392 Norwegian Dawn Bermuda Cruise Reviews

We chose the Garden villa for both a Honeymoon and for the parents 30th wedding anniversary. If you have to choose between 14500 and 14000 chose 14500 because it has a bar instead of a walk-in galley kitchen. There was 6 of us in the cabin ... Read More
We chose the Garden villa for both a Honeymoon and for the parents 30th wedding anniversary. If you have to choose between 14500 and 14000 chose 14500 because it has a bar instead of a walk-in galley kitchen. There was 6 of us in the cabin and for the price we each paid it was well worth it ($3.6k+- per person). You get 24 hour Concierge, butler and housekeeper who were beyond exceptional. You get with this suite priority boarding, disembarking during port day, and disembarking once back in Boston. You also get VIP reserved seating at the shows as well however we did not go to any. Check out youtube videos of the garden-villa to get an idea of what it looks like. After experiencing that type of luxury it will be tough to book anything below a suite going forward. I have been on over 8 cruises now and half being on the NCL ships that go from Boston to Bermuda. Yes the ship is smaller and slightly outdated compared larger NCL ships or RCL ships but you are getting the benefits of not having to fly (live in New Hampshire) as well as staying on the island for almost 3 days. Bermuda is one of the best and safest islands I've been to. The locals don't try to hassle/ sell stuff to you plus they are extremely friendly and hospitable. We have rented mopeds every time we go and are able to park them right outside the ship on the pier. If you are to purchase a specialty dinner you won't want to miss the French restaurant. Italian was meh so I wouldn't waste your money there. I would definitely book this cruise and garden-villa in the future. As someone who works in the hospitality industry (Hotel Management) this was one of the best experiences I have had so far, the guest service was stellar and top notch. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to ... Read More
My husband and I are 1st timers. We went on this cruise because our niece was getting married on the boat. I have never witnessed so many people in one area board so expediously. I am certain that if all the planes required you to secure your bags, travel by planes would be as wonderful. Once aboard the ship we went to our room and it was lovely. We had a balcony and it was perfect. I couldn't believe how much room there was. The room steward Errol was wonderful he greeted us and introduced himself and he was exact any time we needed anything he was there. The food was outstanding in all the restaurants as well as the buffet and pollside. The shows were a great mix and we enjoyed them all. My husband enjoyed the casino. We went ashore when we reached Bermuda and that too was spectacular every one was so helpful and all the information given on the ship at board was so helpful. Our main event the weeding was also perfect and special for my niece. I thank all of the staff a thousand times over. I am Norweigan by birth and so thankful this was the line we were on. I can't say enough wonderful things about this cruise line. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts...... Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Nice trip to Bermuda, was last on the dawn before the refurbish (it really needed it). Ship looks good, they have turned the bamboo (Chinese food) into one of the "free' restaurants. Was happy to see that. Ate at the French ... Read More
Nice trip to Bermuda, was last on the dawn before the refurbish (it really needed it). Ship looks good, they have turned the bamboo (Chinese food) into one of the "free' restaurants. Was happy to see that. Ate at the French and Italian (extra fee) restaurants, they were good, new menu items since last time. I personally feel that with the free choices you don't really need to do the specialty ones. I did notice that with the free add choices, the specialty restaurants book up fast, so make sure you make your reservations early (as in the first or second day) The spa has been redone, with the new heated tile chairs, but I opted not to go for the spa pass on this cruise. BEAWARE: as of July 15 NCL no longer allows water (or any beverage) to be brought on board. Before I left on mine I checked the what is not allowed and it did not state water, but my few bottles were confiscated and luggage way delayed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The crew was exceptional in every respect. The fresh fruit was to die for. The specialty steak house was perfect. The usual staterooms were adequate if not too large. 165 feet was one with a balcony. The toilet entrance can't be used ... Read More
The crew was exceptional in every respect. The fresh fruit was to die for. The specialty steak house was perfect. The usual staterooms were adequate if not too large. 165 feet was one with a balcony. The toilet entrance can't be used by anyone too fat. The shower was great. There is no cabin on the ship that is close to everything. If food is your thing, pick a cabin aft. If shows are for you, go forward. Three football fields long is a very long walk! The variety of foods is excellent. Don't drink the water in the buffet, because some people ignore the sign and jam their water bottles to come in contact with the spigot. The ship should, but does not, station a person near those dispensers to stop people from doing that. Virtually all the shows are only 45 minutes long. That was a bit disappointing, but the performers are energentic and work very hard. Many people brought very young children who were up and cranky late at night when they should have been asleep. If you require assistance on the ship or disembarking, it is there and excellent. Getting on the ship is another story. They don't provide wheelchairs until you have already checked it. That was the worst part of the entire voyage. In some cases, the entertainment you might like overlaps in different venues, making it a struggle to see and do everything you might like. If I could afford it, I would cruise regularly based on this experience - always a cruise that is touted as a leisure cruise, with food and drink available 24/7. The casino is smoking or I might have been there more. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cabin 5069 is directly below the Italian restaurant kitchen ... which they begin cleaning at MIDNIGHT! The Hotel Mgr., Tony and the Guest Relations Mgr. Anna Maria were very accommodating and moved us to, same floor, at the end of the hall ... Read More
Cabin 5069 is directly below the Italian restaurant kitchen ... which they begin cleaning at MIDNIGHT! The Hotel Mgr., Tony and the Guest Relations Mgr. Anna Maria were very accommodating and moved us to, same floor, at the end of the hall - cabin 5000. Bermuda is nice and the port at the Naval Dockyards is great ... only 10 minute walk to the beach. But, we didn't sign on to this cruise for the trip ... we signed on for the entertainment. Jose & Patti who perform in the Atrium Lounge almost every night made the trip for us. 50's and 60's music from a catalogue of 900 songs! And, they finish the week with a Neil Diamond Tribute performance that can't be missed. After a week, you may agree with me. Bermuda is a nice bonus to the Jose and Patti show. My price for an inside cabin was $539. each Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This cruise was to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We live near Boston so no flying was involved. College age / teenage kids were left at home, previous two cruises (on Carnival) included the kids. Getting on and off the ship was quick ... Read More
This cruise was to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We live near Boston so no flying was involved. College age / teenage kids were left at home, previous two cruises (on Carnival) included the kids. Getting on and off the ship was quick and easy, parking near the cruise terminal is very convenient. We stayed in a balcony cabin mid ship on deck 10. The room was decent size with adequate room for luggage storage. The balcony is a very nice feature, providing a bit of extra room and a nice view. This part of the ship is was quiet. The ship is in good condition and our steward kept the room neat during the cruise. Promo Packages: We selected the Ultimate Beverage Package and the Internet Package. The beverage package requires you to pay the gratuity in advance (about $200 for a couple for the week). This is a good deal if you have more than two drinks per person per day, which we did. We had no trouble at all getting bar service, both from waiters and by going to one of the bars. The package covers alcoholic beverages up to $15 (you pay the difference), plus soda. Most drinks & glasses of wine cost less than $15. I recommend the beverage package if it is provided for only the gratuity cost and you enjoy a couple or more adult beverages per day. We also chose the internet package, 250 minutes for free. This was enough to use our ipod and iphones to check email and texts. Per minute internet service is expensive, so this package made sense for us. Dining: The two main dining rooms were very good, we ate many meals in the Venetian, the larger of the two at the rear of the ship. All of our meals were well prepared. There was ample variety at each meal, and the service was very good. We ate several times at O'Sheehans, which is a pub that serves sandwiches, chicken wings, and other things. O'Sheehans was quite good, with very good service. We ate two dinners at the "added cost" locations. Cagney's Steak House was excellent, we both got filet and several sides. I would go back to Cagney's, even though the cost was about $60 (not including wine, which was "free" with the beverage package for us). We also went to the Italian specialty location, which I would not do again. The food there was good, as was the service, but not worth the added cost (about $40) given that the main dining rooms were quite good. There are several other specialty dining locations that we did not try. I cannot recommend Bamboo, the Asian dining option (no additional fee), the food was not as good there as the local Chinese joints you can find throughout New England. Entertainment: Very good. The ship offered a show every night, song and dance, acrobats, comedy, and magic (make the girl disappear type show). Each show was pretty good, some very good. If you take the cruise try to see the staff talent show, some of the staff are very talented but do not perform regularly. Music: Dawn has excellent musicians performing throughout the ship, from the show band, to individual piano and guitar players, to singing groups. One negative is that some of these performers are placed in common areas where they are hard to hear. Service: Food service was great, always prompt and cheerful. When we asked for items not shown on the menu, they were always provided (example: a bowl of quac. for my wife). Bermuda: This is a beautiful island. Two and a half days on Dawn's itinerary allowed us to see a good chunk of it. When we first arrived we took a tour of the island from Mr. Thomas (we purchased this from Norwegian for about $100 pp). This was five hours and gave us a good overview -- the island is only 21 miles long, so you can go end-to-end during this tour. We went to Horseshoe Bay Beach the 2nd day. It is lovely and provides services at one end, which is quite crowded (there were two ships in port this day). If you want more space you can walk down the beach. Getting there and back was very easy, minibuses are plentiful on both ends and cost $7 pp each way. Our last day we went to Hamilton on a public ferry, also very convenient from the Dock Yard, and then did some souvenir shopping in the Dock Yard before returning to the ship for the return voyage. If we do this trip again we would go to the Crystal Caves, and go back to St Georges, which is a quaint town at the far end of the island from DockYard. We went there on the tour, but most of the town was closed because it was Sunday. Based on our trip I would highly recommend the Norwegian Dawn Boston to Bermuda itinerary. Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I did the Boston cruise 10 yrs ago on another Norwegian ship and thought its time to go back to Bermuda! My travel was booked by my trusted travel agent who got us a balcony cabin on deck 9. We were later upgraded to a better balcony ... Read More
I did the Boston cruise 10 yrs ago on another Norwegian ship and thought its time to go back to Bermuda! My travel was booked by my trusted travel agent who got us a balcony cabin on deck 9. We were later upgraded to a better balcony on deck nine for free by my travel agent. Our adult sons had a inside on deck 9 and it was their first cruise. From parking in Boston to embarking on our journey everything went smoothly. We arrived around 11:30 and were eating lunch by 12:30. Yes, the elevators are slow and do skip floors. this needs to be addressed. it wasn't an issue for us, we just walked and got the exercise. We are not finicky eaters so our family enjoyed all the food. The café is kept clean and we were well cared for during the formal diners. We are a family of 5 and never waited for a table anywhere for very long. Our balcony was mid forward. The steward connected with us several times during the day. If we had a request it wasn't a problem. The balcony cabin inside is a decent size for two ,and perhaps one small child. Our sons inside for three was big enough for 3 adults and storage wasn't a problem. We each packed one large rolling duffle bag and a carry on. We didn't take 50 pounds of clothing. There is plenty of storage and things can go nicely under the beds. Our time was spent at Horseshoe Bay.Our family came to swim. We took the 7 dollar van service both ways from the pier and we found this to be very efficient. If you take the bus you haul the stuff down a mile walk to and from the beach. No waiting in hot sun with the vans. The vans are ready. The vans were always accessible and the drivers would give mini tours along the way. Our sons took the restless native snorkel tour and raved about this. Check out trip advisor for the reviews. This tour sells out. We didn't tour the dock yard or do a lot of excursions because we are beach people. When we go again we will do more excursions. Back to the ship. We loved the shows and caught almost all of them. The ones we attended were standing room only at the 9pm. Others may not have been full but certainly had a good amount of people reviewing the show. There was so much to do some things overlapped. Remember we have not cruised a lot, so I cant compare shows with other ships. Some people are loyal to certain kinds of travel. Our family experiments with different kinds of travel. We looked at peoples faces and what we saw were happy travelers surrounding us. Of course the pool was full. Its August and is family time. Don't want that ,cruise when school is in session, or take a cruise for adults only. We were on a hall with young travelers and never saw or heard them. The kids programs keep them busy and its a nice kids area. I would like more time in Bermuda and wonder if the ship could add an extra day? Even if the cost went up a bit, I would like more time there. The start of our trip began with a cruise critic event, a Meet and Greet. NCl does a very nice job of sending the cruise director and staff to this ,and provides coffees and pastry and white table cloth service for this event. We will go back to Bermuda and with the convenience of Boston ,this is a must do. We had a blast . The NCl cruise directors were the best and the staff treated our family very well. When we show our photos around, more and more people are inquiring about this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was a family vacation long overdue. We had a great time. There were fourteen of us. Everything about the cruise was memorable. From the first day onboard to our last day. We had balcony cabins and its the only way to cruise. I've ... Read More
This was a family vacation long overdue. We had a great time. There were fourteen of us. Everything about the cruise was memorable. From the first day onboard to our last day. We had balcony cabins and its the only way to cruise. I've had balconys before but this was the first time for our other travelers. They said they were spoiled and would never cruise unless in a balcony. Loved Bermuda. The locals were so friendly and its a very safe island to visit. The food was top notch. The only complaint I have is that when we made our dinner reservations they wouldn't sit all of us together. We agreed that everyone do what they wanted during the cruise but we would always have dinner together. We always had to have two tables. I can't understand why they couldn't have put the tables together to accommodate us. Some nights we were 6 and 8, some nights 7 and 7 which wasn't too bad but the 4 and 10 just wasn't very much fun. On our last night we ate at Bamboo and the table of four felt rushed. We were all finished eating and the others were just starting their appetizers. We had to leave because there wasn't any place for us to sit with them. So if you are a large party be prepared to be separated. Everything else was spot on. Service, Entertainment, Pictures. The best thing about this cruise is if you live in the Boston area you don't have to fly to your cruise ship. Love this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our 3rd time on the Dawn. Each one has gotten better than the next! I love the smaller ships i feel so close to many of the staff and have time to talk to them about how they are doing when is there vacation ...where are they from ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on the Dawn. Each one has gotten better than the next! I love the smaller ships i feel so close to many of the staff and have time to talk to them about how they are doing when is there vacation ...where are they from ..Food was very good We ate at Cagneys 2 and Labestro & Lacucina we didnt have a bad between the 4 favorite was Cagney .. Staff was outstanding JC the CD Was always a pleasure when he talked to us Leo & Kasi & Eddie ( our cruise family ) always a treat to catch up with them ...Bermuda was beautiful ..We took the st george excursion had Ivan show us around was good ...Horseshoe beach was amazing floated around for 3 hours in the wonderful waters !! only complaints i would have would be they really need to change up the shows & some of the menus over all i will make another run next year on the Dawn !!!! Cruise Critic M&G only 11 poeple showed up but they were all so nice Jayne N JIm did an awesome job !! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We always cruise with NCL and have been on the Dawn to Bermuda 3x! We just returned on 8-4 and it was even better than the previous two. The staff continues to be friendly and attentive. We had an opportunity to meet the Ships Officers ... Read More
We always cruise with NCL and have been on the Dawn to Bermuda 3x! We just returned on 8-4 and it was even better than the previous two. The staff continues to be friendly and attentive. We had an opportunity to meet the Ships Officers and Director at a Cruise Critic Meet & Great. It was one of the highlights of our cruise! The food is excellent we especially love the specialty restaurants but the Venetian and Aqua are good too. We booked a couple shore excursions. Horseshoe Bay Beach is our favorite, never a disappointment. We had a family suite with balcony and our butler Rey, was awesome! He always left us surprises in our room, yummy treats. Our room steward did an exceptional job keeping our room tidy with fresh towels daily. Last but not lease, Bermuda, what can you say...it's the most beautiful destination, the island is clean, friendly and safe!!! We'll be back with NCL to Bermuda but right now we have two other cruises booked with NCL (Eastern Caribbean and Europe out of Barcelona). I love NCL!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The Norwegian Dawn was my first cruise, and won't be my last. I had no idea it would be as awesome as it was. Everything I could want to do on the ship was available to me. The food, restaurants, entertainment, fitness ... Read More
The Norwegian Dawn was my first cruise, and won't be my last. I had no idea it would be as awesome as it was. Everything I could want to do on the ship was available to me. The food, restaurants, entertainment, fitness center, housekeeping, etc. we're all absolutely flawless. The best part was the fact that time stood still . Unlike other vacations that fly by, the one week sail from Boston to Bermuda , went by extremely slow. On the third day, it felt like we were gone for a week. The entire staff and crew were just absolutely wonderful. I would strongly recommend this vacation to anyone who may be wondering or considering a cruise. Thank you so much to the crew of the Norwegian Dawn for making my vacation the trip of a lifetime. Hope to see you all again in the not too distant future. Mark D. I Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our 1st cruise. We stayed in an oceanview stateroom. Our room was beautiful and clean! We always had new towels and ice! It was a constant party for 7 days! The bar staff and wait staff is exceptional! We went the last week ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise. We stayed in an oceanview stateroom. Our room was beautiful and clean! We always had new towels and ice! It was a constant party for 7 days! The bar staff and wait staff is exceptional! We went the last week in July and the ship was smooth sailing. We were so afraid of getting sea sick on our first cruise. We all had sea bands and I would recommend them. The ship is beautiful, clean, and so much fun! We thought the food was outstanding in the main dining halls and specialty dining restaurants. We loved the shows and were impressed with the talent provided. Our kids were 16 and 19 and they had a ball! We loved it so much we put down a deposit to cruise again! We had 22 people in our group...which made it even more fun! We would highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We love to leave from Boston and return to Boston. Very convenient for us. Bermuda is beautiful, just wish they could stay a day longer. There really is not much time there. The Dawn is a great ship and we have booked a 2 week cruise ... Read More
We love to leave from Boston and return to Boston. Very convenient for us. Bermuda is beautiful, just wish they could stay a day longer. There really is not much time there. The Dawn is a great ship and we have booked a 2 week cruise on the Dawn next October which also leaves from Boston and returns to Boston. 14 days to the Caribbean. We stayed in an Aft facing penthouse suite which is a fabulous room. We had a great Butler and Room Steward. The only negative is the size of the pool, very small for over 2,000 people. I would love to see and adult only pool since there are a lot of seniors on these cruises. Cagneys Steakhouse is excellent but we werent too thrilled with LaCucina althought we had a fabulous waiter. LaCucina is the Italian restaurant but they don't even have Chicken Parm. All in All, we loved it and are looking forward to our 14 day cruise next October. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We decided to do the Norwegian Dawn cruise out of Boston to Bermuda because my husband doesn't care for flying. This was our first cruise so we weren't sure what to expect. From the time we got to the port in Boston, with a ... Read More
We decided to do the Norwegian Dawn cruise out of Boston to Bermuda because my husband doesn't care for flying. This was our first cruise so we weren't sure what to expect. From the time we got to the port in Boston, with a speedy check in & receiving our Freestyle card, we had a little wait time to board the ship. Everyone around us had positive vibes & excitement so I'd assume they had just as easy a time to get through. Once we boarded the ship there was numerous crew members there to help everyone find their way to the deck or wherever they were looking to go while waiting to go to their cabin. There was so many fantastic things on the ship to do, from going to an art auction (which I went to all of them lol) to going to the casino or just sitting on the pool decks enjoying the sun & breeze. They had comedy acts that were awesome & The Elements show was spectacular! Make sure if yo9uo go to that you get there early for a good seat in the middle of the theater. We never felt bored on the Dawn! The food was delicious & even a couple of the restaurants were 24 hours, so if you woke in the middle of the night & wanted something it was available. With 12 bars on the Dawn you never had to worry about being thirsty lol...the drinks were delicious, although some made them not as strong as others they were still yummy! Our steward Wendy was amazing! If we needed anything he was right on top of it all! When we got to Bermuda, everything & everyone there was so welcoming! The first day on shore we walked over to the Clock Towere Mall & got almost all of our gifts & souvenirs. We had booked a Gosling Sunset Rum cruise for that evening & The crew from that was great! They took us to all kinds of little out of the way coves & their rum was to say the least amazing! Definitely recommend doing this! The next day we had rented a scooter & went all over the island! Bermuda is like 21-22 miles long & we put on almost 100 miles on the scooter!! We went to the Crystal Caves & Fantasy Caves & this is a definite must see for anyone that goes to Bermuda! Don't let the line to get in discourage you, it goes fairly quick but it's definitely worth the wait. The price is very decent, both caves for $32/adult!! Pay no mind to the wild chickens there, they're harmless lol. We also went to the glass works shop near the Clock Tower Mall, beautiful works there & just around the corner form there is the Snorkle Beach. Hidden out of the way, you can rent snorkel gear relatively inexpensive & do a little snorkeling. Overall this cruise was great! We are already planning another for next year! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Me and my husband are first time cruisers.-Went with other family members (which were seasoned cruisers. What a delight. Getting on the ship, getting off the ship (went like clockwork. The whole cruise staff was wonderful. The cabin was ... Read More
Me and my husband are first time cruisers.-Went with other family members (which were seasoned cruisers. What a delight. Getting on the ship, getting off the ship (went like clockwork. The whole cruise staff was wonderful. The cabin was larger than expected, and very clean and colorful. I was told to get a balcony room, and glad We did. My husband wore the patch for sea sickness--and only felt the motion of the boat leaving Boston the first day. , After that, it was smooth sailing. We would encourage everyone to book reservations for All the restaurants on the ship. Before you leave. We did, and boy a lot of people were scurrying to find reservations . Food was excellent. Cagney's Steak house was our favorite. Bermuda was beautiful., and snorkel beach excursion was awesome. Great value for the money. The Dawn is a beautiful ship. And would highly recommend anyone to Feel Free to Explore and cruise on this trip fr/ Boston. The only thing I had to say on the negative side, was the pool (only one pool and small). Did not have a chance to go in, Too crowded and the hot tubs too. with Dancing, Drinking, 18-30 somebodies. Will most certainly go on another cruise on Norwegian. We have to start saving. !! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We'd never cruised from Boston before and hoped to take advantage of the convenience of a short, inexpensive commute from So. NH as well as trying the smaller sized DAWN ( we did the Breakaway to BDA 3 years ago) and it worked out ... Read More
We'd never cruised from Boston before and hoped to take advantage of the convenience of a short, inexpensive commute from So. NH as well as trying the smaller sized DAWN ( we did the Breakaway to BDA 3 years ago) and it worked out fine, loved the size and less-crowded atmosphere, except for the nasty weather the first few days. Parking was ample and easy to secure and boarding was a breeze. Helpful staff everywhere for embarkation. Ship's staff were excellent, going out of their way to please and service even the most difficult passengers. High traffic areas like pool bars tasked the servers to cope but they did fine although drink quality with some of the pre-mixes were questionable, yet would respond when I asked them to make a drink by hand. Room steward was super, handling us 4 in the room including 2 teenagers. Food was excellent. We ate everywhere because we had a first-time cruiser with us and wanted her to experience all the DAWN had to offer. From the Garden Cafe to Le Bistro the dining was a plus. The pool bands were active and in tune with what the crowds wanted to hear, creating a fun atmosphere for those who chose to live poolside. I would say the magician was the low point of the entertainment. his tricks were well done but all the showboating and posturing seemed so plastic. Acrobats were great as was the crew and staff entertainer segments. We pre-booked the hot tub special package and enjoyed it but the on-board offering at the spa for the 20-20-20 special was a big come-on with heavy duty upselling to get you to buy product...annoying. The Sunday arrival in port coupled with Heroes Weekend did put a crimp in transportation and shop availability so future cruisers should plan accordingly. We booked the restless Native cat. cruise/snorkeling off-line at a good savings and it was a great trip. Great fun crew, knew the island, portion of their fee goes to Island breast cancer cure...Tobacco Bay was disappointing...too commercial, over-crowded and poor snorkeling. (Snorkel Park is handy but a rip-off, expensive and poor water quality.) Next time I'd opt for one of the more secluded spots in St George's and would get recommendations from the cab drivers (ask for Ivan) at the ferry dock. Didn't try the free NCL ferry but cheap tokens for the public one worked out well. Entourage and its staff and programs were great. Been to Bermuda multiple times and still so much to see, would go again and would do the DAWN in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First time cruising and went with five friends. The food was excellent and also the entertainment. The people who work on the ship were wonderful and all very accommodating. Our cabin steward Hery was awesome and also the others that ... Read More
First time cruising and went with five friends. The food was excellent and also the entertainment. The people who work on the ship were wonderful and all very accommodating. Our cabin steward Hery was awesome and also the others that worked with him. The wait staff in the dining rooms were very friendly and very helpful with the menus. The only downside is that there is only one pool on the ship and the kids seemed to take over the pool. There is a children's pool at the back of the ship but all the teenagers took over the one pool on board. The shows in the Stardust were excellent. Bingo was a lot of fun. I actually won a game. The casino is good. Won a bottle of champagne in one of the machines there. Played deal or no deal one day. They have all kinds of music trivia games at different times. Can't say enough about the staff. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My wife and I loved this cruise to Bermuda. The Norwegian Dawn was just the right size for our needs. We had a cabin W/balcony. Room was very clean & bed was very comfortable. The staff on the cruise were outstanding; so attentive and ... Read More
My wife and I loved this cruise to Bermuda. The Norwegian Dawn was just the right size for our needs. We had a cabin W/balcony. Room was very clean & bed was very comfortable. The staff on the cruise were outstanding; so attentive and very down to earth right up to the Captain and officers. We had specialty dining at La Cucina and Cagney's- service & food were excellent. For us, "freestyle dining" suits our preferences- dress casual or dress up if you desire. Entertainment was sufficient- something for everyone. Onshore, we purchased our own excursions- toured the islands in a taxi, went on a glass bottom boat and took a mini bus to Horseshoe Bay which was breathtaking!! Prices are much cheaper purchased independently of ship. We found the cruise to Bermuda very good for the money we spent. As a result of this cruise, we have put money down for our next cruise with Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Boston, which is close to our home, so we did not have to fly. Boarding was a breeze got on the boat in 40 minutes. The weather was great, smooth ride all the way to Bermuda. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of leaving from Boston, which is close to our home, so we did not have to fly. Boarding was a breeze got on the boat in 40 minutes. The weather was great, smooth ride all the way to Bermuda. Island was beautiful, clean and safe. Staff and crew on boat are the hardest workers I have seen were wonderful. Highly recommend first time cruisers to book excursions through Norwegian- they are guaranteed and reliable. The tour guides were fantastic, safe drivers that got us to and from our destination on time. Disembarkation was also a breeze off the boat in under an hour. Luggage was delivered in a timely manner. Food was great, entertainment was great. Rooms cleaned perfectly. I am booking my cruise again for 2018...Through Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda. ***Spa prices could be lower!!! They should have a $50 Brochure. I would have loved to spend more time in spa but could not afford it. But everything else was fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Experienced cruising friends suggested we cruise with them. This was our first cruise and our expectations were more than fulfilled Our Wedding anniversary cruise to Bermuda was fantastic. Bermuda is beautiful and it is what it is but ... Read More
Experienced cruising friends suggested we cruise with them. This was our first cruise and our expectations were more than fulfilled Our Wedding anniversary cruise to Bermuda was fantastic. Bermuda is beautiful and it is what it is but being in the lap of luxury on board is the feeling experienced, provided by the crew and facilities on the Dawn. The Venetian restaurant was gourmet quality with no specified times for dinning. O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill serves quality food for Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Crew could not be more accommodating and kind. The evening theater shows were Broadway like quality and entertainment at various lounges (piano singer, jazz combo's etc.) were really good. Accommodations (had balcony) are comfortable and roomy. Con - drinks a bit pricey. Unable to bring even one (1) 750 ml wine/champagne on board without $15 corking charge. Purchased four (4) 750 ml bottles of wine @ $ $115. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We were in an OS, all precruise requests were met, distilled wAter was there for our Capps, all selections for liquor and sodas were correct. Butler Gian could not have been better, extremely cooperative. Conceirage Leah stopped by every ... Read More
We were in an OS, all precruise requests were met, distilled wAter was there for our Capps, all selections for liquor and sodas were correct. Butler Gian could not have been better, extremely cooperative. Conceirage Leah stopped by every morning at breakfast to check in with us. Speciality restrauans cagneys Barton and la cucina meals were great, best steak was at the bistro. Room stewart, Sherwin was very good. Entertainment - missed Patty and Jose on this trip, they usually make the trip. Most of the shows were repeats and not as interesting once you have seen them New ferry to St. George loads passengers on the other pier , so mobility impaired folks have a long walk to get the ferry. Ate at Swizzle Inn and pink onion, both great food. Hit a small beach on Monday, Archille Bay, restrauant there was closed, it was Monday, we had the small beach to our selves! St. CAtherines beach was also empty, no concessions Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We did a Bermuda cruise out of Boston on June 9-16. We liked the Friday departure and the price was much better out of Boston. This cruise spent almost 3 days in Bermuda. We arrived in the afternoon on Sunday and stayed through 5:00 PM ... Read More
We did a Bermuda cruise out of Boston on June 9-16. We liked the Friday departure and the price was much better out of Boston. This cruise spent almost 3 days in Bermuda. We arrived in the afternoon on Sunday and stayed through 5:00 PM Tuesday. Given how much it costs to stay in Bermuda, this is a GREAT value. We docked in the Royal Boatyard, which is pretty remote. Royal Caribbean docked there. Holland America docks right in the heart of Hamilton, which is a much better location because it's central. Norweigan provides free ferry service from the boatyard to St.George, but it's infrequent (every 2 hours) and St. George is still not near Hamilton. So you will have to pay some transportation fees if you want to get to Hamilton, Horseshoe Beach and other attractions in the center of the island. The Norweigian Dawn was just refurbished within the last year and they did a great job. This is my 3rd cruise on Norweigan, so I feel like I've seen a wide array of ships in the fleet. The ship looks new and clean. It's got a decent sized casino, decent sized gym (better gym than the Getaway), great kids pool area, modern buffet, wine bar and several specialty restaurants. It's not as large as the Getaway, or the Breakaway but it has just about everything. My only complaint about our cabin is that it had only 1 electrical outlet for the entire room! We were constantly toggling between charging iPads, hairdryer, electric razor, etc. Otherwise, the cabins seem really new with new carpet, modern artwork on the walls, new soft duvet bedding, etc. Important if you have kids and are considering several Norweigan ships: 1. The Dawn is a MUCH better ship if your kids are younger (2-6 years old). The larger ships like the Getaway and Breakaway have massive water slides, ropes courses, rock climbing walls, and other great activities BUT you have to be AT LEAST 48" tall for them. The Dawn has a GREAT kids pool with little waterslides and a little pool that's 2 feet deep. It's much better if you have small kids. 2. The kids club seems to be the EXACT same thing on all the ships for the 1-week cruise. Everything down to the Princess Parade on Night #2 to the Pirate Parade on Night #4 and the talent show on the last day. It's the EXACT same. My 4-year-old was totally fine with it, but it will feel really old to sit through the EXACT same talent show more than once. The jokes are the same, the comedy schtik is the same, my kid's face paint was EXACTLY the same from the talent show on the Getaway to the Dawn. I wished they had mixed it up a little bit, but the entire Splash Academy experience was every bit as good as the Getaway, which we paid ALOT more for. 3. They don't provide a movie schedule in the room so my husband went to the front desk and asked them to print out the in-room movie schedule. We saw La-La Land, Moana, Patriots Day and several other great brand-new movies. I'm not sure why they don't automatically print this schedule for the rooms, but you should definitely get it because this ship does not have a "under the stars" movie experience, but the movie channel offerings are still really good! They seemed to schedule Moana, Finding Dory and other great kid's movies for 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM when kids club is closed but your kid is usually looking for something to do, especially if there's bad weather. In general, I was really impressed with the Dawn. I had low expectations because it was an older ship, but I liked it as much (if not more) than the Getaway. I would definitely do the Dawn again. It was a great value because the ship is slightly older and, the cruise left out of Boston in early June and we got almost 3 full days in Bermuda. A hotel for 2-3 nights in Bermuda would have cost as much as the 7 day cruise did. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We cruised Boston/Bermuda with friends last week. We all had the unlimited drink package. The cruise was outstanding! Great food and never ending! Great entertainment! The service onboard was beyond exceptional. Our favorite waiter in the ... Read More
We cruised Boston/Bermuda with friends last week. We all had the unlimited drink package. The cruise was outstanding! Great food and never ending! Great entertainment! The service onboard was beyond exceptional. Our favorite waiter in the Venetian Restaurant was "Omar". We built up a rapport and he was outstanding with service and chatting. Plenty to do onboard. We had one minor issue that we chewed on a slight amount of sand in the salads, mentioned it to restaurant director and she immediately took steps for extra lettuce washing and in fact thanked us with a complimentary bottle of wine of our choice at dinner! One thing, be careful with cell phone as once out to sea it may connect to the onboard cellular service at enormous cost if phone uses any data. Put it in "airplane" mode or turn off cellular service. Ise only purchased wifi on board. Also another tip is to bring multiple socket power adapter as there is only one socket in small staterooms. Be aware that unlimited drink pkg does not cover specialty coffees or alcoholic drinks over a certain price, I think over $15 ...but no problem at all as it covers just about any drink type you want with no limit. Vessel was very clean and crew constantly cleaning even clean areas. Stateroom was very clean, well maintained, always maintained several times daily and it had a small safe and small refrigerator (don't use drinks stocked in refrig., they are charged and not in drink pkg). Disembarking was slightly confusing because instructions from PA system were not loud enough in central areas where people drowned it out. Overall, we would easily give it a grade of 95 out of 100! Would go again in a heartbeat! Great job Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We booked this cruise to join extended family on vacation. Everyone that worked on the ship was friendly, helpful and a lot of fun! We had an inside stateroom and slept 2 adults and 2 teens with no problem. The room is small, but you ... Read More
We booked this cruise to join extended family on vacation. Everyone that worked on the ship was friendly, helpful and a lot of fun! We had an inside stateroom and slept 2 adults and 2 teens with no problem. The room is small, but you don't go on a cruise to sit in your room, so if you are only in there to sleep and shower, there is plenty of room for 4. Our cabin steward, Cesar was fabulous. He went out of his way the first morning to get all 4 of us extra pillows. He made sure we always had plenty of pool towels too. The food was amazing. Take some time to check out the menus daily and check the dress code and if you need a reservation. Each of the complimentary restaurants were fabulous. Tappanyaki was amazing as well. Karaoke was a blast - lots of participation. The teens had a great time. They spent a lot of time playing games in the lounge at O'Sheehans, swimming, hanging out in the hot tubs. Since they are responsible, they were free to roam with a nightly curfew. Yes, we would go again! In fact, the day we returned home, we started looking into when we could return! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise because we live in Massachusetts, meaning no flights or hotel expenses. Bermuda is an enchanting Island which we have cruised to many times, and always find interesting things to do and see. We arrived at Black ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in Massachusetts, meaning no flights or hotel expenses. Bermuda is an enchanting Island which we have cruised to many times, and always find interesting things to do and see. We arrived at Black Falcon Pier about 10:30am, and quickly handed our luggage to a porter. Afterward we were directed to an escalator where we were checked in, and given our room keys in a timely manner. The friends traveling with us, met us in the boarding hall. It wasn't long before our boarding number was called and we were onboard one of our favorite ships. The Dawn's atrium looked fresh and new, We were elated to be back onboard. The four of us headed to the Venitian MDR, where we could sit in comfort and be served. No waiting for a table, with carry-ons in hand, and serving yourself in the buffet. We were on vacation. We had 3 dinners in specialty restaurants, finding LeBistro to be our favorite. The food and service was spectacular. Coque Au Vin is my go-to dish, while my husband and friends had the dover sole. Service was very good in all eateries, and by our cabin steward, Sheldon. We turned in favorable comment cards, on many crew members, They appreciate good comments as well as tips, because that can lead to promotions for them. I wish that the crew's name badges could be larger, so that we would have an easier time reading the names. The entertainment in the Stsrdust was the same as usual. We have seen Elements, many times on other cruises. Maybe it's time for a change. We spent time in the smaller venues, listening to great music. I can't comment on any shore excursions in Bermuda, because we did our own thing by traveling around on the public buses and ferries. We spent a rainy afternoon at the aquarium. We also toured St. George, arriving there on NCL's ferry. Sadly, Bermuda cruises are only 7 days which flew by too soon. We are considering a 14 day cruise on the Dawn next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Norwegian Dawn Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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