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  1. When we were on the Dawn we always sat at that lounge. We were often the only ones there. Yes, we could hear the music but it wasn’t overwhelming. There was no drink service, we had to run down to the bar and grab our own
  2. One of the guests at our table requested a vegetarian meal. As I recall it was a pasta dish and he raved about it.
  3. I have no objections to an indoor smoking area for cigars and cigarettes. But given the size of the ships, surely there’s a place away from specialty restaurants that the room could be placed, perhaps with a door that opens to the outside.
  4. My sister and I did this. We had an issue in line as the “gentleman” behind us was trying to provoke the gentleman in front of us with brash political comments. We had to be firm with the hostess to not seat us with the boorish one. (I’m pretty sure he was the one escorted out partway through lunch for being loud). Some wines we liked, others not at all. But we “traded” with others at the table. A little too much wine for me in the middle of the day-the pours were generous! I thought it was worth the money; my sister didn’t enjoy it very much. We had 4 sea days on our cruise-not sure I’d do it if there was only one or two sea days-too many other things to do.
  5. Does anyone know if the seas were calm enough today for them to tender? It hasn’t run very often the past few sailings.
  6. The Port Canaveral webcam at 6:15 showed Epic still tied up. Because it’s now focused on a departing Disney ship, I can’t see where the Epic is, although ***** shows Epic still moored. She seems to have had her share of woes this year!
  7. We have friends on the Epic leaving Port Canaveral today. But it looks like she hasn’t left yet. We’re watching the PC webcam. It doesn’t even look like there are people on the decks. Does anyone know what the delay is?
  8. I agree with CozGurl, the Dawn was a disappointment for night life. After 10pm it looked like only about 50 people were out and about. It's older but that didn't bother us. We aren't cabin people - only there to shower & sleep and we were kinda bored.
  9. Loved the sea days going south-by day 2 we were in shorts. I was with my sister and parents. I loved the wind-down, relaxing aspect & it gave us a chance to fully explore the ship. (We were on the Breakaway out of NY). On the way home, we just wanted to be home. It didn’t help that we hit very windy weather which forced us to stay inside. We didn’t feel the need to have laundry done, we each had a medium sized suitcase. Our dinner dresses were worn twice and a couple of pairs of shorts worked well for the ports.
  10. Love the Bistro. Our favourites are mushroom soup, scallops & rack of lamb.
  11. We were able to transfer an onboard credit (offered by NCL after their airport shuttle was overbooked & we were left on our own) from my brother to me by emailing a copy of a notarized letter authorizing the transfer to NCL customer service.
  12. NCL sails out of the Pan American pier which is a taxi ride away from any hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton Old SAN Juan, $22 taxi from airport and $19 taxi to pier (when shared by 4 passengers). Hotel was awesome. Great service, excellent luggage storage & walking tours right outside the door. We had a deluxe king with Bay view for about $300. Hotels a bit further away we’re priced &180-$250 but not as convenient.
  13. I know, lots of people love the Dawn but it wasn't for us. The food was good to excellent, and the service was excellent except for a few individuals who did their jobs but looked reluctant. The Dawn is not our favourite for a few reasons. Firstly, it might have just been the crowd on our sailing, but after 10:30pm, it seemed like everyone was in bed. The Bliss lounge had music but only a few folks milling around. The piano player and duet, although talented, seemed to play to an older crowd and were done by 10:00 (even though the daily said "8:45 to close"). Our biggest disappointment was in the location of some specialty restaurants - Bistro, Bamboo and La Cucina. We opted out of going to Bamboo (open to lounge below and major hallway to the theatre), the noise level was so loud we couldn't hear the hostess speak. La Cucina and Bistro are right outside the cigar lounge which opens to the inside. We knew we were heading in the right direction when the strong wafting of cigar and cigarette smell hit our noses. Seriously NCL, there is no where else to put the cigar lounge? Perhaps with a door that opens to the outside? Then, NCL decides to put the piano lounge right outside the Bistro and La Cucina. At least Bistro has a door, but every time the door opens, the piped-in restaurant music competes with the piano player. La Cucina is open to the lounge. At one point during our dinner, the crowd in the lounge decided to sing along, loudly! The specialty dining is important to us. We struggled with asking the servers to slow down the service. I don't like when my 2nd course arrives before my appetizer is only half finished! Or when my wine arrives when my meal is almost done! We always booked a later sitting and learned to tell the servers right from the start how we wanted our meal paced. I realize some people like to eat and get out, but we prefer to take our time and enjoy our meal; we felt more rushed on this ship than on Jade and Breakaway. For a smaller ship, I prefer the Jade. It has nicer bars and an outside spot for breakfast which we missed on Dawn. We had a good cruise, we enjoyed our ports of call. There were some excellent staff members who called us by name every time they passed us, and the food was good with some excellent stand outs. But, because specialty dining and late night parties are important to us, we won't be on the Dawn again.
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