392 Norwegian Dawn Bermuda Cruise Reviews

Love the small ship. Have sailed the Gem and Epic all were wonderful but the staff on Dawn went out of there way to make us feel welcome. Traveled with our 12 month old and the staff were totally gaga over her. Always made sure to say hi ... Read More
Love the small ship. Have sailed the Gem and Epic all were wonderful but the staff on Dawn went out of there way to make us feel welcome. Traveled with our 12 month old and the staff were totally gaga over her. Always made sure to say hi to her. Photographers loved her little smile and my picture bill showed it. Love the ship, food and staff. Will be sailing her in October 2016 for my wife's Birthday and going the suite life in an SJ family suite. We cant wait. For this trip we had an inside cabin deck 9 mid ship a bit small for 3 but for sleeping was perfect. Food was great love Maderno. Staff very friendly went out of there way to help. Washy Washy the daily mantra. Visited snorkel beach small and convenient to the ship. Loved the sunset cruise with the free drinks and did the boat tour of the island. Learned a lot about the island and her residents. Food in Bermuda pricey so ate on ship. Did get some rum cake and found it very strong but good. visited the dolphin habitat and walked the museum tour. Very easy going and informative. Visited the guppies club with my daughter had a blast with the edible paints and meeting other parents. Boston very easy to get on and off the ship. Parking right by the ship and only $120 for the week. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Read many reviews both positive and negative and was hoping the truth was somewhere in the middle. I was not disappointed at all. Embarkation: Was very easy. Had the deluxe owners suite, so my wife and I were whisked away from the long ... Read More
Read many reviews both positive and negative and was hoping the truth was somewhere in the middle. I was not disappointed at all. Embarkation: Was very easy. Had the deluxe owners suite, so my wife and I were whisked away from the long line and personally escorted to get our passports checked and then taken to our suite. We met our concierge Virginia and butler Marvac (?) who treated us like royalty. Suite 12502: The suite met and exceeded all of our expectation and felt it was well worth the price. The floor to ceiling windows made the room bright and airy, and the view from both living and bed room were breath taking. The suite was huge, and although we didn't have a balcony, we did not miss it at all. The dual zone temperature worked to perfection along with drawing the shades during the day. It was never unbearably warm in any room. The bathroom had dual sinks, jacuzzi tube, and separate shower and was huge. We had our selection of alcohol waiting and a stocked fridge of our requested beverages. I must say the service was awesome! We had our mid day snacks like clockwork, and Pablo (housekeeping staff) kept the room immaculate. I cant say enough about the view! It was like the ocean was our personal viewing pond. I was concerned about the ride being so far forward, and although we did have a couple of rocky nights, we did not need motion sickness medication. Dining: First night we ate at Teppanyaki, and was thoroughly entertained! The food was very good and plentiful! There were only 2 couples dining, so we got to taste everything on the menu. My advice is to book early if you want to eat at Teppanyaki because it was always packed after the first night. Cagneys was AWESOME! Being suite guests, we were able to eat breakfast and lunch there every day which was wonderful. Dinner at Cagneys was very good and the service was awesome. We tried several items on the menu and liked them all. Moderno was good also. The service was a bit disorganized, but no major complaints. We did not get to finish all of the selections on the menu as we were too full. Le Bistro, the french restaurant, was good also, but the service was very slow. Took almost 2 hours from start to finish. We did not eat at the other restaurants or eateries on board. Entertainment: We found the entertainment to be very good and found that there was something for all age groups. The Spa was well worth the money. It was the most relaxing spot on the ship. The indoor lap pool was warm and relaxing and the 2 jacuzzi were never crowded. The general reading area had floor to ceiling windows, comfortable lounge chairs, and an awesome view of the trailing seas. It was Very quiet and peaceful. There were also separate male and female lounge areas (which also had floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean) which had very comfortable mini love seats with foot stools which made reading an awesome experience. The cost may seem steep ($119/per person for the week), but well worth it (my wife and I are not sun lovers so this suited us just fine). It was never crowed, peaceful, and quiet (no children under 16 allowed). Overall, it was an amazing cruise. Although we were diverted to the Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, we had an awesome time. Great Stirrup Cay was actually the best port call. They have invested a lot of time and money to ensure that guests who go to the private island owned by Norwegian are well entertained. I certainly will cruise again with Norwegian. I have previously sailed with Princess and feel that Norwegian is comparable in most aspects (Princess has a higher snob factor). Hope this review helps!   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My DH and I have cruised many times, 6 of those on NCL, and this was our 3rd on the Dawn. This was our 30th anniversary cruise, so we upgraded to an owners suite. A whole new experience from a smaller suite. We were anxious about our ... Read More
My DH and I have cruised many times, 6 of those on NCL, and this was our 3rd on the Dawn. This was our 30th anniversary cruise, so we upgraded to an owners suite. A whole new experience from a smaller suite. We were anxious about our destination as a hurricane was due to hit the same day we arrived. However, when we got to the port, our destination had been changed and we went to Nassau for one day, and their private island for one day. I will say we are good sailors, and didn't mind a little rough weather. In fact we love it. We've sailed in rough weather twice before, and contrary to other reviewers, we KNEW the ship was never in danger. The Captain made the correct decision for the safety of his passengers, and a change due to weather is always possible when you cruise. The embarkation was handled smoothly, and we were taken to our suite 10506. I will say sailing in the owners suite is a game changer. We bought the UDP as we never intended to eat in the MDR. Also, my DH likes to eat in the suite, and we had a few meals delivered by our wonderful butler, Marc. He made the cruise so special, as well as the cabin steward. Both lovely men. Our concierge was Virginia, and she was a delight! We also ate in Moderno, Cagneys for breakfast and lunch, and Le Bistro. I was in charge of the CC M&G and the entire staff did a great job providing us with a cash bar, and complimentary refreshments. The entire group of officers came to speak to us, and made it a lively event. Marc also served complimentary beverages and food in our suite as we were the last cabin in our cabin crawl. We didn't go to any of the shows. Been there, done that. My DH likes to read, and relax. So most evenings we enjoyed cocktails in our room, dinner, then to bed. After 30 years we still have a lot to say and it's nice to have uninterrupted conversation with your spouse. Dining: Cagneys had the same menu for breakfast and lunch every day. However, we always had a nice meal and left satisfied. I recall having more choices other years, but on a 7 day cruise I can't complain. We ate in Moderno on our first night at sea. Although I was their for the meat, the poor guy who carved at the table appeared to be in a track meet. I had been dieting and just wanted my fill of meat, so I declined the first choice which was chicken. He serves the cheap stuff first, and i was waiting for the filet and lamb chop...yes, one. The salad bar was very nice, and our server brought 4 side dishes that we never touched. It was interesting, but I wouldn't repeat it. It seemed too frenetic. Le Bistro. Ok, we got the best server there, Athena. Our anniversary meal was wonderful. We are both foodies, and loved everything we tried. I didn't mind the $10.00 for lobster, it was worth it. We ate at the chefs table dinner, and had the best evening that night. Our table only had 6 guests, but we were all a lively group. It was perfection. Chris, I know you don't post, but say hello to your lovely wife for us. All four of you made the evening special. And the wine flowed. And flowed. The food was great, and we left with pictures and a signed menu. The head Chef invited us to a tour of the galley the next day, and I can assure you, it was spotless. The highlight of our trip was that evening. The destination changed, but Nassau was a place we had not been to before. We took the see and sea tour and enjoyed it. On the private island, Virginia had reserved a 'cabana' for lack of the correct term. We LOVED that. My DH sat and read, and I rented snorkel equipment and happily swam around for a few hours heavily coated in sun block. NCL has dumped a lot of money into that place, and it showed. It is no longer a dump. I was disappointed in the shops. Although my DH bought me an anniversary ring which I love, the shops in general had junk. Not even a selection of decent t shirts. The liquor prices were not as good as other cruises. Also, the way they had us pick up our liquor was handled differently and NOT WELL. A long line, then they couldn't find our order or one bottle of vodka. The shopping was a disappointment. The ship is showing her age a bit. But, we love the smaller ships. Our room was decorated in a rather bizarre way. The rug was truly awful. The bathroom was attractive, but the whirlpool tub needed a little work. The furniture in the main salon was a bit needy. The dining room table and chairs were comfortable and the deck furniture was fine but needs updating. That said, the bed was a dream. The closets were large enough, and we had space for all our stuff. There were enough plugs for our chargers, and the TV was fine. However, almost every dvd we asked for was unplayable. The day of debarkation went pretty smoothly. One thing I liked was having the officers singing to you and joking. A little levity in an otherwise stressful situation. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We enjoyed this cruise a great deal. It was my second, my husbands first, and we were celebrating a 20th anniversary. We live somewhat local to Boston so we took public transport right to the cruise line, which eliminated the need for ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise a great deal. It was my second, my husbands first, and we were celebrating a 20th anniversary. We live somewhat local to Boston so we took public transport right to the cruise line, which eliminated the need for parking and hotel. We found the embarkation process to be quick and painless. We stood in a long line to check our bags,(have your bag tip ready and showing so your suitcase doesn't make its way to the bottom of the pile) but found it moved quickly, and we were soon on our way. Our passports were checked, and we made our way up to security where we quickly learned "knitting sticks" were ok, but my husbands utility knife was most definitely not. It was taken from him, and returned the last night of the cruise when we presented our tag at the customer service desk. We then filled out papers swearing we did not have Ebola, and made our way to counter where we provided credit card information, got our room keys, and some additional cruise information. The process was again, quick and painless, and everyone we encountered was pleasant. (including the confiscating screener). We stopped for a quick pic, and then moved up the gangplank. As we boarded, we were greeted warmly by the cruise staff. We presented our electronic keys for boarding, and experienced the first of many sanitizer spritzs. We went right to our room and found it already made up quite nicely with congratulatory gifts, and welcome notes awaiting us. Being right off the Stardust theater and the casino initially made us nervous as it was already smoky and somewhat noisy. The corridor doors we stuck open, even though they had signs indicating they shouldn't be so we called for help, and went off to explore. When we returned the doors were still stuck open, and now we were really worried because the noise and smoke had greatly increased. Luckily some maintenance staff was nearby and they closed the doors for us, which instantly eliminated the noise and smoke for the rest of the cruise. Our bags arrived very late that evening, so future note to self, bring the bathing suit in your carry on. I knew this, but I guess it didn't really register until too late. We found the restaurants to be quite nice, whether paid or complimentary. Service was in general lovely, the food was good,the atmosphere pleasant, and the staff kind and attentive. We in particular noticed that one of the senior staff members was omnipresent. First thing that morning she had been overseeing the breakfast buffet,then later in the day she was serving drinks at the main poolside bar, even later that evening she was assisting in the dining room, She was just everywhere, always smiling, and she seemed to very much care for her staff. We saw this repeatedly in the coming days, to the point we stopped her to comment on our observations. She was so appreciative and gracious, she even took the time to send a treat to our room as a thank you. We were very impressed with the restaurant and buffet food service staff. The only place we just did not enjoy was the Blue lagoon. Service and food quality was lacking here and I don't believe we will go that route again. I suspect this restaurant also services room service requests.Service to the room was very, very slow, and not to order. For example, we ordered hot dogs and got relish and onions, but no ketchup or mustard. Other items ordered weren't what were expecting either so we decided to forgo that option for the remainder of the cruise. We loved the entertainment. The shows were so much fun, and we felt the talent was quite good. We loved all the oldie but goody songs, and the dancing. Clearly a lot of work and rehearsal goes into these productions. We also thought the cruise director was amazing. He was funny, warm, and very good at keeping things moving along. He also, never seemed to stop, moving from one activity to another in quick succession, yet he never made anyone feel rushed or unwelcome. We want a "Dingo Dave" on every cruise. The newly wed game was an absolute blast! I've not laughed that hard in a long time! We paid for extra for the spa and enjoyed every minute of it. I did get chased down a few times, and learned I must always bring a room key to obtain a locker, and to identify myself with. The massage I got was amazing, though I find the prices outrageous compared to my local area, and I absolutely hate the high pressure sales pitch at the end to buy the products. But hey, I guess we all need to make a living. I'm certain the staff does not enjoy this aspect of the job either, so I endured politely. I would get a massage again though, it was that good! I think I would have enjoyed the fitness facilities, but found that getting a machine was quite difficult so I gave up. The facilities seemed clean, and well maintained. Those that were using it didn't want to leave! :) We enjoyed the art seminar, and learned a lot. We attended the art auction and found it also quite informative and interesting.This was a first for us, but we found that the staff walks you through the bidding and purchase process, and the art is worth looking at and enjoying. We even got a few complimentary prints in the deal along with a nice piece of art. (Still waiting for it to be delivered) Our favorite part was just walking the decks. The view is just amazing, and the ocean so vast. We also enjoyed the hot tub at the very front of the boat where we could just sit and gaze out at an endless ocean. We met some interesting people, and felt the tension just roll away. The one thing we would have enjoyed was more indoor public seating areas. The library was the only place to relax indoors, and it offered zero views. Sometimes you just need to escape the sun, or in our case the cold, and outside of restaurants there isn't much place to congregate or play a game other than the restaurants. We found ourselves just hanging in the room, which made the picture window even more important. Disembarkation was a little muddled with some conflicting information floating around. There was a disabled couple who had been told to sit in particular spot, but then someone else came along and was rather brusque in telling them they could not be in that spot. They were quite upset and likely embarrassed by the commotion. In cases like that it would be good to inform folks ahead of time. For us, we made our way to the general area, waited as instructed, and made our way quickly off the boat when the time came. It was generally a good system, except people sometimes just don't listen. Not sure how I would change things, but we did pretty well with the whole process. We decided to taxi to the nearest commuter rail station, and sat gazing sadly out the window of the train wishing we were already back on the boat and off to a new adventure. Not to worry though. We took advantage of the advance down payment program for our next cruise. Cant wait to tell everyone about that one too! We feel the good ratings we gave for this cruise were well justified. Noting is ever perfect, but Norwegian came pretty darn close. They strive to provide a good experience from the moment you embark, to the moment you leave. Cruising is a great equalizer in our opinion. Everyone, no matter your station in life, gets to feel rich and pampered, in a beautiful, well maintained setting, at exotic locations, for a comfortable price. How can you go wrong? Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I'm by no means a cruise expert you may have read some of my reviews if not these tips though simple will help to reduce your stress on board..............well it has worked flawlessly for our last 12 cruises. 1. If you are not local ... Read More
I'm by no means a cruise expert you may have read some of my reviews if not these tips though simple will help to reduce your stress on board..............well it has worked flawlessly for our last 12 cruises. 1. If you are not local to the disembarkation port arrive at least 1 day in advance it reduces the anxiety of missing the ship. Plan on some sight seeing if at all possible if new to Boston or that port city. 2. Now depending on where it is and how far I'm traveling I may get there 3-4 days earlier to sight see and get into the vacation mind set and the air fare in and out a few days either way can save you hundreds if not thousands depending on how many people are traveling with you. 3. Cruising I always bring "BONINE" this in my opinion and is by far the best over the counter motion sickness medication money can buy......period! One tablet every 24 hours with no side affects. Check with your doctor first. 4. Try to be at the ship 2 hours before the designated boarding time if possible. Usually they get you processed immediately, then they seat you in the waiting area until they're ready to let you on board. Again no standing in long lines. 5. Print out all your E TICKETS (electronic tickets) from the website which are available 60 days prior to your departure. Review every detail and have the mistakes corrected ASAP it's better than standing at the counter for 30 minutes or more resolving the issues. 6. Print your luggage tags early and in color. I always print double what is needed. The luggage handlers literally toss the luggage and if the tags come off your luggage maybe lost or really late arriving to your cabin. So what I do is laminate every tag using clear shipping tape and then I staple 2 tags on every piece of luggage in different locations. I have never had a luggage problem using this method, again reducing stress. Remember your luggage may not arrive to your room until late afternoon early evening, so I wear business casual on board in case the luggage is late. This way I can still be seated in the main dining room at dinner time. I think the first night is 2 lobsters and steak? Yes proper dress is required. 7. When arriving at the terminal take notice of the porter station and do not get in the long line if your luggage is already tagged, those long lines are for the people that did not tag their luggage. Grab a porter hand him $15-20 dollars depending on how many pieces of luggage you have and proceed up the escalator with the big green letters "TO SHIP" from that point NCL greeters will direct you to the final check in counter. 8. Check-in on line at the same time you print your e-tickets it saves a lot of time, it takes us under 10 minutes. That's pictures, passport, ID checks, and the room keys and we are directed to the waiting area. 9. Thursday evening when they make the announcement that the disembarkation tags have been put in the reception desk lobby area on deck 7 take the LATEST TIME TAGS 10:00 am. I never fight the crowds this just adds more unnecessary stress. With no lines you disembark go to the baggage claim area and the only luggage there in the massive room is yours. No searching, grab it and go, there's no traffic walk across the street to the parking garage and pull up and drive off. There is zero traffic to fight. Again less stress. 10. Getting off the ship. I constantly read horror stories of people self disembarking with their luggage this is ridiculous!, lines around the ship, yelling, fighting etc, etc, etc. WHY? Breakfast is served the last day. Get up... finish packing go have a nice relaxing breakfast return to your room one last time to check for items that may have been left behind and just walk off the ship with no lines anywhere. 11. The parking garage at the cruise terminal in Boston is directly across the street within walking distance roughly 3 minutes max and costs $112.00 for the week, however you do need to show them your cruise documents for the discount. OH... and they only take Master card, Visa, and Cash. So if you are paying cash you have to park outside their office on the first floor and go inside to pay. It takes a few more minutes paying cash. 12. Drink package, I don't believe that's necessary $50.00 for carbonated soft drinks. They supply these following items free , pink lemonade, lemonade, fruit punch, orange juice, apple juice, coffee, hot chocolate, tea. 13. I always buy the travel insurance just in case, it runs around $70.00 a person. Well worth it in an emergency situation. 14. Muster drill station. This area for emergency evacuation of the ship in now located on your room key. Go by this........ not the station number on the cabin door. I always make a dry run prior to the drill. The quicker this drill is completed the quick we sell sail. 15. Try to get to the shows 45 min. in advance to ensure a good seat. 16. I try to cruise while school is in session the pool is less busy ,less messy deck, less food spilled in the restaurants on the floor etc etc etc you get the picture. 17. Like traveling in the later season and that's also where you get the better pricing in my opinion. 18. Read your daily calender so you don't miss any shows. 19. I always bring a 110V electrical power strip there's only 1 outlet per cabin. 20. I stop by my local police station and fill out the on vacation watch form. They as a few questions and keep and eye out and respond quicker if your alarm goes off or a neighbor calls in anything suspicious. 21. Notify my credit card company I will be traveling to Bermuda to insure the card works. 22. Bring extra cash some of the stores in Bermuda only take the European BIO METRIC card which is different from the US credit card system. 23. NOTE! The coral in the beach area is PROTECTED! It is not a rock to climb on and hefty fines are issued by the British Govt if you get caught on them and you stay in jail until the fine is paid in full. just a little note. 24. Bus and Ferry passes are $15.00 a day per person well worth it. 25. Bus stop colored poles. Pink goes to Hamilton and blue goes out of town. Easy to remember The letter I in pink and the letter I in Hamilton. The letter U in blue the letter U in out. If you get disoriented outside the city limites. Leaving again soon......... can't wait!!! Hope this helps! Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Getting on & off the ship was easy, food was okay this was our second trip on the Dawn. Food was really bad our first cruise, but second time was much better. Entertainment was good, cabin and entire ship was clean. Our steward was ... Read More
Getting on & off the ship was easy, food was okay this was our second trip on the Dawn. Food was really bad our first cruise, but second time was much better. Entertainment was good, cabin and entire ship was clean. Our steward was wonderful. Loved how we could eat when we were hungry, not at a set time. Love how you can dress casual all the time. We packed nice clothes to have our photo's taken one night but other than that, we dressed comfortable. Plenty of activities for adults & children.Bermuda is the place to be.Horseshoe Bay is the best. The walk down the hill isn't too bad to get to the beach, but after sitting in the sun, take advantage of the taxi ride to the top off the hill it's $2 pp but worth it to where you meet your pink bus. Hold on tight on the bus while your on that as well. The dolphin quest is so worth it right there in walking distance to kings wharf. The zoo aquarium museum both caves are awesome. Bring your camera & have your picture taken with Mr Happy Johnny Barnes. He'll be 92 in June. Take the Dockyard bus to Hamilton & ask the bus driver to let you off at crow cove where he sits and waves to people. He's only there in the mornings so get on that 7am bus. Get your bus token the day before you go meet him cause nothings open that early to buy token. We lucked out and some friendly people that live in Bermuda sold us tokens which was really nice of them. The crew on the Dawn was awesome and made us feel good. You just have to go to Bermuda and take this cruise. You'll be hooked and want to go again and again like we will be this year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We sailed out of Boston to Bermuda the week of the two hurricanes. This cruise was probably more excitement than we expected. First, we've sailed the Dawn before and we love the ship. The staff is friendly. The entertainment is fine ... Read More
We sailed out of Boston to Bermuda the week of the two hurricanes. This cruise was probably more excitement than we expected. First, we've sailed the Dawn before and we love the ship. The staff is friendly. The entertainment is fine and the food is good. What we hadn't done was sail out of Boston. The staff at the port at Boston? I have been treated better by prison guards when I go to visit clients in jail. The staff that work the port are rude, loud and mean. They screeched at us for sitting in the wrong section, when none of the sections are marked as anything. They yell if you don't move fast enough for them. These are some mean women. And the parking situation isn't optimum. In New York, the parking deck is right next to the pier. In Boston, the parking deck is a half a mile away from the pier, with no porters. You have to drag your luggage to the sail, across a street and down an alley. Didn't exactly set the mood. The harpies didn't make that any better. Once on board, things improved. Our room was ready fairly quickly and our luggage arrived in a reasonable amount of time. Our room steward was very friendly and even though there were no kids in our mini-suite, she made the towel animals for me. We were in room 11162 and I have no complaints about the room. There was the occasional chair being dragged across the floor above us, but nothing really disturbing. We bought the specialty restaurant package, so we hit all of those restaurants. We did Moderno first and it's always too much food for any one person. The salad bar is terrific with lots of options, but the highlights of the meal are the garlic beef and the grilled pineapple. The grilled pineapple is a must taste item. We thought Cagney's was just ok this trip, with a couple of grisly steaks being the cause of some disappointment. Le Bistro more than made up for that. Impeccable service and wonderfully seasoned food make this the best romantic dining on the ship. Teppanyaki steakhouse is no different than any Japanese steakhouse that you might frequent on land, with just alright food, but the chefs more than make up for the food by entertaining you during the meal. Now, the downside. Bamboo has outlived it's usefulness as a concept on the ship. The food was .....not good. It was generic, unflavorful food. We didn't send anything back, but we didn't eat it either. I think the line needs to look at P.F Chang's or Mongolian Barbeque for a way to spice up the restaurant. New influences, new recipes and a new look would really help. We didn't see a lot of the entertainment cause we're just not the audience for it, but we were disappointed to learn that the ship is converting one of our favorite venues, the Star Bar, into the space for Moderno. The Star Bar is a nice intimate space that is perfect for jazz or piano standards. This trip, no one played the room and I felt lost without my favorite place to hang out. The stand out bands on the ship this trip were the reggae group and Extreme, which had a terrific girl singer and keyboard player. I need to talk about the tropical storm we sailed into. I want to give kudos to our captain, who wisely decided to sail outside the storm, instead of sailing into it. As it was, the ride was just a little rocky. Sort of like a six hour roller coaster ride. It wasn't unpleasant, just a little challenging when it came to walking. We didn't get sick and neither did anyone we talked to, but it's my understanding that another ship which was to dock at the same time we did had a big round of motion sickness. Their captain opted to sail into the storm and apparently lots of passengers lost their lunch. We left Bermuda before the bigger storm hit on Friday and I understand that the ship skipped Bermuda altogether on the next cruise out. Bermuda was a little worse for wear after the storm, losing lots of trees and experiencing the occasional power outages. We lost a day due to the storm, having to dock late, but we made the most of the time by wandering the colorful streets of Saint George and visiting the small beach at Tobacco Bay. Tobacco Bay is just as beautiful as Horseshoe Bay, but it feels less crowded and more private than the bigger beach. All in all, it was a great trip, even with a hurricane, which we chalk up to just another adventure. I highly recommend the Dawn and its crew. It's a warm homey ship with nice people and a relaxed vibe. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We are habitual cruisers. Once a year at least. Traveled by bus from Augusta Me. to Boston Harbor and from South Station to Augusta at end of cruise, First time on concord bus line was OK . Usually Fly. Embarkation was seamless as we ... Read More
We are habitual cruisers. Once a year at least. Traveled by bus from Augusta Me. to Boston Harbor and from South Station to Augusta at end of cruise, First time on concord bus line was OK . Usually Fly. Embarkation was seamless as we are Latitudes on NCL. Had a balcony cabin 9128 Midship a Very convenient . The ship is now midsize at 92000 tons and easy to get about. Dining rooms are pleasant and the specialty restaurant are good at least the 2 we used The Bistro and Bamboo' Many activities available. Wait staff is slow At breakfast but very good at other two meals. Entertainment was very good all over the ship. We booked the glass bottom boat cruise at night Was good . We had priority disembarkation. Over all satisfaction with ship and staff good to very good.' Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We were on the Norwegian Dawn for an eight day/seven night Boston-Bermuda cruise on September 5, 2014. We were celebrating a 50th birthday with a group of 27 friends. IT WAS AMAZING!! In fact, this cruise and itinerary is the most relaxing ... Read More
We were on the Norwegian Dawn for an eight day/seven night Boston-Bermuda cruise on September 5, 2014. We were celebrating a 50th birthday with a group of 27 friends. IT WAS AMAZING!! In fact, this cruise and itinerary is the most relaxing cruise ever. We have cruised on several cruise lines prior to this and truly like the Free Style Norwegian offers. We also enjoy the other cruise-lines, however, the Free style is perfect for this cruise. The Norwegian Dawn is a beautiful ship although there are some signs of aging. The ship was very clean and we did not run into any issues. We never had to call the front desk or stateroom attendant nor call management for anything. Our stateroom attendant always made sure our ice bucket was filled. We brought a case of water with us and when we ran out of bottled water we used the water from our sink faucet. This is when we realized we did not need to bring bottled water with us. The water on board is very good. The next time, I’ll leave the case of water at home. The crew and officers were very friendly. Embarkation and Disembarkation was very smooth. We arrived at the Boston cruise port at approximately 11:30AM and we were allowed to go up the escalator to proceed to the check-in counter. We took the advice we had found on cruise-critic and had our E-Docs preprinted and placed luggage tags on our luggage. There was a port security person checking passports/Photo ID’s at the escalator. Once you arrive on the second floor you were directed to go through the security checkpoint. Afterwards, there was another person handing out Embarkation tickets that had your group number printed on them. The check-in process was quick and easy. Once you receive your room card you were directed to have a seat in the waiting area. Immediately before you reach the waiting area there was a photographer to take your embarkation photo. If you’re a ham like me, you’ll definitely want to have your photo taken, however, do not wear anything green. The screen was one those green screens and if you wear green the photo will come out funky. After the photo, we proceeded to waiting area. People were boarded by the group number handed to you after going through the security checkpoint. If you did not receive a group number then you’ll have to wait until they call for general boarding. NCL called for VIP folks first, then Gold and Silver Latitude members, followed by group numbers starting at group 1. Please be patient while waiting for your group number to be called. It really went by fast. We were on board by 12:30PM. We had a mini-suite on deck 11 aft (Stateroom 11662). The room was very accommodating and relaxing. We could have stayed in this room for a 30 day cruise. Everything in the room was in perfect working order. The room, balcony and bathroom were immaculate and certainly larger enough for the two of us. There were plenty of hangers in the closet, although we did bring extra plastic hangers due the large amount of clothing we brought. There is plenty of storage. We also brought a power strip as there is only one power outlet. This came in handy so you could charge all of your mobile devices and cameras (Another piece of advice I received from fellow cruise critic members). I have done a lot of research prior to this trip and read many negative reviews about the Dawn’s food. I found the food to be satisfying although most meals were very salty. We ate breakfast every day at the garden café. Since we were on deck 11, the garden café was just a one flight of stairs up. Breakfast was good and we never ran into broken coffee machines. Sometimes there was a little line, however, it always went by fast even at the omelet station. Silverware was wrapped in white cloth napkins and were placed at the tables. There were some rude guests that seem to be in a hurry. I say to myself, RELAX, you’re on vacation. The majority of folks onboard are very friendly. Listen for the chicken call in the Garden Café during breakfast. We ate at the Venetian the first night. We had to wait so they handed our party a beeper and directed us to wait at Spinnakers where we had free champagne. Before we finished the champagne the beeper went off. I ordered the steak which was very good. The French onion soup was the worst soup I ever had. The wait staff was very friendly and always had a huge smile. We had to wait a long time to receive our cocktails. In fact, it seemed like we always waited a long time to receive our cocktails at dinner time. We would order drinks at the bar before going into a restaurant. We went to a specialty restaurant the remaining nights just to check them out. We did not expect to eat at the specialty restaurants the remaining nights therefore; we did not purchase the Ultimate Dining package. Hind sight, I wish we did. Of all the specialty restaurants there is one that stood out, Le Bistro. We ordered the 32oz Ribeye steak for two which is carved table side. This was one of the best steaks I ever had. Moderno and Cagneys are other restaurants that deserve to be mentioned and I would recommend others to go to. I heard several guests brag about how good the prime rib was at the garden café for the evening meals. My favorite thing to do on the ship was to sit poolside during the day and early evening. We were very fortunate to have had beautiful weather the entire vacation. The entertainment was excellent. Everybody was very friendly and sociable. Even though 99% of the folks are strangers, I felt like they were all friends. The poolside wait staff are excellent, especially Irene from the Philippines. We had purchased the Ultimate beverage package and certainly got our money’s worth. The one thing I did not realize is that you had to go to the bamboo bar to have a sticker placed on your room card. So, if you purchase the ultimate beverage package, go directly to the bar at Bamboo when you board the ship. It’s on the 7th deck, the same deck you board ship on. Unlike other cruise lines, if you purchased the ultimate beverage package, NCL requires the wait staff to do the ticket thing where you had to put your room number, additional tip and sign receipts every time you order a drink. Other cruise lines, you simply show your room card. I hope NCL and can review their UBP process and change it. The majority of drinks and wine by the glass were $10.00 or under. Bermuda is one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever visit. If it’s nice weather, I recommend to stand on the aft port side on the upper decks as there are no wind screens to obstruct your views during the sail-in into Bermuda. You can see 75% of island during the sail in. We explored the Bermuda National Museum the first day and planned to head to Snorkel Park afterwards. During the museum visit, I realized I had lost my room card. You need your room card and photo ID to re-board the ship so I began to panic. We backtracked our steps, however, was unsuccessful. Luckily, I still had my had my driver’s license and passport on me. We proceeded back to ship where you go through Bermuda’s port security first. I informed them that I had lost my room card. I expected to be treated like a two year old, however, they were very friendly. They simply had me walk through the x-ray machine and they called the ship. The ship instructed them to have me report to ship’s entrance where I was informed to go to front desk to receive another room card. I don’t know what the process would have been if I lost my passport too. I had my wallet and passport in my backpack while my room card was in my front pocket. The same pocket I had my camera in. I believe my room key may of fallen out of my pocket when I reached for and pulled out my camera. The lesson here, do not keep your room key in the same pocket as your camera or anything else you may pull out. There is one note here. If you lose your room card, anybody else in your room needs to get a new card too. After this fiasco, we decided to stay on board for the remaining of the day. The second day, we rented pedal bikes and rode the Bermuda railway trail to Horseshoe Bay. The scenery was amazing. We took our time and stopped along the way to take in the scenery and snapped some photo’s. It took about one hour and forty five minutes to reach horseshoe Bay where we met our group (they took a bus). Horseshoe Bay is a must see. Make sure you grab your camera and explore the shoreline past the rock formations that are located to the left as you’re looking at the water. You can find your own private beach with crystal clear blue water. If you eat at horseshoe bay, I recommend you get the fried fish sandwich. It’s the Best. Due to two large ships in port this day, the beach was a bit crowded, however, there is still plenty of room. Also, bring your snorkel gear and plenty of sun lotion. After the beach, we hopped back on our bikes and decided to get back on the railway trail and head to Hamilton. It took us another two hours to get to Hamilton. We were so beat that we simply rode down Front St and headed directly to the ferry. Unless you’re a fine tuned bicyclists, I recommend just going from the Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay and back. During our ride, we approached a person that had tipped over on their scooter. We assisted the injured person with her cuts and scrapes. I was happy that I had brought a little first aid kit so I cleaned her wounds and applied bandages. There was also a nice lady who drove by and stopped to transport the couple back to the ship, called the scooter rental place to pick up scooters and also gave them free passes to “Fun Golf”. Morale of the story, do not rent scooters. I guarantee you’ll see folks on your ship with road scars. The third day, we went shopping for souvenirs then met friends at Fun Golf. I read that Fun Golf at the dockyard was rated number one on Trip Advisor for things to do in Bermuda. We had a blast. Although it was hot there were umbrellas and tables at each hole. There is also a bar. The course is very beautiful with amazing views of the port and water. It’s like a first class mini putt putt. We then walked to Snorkel Park where we went swimming and snorkeling before heading back to the ship. On our way back to the ship we spotted some friends on the Calico Jacks. Calico Jacks is a pirate ship docked in the dockyard that has a bar, a walking plank that you can really use to jump into the water if you dare and good music. As the saying goes, if you cannot beat them join them. Our on-board activities were playing Bingo (very comical at times), going to the casino (slots were very tight but we still had fun), sitting by the pool (the best). If you enjoy cigars, I recommend sitting in the Havanna room. We only went to one show and were told if you only go to one show go to the Elements production. Elements was the best production I ever saw on a cruise ship. I hope this review shows that we had the time of our lives because we truly did. I would certainly recommend to anyone that enjoys traveling to beautiful islands, sitting in the sunshine and be adventurous to book this cruise. I know I will.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This is my 4th cruise and second time with Norwegian. I really enjoyed this cruise. We booked this, because I never went to Bermuda before and wanted to see what its like. Bermuda was so beautiful. Unfortunately, hurricane christobal was ... Read More
This is my 4th cruise and second time with Norwegian. I really enjoyed this cruise. We booked this, because I never went to Bermuda before and wanted to see what its like. Bermuda was so beautiful. Unfortunately, hurricane christobal was there and we had to leave early. Now, lets go to the ship. The staff were all nice and helpful especially the captain and the steward. He always kept my room clean. The animal towels that he made were awesome!! We ate all our meals at the Garden Buffet . Food was great especially French fries and Pasta. The shows were awesome and funny since Tim Kaminski was with us. The only thing I didn't like is the pools water so salty. My swim trunk smelled terrible!! Embarkation and disembarkation was fast. Everyone was helpful and nice. To this day forward, I will always cherish that week! I highly recommend this ship though its small but so what?! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This June will be my third Boston to Bermuda cruise and the second time on the Dawn. My husband brought all five of our kids and their friends/girlfriends/boyfriends a bermuda cruise for Christmas! We also have friends coming along as ... Read More
This June will be my third Boston to Bermuda cruise and the second time on the Dawn. My husband brought all five of our kids and their friends/girlfriends/boyfriends a bermuda cruise for Christmas! We also have friends coming along as well.Overall the trip was amazing, the food was great and it speaks for itself that I am returning for a third time. We have stayed in rooms that were blaconies and Jr suites. Last time we were on the 10th floor Jr suite with a balcony. awesome! One of the best things about cruising out of Boston is you omit the airfare. I live in Boston so this was very convenient. Black falcon pier charged $20 per 24 hour period to park the car in the garage, so it was $140 for the week. Wonderful! Once onboard, we went up to the pool deck and got ready for the sail away party. It was a blast! while the band played by the pool, the bars were open and busy and they set up a bbq which I didn't know about. My husband and I ate already in the buffet before we knew about it. This time I'm saving myself for the bbq. There were other bbq's during the trip and it smelled and tasted like heaven. The first night also had prime rib and steaks in the buffet, so no need to order them in the speciality restaurants. We are planning on trying different speciality restaurants this next trip. The food was plentiful and delicious in the buffet and Aqua and Venetian that we were more than fine with everything! Believe me, there is more food than you will ever need! Also, they will deliver any kind of pizza to you anywhere on the ship at any time for $5! Need I say, the twentysomethings had many pizza deliveries! Once you get under way, the sailing days are fun with shopping. The tables on the pool deck and the main lobby you can get deals on booze, pocketbooks, wallets, jewlery ect. That is also the day they have the pub crawl. People sign up to go from bar to bar on the ship. Find out where and when to keep small children away. There is a leader with a bullhorn leading a pack of happy/ drunk people around, so be forewarned! On the excursions I was so disappointed with the "swimming with the dolphins" encounter. A group of children stood on a small pier in waist deep water and the dolphins came up to the group and did tricks in front of them. Maybe one kid tossed him some food. If you think you will be swimming in the water with the dolphins, forget it. Its only the trainer doing tricks. What a rip off for $200! This was the dolphin encounter in the Royal Dockyard. Maybe another one somewhere else will have a better version where you will actually swim with them? Our group used KS watersports to rent wave runners/jetski's for a few hours. It was great! They stopped at a small island and fed the fish some bread. They have double so two can ride with a small child . Others can ride 3 at a time. We are doing it again. Two in our group went to the aquarium, and said it was a waste of time compared to the aquarium in Boston. 4 people went to the crystal caves and will not go again. They said it was interesting, but not worth $100. Also, be warned if you are going to see the crystal caves have 80 steps that must be climbed. Not suitable for very young children or the elderly who find stairs difficult. We had a group of fisherman with us that had the time of their lives out deep sea fishing! My husband and sons are bringing friends in this next trip to go again. I found the fishing trip in the coupon book that you get in the royal dockyard for free. My favorite thing is to take a mini tour bus into Horseshoe Bay for the day. For $15 a head it brings you right onto the beach. If you take the bus it drops you at the bottom of the hill and you have to walk up. I paid a cabbie to bring my elderly mother up the hill the first time, and they started the tour bus the second time. I will take the tour bus again. Also note: The drivers are crazy and their driving will remind you of Mr Toad's wild ride! You can also get a ferry into Hamilton. You can shop at Marks and Spencers , The Irish linen shop or eat at a pub. We went to Finnegan's Irish pub and had a blast. It is an island, so the food is very expensive. ($20 burgers!) Also, THE STORES ARE CLOSED IN HAMILTON ON Sundays! I wish I had known that! That will be our beach day from now on! On the cruise, buy the soda and drink packages. You will save money. Also if one person in the cabin wants a drink package, everyone has to get it. Kids that don't even drink soda have to get a soda package if the adults want the drink package. They have free coffee tea iced tea and strawberry and mango flavored water. You can bring bottled water, soda, etc. and have it shipped to your cabin. They use luggage tags and ship it through to your cabin. Really, we had a blast! can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was my first cruise. Went with my two kids - 15 and 19. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The crew never stops cleaning the public areas and the cabin was kept very clean as well. There was a great variety of food in the ... Read More
This was my first cruise. Went with my two kids - 15 and 19. The ship is beautiful and very well maintained. The crew never stops cleaning the public areas and the cabin was kept very clean as well. There was a great variety of food in the restaurants where one can dine without paying. I have an intolerance to gluten (celiac disease) and was able to pre-order my next day's supper to ensure it was prepared without gluten. The food was always tasty. It was usually not hot enough when served. It was a bit harder to get meals during lunch at the buffet but with the variety offered I always managed to eat well. They could have done more to meet with me at the start of the cruise to address my dietary needs - I had to figure things out on my own. My 15-year-old joined the "Youth Zone" - organized activities for 13-17 year-olds. I hardly saw him over the entire week as he had so much fun with the teens he met and the activities they did. My 19-year-old had a bit of a harder time socially as there are no activities organized for her age group. Most passengers were either families with children or younger teens, or they were older people (55+). I think that the ship should create a dance club devoted to playing the music liked by people aged 18-25 so that that age group could congregate and enjoy dancing together. There were many excellent shows presented - we were especially impressed by the quality of their singers and dancers and by the Second City comedy troupe that performed three different shows. The exercise facility is very good. One negative was that my daughter and I took one yoga class which was the most poorly taught yoga class either of us had ever taken - plus we paid $12 each for the class. We never took another class and noted that hardly any people returned to that instructor's classes. I recommend that the ship add many more sporting activities than they currently offer. I also think that they should offer classes in things that people may want to learn, e.g., chess, art, photography. One thing that I did not like was how the cruise activity facilitators were frequently hocking money-making activities like bingo/pull-tab raffles/auctions. I found it a bit crass to try to squeeze more money out of the passengers. Overall, I was happy with the cruise and would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Went with my husband and 3 children, ages 14,12, and 10. This was easy and convenient for us as we live about 40min from Boston. Easy on and off the ship with 3 kids. This was our first cruise as a family and the kids loved it. Going to ... Read More
Went with my husband and 3 children, ages 14,12, and 10. This was easy and convenient for us as we live about 40min from Boston. Easy on and off the ship with 3 kids. This was our first cruise as a family and the kids loved it. Going to Bermuda was ideal because it gave us time to slowly explore the island without having to worry about rushing back to get on board every day. CABINS We had 2 joining cabins, 8656 and 8658, which was great for us, 3 kids in one room and husband and I in the other. Plenty of room for storage and the bathroom and showers were very large considering. Beds were comfortable and hardly any noise from theater below at all. Only heard noise 2 nights from a bar crawl that was going by, we weren't too far from stair/elevator area. But other than that, quiet relaxing rooms. And having a bathroom in each room was very helpful for a family of 5. Mark, our cabin steward kept room cleans and was always friendly whenever we saw him. DINING We mainly ate in the Garden café, food was excellent and well laid out buffet area. We prefer to be more relaxed and didn't want to have to worry about getting dressed up to go out to eat. We were on vacation and wanted to be relaxed and the buffet was just a better fit for us. Lots of variety offered during every meal and it always seemed to be open. We did eat in the Aqua dining room once and at Teppanyaki but preferred the buffet as we could get what we want when we want. Food was good everywhere, even room service. No complaints at all! ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT Lots to offer and do whether at sea or in port. Cruise director and staff were all great and always entertaining and out and about. Loved all the shows we saw, so much fun. They had a great magician on board, Second City comedy act and an aerial act of husband and wife that were amazing! All entertainment offered was great and perfect for families! loved hearing daily announcement from the captain and cruise director. Recently went on a RCL cruise and the cruise director and entertainment staff was non-existent so made me really appreciate NCL. BERMUDA What a beautiful place. So nice to just get off and walk around. Went to Snorkel park beach when we got there, thought it wasn't worth the cost, you have to pay to get in and thought it was dirty and crowded, but it's right as you get off the ship so easy to walk to. Did take the bus to get to horseshoe bay beach, scariest bus ride of my life! Just very narrow roads and drivers go fast but they do it all day long so they know what they're doing. Horseshoe bay was beautiful as expected. A bit of a walk up and down to it but they do offer shuttles up and down, but what a great excuse to walk off the cruise food! Also did the Dolphin Quest that's just as you get off the ship. Even if you don't pay for a dolphin experience you can walk in and see the dolphins up close and the staff was more than willing to answer questions. Better to book directly through them than through the cruise ship as the cruise line only had limited options, Dolphin Quest has many more options available. Yes it is pricey but what a great experience for the kids. We chose the Discover Dolphins that I felt was perfect! Bring your own camera and you are welcome to take as many pictures from the side as you want. But they do have their own photographer so there are pictures available to purchase. Took the ferry over to Hamilton one day to do some shopping, highly recommend that over the bus, a 20 min ferry ride would be an hour bus ride. Great shopping but pricey as to be expected. Don't miss the aquarium/zoo! So beautiful and very cheap. Didn't eat off the ship, why would we when it was all paid for! All in all what a great family vacation. Would definitely cruise NCL again, even the same cruise as it was a beautiful place to go and so convenient to go out of Boston! Wonder what ship will go out of Boston after the Dawn. Not sure if I want to go on a much larger ship, prefer to travel smaller ships than to have 6000 passengers on board. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We just returned home from our 7 day cruise on the Dawn and we were a part of the unfortunate group that got the worst weather in Bermuda, due to Tropical Storm Cristobel/hurricane warnings. As a result, we had very little sun, most days ... Read More
We just returned home from our 7 day cruise on the Dawn and we were a part of the unfortunate group that got the worst weather in Bermuda, due to Tropical Storm Cristobel/hurricane warnings. As a result, we had very little sun, most days were windy/cool and almost the entire time we were in Bermuda - It rained buckets! Having said that, we still had a wonderful time on the Dawn and met many nice people. We traveled with our 3 kids (ages 5, 7 and 9) and my parents ... and we have been on half a dozen cruises in the past (mostly Carnival, Disney and only one other Norwegian cruise on the Gem), hopefully you can find a few useful tips from my review. Embarkation Since we drove from Toronto and the cost of staying in Boston was so expensive, we decided to stay about an hour and a half our in West Springfield. In the morning, we drove to the port and parked in the parking garage ($112 for the week) - we aimed to arrive around 10:30 and were on the boat seated for lunch by 11:30. Tip: Pack swimsuits separately as carry on, as we did not get our bags until close to dinner. Most do not think to do this, so pools were clean, not crowded and kids were happy to start their vacation right away. Second tip: One of the main restaurants (Venetian) is open for lunch on the first day! Most people headed straight for the buffet,. which we always find to be chaotic and stressful. Loved the fact we could have a nice sit down lunch and order from a menu. The mandatory safety drill was extremely well organized and they even took attendance. They even had alternate areas if the assigned area could not be accessed. It made me feel that passenger safety was a number one priority on this ship. Pools There is only one main pool on this ship and yes, it is small and gets really crowded on sea days. At the back of the ship is "T-Rex Pool" the little dinosaur-themed kids pool area that my kids loved. It has a couple of little slides and a small kids pool. The best part if that there is a decent hot tub for the kids in this area too and parents waiting for their kids can also sit and relax IN the hot tub while keeping an eye on them. Tip: Don't buy the "spa package" where they say that only 80 people are sold this and you get to use the private pool/hot tub in the spa area. Everyone I met that bought it said it was not worth it, what they don't tell you is that they sell "day passes" so not only was this area crowded at times, it is indoors so sunbathing means in this area means through glass windows at the back of the ship Dining Overall, we found the food on this ship to be fine – not spectacular but good to really good most times. I appreciated the push for cleanliness on this ship – with sanitizing stations virtually everywhere and the “wash washy” ladies standing at the entrance to the buffet. We did not get any lobster this week, but there was still plenty of other seafood choices like shrimp, fish etc. We ate the Garden Cafe (main buffet) most mornings and usually in the little kids area with kid-sized tables and their own little buffet. For lunch we dined at the Venetian (main dining room) or the Blue Lagoon (24 hour restaurant on deck 8). For dinner, we found ourselves always back at the Venetian because the Your Time Dining started at 5:00pm where as the other main dining room (Aqua) started at 5:30pm. We usually compared menus and they seemed to be identical. On the last day we tried out Aqua and I have to say that we liked the service at Venetian better. Having said that, both restaurants can be painfully long and slow – so usually give yourselves 1.5 to 2 hours to complete meal from being seated to the end of dessert. This is important if you want to catch the early show (which we normally did) at 7:30pm. On most late evenings (10:30pm or so) we would grab a late night snack at Blue Lagoon. They have a buffet set up there for quick access to chicken wings, hot dogs and hamburgers. We usually preferred to order from the menu, hot chicken wings, won ton soup and spinach and artichoke dip with nachos. The only specialty restaurant we went to was Teppanyaki. This restaurant was full every day, so reserve early. Cost is $25/adult or half price for children under 12. We’ve done this on both Norwegian ships and have enjoyed it immensely both times! Tip: For kids, Sprinkles by the main pool is open in the afternoon for limited hours and serves hard icecream for free. There is also a soft serve icecream station in Garden Cafe, but we found the icecream to be usually pretty runny – I think their machine needs servicing. In the evening, they have a crepe station which was awesome. Overall, there was always food being served at what seemed like all hours of the day. We all came back and gained weight!  Kids Club My kids did not enjoy the kids club at all (3-5 and 6-9 clubs), compared to other ships we’ve been on - the facilities were small and depressing and the staff did not seem overly friendly or enthusiastic (in my opinion). Almost on every cruise we have been on, the staff know my kids names by day 2 – not so on this ship. Also, for the first few days, we would try to follow the schedule and go when we knew there would be something fun going on like a “Bermudian Craft” and they never seemed to follow the schedule. Instead I was told that there were too many kids and the schedule was subject to change. What I have seen on mediocre kids clubs is that there are always the “regular kids” that get dropped off every day no matter what and ultimately these 10-12 are the only ones that say they "love" it. I have always believed that kids say it as it is and when my 3 said it was boring, I believed them. We opted to spend family time in the T-Rex pool, or some other activity on board. Activities and Entertainment We found that this ship offered a lot of activities and at times, you just can’t fit it all in. We attended every show, every night (sometimes twice) and watched both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows. The entertainment on this ship was outstanding, we enjoyed the singers/dancers (good) but the comedian Tim Kaminski, the couple doing the Cirque du Soleil type performance, Second City and the magician David DaVinci were all excellent. The highlight for us by far was the Wednesday night performance “Elements” – Norwegian’s award winning show. We were blown away by the calibre of this performance, definitely a must see. We sailed with a full ship (2500 passengers) and we usually arrived 15 minutes prior to the show and always found good seats. The earlier show always is less crowded. For the more popular shows like Elements, we lined up closer to 30 minutes in advance Tip: For Elements, try to sit closer to the stage and get an aisle seat if possible! Watch the Norwegian Staff show in the afternoon where workers on the shop show off their talents, and make sure to stay for the ending “Fountains” which is totally hilarious. Bermuda Like I said earlier on, sadly we did not get a lot of time in Bermuda due to the bad weather but we still made the best of it. On day 1 of Bermuda, the afternoon cleared up and we walked off the ship to Snorkel Beach (about a 10 min walk from ship) and to my surprise, it was free! Other reviews mentioned it cost money but it didn't. Tip: Bring your own towel off the ship, sand toys for kids, we even brought our own lifejackets and snorkel sets (take bread off the ship to attract fish)! Renting chairs cost money, but we followed other guests and took the brown lawn chairs from the restaurant areas and no one seemed to mind (although the weather was not the greatest so the beach was not too crowded). On day 2 or Bermuda, we had purchased bus tokens ($4 adult, kids under 5 are free) so despite the torrential downpour, we were determined to make it to Horseshoe Bay Beach – the beach everyone goes to in Bermuda for the “pink sand”. It took us forever to find the right bus stop in the rain, but when we did it took us straight to Horseshow Bay. From here we had to walk down a long (slightly steep) road down to the beach. Tip: If you are travelling with elderly, they will not be able to walk this – take a taxi instead of the $30/person return shuttle. When we finally arrived at the beach we were drenched and it was windy and cold. The sand didn't look too pink as it was dark from the rain. Still, we made the best of it and the kids found shelter in a cave (seriously, a cave!) by the beach and spent the rest of the time playing in there where they were kept dry from the rain and sheltered from the wind. It was like we were on Survivor!! My fondest memory of Bermuda is that cave at where others followed suit and huddled in there to stay warm and dry. We met so many nice people from around the world in there. On day 3, our Bermuda trip was cut short and we left at 6:00am instead of the scheduled 5:00pm or so and spent the next 3 days at sea! Debarkation On this ship, they did this bizarre thing where Canadians and any non-US citizens had to go to Aqua starting at around 7:00am to clear Customs. Tip: Go early as the wait time can be long, allow yourself 30+ minutes to do this. We also opted for self-assist (yes, we are one of those crazy self-assist people as another reviewer mentioned) but clearly he did not have young kids and did not have a 9 hour drive to tackle to get home. On this ship, self-assist guests can bring their luggage up early and store near front reception - we opted to do this because we knew it would be near impossible to get an elevator as the morning went on. The cool thing is, once we got off the ship - that was it, no more customs to go through like other ports! In summary, I have to say that this was the friendliest cruise we have ever been on. Everyone was so friendly and courteous and overall, just a great crowd on the ship. I think a lot of this is because the majority of people were from Boston. We’ve never met so many people on a ship and it was nice to walk around and wave to people like they were friends or family. So overall, despite the unfortunate weather, we had a really great time and it just gives us an excuse to return to Bermuda again soon! We would definitely consider sailing out of Boston again. Overall the Dawn was okay, but it had a few things lacking like a second pool, no mini golf and no big slides. But the gym was excellent (even had a studio), a library that was almost always open (you could even sign out books) and board games that you could play anytime and several other amenities on board that made it fun for my family. The Staff was okay but not the friendliest we have encountered. However exceptions include: Armen the Cruise Director was really great (outgoing, involved, friendly), Marilyn (Waiter - only person with common sense to automatically bring straws for my kids to drink their milk from heavy glasses) and our Room Steward Marlon on Deck 5 who worked tirelessly and a few others we encountered throughout the week. We had a great time and have no hesitation in recommending this cruise to others. Happy sailing!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My wife and I sailed on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda on August 22, 2014. We returned home today. We chose this trip about a month ago. I wanted to go to Bermuda, and I wanted it to be easy. We have sailed approximately 12 times. ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda on August 22, 2014. We returned home today. We chose this trip about a month ago. I wanted to go to Bermuda, and I wanted it to be easy. We have sailed approximately 12 times. Norwegian, Princess, and Celebrity. Our favorite has been Celebrity. We are both 65 and are retired. We drove to the Boston pier, about 35 minutes from our home. We parked in the 5 level garage about a block plus from the pier. We first dropped our two bags with a porter at the pier. The garage is billed as enclosed. It seemed most ship parking was on the fifth level. It was not covered. It was no problem, just stating the facts. It costs $112.00 for the week. When we disembarked today, we decided to have the ship take our bags off. We got them on the pier and decided to wheel them back to the garage.mmit was very easy and probably better than one of us going for the car and navigating back to the pier for the other and the bags Embarkation was very easy. We arrived around 11:00. Check in was easy. We were assigned group 2 for boarding. Our group was near the front, closest to the entryway. Plenty of seating available. At 11:30 boarding started. We were on ship by 11:45 with our two carry-ons. Another tip for those wanting to book specialty restaurants or the Chef's Table. There is NCL representative near where we boarded. We booked Cagnys for Saturday night, and the Chef's Table for Tuesday. Unfortunately, on Monday, Chef's Table was cancelled as two couples backed out. We were quite disappointed , as it sounded like a lot of fun. We sat near the pool, until about 12:15 when our cabin was ready. We saw our suitcases coming off the freight elevator, so we grabbed them and wheeled them to our cabin. We had lunch in The Venetian, which was much quieter than the buffet. We had a mini-suite on deck 11, 11006' the second most forward on the starboard side. It was very quiet and spacious enough. Plenty of room for clothes etc. The design flaw is the placement of the closet. It parallels the length of the bed and is close to it. It wasn't a real problem, but it was awkward. The bathroom was bigger than the typical balcony cabin. It has a separate toilet area ( a sliding door that gives it privacy from the sink and shower). The shower was a combination tub. More spacious than the typical one, and no shower curtain to get in the way. The step'overbthe tub is quite high. A year ago I could not have managed it as I had a total hip replacement. This year no problem, but if you can't, step over a high tub, you need a different cabin. Our room steward was Winston. Very very friendly and helpful. He literally knew our names within minutes, and always greeted us by them. He kept the cabin nicely, and us entertained by his excellent towell animals. My wife was surprised by the lack of moisturizer and q-tips in the bathroom. She had brought her own just in case, as well as her own conditioner, which she needed. She reports the dryer worked very well. I have no comment as I'm hair challenged We thought the condition of the ship and our cabin was very good. We did not notice more than the usual wear and tear, and workers were about the ship at all times, working around the decks performing maintenance. The carpets were in good condition as was the furniture we used. Public bathrooms also were fine so we had no complaints about the ship's condition. Entertainment is very subjective. We are theatre goers( I prefer serious), concert goers, etc. That being said, we generally enjoys entertainment on board ships. On this trip, we were very pleased, except for the first show put on by Second City. We both felt it was very weak. Either the skits were poor, or the cast was, or both. The on board singers and dancers were better than average. We enjoyed their shows. The magician, illusionist, who had a small act one night, and the sole act the last night was excellent, if you like that sort of thing. Tim Kaminsky, the comedian, was very funny. He performed a lot throughout the week, including afternoons, late night, and during show time. We saw him on a ship a few years ago.. He is still very good and enjoyable. He really seems to enjoy himself while performing. The aerialist act( I forget what that art form is called) was also very good. It's not for everyone's taste, but we enjoyed it. We hardly were in the casino. It is smoky, as cigarettes are not yet banned. We walked the promenade a lot. Four laps is 1.4 miles. It is a continuous lap so easy to walk around. The gym was not busy when I ventured in, which was only three times mid- afternoon. It was well equipped. We did not use the spa services. The one main pool was busy as were the main hot tubs. Another tip. On the 13 or 14 deck, all the way forward, is another hot tub. The area is uncrowded with plenty of seating. There are glass wind breaks, so it works well. You can hear the music from the pool, but muted. Food is even more subjective than entertainment. We ate in the Venetian 4 times. We ate in Cagneys on Saturday night. We felt the $30.00 cover charge was worth it. My wife ordered a NY strip and I orderd fish. We shared. The quality, especially of the steak, was excellent. The fish was very good. The portions were more than adequate. We each ordered a glass of wine and I had a de-caf cappuccino. The tab was therefore about $ 85.00. We ate in Bamboo the first night. The reason was that there was a wait at the Venetian. We made a mistake. If you have to wait more than a few minutes, you are given a pager, and each a complimentary glass of bubbly in one of the lounges. We should have done that as we also felt Bamboo was disappointing and not worth the $15 cover charge, pp. we went to the Italian specialty restaurant another night and both enjoyed it. We didn't have pasta. I had a shrimp dish and my wife had fish. Again, service was good and we thought the cover charge was justified. Service in the main dining room(Venetian ) was ok. Not excellent. One problem is that of the waitstaff we encountered, their command of English was not strong enough. Also, the attentiveness was a bit lacking. Should not have to request a refill on water. Most times, our needs were taken care of. From observing the dining room service, I believe dinner is planned to be 90 minutes, more or less. It is not poor service, but I think, a design to let dinner be nicely paced and not rushed. I may be wrong, but that was my impression. The quality of the food was average. Some dishes better than others. I had two fish dishes and they were ok. Not dried out. One portion was a little on the small side. Also, I ordered sides of vegetables and a potato as the entrees generally lacked either. Just speak up. The staff was eager to please. In fact, everyone we encountered on the staff smiled, said hello, and were friendly. I think this is one area NCL prides itself on. Disembarking was relatively painless. We did not haul our own suitcases. Had them outside our stateroom by 11:30 the last night. We had breakfast in the Venetian, and at 8:50 or so our group was called. We did wind our way through the line but at 9:20, I was starting my car engine. Home at just after 10. I just remembered another tip. If you want a quitter, smaller breakfast, the Blue Lagon is a good choice. On deck 8. Nicely located and a nice breakfast. Fruit, pastries, hot and cold cereal, juices, coffee, and eggs can be ordered, as well as French Toast. As far as Bermuda, the captain pulled out at 6:00 in the morning Tuesday, not 6:00p.m. Due to the approaching hurricane. We did take the excursion Sunday at 11:30 to Crystal Cave and the aquarium/zoo. It included a taxis ride with five of us along the South Shore to the caves, to the aquarium, and then Hamilton where we took the 4:00 ferry back to the ship. Yes, it cost a bit more than if you did it yourself. We opted for it for the convenience. A taxi tour, and both attractions. The other way is catching a ferry, a bus , another bus, another bus, and then the ferry. For us, the small extra cost was worth not dealing with the hassle of making all of the connections, and the resultant loss of time. Each person has their own situation to consider, and can plan accordingly I'm sure I neglected to review many things, but I hope this report is helpful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
So we drove to the Cruiseport in Boston from W.Mass. Friday morning with three other people(60's and one 30ish) Had a little trouble on Black Falcon looking for D Street as the streets went from B to C to E and finally D! We pulled up ... Read More
So we drove to the Cruiseport in Boston from W.Mass. Friday morning with three other people(60's and one 30ish) Had a little trouble on Black Falcon looking for D Street as the streets went from B to C to E and finally D! We pulled up and saw the Dawn and knew we were going to have a great time! Embarkation was easy as we were in the Latitudes Club. We got VIP check-in and were on the ship in 15 minutes. We had to wait 30 minutes for our 3 traveling mates as it was their first Norwegian cruise. This was our second with this line and we were VIPs already, Pretty good. So we went to the buffet first and there was no waiting(2PM). Had a great hot lunch. Then out to the Lido deck to grab a table and enjoy the Sailaway Party. Live music and $5 beers. Buy a bucket of 5 and get the 6th beer free! Another pleasant surprise. The Captain blew the ship's horn about 6 times while we were outside drinking. Very fun and unusual. Then on to muster.Hubby and I got to stand while our friends got to sit in the theater. Guess things even out eventually. After muster,which only took about 30 minutes,back up to continue drinking. Then up to our rooms(11th deck/mini-suites) where we were very happy with the size of the balcony and the storage space in the room. Can't remember what we did after that but retired about 10PM very tired from all the excitement of our first day. Slept very well. Arrived at King's Wharf half hour early and people were off the ship by 11AM. We waited until 1PM after a really great lunch(yes we also had breakfast before-eateateat!) Purchased a 3 day ferry pass for $35 each . Took the ferry to Hamilton where we got soaked to the bones in a heavy rain downpour for about an hour. Decided to give up as we didn't know that most shops are closed on Sundays even bars! Our friend's umbrella even broke in the windy rain! Back to the ship on the ferry and hot showers. Our friends went to the Aqua dining room and totally enjoyed everything about the free dining venue. Hubby and I opted for room service. Should have gone with them. Drinks on their large balcony later and then to bed. Day 2 in Bermuda started with another great breakfast and then to shopping near the ship at the Clocktower Mall. One shop had all the gifts at great prices that we needed. Our friends went to Horshoe Bay Beach but they took a special bus for $16 each and spent $11 for each chair and $11 for a beach umbrella. They were not too happy about that. It was also 90 degrees and 90% humidity. Hubby and I thought we were back in Las Vegas where we're from so did not spend too much time outside. Met up with our friends for dinner at the Aqua as they really enjoyed their first experience there. I went to the casino later and won then lost. Got back about midnight and sat out on the balcony to watch the most spectacular lightning show I have ever seen and have never seen out at sea. Day 3 hubby and I went to the "free" beach, Snorkel Beach, which cost $5 to walk onto. Stepped in the water and back out again as it was very crowded. Had 2 beers at the bar there for $7.50 each! Finding that everything is very expensive in Bermuda. There is a free trolley(wow) that takes you all over the port area and we really enjoyed that. So overall Bermuda is very beautiful but bring a lot of money as bars and restaurants are very expensive.So we waved goodbye to Bermuda at 5:30PM and only regretted that our first day there was so rainy. Very glad we were not there during the hurricane the week before.Lucked out big time! Our next 2 sea days were filled with shows(Deal Or No Deal Game Show-fun), Cagney's(great), LaCucina(excellent), buying jewelry(really great) and lots of drinking and making new friends! On 9/4, my Dad's 90th B/Day a lone, tiny bird flew onto our balcony way out in the Atlantic Ocean and didn't know where he was. What was he doing there, all alone ? Where did he come from as we were far from any land? My Dad passed away this past March and I felt his presence in that tiny bird as my Dad sailed the Atlantic many times in the Merchant Marines many, many years ago. So,we made it back to Boston and wished we could get right back on the Dawn and sail away again. We had probably the best cruise ever! Everyone should sail the Dawn to Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Hi, To all those wishing to book a cruise I highly recommend NCL Boston/Bermuda voyage. This was our third trip in four years to Bermuda from Boston. The weather was great and the Captain got us to Bermuda early Due to a Hurricane Bertha ... Read More
Hi, To all those wishing to book a cruise I highly recommend NCL Boston/Bermuda voyage. This was our third trip in four years to Bermuda from Boston. The weather was great and the Captain got us to Bermuda early Due to a Hurricane Bertha coming. So arriving early in Bermuda was a plus, and leaving Bermuda later (17:30hrs) gave us a fully three days to enjoy the beautiful sites and beaches of Bermuda. Only on the return to Boston that one day, Wednesday did we experience rough sea's, and yes they placed motion sickness bags at all the elevators. As for stabilizing the ship, the captain and crew did a wonderful job, I do not believe that they would try to save fuel (as stated by other reviews) at the expense of everyone getting sick, what good would that do for the NCL, no one would recommend NCL after everyone being sick. For those who feel and get motion sickness room #5530 great room to be. I have traveled twice on Royal Caribbean, and they to, with all their advance stabilizing systems, when the sea was rough you felt it ! Now on to the cruise itself. From the moment you arrive at the NCL counter in Boston to check in and make your way on to the NCL Dawn, everyone I encountered was pleasant, helpful and willing to assist you in anyway. (and yes the parking across the port in the five level parking is the best way to go. $16.00 per day). When we finally left port and all the way to Bermuda, again everyone one we met was smiling and pleasant and tried to make sure you had a great time. As stated before by others writing in reviews, Cagney's is one of the best meals on the ship. And yes if you can pre book/reserve the restaurants, do so. But all the restaurants and buffets are great. Great food you will not starve! I would like at this time to thank Emil, one of the restaurant directors in the Aqua restaurant for making our dining experience GREAT, Thank you Emil. As for entertainment on the ship, the Director of Entertainment and his staff do their best to keep you entertained, The show's are great ! And the music, bands, singers, pianists at each area on the ship are really good. Once in Bermuda, well what can I say, WOW everytime we arrive in King's wharf its so beautiful. Upon getting off the ship, it's up to you and your imagination of what you wish to do for the three day's. I rent a deluxe scooter, pack a cooler with drinks and off we go. We try to go to all the non tourist beach's. Places like Horseshoe etc...to many people, they ship everyone there. We even take the scooter on the ferry to Hamilton and drive back, great way to see all of Bermuda And of course we eat at least once at Swizzle Inn on South road, great place. This time we also tried King Henry VIII, great view fantastic food and service. No lack of great places to eat. That's the advantage of renting a scooter FREEDOM. Now that we finished and returned to the ship for the voyage back to Boston. I will not get all into it again, But all I will say about our return is, wow great service, great people from those who work onboard and even the fellow voyagers, all was good. Of course you meet very special people out of approx 2500 onboard LOL LOL and of course you will always have somes situations REMEMBER YOU ARE ON VACATION SO ENJOY! THANK YOU TO NCL Dawn AND ALL IT'S CREW. Now once arriving in Boston getting off the ship is long, remember when you checked in and arrived on the NCL Dawn, everyone arrived a different times, but when you are getting off the Dawn everyone what's off NOW. So patience is a must. NCL crew does their best to keep everyone moving in a orderly fashion., but there's alway those who can not wait and cause problems when getting off. I will not bore you with my visit to Boston (my third time in Boston), except to say, YOU HAVE to at least spend two days visiting this Beautiful city. Freedom trail, and a trolley ride is a must to learn everything about Boston and it's history. And if you really wish to eat great Italian Food you have to try Rino's in east Boston. So enclosing, we had a great time on NCL Dawn, in Bermuda and finishing off with Boston. Can not wait to do it again! Have a great Cruise ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Embarkation:  My son, daughter-in-law, husband and I got to the pier at about 10:30, dropped our luggage with a porter and went to check in. The line looked really long but only took about 10 minutes to get through it. They let people ... Read More
Embarkation:  My son, daughter-in-law, husband and I got to the pier at about 10:30, dropped our luggage with a porter and went to check in. The line looked really long but only took about 10 minutes to get through it. They let people that are platinum or gold Latitudes members or suite cruisers board first, then silver, bronze members, then everyone else. It was a little chaotic but manageable. We got on the ship, were greeted by some of the crew and the “Washy, Washy” ladies! They told us to go to the buffet on Deck 12 and that our rooms would be ready soon. We were in our seats with our food by 11:50! They announced that our rooms were ready at about 12:15. We had balcony rooms on the 9th floor. I was pleasantly surprised at the size. I expected it to be smaller. The balcony is small – 2 chairs and a small table – but I won’t cruise without a balcony again! There is plenty of room to put your clothes. We had 3 drawers and 4 big shelves along with a good amount of space to hang things. There are also a few cubbies that you can store things. The bathroom is small, especially the toilet area but you get used to it! At 3:15 we were called for the muster drill. There is a sign on your door that says where you need to go. It took about a half hour, not too bad! We roamed around the ship for a while to see where everything was. There are signs everywhere so it’s not hard to find your way. Our luggage came at two different times. The first bag arrived at about 4:30 and the second one at around 5:45 so don’t panic if your luggage doesn’t come at the same time! We were supposed to leave at 4:00 but were delayed because of Hurricane Arthur. The captain said we were going to have a rocky night which we did but it wasn’t horrible. Dining: I love that when you enter any of the restaurants, your hands are squirted with hand sanitizer (washy, washy, happy, happy!) to avoid spreading germs. We didn’t eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We only ate at the Venetian for dinner one night. It took about 2 ½ hours for that dinner because the service was so slow. We ate at the Garden Café Buffet two nights and Aqua the rest of the time. Aqua was my favorite. It had basically the same menu as the Venetian but took a lot less time. We didn’t see lobster on the menu at all but there were enough other choices to keep us happy. The only night my husband and son wore long pants was the night we went to the Venetian and they could have worn shorts that night too but it was “Dress Up (or not)” night and we chose to dress up a little bit. They did wear polo shirts every night to dinner. Ladies can wear just about anything other than a bathing suit to dinner – skirts, dresses, capris, shorts, etc! A few days we had burgers or chicken sandwiches from Bimini which were very good. Lunch at the buffet is good with a lot of different choices from soup and sandwiches or burgers to hot entrees. We had lunch at the Blue Lagoon one day too and it was great. It’s a limited menu but the chicken wings and sandwiches were very good. We had breakfast most days at the buffet because there was a lot to choose from – omelets, waffles, French toast, bacon, sausage, cereal and anything else you can think of to have for breakfast. One morning we eat at the Venetian and it was good but again, it took a long time to be served. My only problem with the food is the amount of salt in it. I have issues with fluid retention and by the end of the cruise I was having a hard time walking because my feet were so swollen. Before we go again, I’ll check to see if there is anything I can do about that. Entertainment: Entertainment was good. We saw the Band on the Run show which was really good. We missed the Luminescence show because of our 2 ½ hour dinner but heard it was very good. We also missed the magic show. The Second City Comedy Troupe was very funny. They did a skit about life on the Dawn that had everyone laughing! We played bingo one afternoon because the weather wasn’t great. We saw the Battle of the Sexes Show, the Marriage Game, and Second City Improv in the Spinnaker Lounge. They were good but very crowded. My favorite show was Elements. I was amazed at what they were able to do on stage (and above it) while the ship was rocking! We went to the White Hot Party which was fun to either join in or just watch. There were games and things to do around the pool just about every day. Getting chairs on the pool deck was an issue. If you didn’t get a chair by 9:00 at the latest, you didn’t get a chair. There were even people fighting over chairs one day. Even the places I had read would have chairs any time were full. Bermuda: We were supposed to be in Bermuda at 11:00 am on Sunday but didn’t get there until 8:00 pm because of the storm. Some of the stores at the Dockyard stayed open until 9:30 or 10 for us which was nice of them. They usually close at 6 on Sundays. Bermuda is so beautiful. We bought two day bus passes on the ship before we got to Bermuda. They let you use any bus or ferry as many times as you like for the two days. We took the ferry to St. George and saw the Unfinished Church, Tobacco Bay and St. Catherine’s Beach. We were going to see Fort St. Catherine but decided not to. It was pretty hot and very humid and we walked instead of taking the mini-bus. We took the ferry back to the Dockyard, went to the Maritime Museum and then shopped around at the rest of the stores that weren’t open the night before. The best place, in my opinion, to get t-shirts and souvenirs is Davidson’s at the Clocktower Mall. Bermuda Fudge Company has amazing fudge. We tried mango thinking there was no way we’d like it and ended up buying some! We stopped to watch the glass blowers at Bermuda Glassworks. It’s amazing to see how a tube of glass can end up being a Bermuda long tail! It would probably be best to go there first thing in the morning though. It was very hot in there when we were there. The Bermuda Rum Cake Company is in the same building. If you like rum cake, you need to go there! They have samples you can try. To me, they were all good! When we were getting back on the ship, we were greeted by the “washy, washy, happy, happy” person and given a cold cloth and a cup of cold water. After being so hot and sweaty all day, it felt amazing! The second day we were in Bermuda we took the regular public bus to Horseshoe Bay. The bus was full from the people on the ship so it didn’t make any other stops. We walked down the very steep hill to the beach. We rented chairs for $32 but got $10 back when we turned them in. So far, this is my favorite place on Earth! I love the pink sand and the rocks, the small private beaches you can get to and the snorkeling near the rocks is great. I had read that there were lockers you could rent but that wasn’t true so don’t take anything of real value with you and leave it on the beach. We spent a few hours on the beach and then paid $2 each for a mini-bus ride to the top of the hill. It was the best $2 we spent all week! We took the public bus back to the Dockyard. We didn’t do the caves or anything else because we’ve done them a few times in the past. We didn’t leave Bermuda until the next morning at 6:00 instead of 5:30 that afternoon to give people enough time to do the things they wanted to do. Watching Bermuda fading away was sad but I’m pretty sure we will be going again next year! I can’t say enough about the people that work on that ship. They were always friendly and willing to help in any way they could. A lot of them took the time to chat with us and we got to learn about where they come from. They all work extremely hard to make sure you are having a good time and that everything is the way you need it to be. There are always things that happen while on vacation but if you keep a positive attitude, you’ll have a great time!   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Our 3rd cruise from Boston to Bermuda was perfect. We travelled with a family of 6, with 2 people over 55; and 4 "kids" in their 20s. Embarkation was easy and smooth. We took advantage of free wifi in the terminal and on board . ... Read More
Our 3rd cruise from Boston to Bermuda was perfect. We travelled with a family of 6, with 2 people over 55; and 4 "kids" in their 20s. Embarkation was easy and smooth. We took advantage of free wifi in the terminal and on board . We enjoyed lunch at the Buffet as soon as we boarded. Our state rooms were very roomy. Eighth floor, obstructed portholes (not really obstructed...very good views out the large window.) We enjoyed a captan's reception with free cocktails and a sailaway barbecue. We enjoyed our dinners in the Venetian Restaurant. The food portions were much larger than before ...(too large in my opinion) and the dessert menu was too extensive! The warm chocolate volcano was amazing. All entrees were delicious (except the chicken park for some reason) Service was great. If there was a wait to be seated, we were given a coupon for a complimentary champagne or soda while we waited in the lounge with a beeper. We tried the Aqua one night, and found the service to be slower, the atmosphere was more causal and noisy, and decided to stick with the Venetian. We had professional family photos taken and they did a great job! The entertainment was ok. Second City Comedy was a favorite. The other performances were ok...something to do, but not noteworthy. The band at the pool was very talented. We took Zumba class, which was fun to do on the top deck! Also the gym was great. Our room steward was kind and polite. Once he forgot our pillow mints , and the next night left a giant pile to make up for it! One of our party had a birthday and a special cupcake was delivered to the room, with a song. So cute! At dinner, the waitstaff sang and gave a large pice of cake for our entire table. Arrival in Bermuda was on time and we disembarked quickly, by 11am. We purchased a 3 day bus/ferry pass and took the special bus to Horseshoe Bay beach. We had a bit of stormy weather , which caused us to leave sooner than we would have liked. Stores at the dockyard close at 6 pm, as they also do in Hamilton, so there was not much to do Sunday night. On Monday, we took the ferry to St. George's and walked to Tobacco Bay Beach to enjoy snorkeling and swimming. We went early, and later in the day it became crowded. Walking to nearby Fort St. Catherine, the beach was empty! Maybe 3-4 people. That evening 2 members of our party went on the Swizzle Sunset cruise and enjoyed it very much....Bars at the dockyard close at 11pm and cocktails were very expensive for tourists...they have separate menus with only huge souvenir drinks. Order off the menu; it might be cheaper. On our last day , it was back to Horseshoe Bay for a great day at the beach, swimming and wave jumping. We were back in time to browse the shops at he dockyard and get on board by 5 pm to sail away. We were told we would have some rough seas , but the navigator was a able to sail around and the water was calm like glass all the way back. We just had one day of some rocking but it was not bad at all. Advise: Bring a power strip as there is only one outlet in the room; Bring a watch; your phone won't know what time it is.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Never having been on a cruise before I was not sure what I was getting into. I have heard of the horror stories of other cruises and didn't what to get caught in one of those situations. We chose to leave out of Boston, MA so we ... Read More
Never having been on a cruise before I was not sure what I was getting into. I have heard of the horror stories of other cruises and didn't what to get caught in one of those situations. We chose to leave out of Boston, MA so we didn't have to go through the hassle of flying somewhere and having airline issues. It was just a short 2 hour drive anyway. Finding the port was easy and the boarding process was good for the most part. Only question is "Why give out boarding groups if after calling out 4 or 5 you just give everyone left the go ahead?" On board life was a great experience. Our room was great, staff was excellent and the motion of the ship didn't bother us. The land excursions were great and fairly priced except the small debate of child age pricing? Under most of the event a 13 year old was a child except for off board excursions where they were classified an adult requiring a full price. Speaking of pricing. Watch out for the hidden charges and somewhat over pricing of the SPA. If you plan on pampering yourself make sure you extra $$$$$$$ to it. Really, $129 per person just to use the SPA area i.e. swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi?? Needless to say I didn't see it being used much by anyone. You have to clone yourself if you plan on attending several events. Timing is terrible. Most of them overlap each other. Not sure on the bargain you are getting from the jewelry?? Quality seems not to be up to expectations. Bought a Bella and Rose watch and the secondary hands don't even work. Seems to be just another cheap watch of poor quality. It didn't even come with setup instructions. The land excursions were fairly priced and to suit any category. We decided to upgrade to a balcony room. Glad we did. I saw a lower level room with just a porthole window. Just let me say, "Claustrophobic". Our Steward was excellent. He entertained us with his towel animals. The food!! Well I can see how people would gain weight on a cruise if you didn't control yourself. I enjoyed the Freestyle cruising which meant that you could eat at whatever time you wanted and didn't have to "Dress Up" to go unless you wanted to. The disembarking was a joke. You could either request a specific time to exit by taking a colored luggage tag or use the "self-assist" option which apparently most do. This cause a backup line which rounded around the ship and inside twice. It took us longer to get off the ship than it do to get on? All it did was to backup the elevators since with luggage you were lucky to get two people plus bags. Speaking of elevators. How are these things programmed? You were see an elevator coming up yet it would NOT stop at your floor even after pressing the button?? I regress. I thing the "self-assist" departure should be eliminated to speed up the departure process. But that's just me. Over all we enjoyed our first cruise to Bermuda. The country was beautiful and the people friendly. The weather cooperated and was lovely. Yes, we have already began discussing our next cruise to Alaska. Happy Cruising!!!! Until Next Time... Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our first time on a cruise for my wife and I so we had no point of reference or preset expectations of what to expect and were a little apprehensive of what we were getting ourselves into too say the least. The Boston - Bermuda ... Read More
This was our first time on a cruise for my wife and I so we had no point of reference or preset expectations of what to expect and were a little apprehensive of what we were getting ourselves into too say the least. The Boston - Bermuda cruise was booked only 2 weeks out when the price for a balcony suite cabin dropped substantially and looked to be good value for money and also very convenient for us with embarkation from Boston, MA. The thought was if it was a disaster cruise then we hadn't wasted too much of our hard earned money on the vacation. Our cabin was located starboard side aft on deck 10. On board the Norwegian Dawn we had a lot families and young adults (recent high school and college graduates), so as you could imagine there was a lot of late night party activity, particularly around the Oasis pool deck. This was really no different to any vacation resort location so it didn't overly perturb us, the ship is more than large enough to find plenty of quite areas to hang out. In general the passengers were from a broad cross section of society with the majority from New England and the Northeast, including a splattering of "Jersey Shore" types in the flesh. The ship had plenty of restaurants, pubs, entertainment, show productions and activities on board to keep you occupied day and night. Some more experienced cruise passengers mentioned they didn't like the freestyle dining of NCL and preferred the traditional set time and table. We found the freestyle cruising very flexible. If we wanted a guaranteed table in a particular restaurant we simply made a reservation a day or so earlier, otherwise you can just wing it and try your luck. I will say we never ate in the Garden Cafe buffet, it was always busy and seemed to have that fatty cafeteria smell all the time. Instead for a breakfast buffet or light lunch we used the Blue Lagoon restaurant, it was always quite. We used almost all the specialty restaurants on board. However, the La Cucina restaurant was located next to Gatbys Champagne Wine Bar. Unfortunately, to get to La Cucina you have to pass through the smoked filled air coming from the Havana Club cigar room and the Casino. We opted to pass on eating there for that reason. We would highly recommend Cagney's Steakhouse, Bamboo, and the Sushi Bar though. As we are non-smokers it was disappointing to know that passengers were allowed to smoke on the cabin balconies, in the casino and at various deck locations. Unfortunately, for us the neighboring cabins had smokers and the wafting of cigarette smoke onto our aft balcony made sitting out there unpleasant. In my opinion smoking of any form on board cruise ships should be banned, it is both a fire and health hazard to passengers and crew alike. However, I'm pleased to hear that NCL will introduce a non-smoking policy on board their ships (cabin balconies) in November 2014, but not soon enough or extensive enough I say. Our experience with the crew was that they were all very friendly and would go out of their way to help and keep passengers happy. I'm sorry to say that I witnessed a few demanding passengers with a tone of voice to the crew to be abysmal and condescending. Some passengers need to follow the mantra of treating others as you would want to be treated yourself. Pointers: These may seem like silly pointers but for first time cruisers could be helpful... If you print out the on-line NCL luggage labels at home, double side tape them with cello-tape and attach them to your luggage. When you arrive at the Cruise terminal at Boston just drop your labelled luggage with the identified porters. You can then walk directly on board the ship without having to wait in the line (that many passengers were doing) to label your luggage. Once your luggage arrives at your cabin you can store your luggage under the bed. The ice bucket in your cabin is refilled twice a day (took us three days to notice!). Prices for drinks are about the same as you would pay at your local drinking establishment on shore, maybe even cheaper, beers were around $5-$6, cocktails $6-$9 on average. We didn't purchase the drink package and feel you would probably have to drink a lot (6-10 drinks/day) to break even. There are no irons or ironing board in the cabins so fold your clothes carefully to avoid creasing them. If you need too you can have your clothes pressed by the ships laundry service for a charge. Recommendations: If you don't want to have lots of children and young adults on board and probably a more mature passenger group I would recommend sailing outside of the school holiday period, such as in May, September or October. A local Bermudian told us that May is a particularly pretty time to visit with the spring flowering taking place. Summary: I would highly recommend the 7-day Bermuda cruise as there is no time pressure to race off the ship as you are in port for 3 days. The Bermudians are all laid back and friendly so no one will hassle you when on shore. Also look at going outside the summer holidays as it is also a little cooler and the sun isn't so intense in those months. Cruises are extremely good value for money, you would be hard pressed to find a better value vacation. If you haven't cruised before do yourself a favor and try it out, we are already planning to cruise with NCL again to Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My family and I went on the July 18-25, 2014 cruise to Bermuda. My parents had a balcony room and me and my 2 sisters had an inside room on deck 11. My parents had taken this cruise before but this was a first for me and my sisters. Since ... Read More
My family and I went on the July 18-25, 2014 cruise to Bermuda. My parents had a balcony room and me and my 2 sisters had an inside room on deck 11. My parents had taken this cruise before but this was a first for me and my sisters. Since we live in MA we didn't need to fly to a port. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We were able to get into our rooms by 12:30pm. The inside room is small but since we weren't there a lot, it worked great for us. Since our parents had a balcony room we were able to enjoy their view often. Our steward Gusti was great. Answered any questions we had and greeted us whenever we saw him. The food was very good too. We had most of our meals in the Venetian. There was variety and delicious choices. We got to try food we never had before. The service was great and it is a beautiful restaurant. We had a few different servers but enjoyed our time with Miro the best. We searched him out whenever possible and he would always stop by to see us and answer any questions we had about the food, even when he wasn't our waiter. I had read some tips prior to cruising and one was go to the Venetian on embarkation day because many people go directly to the buffet. That was excellent advice, we were seating and served right away. I would recommend making reservations especially for the last couple nights because they book up early. We also attending the Murder Mystery Lunch. There is a fee for the lunch but well worth the entertainment you get. We had lots of fun there. The coffee was strong, we enjoyed getting coffee from the "coffeeologist" look for him in the Garden Buffet. At the pool we met an awesome waitress Irene! She learned our names right away and greeting us throughout the cruise. She told us about the Pub Hop which we attended. Highly recommend that for meeting people and lots of fun! It happens twice while at sea. Big Ben made that experience great fun. In Bermuda we went on 4 excursions. They were all fabulous. We did the Day at the Beach at Snorkel Beach, the Horseshoe Bay Beach excursion, the Gosling's Sunset Cruise and the Bermuda Triangle Snorkel cruise. We bought some Gosling's rum on the sunset cruise and it was delivered to our room the night before we disembarked. We also did some shopping. We really liked the rum cakes and glass blowing store. There were also lot of options in the clock tower mall. Our Cruise Critics group met for a meet and greet and were also given a tour of the bridge. Definitely recommend joining a role call and attending events with people in the group. It was so nice to see people I knew throughout the cruise. At night we spent a lot of time in the Pearly Kings Pub. Look for the bartender who calls himself "Chips Ahoy" he is entertaining and quite the character. Karaoke can be found there most nights. Chips Ahoy will offer trivia too while you are sitting at the bar. He has a great laugh, check it out for sure! Disembarkation was slow. We thought luggage tags were going to be delivered to our cabins but you actually pick them up yourself in the Grand Atrium the last day of cruising right outside of the Pearly King. Because we didn't find out until the end of the day we did not have a choice in the time we wanted to leave. Read your daily newsletters that your steward leaves in your room. That is where the directions were found. You can also plan your activities for the next day. I would recommend bringing a clock (none in the room), a flashlight, a watch, bandaids (although you can get them from the information desk, they weren't the best quality), an underwater camera, sweater/sweatshirt (it can get cold in the air conditioned areas), a travel mug for coffee (their cups are small), and extra bags to bring home you souvenirs. I would definitely take this cruise again! Try everything! It is so much fun and you will meet lots of new friends! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I have taken this sailing several times before. This was the first time I was able to see how handicapped are handled as my 97 year old grandmother travelled with us using her wheelchair (sometimes scooter). I was disappointed initially ... Read More
I have taken this sailing several times before. This was the first time I was able to see how handicapped are handled as my 97 year old grandmother travelled with us using her wheelchair (sometimes scooter). I was disappointed initially with how gram's wheelchair was handled with the staff. The staff in the dining rooms seemed put out by having to work around or deal with her chair. As the week progressed, it became a little more "accepted" and convenient getting to the tables and storing her chair/scooter. The staff in the Blue Lagoon went above and beyond to help gram. She would go there for breakfast in the morning and they would get her food from the buffet for her. I think the only other disappointment of the sailing was how little I saw of the hotel director, Alain. I do understand that he was transferring his position during this week though. He was leaving the ship when we did. On previous sailings, I have become accustomed to seeing the hotel director often and everywhere. Now on to the MANY things I did enjoy... Cruise Director Armen was great! He was visible and participated in events/activities during the week. He seemed very approachable and very friendly. Exactly what I would hope for in a CD. Executive Chef Noriel made our cruise so enjoyable. I was able to speak with him several times over the week. He always had a smile and helped us plan where to eat and when. lol My fiance inquired about the lack of cold soups on any menus anymore. Chef Noriel proceeded to put chilled watermelon soup on the buffet the next day!!!! Absolutely made my fiance's day! Magician Christian was thoroughly entertaining. I would watch his show every night if it was an option! The cruise director's staff was fantastic at the various activities. Leslie, Big Ben, Shelly, Bianca and Joey were so fun to spend time with doing activities. I personally am not a fan of Bingo, but I went with my grandmother to each session, and the CD Staff made it tolerable for me (that's a huge compliment for bingo!). Leslie was my favorite trivia leader and Joey was funny in the pub crawl (and everything he did). My cabin steward was Putu... he was the best cabin steward I have had in several sailings. I know they are all friendly, but Putu just seemed more genuine to me. He gave us fantastic towel animals (sometimes twice a day!!!). Finally, I found Captain Martin was one of the friendliest Captains I have had the opportunity to chat with. He was even kind enough to come down to a lower level to take pictures with my grandmother who was unable to get up to his location. Wonderful! I love this itinerary so much, I do it whenever I get the chance. This crew made it enjoyable, thank you NCL! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Recently on the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda, in a suite for the 1st time. My wife and I ( our 4th cruise)and our 2 adult daughters ( their 2nd cruise) travelled on this cruise for our 1st family vacation since June,2008 (cruise to Alaska). ... Read More
Recently on the Dawn, Boston to Bermuda, in a suite for the 1st time. My wife and I ( our 4th cruise)and our 2 adult daughters ( their 2nd cruise) travelled on this cruise for our 1st family vacation since June,2008 (cruise to Alaska). Arrived in Boston late afternoon Wednesday and planned on sightseeing on Thursday ( arghh!! rained all day). We hopped onboard a trolley to see what we could and to try to stay dry too. Would love to see more of Boston in good weather. Arranged for a pickup from our hotel to the cruiseport on Friday. Breezed thru check-in and waited 30 minutes in the special waiting room for priority embarkation before being escorted onto the Dawn. Delivered our things to our SJ suite and proceeded to the Venetian main dining room for lunch ( quiet and peaceful versus buffet).We prefer to start our cruises this way instead of helterskelter, lol We were in SJ suite 12018 ( awesome room for a family or 4-5 adults) and soon were contacted by our butler (Mark Santos) and room steward ( Carlos Ipapo). What a week with those 2 and in a fabulous room too. On Sunday, we toured Bermuda by blue-flagged taxi . A great way to see as much as possible on our 1st trip to Bermuda when a lot of places are closed for the day. Our driver allowed us some time in St Georges, Horseshoe Bay beach, Gibbs Hill lighthouse, Fort Scaur and stopped several times for photo opps and to pick up some sea glass. On Monday, we rode the ferry to Hamilton to explore and the busses to Horseshoe Bay and back to the dockyard area. Shopped and walked around a lot of Hamilton. On Tuesday, we stayed around the dockyard until time to board the Dawn to leave for home. We had a fabulous time on this cruise and plan to return in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We are a couple, in our late 50s/early 60s. This was our 5th cruise on NCL. We are mostly loyal to NCL so we are now Platinum Latitudes level (their highest level). EMBARKATION We arrived by taxi (approximately 11:00 am) and were in the ... Read More
We are a couple, in our late 50s/early 60s. This was our 5th cruise on NCL. We are mostly loyal to NCL so we are now Platinum Latitudes level (their highest level). EMBARKATION We arrived by taxi (approximately 11:00 am) and were in the sitting area reserved for suites in minutes. This area seemed more uncomfortable and the chairs more crowded together than on our cruises in the past. But we weren't there too long: we were on the ship and eating by the pool within 30 minutes. Luggage arrived right before the muster drill. SHIP This is the second ship we have taken in this class of ship (Dawn Class). The first was the STAR. Even though the STAR was the older ship of the two, I think they got more things right on the STAR. If any of this review sounds critical of the DAWN it may be more from comparison to STAR than anything actually lacking on DAWN. DAWN is a beautiful ship, and easy to get around. The Grand Atrium is picture perfect. There is no problem getting a deck chair in the sun. Abundant dining options. Enjoyable choices for entertainment or music steps away. Friendly, smiling, hardworking employees. Clean and cared for. What's not to love? FOOD We took a light breakfast on the balcony every day so cannot comment on breakfast dining venues. Lunch was either in the buffet or at Cagneys. I think NCL has a nice buffet. I am always tempted by the pizza. We went back several times to refresh our supply of Swedish meatballs. Lunch at Cagneys is a nice perk if you want time away from the bustle. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants (as a Platinum Latitudes perk). La Cucina: Fast becoming our favorite restaurant on the ship. Didn't disappoint on STAR, maybe even better on DAWN. Osso Bucco is rarely on a menu in our hometown, so we have no choice, it has to be ordered. Delicious. Moderno: Waste of time. It is with a sad heart that I say this. We LOVE Brazillian rodizio and go to one in most every city we visit. We chose Moderno for our anniversary dinner on EPIC. On EPIC it is a beautiful restaurant (in a devoted room with ambience and artwork). The meats were prepared perfectly. The grilled pineapple -- OMG -- keep it coming! The waiters tied our hands together and sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (beautifully), the salad bar was immense. On DAWN (and actually on the STAR too), the experience was the exact opposite (insert "Price is Right" loser music here). Free dining: Venetian and Aqua. No difference between them that we detect. Short waits with pager. No problem. Food was good. Desserts were all good. Blue Lagoon: dreadful on the STAR, thought we would give it a 2nd chance because people seem to enjoy it in reviews. On the DAWN, with the exception of the wings, don't bother. Save the calories for something else. FITNESS Equipment works. TVs work. Lots of activities. ENTERTAINMENT Usually we see every show. This time we only saw Tim Kominski (comedian), Second City, and the magician. Tim Kominski -- funny, clean comedy. Uses a lot of audience participation. We enjoyed his afternoon encore show better than the evening show. Second City -- when we first saw them on Pride of America (our first cruise) they were hilarious. They have been on every single NCL ship since then. With some of the same skits (how many times will they perform the blow up doll gag?). I had the lowest of expectations this last time, but was still disappointed. NCL, if you are reading this, I am begging you, please stop having Second City as evening entertainment. They aren't funny anymore. Magician -- extremely talented. We watched from the balcony on the side and still couldn't see how he was doing some of these tricks. If he amped up the showmanship he could be awesome. We passed on the rest of the shows. Seen them on previous NCL cruises. Instead listened to music. That is the disadvantage of being Platinum Latitudes -- the shows start becoming repetitive on similar sized ships. If NCL values repeat customers this should be a consideration. MUSIC Patti and Jose -- Very popular in reviews. The first night Patti might have had a bad night because she hit some sour notes that had us both wincing. We both agreed Jose would be better without her. As nights went on she was a lot better. Then what started bothering us about them was that they spent so much time "selling" their next night's show instead of just singing. They would even say to people that they couldn't sing a requested song because it was in another night's playlist. Just sing already! Ariel -- he did some tribute music. The tributes were intended for an even older crowd than us, but we enjoyed him nonetheless. Good music is good music, no matter which era it is from, and he had a lot of talent. Gatsbys can get very loud, but people tended to listen instead of talk. Compton -- he changed off between piano and guitar. He had talent too, but it got lost somewhere. Maybe his sound system isn't as good, or he doesn't have the confidence to command an audience yet, but people talked so loud you forgot he was even there. SERVICE Lots of bests: Best concierge -- John D'Sousa. We had several small issues that he handled with pleasure. He was friendly and nice from day one. He is changing to a ship out of Seattle after this. A concierge past made us feel like a bother, nuisance and not worthy of her time (Ruth, and we had her twice {EPIC and BREAKAWAY}). Here's hoping she isn't on the GETAWAY when we go in September. Best cruise director -- Arwen. I had never filled out a comment card for a Cruise Director before this. Normally they are all over the top in some way -- too "on". Arwen got the same things accomplished in a slightly classier way. He's a Seattle boy. He was brand new to the ship and handled it with ease. Best Captain to talk with. Funny guy. DEMOGRAPHICS Late May ending early June itinerary so few children. Mostly an older demographic. CABIN The cabin is nice sized. The balcony is on the smaller side, wide enough but not very deep. It provided 2 loungers and a small table. A large part of what we enjoy about a cruise is the balcony. We eat breakfast out there most days (however, you have the option of eating breakfast and lunch at Cagneys as a suite guest if you prefer). Comfortable bed. You can request any kind of pillow you want. We choose a memory foam pillow. Espresso machine. Basket of fresh flowers. Fruit bowl refreshed daily. Afternoon treats delivered. Wine and treats waiting for you on arrival day. Suite guests get a mixer with the Captain. Of course towel animals. Nice separate vanity area with drawers and cubbies. Decent hair dryer. Full length mirror on closet door. Closet can be accessed from the front and back sides. Tub/shower combo. Deep tub (bath salts provided; no jets). Shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, bar soap, and body moisturizer provided. Table for dining. Small coffee table. Couch in corner that can become a bed. A big umbrella. Would have liked to have gone on the behind the scenes tour (free as a Platinum Latitudes perk) but it was offered at 1:00 on the only full day in Bermuda. BERMUDA Our first time with bad luck weather-wise on a cruise. Sunday arrival. Some things are closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly. We bought a 3-day ferry/bus pass. Walked around the Wharf waiting for the next Hamilton ferry, then just went to Bonefish (not the chain from U.S.) for a bottle of wine and appetizer to wait out a rainstorm. Monday was St. George's. We took the guided walking tour (interesting), saw the wench get dunked, had conch fritters and Swizzles, then walked to Fort Catherine, and beyond, returning to town. Spectacular walk. The water is so turquoise. There are nice little coves with people swimming. Because it was overcast the weather was perfect. Full sun made it too hot. Tuesday rainy. We didn't even get off the ship. BOSTON ( post cruise) The main reason we took this particular cruise was the departure from Boston. We had never been before. Rich history (history lovers). Delicious food. But beware, drivers and pedestrians alike are maniacs. We were the odd-balls actually waiting for the walk signal. During our driving trips we came upon two separate accidents that had JUST happened, on the same day. I was gasping and yelping so often I ended up staring straight out the *side* window to quit reacting. Overall we had an enjoyable time, as usual. But, for the first time, I didn't leave the ship this time wishing I was getting right on another one. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Norwegian Dawn Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.5 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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