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  1. It's me again...back from our Dawn to Bermuda cruise and I'm ready to get this review going....woo hoo! So like always, a little bit about me and my cruising "family" who came along with us. My first ever cruise was with NCL on the Seaward in 1989. Second cruise with RC in the 90's. We started cruising again regularly in 2010 and most are on NCL (with 2 Carnivals under our belt...LOVED them both, just want to put that out there!) and my "goal" is to cruise the fleet. As you can tell from my signature line, I'm getting close now with only needing to cruise the Gem, Jade, POA and Breakaway. It's always my goal to NOT cruise the same ship twice no matter how much I like it (but have to admit, I tried to cruise the Epic again before she left so my little one could go on it, but the timing did not work for us). We have been sailing usually twice a year with last year having 3 sailings. I hope we will be able to do the same this year and we have 2 under our belt this year so far in only 2 months (exactly) apart. So...I may be able to squeeze in another before year end...hubby thinks I'm obsessed and I have no idea what he's talking about. :o We are a fun loving and goofy family that loves to have a good time. We make the best of everything even if it's a bad situation. Anyone who follows my reviews knows the "crap" I've dealt with on cruises from breaking my hand in St Maarten, breaking my toe, missing our flight due to my "dear daughter" :rolleyes: Kendra...who is the most non-punctual person you will ever meet, to anything else that is thrown at us. We make light of the situation and we roll with it! We crack a lot of jokes (and I have a quirky sense of humor) and love adventure and trying new things. My youngest (Sakari) is an animal lover and if there's anything involving animals, we have to do it. We have done swims with the stingrays, dolphins, manatees, sharks and held so many things in the sea (yes, even those we didn't know better and paid the price for it). My youngest has been cruising since she was 3 years old and she just thinks it's a way of life. She is a DAREDEVIL!!! She will do anything we do and doesn't think twice about it. She zip lined by herself at the age of 3, cavetubing, held tarantulas, jumped off 2 story decks into the ocean, went on the biggest waterslides on the ships (and yes, even the ones that you stand in and the floor drops out from under you)...the list goes on. There's nothing she won't do. She's like having an extra adult with us...other than the fact that her age and height sometimes restricts her from certain things...otherwise she would do it. We LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach. So if I can find a beach or snorkeling...that's where we'll be. If you ask me some "touristy tour seeing the history" type of thing, forgetaboutit...because that's not me. So this cruise...we have myself, hubby and youngest daughter, Sakari, (who just turned 7 two months ago) with us. We also have my 26 year old daughter, Kendra, her boyfriend and her son, who is only 3 months younger than my youngest daughter. (Yes, we were pregnant together along with my daughter in law as well). This time around we will also have Kendra's bf's sister (she's a cruise newbie and now hooked) and her daughter (which we took on a cruise with us for the first time last November, so her second cruise). So that's a total of 8 cruisers this time around. We have been cruising with my youngest son and his girlfriend, but they were not able to come along this time because they just had a baby a few weeks prior to us leaving for this cruise. But rest assured, they are on a mission to go on the next! :D I have learned that the more people you cruise with, the more hectic things get and the more stressful it is. You would think I would learn my lesson but somehow they all manage to work themselves into our cruise plans each time. :p (I'm not the only one hooked you see). I tell my story through my eyes and my take on things. Everyone may not agree or have the same opinion, and that's ok, but I'm honest with the way "I" see things. I'm a planner. I do EXTENSIVE research prior to any cruise. I read reviews, I look on the web, I take notes, copy maps, save websites, make spread sheets and everything has to be perfectly planned. That's just me. The family just "rolls with it". I crack up because I feel like a mother duckling and they follow...in a line and (seriously) if I turn one way, they do too, if I quickly turn back, they do too. Sometimes I start weaving back and forth in a "S" shape just to throw them off...then they'll catch on to what I'm doing and laugh. It's all a game and I have fun with it. (See what I mean? That's my quirkiness coming out). Don't worry, the hubby is the same and he pays me back. He's my personal GPS and he likes to throw me off too as a payback. ;) Anyhow, back on track. I DO NOT try to influence anyone to either go somewhere or to not go somewhere. Everyone has a different opinion on places and their experiences may be totally different than mine. I make suggestions and hope that they will do more research on any suggested places and not base anything off just "my" reviews and pictures or someone else's. There have been many mistakes made along the way and I have ended up at places I didn't enjoy that others do tremendously. So to each their own and it's still a great experience (to us) either way. With that being said...let the review begin.
  2. Hey all! Shadowmeboy here! Well we just got back from a Canada/New England Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn out of New York City and of course I took pictures! Do you want me to share them? I thought so! Let's get this trip aboard the Norwegian Dawn started! My wife, Susan, and I, Matthew, love to cruise and do it any chance we can. In 2016 we sailed the Norwegian Sun on a Southbound Cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can read the review here: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2529761 The Norwegian Sun is pictured below in Sitka, AK. In June of 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Escape to the Western Caribbean. Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2516206 The Norwegian Escape pictured below in Costa Maya, Mexico. In December 2017, We sailed the Norwegian Star to the Mexican Riviera over Christmas. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2581330 The Norwegian Star pictured below in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico In June 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Jewel Northbound Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Seward, Alaska. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2557365-north-to-alaska-shadowmeboys-jewel-shimmering-pictorial-review/ The Norwegian Jewel pictured below in Juneau, AK from the Mount Roberts Tram In November 2018, We sailed the Norwegian Bliss on a Eastern Caribbean Cruise out of Miami. Review: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2614687-shadowmeboys-blissful-eastern-caribbean-pictorial-cruise-review/ The Bliss docked in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin islands About us: My wife, Susan, is a school teacher and I work for a grocery store. Susan and I have been married 12 years (June 30th)! Due to her school schedule, we cannot sail as much as we would like. We live in the Pacific Northwest, along the Columbia River on the "dry" side of Washington State among the Apple and Cherry Orchards. Most of the pictures in this review are taken with my Canon Rebel T5 DSLR, My iPhone 10R, Susan's Samsung Moto G5, or canon g7x. With this being an odd numbered year, our June cruise is somewhere other than Alaska. We decided we wanted to visit New England and cruise out of New York City. We cruised along with Trace and Maria, who we became friends with on the 2017 Norwegian Escape cruise! They were happy to come along as they live in Connecticut, aka no major travel to the ship. We then stayed with them post cruise and explored NYC and the other New England states. So we chose the Norwegian Dawn! The Norwegian Dawn anchored just outside the harbor of Newport, Rhode Island. Please feel free to ask questions along the way! I will try to answer them as quickly as I can. This review will be very picture heavy, but I love to relive my journeys through my pictures! I hope you enjoy them as well! - Matthew
  3. A question to those on this sailing. On the itinerary it shows the Dawn arriving back to NYC Manhattan Pier at 10:00 a.m. Is this correct? Usually the ships arrive way early - like around 6 or 7 a.m. ??? I called NCL twice and neither rep had the answer - said they would check directly with the ship and get back to me. I need to know as we are having a car service picking us up after the cruise. Maybe someone got an answer from another rep? Thanks -
  4. Not a newbie. However we haven't cruised NCL since 2006. Just booked the Dawn for fall; New England cruise. Have a few questions & would appreciate any pearls of wisdom that might be shared. Does Dawn have coffee pots in outside cabins? How about a coffee card / package.? We don't really go to the speciality restaurants . Any tidbits to get the most out of the " free" restaurants that aren't really published? ( shrimp cocktail, french onion soup, escargot, things like that) Is there a free sauna/ steam room to enjoy? How about an adults only pool? Thanks,
  5. We just returned from the cruise on Norwegian Dawn. We were really surprised that there was no Farewell show at the end of the cruise. Is this something that is also going away and we were not aware of?
  6. We are 1st time NCL cruisers leaving NYC and going to Fl and Bahamas and I have a few questions: What time is the MDR usually open on embarkation day? I don't see any reservations available for Bamboo to book ahead. Is that something to do once we get on board? Is parasailing available on Great Stirrup Cay? I don't see it listed as an excursion. All I see are wave runner excursions. Will they let a 16 and 17 year old drive if they have a driver's license? What else would you suggest for GSC for teens? Any other advice for teens on the Dawn? Thank you.
  7. Does the room service fee apply to a continental breakfast, i.e., coffee, juice, danish?
  8. Which elevators go directly to deck 6?
  9. Loved the spa pass on Escape, is the spa on Dawn very good/worth it. Thanks
  10. If I recall correctly, there is no Haven on Dawn. Are suite guests still provided with access to Cagney's for breakfast and lunch? I believe that is what we did on the Gem, but that was a few years ago? Thanks for any information provided - I think we had lunch on embarkation day there, as well.
  11. We sailed. this cruise a few years ago but it was on the Gem I think. Looking forward to a new ship to us & a fun vacation! C U onboard Saturday.
  12. Just back from a wonderful week on the NCL Dawn! About us: Family of 3 – DH and I in our late 40s and our 10yo son. We have been on Celebrity, Disney and RCL on balconies, but our last 6 cruises have all been on NCL and 5 of those in the Haven. We are lucky enough to have Platinum status and after being in H4 two bedroom suites (Breakaway x 2, Escape, Gem), this was our first 2 balcony Owner’s Suite on the June 15th – 22nd Florida-Bahamas route, and our first trip on the Dawn. As we have fortunately benefitted from many other CC posters, I am making this review as detailed as possible while fresh in my mind. My very first YouTube videos of this room, and two from GSC the new Suite Villa Area were just posted ( “NCL Dawn Owner’s Suite with Two Balconies June 2019”, “Great Stirrup Cay Haven / Suite Villas June 2019 1 of 2” and “Great Stirrup Car Haven / Suite Villas June 2019 2 of 2 at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJjKukwlrW07PxVXkeAyhHg/featured), and this review will be posted in parts with a ton of photos. Happy Reading!
  13. Does anyone have the Norwegian Dawn freestyle dallies Bahamas/Florida?
  14. Has anyone been on the Dawn recently? Thinking of booking the Dawn for next October out of Venice. Saw some complaints about bathroom leaking
  15. Does EVERY cabin on the Norwegian Dawn have the bathroom sink in the main cabin????
  16. We need to have a basic Wi-Fi access while on our Dawn cruise. No need for streaming but social media, access to the e-mails, web surfing,etc. If someone bought it and used it on Dawn how reliable was it? TIA
  17. We just left the dawn today! I thought I would give a quick review of the good and the bad! This was our 7th Ncl cruise, the Dawn was the first ship we sailed 10 years ago, then the Jewel twice, Breakaway twice and the Escape. Initially I had concerns about going back to a smaller ship. we stayed in a double balcony owners suite. The room: huge! We have stayed in suites before but this was gigantic, my gymnastics loving 7 year old could run across it and do 3 cartwheels before reaching the master bedroom. We loved the extra space and huge balconies! The room decor was fine but a little shabby, broken floor and wall tiles. Plumbing issues galore, I won’t lie I have never encountered this and it was a pain, we had two toilets and midday often they wouldn’t flush for hours, I have heard this is common but it happened everyday. Hot water was scarce. Most mornings it would be warm, during the afternoon after days in port when we looked forward to a warm shower it was ice cold. Also slow drains a few times, a 3 minute shower could overflow into the bathroom at times. I called the front desk 7 times regarding the hot water, asked for the hotel manager, since we were in a suite they said it had to go through the concierge and it seemed to be ignored at that point. I’m pretty easygoing so for me to call at all is a big deal, I got it pretty early on trying to get that fixed was a dead end. Our room steward Janelle was the absolute sweetest, hardest working lady on the ship, She was just wonderful, I enjoyed chatting with her each day and our room was always done perfectly, I never had to ask her for anything at any time. In general I felt the ship was refurbished nicely and I enjoyed the small ship feel. The one pool was tough and it was so full of people and kids, we went in early morning once and it was nice, we then heard someone pooped in it that afternoon so that was it for the pool for us! Entertainment was great, lots of dance and music, acrobatics, my daughter loved it and so did we! Light enjoyable entertainment and around the ship we enjoyed the live music every night. Food, quite good, la cucina, teppanyaki, los lobos, Cagneys all good! Bamboo not as good as I remember, don’t worry if you can’t get a table, it’s free but asian night in the garden cafe is better. Suite breakfast in cagneys was excellent, lunch is pretty boring there, we only did that twice as it’s the same 5 items. Great stirrup cay was really nice, we enjoyed the less crowded day there after being there on megaships. overall a very nice relaxing cruise, friendly staff as always, maybe even more on the small ship, lots of staff remembering my daughters name etc, a very warm personable atmosphere.
  18. Has anyone been on the Dawn recently?We are wondering who the concierge will be and who the butler for the family suites on deck 12.Really,I am wondering,my husband just waits and enjoys the trip! Thank you
  19. Does anyone have a copy of the Dawn dailies on the current Bahamas itinerary? I think it was previously Bermuda, not sure how much they'll differ. Thanks!
  20. In a balcony room on the Dawn, are the coffee makers the Keurig type using the pods or the Mr. Coffee type using filters? Also, what size is the pot? 2 cups or 4 cups?
  21. My husband and Iare considering booking the 7 day Greek Isle Cruise on the Dawn next summer. The last dry dock for this ship was 2016. I'm a bit concerned that the ship may be looking a bit worn by that point. Should I be worried? Also, would love any input from those who have done this itinerary. Thanks!
  22. I have just booked my first Norwegian cruise on the Dawn in March 2020. One of my favorite places to hang out on previous cruises with Carnival has been the piano bar. I was just looking over the ship plan and did not see anything like that on the Dawn. Am I missing it, or is there not one or anything similar? Thanks in advance.
  23. We have sailed mega ships for the past 4 years now looking to book on the dawn will we be disappointed? Oh we have also only stayed in the haven will book a suite on dawn but again will we be disappointed?
  24. My daughter and I enjoyed the wonderful Dawn for one week on the June 22nd sailing. It was my third trip on her, and first since the refurb. I have read others reviews, so I will just add our observations. This was my first time in an inside cabin (11527) - and we found it very suitable to our needs, we had plenty of space to put everything away, hide our luggage, and never felt cramped. I left the TV on the bow cam as per others suggestions, and it worked well to be our "window" to the world when we woke up in the morning. Richard was a fantastic cruise director, and we enjoyed many of the trivia, game shows and daily events. The Glow Party was a lot of fun, and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening shows. We sailed on CAS, and the casino was very friendly- I played for 2-3 hours on my money each night (slots), without having to spend more than I wanted. For my time there, it was not too smokey, but walking through at other times, it could be quite smokey at times. We found the service to be much better in Aqua than in the Ventian Room. Ask for Romeo for your waiter- he was outstanding. We ate at Bamboo, and did not really care for the food or service there. We had the beverage package, and never really waited in line for a drink. We also found a lounger on the deck quite easily at anytime. One of our favorite spots was the Bimini Bar area, which has shelter from the sun and great drink service. We went to Disney Springs, and the excursion was well worth the money. We enjoyed the private island, rented a clamshell- which was a short walk to the restroom, bar and a little food truck type structure which had yummy lunch choices. The waiter service came around frequently for drinks on the beach, we never had to look for someone. We also took the Atlantis excursion, and I won $350 in the casino! SO, we did enjoy our trip to Atlantis-LOL. We did miss the Pearly Kings area from previous sailings- but the wine bar there is quite pretty. The ship was at full capacity- but for us we never felt crowded or that the ship was too busy. Thank you NCL Dawn for another wonderful vacation.
  25. We are cruising in a balcony room on the Dawn in August. We have been on Celebrity before and loved the pillow menu in Concierge Class. Is is there anything similar on NCL? Are body pillows available?
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