Just did a B2B on Dawn. Cruised her 3x when she first came to NYC, got off today. Huge delay in ship clearance this morning but we finally got through.
Beautiful ship and friendly and work hard to please service crew. Hey Cheng! Thank you!
Dawn's secret atrium third deck (we call the crow's nest, officially The Lounge, deck 9)
Agree: "not too big and manageable."
Best handmade ice cream/sorbet/sherbet for dessert in Cagney's, O'Sheehans, etc.
Pulse Fitness Gym
La Cucina: Great pizza and you can order out (as told by wait staff).
Bliss Ultra Lounge so much great entertainment and fun games.
Food and bar at O'Sheehans was great, staff super friendly, ate lunch there most days.
Agree: "dont go without trying O'Sheehans Brownie Smores Cheesecake" (hubby had it everyday, one of the reasons we went to the gym, lol)
Agree: "NCL Dawn the almost perfect ship without the floating amusement park stuff."
Agree: "did the Gem last year and loved it - perfect size and just right combo of activities for us." (8x for us. We miss her in NYC, saw she's making a brief comeback though)
Entertainers "Jose and Patti" were always great with lots of variety and knew how to draw a crowd.
Elements production show was amazing!
Cruiser "Sarah" among others made karaoke on the Canada/New England cruise worth waiting for.
Jason (comedian) and Po (magician) were great.
Agree: "the strong smell of smoke from adjacent Cigar Bar and Casino."
Agree: "the wine bar was a waste on the Dawn"
Agree: "We're not huge fans of Moderno"
Agree: "miss having two methods to get out of the back end of the Garden Cafe"
JMHO: We did not enjoy the inside buffet at all. Ate there once, didn't enjoy it at all.
Not enough loungers on deck 7 to just sit, watch the sea go by, read, etc.
Agree: "the ship takes some getting used to its layout, especially deck 8. It can be like a maze."
No official announcement of Latitudes Loyalty party. (Most NCL ships now) If you don't visit Cruise Next Desk when you board you won't be informed.
Platinum members now get 16 oz. instead of 2 liter bottles of water even though the water comes from NCL's own taps.
I may write a review on other changes that have been increasingly noticeable with NCL. Been cruising with them since 2007 and some changes seem small and unnecessary. Writing my PVP today.
With all that said, a cruise is always what you make it and we always do it the way we want.
Happy cruising all!