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Norwegian Dawn is the first cruise we have taken in a number of years, so I cannot compare to other competing cruises but only those in the past.

We did not take any excursions, so also cannot comment on missed
sightseeing opportunities. Itinerary for those staying in ports is not so perfect, as the ports in Nova Scotia and PEI Canada are not especially interesting. Maybe with excursions would be more fun... Too many generic gift shops and T shirt/souvenir stores in each port to make shopping interesting. Also not an especially interesting selection of restaurants for someone living in a major city.

Initial port of Quebec City is monumental and great, but far fewer French restaurants than many years ago... with changing tastes and international

Food on Norwegian Dawn was generally not as good as cruises I went on in the past. (Note we also did not use specialty dining). Note that with perseverance
and trying different things until you find things you like, foodies can still enjoy the food very much.

SECRET: If an ingredient is anywhere on the sit down menu, you can request it as a side order. For example my wife got a full arugula salad every day that arugula showed up as a garnish in one of the appetizers.

Here are some specifics on the food:
Steak in main dining room was tasteless and below restaurant quality. Many other items are adequate. Buffet roast turkey, roast beef, and roast pork (with crispy skin) were very good. Coffee was almost undrinkable black, and most deserts were too sweet. Fake whipped cream was used everywhere but afternoon tea, where real cream was used. Nuts were almost unavailable for oatmeal or ice cream (maybe allergy related??) We had to ask and wait a long time to get some. Oranges were watery with no flavor. Chinese food was mysteriously not Chinese or even American Chinese!

Most desserts were too sweet for my taste, even I am a dessert lover.
Ice cream not very creamy. Souffles were authentic and really good.

MORE SECRETS: Other frequent cruise passengers got freebies for a variety of reasons. A heavy gambler got free or low cost cruises just to come.
A single passenger got single supplement waived at last minute.

Service was generally excellent, but some staff required repeated questioning
or orientation sometimes to get things right. Crew training to greet guests with a "hello" whenever possible, and a willingness for conversation puts guests in a good and sociable mood and adds to the experience.
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Sail Date: September 2019
Cabin Type: Inside
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Destination: Canada
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Norwegian Dawn

50 reviews
Traveler (705)
Common Areas (1,895)
Dining and Bars (668)
Itineraries for this ship
7 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean
Departure date
Sunday, 12/15/19
Tampa, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Cozumel, Tampa
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Passengers: 2,340   |   Crew: 1,032
Passengers to crew: 2.27:1
Passengers to space: 36.7:1
Launched: 2002   


  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
  Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window (OF)  
  Inside (IF)  
  Mid-Ship Inside (IE)  
  Oceanview Porthole Window (OG)  
  Inside (IX)  
Medical Center


    Cabin size: 166 - 200 sq. ft.
    Connected rooms: 160
    Accessible rooms: 8
    Maximum passengers: 3
    Number of cabins: 728

    Activities & Entertainment

    Activities (37)
    • Arts & Crafts classes
    • Barbershop*
    • Behind the Scenes Tour*
    • Dance Classes
    • Deck Parties
    • Fitness Center
    • Fitness Classes*
    • Game Shows
    • Gaming Lessons*
    • Golf Driving Net
    • Golf Driving Net
    • Hot Tubs (5)
    • Hydrotherapy Pool*
    • Jogging Track
    • Jogging Track
    • Karaoke
    • Late Night Music and Dancing
    • Live Nightly Music
    • Pools (2)
    • Poolside Games
    • Salon*
    • Sauna
    • Sauna
    • Spa Reception
    • Sports Court
    • Sports Deck
    • Sports Games Televised
    • Steam
    • Steam
    • The Library
    • Thermal Suite*
    • Treatment Rooms*
    • Trivia
    • Video Zone*
    • Wine Tasting*
    • Entourage Teen Club
    • Bimini Bar & Grill*
    Entertainment (7)
    • Bliss Ultra Lounge
    • Casino*
    • Comedy Performances
    • Onboard Movie Screenings
    • Stardust Theater
    • Stardust Theater
    • Stardust Theater
    Dining (21)
    • Aqua Main Dining Room - American
    • Venetian Main Dining Room - American
    • Moderno Churrascaria - Brazillian*
    • Topsiders Bar & Grill - Burgers
    • Garden Café - Casual
    • Garden Café - Casual
    • Gatsby's Champagne Bar - Champagne*
    • Bamboo Asian Restaurant - Chinese
    • Cigar Bar - Cigar Bar*
    • Sugarcane Mojito Bar - Cocktail Bar*
    • Java Café - Coffee Bar*
    • Le Bistro French Restaurant - French*
    • La Cucina Italian Restaurant - italian*
    • Teppanyaki - Japanese*
    • Sake Bar - Japanese Sake*
    • Los Lobos Cantina - Mexican*
    • O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill - Pub
    • O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill - Pub
    • Cagney's Steakhouse - Steakhouse*
    • Sushi Bar - Sushi*
    • The Cellars Wine Bar - Wine Bar*
    * May require additional fees
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    2010: Nice crew, clean ship and good food. A little too much "noise" on the pool deck all day, but found a quiet spot. All in all a good cruise.
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