2 Norwegian Dawn Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

We've sailed on several other cruise lines and decided to try NCL on their cruise to nowhere out of Tampa. The ship itself was beautiful and clean. We opened our cabin to find old soda bottles that had been refilled with water still ... Read More
We've sailed on several other cruise lines and decided to try NCL on their cruise to nowhere out of Tampa. The ship itself was beautiful and clean. We opened our cabin to find old soda bottles that had been refilled with water still in our cabin. We never met/saw a steward... not a big deal because we're not high maintenance, but a notable difference from the other cruise lines. The food on the buffet was ok. It was often out of food (ex. ran out of bacon, fruit trays were empty, etc.) and not refilled. We decided to go to the 24 hour Blue Lagoon for breakfast. We were seated and sat for 20 minutes without an acknowledgement that we were there. The passengers next to us had cruised the Dawn previously and said the service the year before was excellent but it was horrible this trip. A woman at a different table said she finally got up and got her own water. We finally walked out. The dining room meals were better; however, it took 2.5 hours to get through dinner. A lot of the staff did not look happy to be there. Our cabin was on the 8th floor aft right over Spinnaker's Lounge. I could enjoy the disco without having to leave my room! :o) Overall NCL made a very poor first impression. With all the competition for cruising, we feel the other lines offer a better value, better experience, and better service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Food was shocking. Tasteless and boring. Service in the Garden was bad with employees talking among themselves. The cruise director was irritating and love the sound of his own voice on the PA system. The shore excursion director Jenni ... Read More
Food was shocking. Tasteless and boring. Service in the Garden was bad with employees talking among themselves. The cruise director was irritating and love the sound of his own voice on the PA system. The shore excursion director Jenni was only concerned in getting you into shops and told nothing of attractions in shore destinations. Her briefing in the Stardust was as though she were addressing children. This was the worst I have experienced in 30 years of cruising. The crew were sullen and unfriendly. The Captain was rarely seen and hardly gave a smile unless you paid an exorbitant sum to be photographed with him. The shore excursions were a giant rip off. Overpriced and boring. I went on an excursion to see the Titanic history. Most of the time the guide blabbered about other events and when I asked to see the Jewish graves, he said the cemetery was closed. When we drove past, the gates were wide open. We were dumped into the museum and no guide provided to give us some orientation except to tell us where the gift shop was. The shore excursions were designed to get passengers in and out of as many tourist traps as possible. The restaurants suggested by Jenni were of poor quality and overpriced. I will never ever sail on NCL again. The Star to Alaska was stellar. This was a piaster. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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