Dawn New Year's Cruise Review

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#1
Georgia
1,221 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Full review when we get home. Had a great time!!

All those bad reviews......you must have been on a different ship because we had a blast!!! Only a minor gripe that I have but it wouldn't make me choose a different ship.

And whoever couldn't find chilled fruit soup..... I saw it almost every time that I went to the buffet.

Much more and photos when I get home. Bottom line.....the Dawn is great and so is NCL.
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6-14-2013 Norwegian Sky--more fun!
12-20-2012 Norwegian Dawn---Happy New Year!
4-2-2012 Norwegian Sky---another great time!
5-9-2011 Norwegian Sky---first cruise, loved it!
Dawn review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1762041
Sky review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1611604
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brooklyn ny
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Joined Nov 2010
Cant wait to read your review!
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#5
Ontario, Canada
309 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
Bring on the review! Our trip in March isn't coming fast enough!!!
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#6
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Joined Apr 2004
SOO glad to hear! We are on her in March, and would love to see your pictures and read your review! Welcome home!
#7
Western MA
351 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Welcome back! So glad to hear that you had such an amazing time. I have 2 weeks until I sail and I can't wait!
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Past Cruises:
06/06/09 Boston to Bermuda NCL Spirit
01/20/13 Western Caribbean NCL Dawn
04/18/15 Eastern Caribbean Disney Fantasy
01/24/16 Western Caribbean Disney Magic
02/14/17 Western Caribbean Disney Fantasy
#9
90 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
Originally posted by shelly11
Full review when we get home. Had a great time!!

All those bad reviews......you must have been on a different ship because we had a blast!!! Only a minor gripe that I have but it wouldn't make me choose a different ship.

And whoever couldn't find chilled fruit soup..... I saw it almost every time that I went to the buffet.

Much more and photos when I get home. Bottom line.....the Dawn is great and so is NCL.
Glad to see that I am not the only one who thought I was on a different ship - we had a great time as well!
#10
Raleigh NC
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Joined Oct 2007
Welcome home.
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#11
PA
2,721 Posts
Joined Aug 2010
Welcome Back! Looking forward to reading your review. Did you think NYE with NCL was amazing? As I have stated many times, NYE is not the same now unless I am fortunate enough to be sailing with NCL.
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#12
Rhode Island
541 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Happy New Year and congratulations on your wonderful trip. Am very interested in reading your thoughts on the Dawn, my trip is getting close!
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#14
Murfreesboro, TN by way of MA!
277 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Looking forward to your review. My husband and I are cruising on the Dawn's Feb. 7th cruise. First time on NCL and we are looking forward to it. We have an aft penthouse booked. I was getting somewhat bervouse reading some of the reviews, but we are very easy to please and just enjoy being away!!
#15
Western NC
377 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
Welcome back!! Can't wait to read about your cruise. Getting more excited as the days count down to our trip on the Dawn.
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#16
Georgia
1,221 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Thank you for all of the welcome backs! I am home now and getting my photos on facebook for my family. I promise to finish my review before bed tonight so if you have anymore questions ask away!
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6-14-2013 Norwegian Sky--more fun!
12-20-2012 Norwegian Dawn---Happy New Year!
4-2-2012 Norwegian Sky---another great time!
5-9-2011 Norwegian Sky---first cruise, loved it!
Dawn review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1762041
Sky review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1611604
#18
Minnesota
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Joined Nov 2010
Type fast. We leave on Saturday!
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#19
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Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by rjm11
Thanks Shelly! I was wondering if you tendered in Cozumel? Also, do you have any kids club info?
thanks!
We were on the ship with Shellly. While she is writing her review, yes we did have to tender in Cozumel. I read that NCL takes turns tendering, but we had the short straw.
They have tender tickets available at 7 AM and you need them! They used one large tender and one smaller one. We did not get tickets until 10 AM and had to wait until after 11 to get off the ship.The actual tender ride is short-less than 10 minutes.
Cozumel was so crowded that we only spent one hour in town and boarded the tender back to the ship.
If you have plans, get tickets and try to get off early. NCL excursions do not need tender tickets.
Tendering back is a long process coming back. The ship left 2 hours late as many had to wait to get back on.
It was not a good experience in an otherwise great cruise.
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