Norwegian Dawn

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  • Norwegian Dawn To Bermuda, A Smashing, Cracker-Jack Good Time!!

    Jul 27, 2009 by popsrocks is a Lead on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Overall excellent.
    Cons: not too much worth noting.

    Summary: My wife and I enjoyed our second Norwegian cruise departing from New York City. Last time it was the Norwegian Gem to the Bahamas. This time we boarded the Norwegian Dawn to Bermuda. We did have a "A Smashing, Cracker-Jack Good Time!!", words repeated by ... read more

  • Very Disappointed with NCL and the Ship

    Jul 3, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Bermuda was beautiful
    The Child Care Center people were nice
    Some of the staff were very friendly
    Cons: Our Suite was a disgrace
    Some of the staff were incompentent
    We were lied too

    Summary: Myself and my family were very excited to start our vacation but from the very beginning the Dawn disappointed us. We got to our room and found the windows to be leaking badly.  This was a rather expensive Penthouse Suite and from what I understand ... read more

  • NCL Dawn - Boston to Bermuda - 2011

    Jun 25, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Lots of food and activities.
    Cons: Rooms, Poor customer servive, Censorship

    Summary:  My main beef with NCL is that they give arbitrary free room upgrades with no consideration as to how much you paid for a cruise. I booked a cruise on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda in June of 2011. I wanted a large window room but was told ... read more

  • Norwegian Dawn-Adrift in the Caribbean!

    Dec 7, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fabulous Ship...when it is running!
    Cons: NCL!

    Summary: You are, no doubt, aware of the basic facts, i.e. that the Norwegian Dawn lost power at sea on the 27th. November, when it was on its return journey to Miami, and was forced to dock at Puerto Rico whereupon all guests were, progressively, flown the ... read more

  • Great Family Cruise!

    Mar 30, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Freestyle dining and attire. Beautiful ship, friendly staff.
    Cons: Outdoor pool, restaurant cover charges.

    Summary: This was our first cruise. We chose NCL, because of the freestyle aspect. We took the 7 day, Bahama, Bermuda, itinerary, out of N.Y. - on the Dawn. Our daughter was 3 yrs. old at the time. Her temperament was still quite unpredictable, and an ... read more

  • TERRIBLE Experience - Do not waste your valuable vacation with NCL!

    Mar 28, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ports of Call -
    Embarkation process
    Entertainment OK
    Cons: Terrible service
    Unfriendly
    Cheesy
    Lousy food
    Dismbarkation terrible
    Cruise director is a phoney used car salesman

    Summary: We just returned from a 7 day Eastern Caribbean trip aboard the Norweigan Dawn and it was the worst cruise we have been on so far (4 now). I'm pretty sure that most of the positive reviews were written by a staffer of NCL - read them and make up ... read more

  • Worst Cruise ever!

    Dec 27, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good hand sanitation.
    Nice gym
    Cons: Food, room, staff.  Read above comments.  It was the worst cruise ever.

    Summary: This was our 10th Caribbean cruise, the first on Norwegian and the last on Norwegian.  It started with the booking.  I booked the cruise on the Norwegian Dawn for the cruise that started on December 6, 2008 and the following day the cruiseline ... read more

  • Fun at Sea & Bermuda

    Nov 24, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A very friendly crew, a beautiful ship 
    Cons: NYC  traffic to get to Terminal from Newark Airport

    Summary: Up at 3AM to pack dress & get to airport for 6AM flight. Continental was very welcoming, took luggage as computer stated & gave us coupons for a FREE cocktail. Plane was a sell out to Newark, no one on Dawn's cruise that we talked to. Arrived in ... read more

  • Perfect Getaway

    Oct 28, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service, Free-style cruising
    Cons: None - the cruise was awesome

    Summary: We cruised last year on the Norwegian Dawn and it was our first time cruising.  We sailed up to Canada and New England at the end of Septmeber for 11 days.  It was one of the best experiences ever.We stayed in a romance suite which is ... read more

  • Family Freestyle Cruising on the Norwegian Dawn

    Sep 6, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Freedom of choice with everything!
    Cons: Upcharges at specialty restaurants could be a con. Photo Gallery is expensive.

    Summary: Our family loves cruising and we just returned from our third family cruise, on Nowegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn. We were two adults and two children (ages 10 and 7) and we traveled with another family, two adults and four children. We have ... read more

  • Norwegian Dawn/Sailed August 17, 2008

    Aug 26, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Cagney's Restaurant, a $20 cover per person but a must! Best food on ship!
    Cons: Unfriendly and unattentive staff, mediocre food.

    Summary: I am going to try and keep this review short and not so sweet. This was our first cruise, we traveled from New York to Bermuda (7 days). My husband and I have two children, a 7 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. Our children loved the cruise, they ... read more

  • Norwegian Dawn-8/3/08

    Aug 16, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean Cabins, Comfortable Beds
    Cons: Food, Staff, Tender

    Summary: This review may be lengthy, but I wanted to warn people off this ship before they waste their hard earned money. My wife and I sailed on the NCL Dawn from New York to Bermuda on August 3, 2008 and returned August 10, 2008 along with eight of our ... read more

  • So good we keep going back

    Aug 8, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Comfortable accommodations, great restaurants.
    Cons: The pool area can sometimes be very loud.

    Summary: In three weeks we will be sailing on the Norwegian Dawn for the 3rd time. We cruise once a year and have flip flopped between Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. The Norwegian has provided us with excellent service and comfortable accommodations. We always ... read more

  • Cruise to Bermuda June 8, 2008

    Jun 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Choice of Restaurants was superb.
    Cons: Gained at least five pounds from eating so much wonderful food.

    Summary: Our cruise on the Norwegian Dawn was amazing. I would give it a five star rating. The freestyle concept is awesome and truly allows you to do what you want, when you want. NCL had a wonderful touch on embarkation day by providing a glass of champagne ... read more

  • Dawn out of NY

    Dec 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful ship, fun movie theater, overall the pros outweigh the cons
    Cons: Auto tipping, freestyle dining

    Summary: The Dawn is a pretty ship with an almost Asian decor in some main areas. This trip was my first experience with the Freestyle Dining that some of the Norwegian ships offer. In theory the idea of eating whenever you want as opposed to set times is ... read more

  • It could have been better

    Dec 3, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: beautifully decorated, stateroom was roomy
    Cons: hours of operation of the Kid's Crew, embarkation a nightmare

    Summary: We are a family of 4 seasoned cruisers. My children are 5 and 2. This was our first NCL cruise with freestyle dining. We were on the Nov 18, 2007 Thanksgiving cruise. Embarkation in Miami was slow and uncomfortable. They don't seem to be as ... read more

  • We had a wonderful time

    Sep 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Rooms, Service, freestyle dining,and Staff
    Cons: entertainment can be better

    Summary: We went in April 2005, and that was time of the big Storm they had, and our room was one that was damaged. They gave us another room and a $200.00 credit. We had an awesome time. Yes the entertainment can be a little better, but all in all it was still a ... read more

  • The Norwegian Dawn was a huge disappointment.

    Aug 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The waiters and staff were nice. Leaving from NY was a plus.
    Cons: Food not up to par compared to other cruise lines.

    Summary: This is my 10th cruise and I never had to pay for a decent meal on a ship. The food was inedible, either too spicy or salty and could not be ordered plain, without sauces. The food in the specialty restaurants were good, but I paid for an all inclusive ... read more

  • It was so enjoyable, we're doing an NCL Cruise next year!

    Sep 8, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good enough to do it again.
    Cons: Cruisers who think only about themselves

    Summary: We sailed on the Dawn this past June from New York to Bermuda, Nassau, and the Great Stirrup Cay (an NCL private island in the Bahamas). Despite the mixed weather (you get what you get), we had an absolutely wonderful time. We had a stateroom with a ... read more

  • Big disappointment

    Jun 14, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: entertainment good, didn't have to fly, embarkation/disembarkation fast
    Cons: food, service, cleanliness, too many days at sea, almost everything!

    Summary: To start, let me give you my background cruising. This was my 6th cruise and I have been on Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival and Disney. This was my first Norwegian and my first out of New York. The one good thing about cruising out of New York ... read more

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