and 48th overall. We are Platinum members of NCL's repeat guest program, Latitudes. This was booked as a last-minute trip. My husband and ... Read More
July 13-20, 2013 Seven night Bermuda sailing. Background: This was our ninth cruise on NCL and 48th overall. We are Platinum members of NCL's repeat guest program, Latitudes. This was booked as a last-minute trip. My husband and I were traveling with our 14-year-old son. We had been to Bermuda once before on a Celebrity cruise when our son was three-months old (his first!). Since the pickings are slim for summer cruises, we decided to head to Bermuda to see what changes have occurred over the last 14 years. We had a blast. We had so much fun on this cruise. The weather was terrific, the people so friendly in Bermuda and the Dawn was awesome. Flew Southwest Airlines to Boston nonstop from St. Louis. No problems with the flight. Took a taxi as opposed to taking the subway to our hotel (Cost of taxi was $24). I mention this because I had read repeated reviews of how taxis were so expensive from the airport and this was not the case for us. Stayed at the W Boston for two nights using Starwood Preferred Gold points. Great hotel, loved the location in the theater district and we were close to everything including the metro, which is just one block away. Great restaurants across the street. Would stay here again in a second. Late morning on Friday, July 13, we hopped in a cab and went directly to Black Falcon Terminal. Cost was only about $8. Embarkation -- Arrived at port about noon and carried on our bags. There was a long line for those that wanted to give their bags to the porters. Went around the line and directly up the escalator with our bags. Each contained several bottles of wine, which were detected by security. We went over to the table and paid our corkage fee. Same process as every other cruise with NCL: Show the bottles, have them affix the "Corkage Paid" sticker to each bottle, sign receipt showing fee will be put on your Sail and Sign Card. This was our first cruise as Platinum members of the Latitudes program. We were directed to the VIP check in line and waited for mere seconds before we directed to an open representative. Things could not have gone smoother or quicker. Made our way on the ship and we were greeted with the crew dancing and welcoming us onboard. Made our way to our cabin, #10592, and was greeted with a fruit basket and bottle of the infamous Tisdale merlot, which we received from our online travel agency. Later in the week, we received a bottle of sparkling wine. Checked over the material left in our room, which included the Platinum benefits we were to receive for the week. Also, we received onboard credit from my travel agency but the amount was not correct. Turns out the cabin steward just didn't put all the envelopes in the room. Checked with the front desk and everything was good. Even had more OBC than expected! CABIN: Cabin: #10592, mid ship balcony, starboard side. Booked as a guarantee. Great location for midship and aft activities. Room was small but still comfortable for three people. Our 14-year-old son slept on the pullout sofa. It was comfortable especially with the addition of extra padding per our great cabin steward, Frank, from Costa Rica. Managed to overpack by a few pieces but not much. Brought along a pop up hamper (Dollar Tree, $1) were we put dirty clothes in the closet. We also took advantage of our Platinum laundry benefit - Each platinum receives the "Laundry Bag" special whenever it is offered. We had laundry done twice during the week, two bags each. Two waffle robes were provided. The bathroom is good size and some complained about the toilet being in a separate area but I actually liked this. There was also nice shelf space above and below the sink for all of your toiletries. Sailing back to Boston, we watched whales swimming near the ship! Pretty cool! DINING: Our first night, we didn't feel like dressing up and went to Aqua around 8 p.m. Waited for 20 minutes. The place was packed and service was not as good as it could have been because there were numerous large parties of 18, 20 or more people all around us. We ended up in the Venetian on the last night and were surprised to see people entering with shorts and definitely not adhering to the dress code. It is a beautiful restaurant and service was tremendous! Wish we had tried to eat here more during the week if we had known it was going to be that good. Ate twice at LeBistro, great experiences as usual though there were some others dining around us that I felt so sorry for. Anniversary dinners spoiled due to lack of attention. People having to get up to get their wine/champagne from the ice bucket because their glasses were not being filled, not ordering dessert. Also ate at Cagney's, much better this time around than in previous dinners on different ships. Had lunch at Teppanayki ($12.50 per person with an abbreviated menu). Also ate dinner one night at the Italian restaurant, LaCucina. Didn't try Moderno. On our cruise, if you made a reservation at 5:30 or 6 p.m. and paid for two cover charges, you received a complimentary bottle of Tisdale Merlot or Chardonnay. If you didn't want the wine, you could opt to have 20 percent off another bottle of wine from NCL's wine list. You could also take the bottle back to your room or have it sent to another restaurant to enjoy on another night. When we managed to eat breakfast, we opted for the buffet. Food was good here as well but the crowds left something to be desired. Again, the many large groups on board felt that they had to sit together every second, move in the lines together etc., this caused a big backup in many areas. Also did Blue Lagoon for breakfast once (never again due to the wait) and a couple of times for lunch. Wings were good as usual and my guys loved their fish and chips. Still enjoy the Sun's Sports Bar and the Sky's Longboard's much better than the Blue Lagoon. The Chef's Table was promoted quite a bit. Didn't participate but it was held at 6:30 p.m. after we left Bermuda for the trip back to Boston. Cost is $75 a person. Limited to 12 people. We thought about doing this but after seeing the wine pairings decided it wasn't special enough to justify the cost. Others would probably be happy with the choices. WEATHER: We had wonderful weather for our cruise. The week prior and after ours were inundated with storms and rain. The humidity level was high and that is coming from someone who lives in the South. That said, NCL always welcomed everyone back with cold water and lemonade; chilled towels that were in coolers with ice; couches and chairs to sit in under covered areas and dancing! SHORE EXCURSIONS: We arrived in Bermuda on a Sunday and decided to hang around the Royal Naval Dockyard. Went to the beach there and afterward to the fort. We bought our ferry/bus tickets very easily (cash only). Next day, we took the ferry to St. George. We were offered a wonderful, FREE walking tour (1.5 hours). Lovely, lovely time in St. George. Saw the replica of the Deliverance, Fort St. Catherine, St. Peters Church and may other sites. Went back to the ship to eat lunch and actually remained there instead of proceeding onto another beach. That evening, there was a community fair (for lack of a better word) going on at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, local food. It was lovely! On our last day in Bermuda, we decided to hit the secret beach past Horseshoe Bay (umbrellas and chairs were $15 each plus a deposit). We got one umbrella and threw our towels down in the famous pink sand. BEAUTIFUL! We did take the Sunset Catamaran cruise through NCL and had a very enjoyable time. $54.99 a person. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION: Life boat drill was held at 3:15 p.m. Trivia was held in Pearly Kings Pub usually around 6:30 p.m. Shows usually were held at 7 and 9:30 p.m. though the Welcome Aboard show was at 7 and 9 p.m. Bollywood was the most popular show of the week and it was held on the last night. Note there was one night where only one show was offered at 9 p.m. Johnny Cash Sanchez was our Cruise Director. We also had him on the Sky this past February. He does an outstanding job. I understand isn't on the Dawn anymore (as I am writing this on Oct. 10, 2012). Presumed Murder Lunch with Second City was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday (note: The Dawn did a Friday-Friday sailing when going to Bermuda). Have to sign up in advance. Time announced in the Freestyle Daily. Cost is $25 per person. Group Dinners: Traveling in a large group, let us help you arrange your dinners, gathering and offer tips for smooth sailing for your entire party. Visit the Guest Services Deck in the Grand Atrium on Deck 7 midship for more information and assistance. Buckets of Beer - Buy five and get one free. Wine package: Purchase six to eight bottles from NCL's special wine list and get a 20 percent discount. Behind the Scenes Tour. Had to sign up before noon on Monday. Limited participants only. Cost is $55 a person but free for Platinum Latitudes. You must wear closed toe shoes. They wouldn't allow me with socks and sandals (all I had) so I had to run to the gift shop and purchase some Crocs. The tour was absolutely wonderful and would do it again in a second. We saw so many things and especially enjoyed the laundry facilities and the environmental systems. Must be able to walk and climb stairs and stand unaided for a minimum of 2.5 hours. No camcorders or video recorders are allowed. Pub Crawl - The Pub Crawl was alive and well. Five bars, five drinks in 55 minutes. $25 + 15 percent automatic gratuity. In retrospect, I would not sign up to participate again. We had more than 150 people joining in. The drinks were served in plastic cups (plus one can of Coors Light) and were just not that wonderful. Think it was a waste of money. Pizza - Decided to try it once as well. $5 for a 16-inch pizza. The choices are cheese, pepperoni and a vegetarian option. However, we ordered a pepperoni and sausage pizza with mushrooms added on one half. The pizza was just fine and served its purpose as a late-time snack. The toppings were generous and we were only able to finish about half of it among the three of us. Delivered hot. OSA - Organized Staff Activity. Look for the events in the Freestyle Daily that are noted with an asterick. At the end of the cruise, you can get prizes like a NCL T-shirt. Second City Comedy - Love them even if I have seen the same routines before. Wish they held the show in a larger venue than the Spinnaker Lounge as seating was at a premium every time. Other hightlights: Deal or No Deal game show, the circus workshop, chocolate crossaints, Duo Acrobatique, Band on the Run, White Hot Party, and the vocals of Arvin and Emily. In summary, we had a fabulous time on the Dawn. Bought another Future Cruise Deposit and cannot wait to sail again on NCL. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. Sorry it has taken so long to post but better late than never! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
We loved this cruise to bermuda. Pros and cons of course. First the pros: - kids club was awesome - my kids LOVED it. kids pool was super fun for them too. the entertainment was very well rounded - there is something for everyone. they ... Read More
We loved this cruise to bermuda. Pros and cons of course. First the pros: - kids club was awesome - my kids LOVED it. kids pool was super fun for them too. the entertainment was very well rounded - there is something for everyone. they have lounge singers, karakee, comedy shows, etc. The food was very good - lobster tails on the first night! one night the buffet had a chocoholic dessert bar - unbelievable!!! Special note - make a reservation at Cagneys when you are leaving bermuda at 5:30 (free bottle of wine too) You will have an amazing view leaving bermuda! The fitness center was very nice and modern. The spa was wonderful. We bought a week pass for the pool for $120 - i would highly recommend this if you want some peace and quiet. The staff is so nice and helpful too. - Now the cons. The outside pool is a nightmare!!! the music is super loud - extremely crowded - it's a big party - so if that's your scene, great. We opted for the swimming in the pool in the spa which was not crowded at all. They change the main outside saltwater pool water every night because I bet it is super gross at the day with all of those people - so if you want to swim - swim in the morning! Freestyle dining means sloppy americans!! There are def a mixed crowd of people. We dressed nicely for dinner every night and it was wonderful. We did not book any excursions through the boat. On our own, we rented jet skis and also a whaler boat and cruise around. Would highly recommend both. Snorkel park next to the boat is a joke, don't go there if you don't have to. All in all - it was a great experience and i would highly recommend this cruise. Just know that the ship is big and there are alot of people, but you can find places for some quiet time. The kids will have a blast!!! GO! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
My family (me, hubby, 8yo daughter, 17 yo son, 20 yo son and 74 yo Mom) booked 2 oceanview cabins on the Norwegian Dawn back in October 2011 for the June 01, 2012 sailing. 10 Days prior to sailing, the prices for each category dropped and ... Read More
My family (me, hubby, 8yo daughter, 17 yo son, 20 yo son and 74 yo Mom) booked 2 oceanview cabins on the Norwegian Dawn back in October 2011 for the June 01, 2012 sailing. 10 Days prior to sailing, the prices for each category dropped and for less than $100 each cabin, we were able to rebook into GTY balcony (BX). 3 days prior to sailing we were assigned cabins 8058 and 9558, just a quick staircase away from each other. Cabins: Locations were almost PERFECT! Right next to the elevators and staircase, no noise what so ever from any venue. My only tiny tiny complaint would be that the cabins are forward and the kids club is aft. This made it tricky when we finished dinner at the MDR Venetian (aft) and had to go back to the room to change my daughters clothes into play clothes (forward) get the the 13th fl to the kids club (aft) then to the Stardust Theatre to see one of the nightly shows (forward), then back to pick up daughter (aft), then back to the cabin (forward)..Tired of reading aft and forward? Imagine me walking it!!! The Dawn has 4th deck forward ramps for getting on and off the ship when docked, which was another big plus, and in 2 seconds you can run down the staircase to deck 7 where most of the action is. Great location! Size of room....well, not for the unorganized! 3 tiny drawers and about 6 small shelves in the closet. There were 3 in each of our rooms. When the full sized sofa bed was unfolded for the night, you lost all but about 2 x 3 feet of space in the room to walk/stand. The bathroom was small, but ok for a week! Loved the sliding door for the shower. Our last cruise on the Majesty had a curtain and when you showered the entire bathroom took a shower with you! There was also nice shelf space above and below the sink for all of your toiletries. How did we manage in the room? We had 3 lg. suitcases and 3 carryons. I unpacked my suitcase and put empty under the bed (used for dirty clothes after). I 1/2 unpacked my daughters (8 yo) suitcase and put hers under the bed. My hubby had his suitcase in the closet and lived out of it each day by taking it out and opening on the bed a few times per day, then putting back. It worked for him, I would have gone crazy doing that! We lost access to the balcony when the sofa bed was opened each night. The balcony itself was nice, good space. 2 chairs/table. Rm 8058 had approx 1.5 feet on each side enclosed in steel, Rm 9558 did not. I actually preferred mine, as it was very windy and rainy the week we sailed. Really no huge difference and anyone who gets a balcony on the 8th fl should not be disappointed. It was perfectly fine. Our cabin steward was Jill. Nice girl, not overly smiley! We didnt see her too much. I dont know the name of my mothers/sons cabin steward, but he was amazing, Always talking, smiling, singing! Nice nice guy! What did we do? Almost everything at night. Not too much appealed to us during the day. The digital scavenger hunts were fun for the family. We had to take pictures of weird things like 2 bar staff making a funny face, a man wearing a beer bucket on his head, 3 pairs of sunglasses, a mirror etc... There were about 30+ things to take pictures of during each "hunt". We also participated in the daily trivia and bingo games. The morning workouts, daily shuffleboard tournaments, art auctions, learning about gem stones etc..did not appeal to us and there was really not too too much to do during the day. At night, on the other hand, there were too many things!! I had a hard time choosing which activity to do. Mostly, we did a 6:30 dinner, 8:30 Spinnaker Lounge Game Show and 9:30 Stardust Theater Show. Most shows ran about 45 minutes. Our favorite was Second City...hilarious. Greg London was good too. I wasnt a huge fan of Bollywood, but loved the end when all the ships officers appeared on stage. The crew talent show was good (our cruise director, JC Sanchez is a fantastic singer, but thats about it. Not overly friendly or funny. His assistant, Johnny, was fantastic with all activities and daily announcements. Chris was great too. Keisha, aka "Special K"..ehhh) The games shows were my favorite. Minute to win it (55 to stay alive), the Not so Newlywed Games, the Dating Game, The Perfect Couple etc..all very funny and fun! The food..... I do not like buffets, so stayed mostly in the MDRs. On day 1, we met Immaculate in the MDR Venetian. She works there every morning for breakfast and in Aqua every evening. Great girl, especially if you have kids. She was great to my daughter always asking about her day and I noticed her doing the same with the other kids aboard. Aqua was a little dark for my liking, so I stuck with the Venetian most dinners (and breakfast). The specials each evening were really good. The perm. menu was fairly good, not great. Breakfast at the Venetian was also really good. My hubby ordered everything on the menu at some point! I stuck with cereal and a croissant each morning. My favorite for lunch was Blue Lagoon (opened 24 hours). There menu has about 3 apps, 4 sandwich options and 2 desserts. The ham and cheese panini was delicious! Atmosphere was the best on the ship (of the freebies). Cheesecake..delicious! Never a wait. The MDRs for dinner were extremely busy from 5:30 - 7:00. Wait was always 20 - 40 minutes. Never a wait for breakfast or lunch. Waitstaff was good up until you were served your entree, then you didnt see them again for quite a while. We also ate dinner at Moderno one night. It was pretty good..not fantastic. La Cucina one night. I got the vegetable lasagne, not what I expected but was good. All veggies, no pasta, covered in stewed tomatoes. If it was my only meal of the day, I would not have liked it so much, but considering I wasnt too hungry going to dinner, it was a nice light meal. We also saw "Presumed Murdered" in La Cucina (lunch show performed by Second City..very good. Sign up in on Sunday for Wednesday lunch. If your planning on going, show up at the sign up no later than 30 minutes early. I got there about 20 minutes early and was #70 - 73..4 seats...They only allow 86 into the show.) Garden Cafe (buffet). My 2 teen boys ate here a lot and loved it. I passed through on my way to the kids club a few times a day, but did not eat. I did see a big variety and lots of people who seemed to enjoy the hot entrees, salad bad, dessert bar, fruit bar, burgers/dogs/sandwiches..lots and lots of options. I will admit grabbing a cookie (or 6)during the trip! They were yummy!! If I wouldnt feel like a thief, I would have brought a ziplock and filled up to bring home!! In Bermuda... It rained 1.5 of 3 days we were there. Our parasailing got cancelled (KS Sports, full cash refund, very easily) Boys went jetskiing and we all went to Snorkel Park (Beach..$5 fee, walking distance from ship). I met Tequila at the smaller bar the right when you walk it. Best Bartender in Bermuda! He answered all my questions about the locals, life in Bermuda, cost of living, etc... If you want to help a guy out, he is in need or the little paper umbrellas for the drinks!! Bring him a box!! They are next to impossible to find on the island. He also mention how St Georges is "getting screwed" because the ships now a day are to large to dock there. We took a ferry over a couple of days later and saw what he meant. Lots of vacant store fronts. Its a shame because that area is much better than Hamilton for beauty and local shopping. Hamilton is very commercialized. So thats about it...on the way home, more nightly shows and eating! The pool area was barely used during the trip except for the hottubs due to the weather. There was not too much entertainment going on at the pool. The bar area closed early. Sprinkles ice cream was rarely opened. Kids Club.... Fabulous. My daughter loved it. She learned to spin plates and on the last full day performed in a little circus act. The "New and Improved" kids club is nothing more than the old kids club with some bean bags, sticks and plates on the counter to learn the circus acts. The staff is fabulous. I wish I knew ahead of time about the themed nights so I could have packed appropriately. Oe night was VIP (glamorous dress) Hawaiian Night, Pirate Night, Animal Night. TREX pool. Great for kids, hardly any seating for adults. Mostly for ages 2 - 10. Soda Package.. Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Diet Sierra Mist, Orange Crush, Rootbeer, Lemonade. Good choices. They definitely asked for everyones card every time we ordered. Speaking of drinks...my 17 yo was approached by bar staff at least 5 times a day asking if he wanted a drink. On the last day he said yes, ordered a beer and was given one (he gave it to hubby). For smokers...cigarettes were ridiculously cheap. ($35 per carton, less the more you bought..dont really remember all the prices for the more you buy..I dont smoke, but know $35 was a good deal). Casino....Big ashtray! I played some goldfish slot machine on the back wall. there were about 3 of these machines..all paying $$$ !!! I won $111 in about 4 hours on this penny machine! SPA.... My son want for a Swedish massage.. $140 for 50 minutes. He said it was "good" ??? !!!! My only complaint.... Only the Starboard corridor on Deck 7 is accessible for getting to the most popular destinations. Getting to where you want to go can take a while depending on who is walking in front of you! In addition, at night, the ships photographer blocks an area of this corridor for photos, making your trek longer when you are trying to get to a show. So..thats about it! All in all, we had a relaxing time every day, a fun time every night and overall great vacation!!! Dont forget to ask for "Immaculate" in the Venetian AM / Aqua PM and visit St George!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This was our first cruise with NCL and our first time to Bermuda. The first was aboard the HAL Amsterdam in 2010, the second on board the Celebrity Solstice in 2011. Both of those being ships just launched in 2008, so relatively brand new, ... Read More
This was our first cruise with NCL and our first time to Bermuda. The first was aboard the HAL Amsterdam in 2010, the second on board the Celebrity Solstice in 2011. Both of those being ships just launched in 2008, so relatively brand new, and both being known as slightly more "upscale" cruise lines, the NCL Dawn had a lot to live up to. My friend and I traveled together, both in our early 30's. I'll start by saying we cruise for pure relaxation, we're not out to run ourselves ragged seeing/doing everything. We chose this cruise because it left out of Boston and being from New Brunswick (Canada), it meant we could easily drive down and avoid the hassle of flying. It is only about a 7 1/2 hr drive for us, and on the way we split it into two days to accommodate some retail therapy along the way in Bangor/Freeport/Kittery. The cruise left on Friday. We arrived around 12:30pm at the cruise terminal and were greeted by quite a long line. However it went smoothly and we were all checked in and on the ship within an hour. We did, of course, what everyone does, headed to begin a week-long constant meal at the buffet. Our stateroom was ready before 2pm so we headed there after our meal. We were fortunate to have an entire cruise of sunshine and warm temperatures. Here I'll break it down a bit: The Cabin We were in a balcony cabin on deck 9 on the port side, aft (9690). This, we knew, would be the smallest cabin we'd had by about 50 sq feet. We typically travel with three of us, but this year it was just two so the size didn't phase us. It was a comfortable size for two people. Plenty of storage for all of our things (could easily fit three people's belongings in, as we had plenty of room). The bathroom was well done, with good water pressure in the shower. Many before had commented on the beds being too hard, we both found them fine and never asked for a mattress topper. Ladies, the hairdryer is quite good in the stateroom, so you can leave yours at home without a worry. The Food Having traveled Celebrity and HAL, I have to say its hard to compare the food. What NCL specializes in is the more 'comfort food' options we found, which was great as we're not ones for a week of exotic eating. They had great burgers! Food is definitely always available, though between midnight and 5am if you order room service or go to the Blue Lagoon 24-hr restaurant there is a surcharge of 5.95 for food orders. They had the best selection of juices always available that we'd experienced yet, and the alcoholic drinks were great! We're not big drinkers but the mudslides and pina coladas were so tasty we indulged quite a few times. We ate at the Blue Lagoon, the Garden Cafe (the main buffet) and both main complimentary dining rooms (Aqua and the Venetian) - both were great. Freestyle Cruising This, by far, was our favorite part. Not having to be concerned about what time your dinner reservation was, or what you were going to wear to dinner or to a show in the evenings was a big, big plus. Yes, that means that in the evening not everyone looks like they're going out to a fancy restaurant, but it also creates a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. If you want to dress up, you're welcome too, if you want to don your jean capris and a tank top to dinner, go right ahead. There were a lot of families on the ship, and the majority (someone said 70%) were from Mass. Everyone just seemed relaxed and happy. Bermuda I cannot even begin to describe how much I love Bermuda. It is a breathtaking place. We did the Aquarium, Caves and Highlights tour with Sam, our driver. The evening cruise to the Bermuda Triangle with Jason and James our captains, and the Bermuda Island Drive with Jimmy. All were great and perfect for our first time to the island. The island has a wonderful, easy to navigate and safe transportation system by both bus and ferry. Entertainment Our cruise director was Johnny Cash Sanchez from the Philippines and he was EXCELLENT! We took in the opening show (which we could have skipped, too much just singing) the Second City comedy show and the last show, Bollywood, in the Stardust theatre. We also took in Second City's two other shows in the Spinnaker Lounge and the Perfect Couple, Newlywed and Battle of the Sexes shows in Spinnaker. All were very enjoyable. Our primary goal was to relax, read and stare at the ocean and provided you arrived early enough in the day you could find somewhere to sit no problem. Spots in the shade are a premium. There is a nice quiet area on deck 13 forward for those that don't want the hussle and bussle of the pool area. Staff We have to say, we did not see our cabin steward much but that being said, the cabin was always done promptly and we always had what we needed. Staff were not quite as engaged and content as they had appeared on Celebrity or HAL, but still catered to everything you could need. Disembarkation Smooth. We are non-US citizens so we had to gather in the Aqua restaurant to be cleared by US Border Protection at 7am. We chose to carry off our luggage and were off the ship and in the car driving home by 9:30am. Overall, we were very pleased. We are looking to do the same cruise next year at the same time! Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
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 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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