3 Norwegian Dawn Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gents !Let me begin by saying, that I am a very experienced cruiser and the young age of 31 !  In fact, each summer 7 of my friends and I have cruised on various cruise lines for 7 to 9 nights.  We have been on ... Read More
Good Afternoon Ladies and Gents !Let me begin by saying, that I am a very experienced cruiser and the young age of 31 !  In fact, each summer 7 of my friends and I have cruised on various cruise lines for 7 to 9 nights.  We have been on HOlland America (1), Royal Caribbeans Voyager Class Ships (5), Carnival (2) and now Norwegian (1). This trip of 2 nights was supposed to be a two night getaway being that we are all now engaged or married and we needed a 'guys' getaway to party and let loose.  First off, the boat was magnificent.  Clean and just very well designed.  Main rooms throughout the boat were always lively and just kept clean.   WE had a balcony room that was nice, alittle cramped compared to RCC, but overall very suitable. IN fact, the bathroom was more spacious than any Voyager Class's ships D1-D3 category Stateooms (which is nice). Thats where the compliments End.  The staff was utterly rude and just obscene.  I am a young guy and trust me when I say I don't try to EVER be critical when I vacation. I'm not a typical blogger that just comes on to criticize but they were really just rude.  Norwegians Freestyle means that you pay for every little thing. It is not really an all inclusive type deal as with other cruise lines.  Even for an extra bath towel our room attendant asked us for $10.  Never in 10 years of cruising have I ever been asked for that. The promenade level buffet had awful cold food.  RCC has hot food, a SUPREMELY large variety of food and the service to refill used pans was there to restock.  Norwegian had basically only Hot dogs, stall cold cuts, pizza and cold burger meat.  This is not an exaggeration. That was it. When asked to get new buns (b/c the ones in there were all broken)...the person behind the counter said they'd do that in due time and then just continued to stare at us while we had no bun !!  This is no joke...we were shocked. On top of each restaurant charging from $15 to $25 to sit down and eat, the gym charged $20 if you wanted to lay down and relax.  It was rainy outside.  Nobody was in the gym, they had 20 lounge chairs available and I decided I wanted to just close my eyes and relax before the the night partying began.  Well, this British lady came over and said I'd have to pay $20 to sit there and when I explained it was rainy outside and there was nowhere to lay down, she told me to 'GET OUT'.  Keep in mind, I was minding my business and just napping. I could see if it was there policy and they had 21 guests lined up for the 20 free chairs.  But it was EMPTY. So basically, Norweigian policy is to have 20 free chairs and kick out guest even when its rainy outside instead of trying to help them make the best of it. The nights were fun, very young crowd, lots of dancing and just a good time. Good DJ etc... but the club itself is nothing like RCC's boats atmosphere or even Carnivals really trendy club atmosphere !!All in all, we had a good time b/c of the night time partying.  But when you do a cruise, your looking for an all inclusive except for liquor and spa etc.. or the occasional high end meal you can pay for.  This boat charged for everything and came off more as a hotel than a cruise ship.  Very petty, rude and I will NEVER EVER again travel or suggest them for my friends.  I typically am the person who organizes these trips and we will never do it again with them.IN fact, we just booked a 7 night out of Rome later in the year on Royal Caribbean. So my advice, don't pay for something that you end up having unexpected later costs for .  Pay it up front and go on a nicer boat, with nicer service, GREAT food and better nightlife....go on Royal Caribbean or Carnival. Thats marketing etc...its just the truth !Sc Read Less
Sail Date May 2009
I took the one night cruise to nowhere on the Dawn Sept 1st 2007. Norwegian will be running this cruise to nowhere on the Norwegian Spirit every Sat in Sept and October. This is the first time I had cruised with NCL, previously I've ... Read More
I took the one night cruise to nowhere on the Dawn Sept 1st 2007. Norwegian will be running this cruise to nowhere on the Norwegian Spirit every Sat in Sept and October. This is the first time I had cruised with NCL, previously I've been on RCCL 3 times. I had a good time for the night and it was a great value for a day trip and a night over, but I was a little disappointed. The last cruise I took was on RCCL's Explorer of the Seas. I took it from Miami but its since taken up residency at Port Liberty, NJ, one of the NYC area ports. The Explorer has a rock climbing wall, the indoor adult pool/jacuzzi area, an ice skating rink, and an indoor mall (Promenade) with high ceilings that gave the ship a very open feel. The Promenade also helps you locate your room as you can tell what you're nearest to in the promenade. RCCL also tosses in sculptures in the hallways to help orient you to your room. I was only on the Dawn for one day and can't give a complete review but I did notice quite a few points that would make me hesitant to book a 7 day cruise. The only indoor pool is a small lap pool located in the spa. There are also 2 jacuzzis there and most of the guests don't know its there, so it isn't crowded and is very enjoyable. I did enjoy the indoor pool area on the Explorer, and I found the dawn lacking here. It was nice that the dawn has a separate kiddie pool area which attracts young children away from the main pool. It was a beautiful day, but during inclement weather the main pool would be a real let down. Being there only one day and night I had trouble locating my room, there don't seem to be any obvious landmarks/sculptures to recognize. The floors are clearly marked, but it seems like every floor has the same Andy Warhol print at the staircase. The food was pretty good and creative, but I am told that the pay extra restaurants are well worth it. I went with 4 friends for one night and freestyle worked for me, but I'm not sure I would care for it on a longer cruise. The grand 3 level ballrooms I'm accustomed to on RCCL are really a sight to be seen and while sitting with strangers can be awkward, I rather enjoy meeting new people. The last cruise on the explorer I made 2 friends at my table that made the trip all the more enjoyable. Also, the cruise crowd took advantage of the freestyle concept and some guests were inappropriately dressed for dinner. I'm not one for suits, but I saw quite a few in t shirts and jeans. I had a good time, but I think I've been spoiled by my experiences on RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
My wife and I decided were suffering from cruise withdrawal and decided to book a one night cruise to nowhere on the Norwegian Dawn. We had never been on an NCL line (most of our cruises have been on Carnival), so we were looking forward ... Read More
My wife and I decided were suffering from cruise withdrawal and decided to book a one night cruise to nowhere on the Norwegian Dawn. We had never been on an NCL line (most of our cruises have been on Carnival), so we were looking forward to discovering something different with this one night getaway. We drove to New York City (only about a 45 minute drive) and parked across the street from the pier. Once inside the terminal, we saw lines everywhere and it seems those working the piers didn't care about people's concerns. There was a sign posted saying boarding would start at 12:45. Everything went fairly quickly as we were on the ship by 1:30. The ship is smaller than those I have been on in the past (very narrow hallways). We went to our cabin, dropped off our luggage and went over the map of the ship (always a good idea). We then went to the Lido deck where the masses were running for food and trying to find tables. After the life jacket drill (something that went a lot smoother than most other cruise lines we'd been on), went to the Lido Deck for the Deck Party send-off. Thousands of people were gathered there for drinks and the bar-b-q party, so we went to the back of the ship (lots less people). After going under the Verrazano Bridge, went to get dressed for dinner. We would up at the Venetian Restaurant. We were seated and asked if we wanted wine. Told the hostess no, but would like drinks. The bartender(s) never came to our table, so we had water with dinner. Even asking the waiter (Reinaldo, who was fabulous) to have the bartenders come to our table, they didn't. Food portions were very small, so order two or more if you're hungry. After dinner, went to do some more exploring and found ourselves at the Casino. Very small and not very "giving" (especially the slots). Too many people crowded around the penny, nickle and quarter machines. Decided to look at the photos and purchased a few to take home with us. The show (Bollywood) was very crowded. We decided not to stay because people were on top of each other. Went to the gift shop and looked around. People kept saying "buy all you want because there is no customs to worry about". Would have done that except the prices weren't that great. Finally went back to our cabin and prepared for a nice quiet night. The beds are very comfortable and the rocking is a great feeling. I got up on Sunday morning and watched as the ship made its way back into the NY Harbor. Woke up my family and went to the Lido Deck for breakfast. Too many people hit the first line they saw rather than move toward the front of the ship (which by the way had an omelette station that the others did not). We gathered our belongings and were off the ship by 8:30. I would recommend the Dawn for a quick get-away, but not quite sure about long trips. The Good -- Wait Staff, Muster Drill. The Bad -- Pools & Hot Tubs close early, small food portions. The Ugly -- Too Many People! Read Less
Sail Date May 2006
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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