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Did the Dawn live up to past Cruises? March 17-24

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This was our 4th cruise! All with NCL.. Previous were The Sky and 2x on The Sun. Was excited to book the Dawn and Try a newer ship.. But would it live up to my past cruises??

 

 

 

 

Arrived at Port of Tampa Dropped Bags off with the Porters.. The Porter was actually screaming at us for Tips.. Some of the people on my Shuttle bus just dropped there bags off and went towards the check in door and I guess that "pissed" off the porter so he started screaming "You could at least tip me" I was last off the shuttle so I showed him my bags and tipped him $5 his reply was "I'll be sure to take care of your bags"

 

 

 

Now time for security When we walked in and got in the fast moving Line the Port security officers Were screaming "belts off phones off empty your pockets place all belongings in your checked bags.." If they saw anybody on there phone they would scream at them again phones off in your bag.. Had no Ideal you couldn't use your phone while going threw security.. Anyways The line went by Fast time for CHECK IN!

 

Filled out the health survey got into the Latitudes line Check in was a breeze and onto the Ship without a hitch..

 

 

 

 

 

First impression of the Dawn WOW!!!! Went for lunch at the Mdr had a nice lunch time to explore the ship and find our room!

 

The Dawn is a beautiful ship! Didn't any sign of wear or tear... Nothing but prefection!

 

 

 

After they announced rooms were ready we fount our room (9115) Mid ship inside room.. We tried a balcony on our last cruise didn't seem worth it.. I liked it would book again for a good price but my wife (the boss) didn't like it at all.. So back to inside rooms! Our room had a king size bed! A Flat screen tv and wow open the bathroom door what a shower door instead of curtian.. And the shower just seemed Bigger. Than past ships..

 

 

 

First nights Dinner In the MDR Surf and turf I asked for 2 Lobster tails and They were Fantastic! The steak was great also! 1 good meal in the books..

 

Went to the Nightly show was a variety show Pretty good show gave us a small taste of whats to come!

 

 

 

Day 2 sea day didn't do much just laid out by the Pool

 

We went to Moderno For dinner would be our 4th time here (3 on past cruises) and as usual it was excellent! Loved it and there will be a 5th visit on a future cruise..

 

The nightly show was A production show was good but I'm not a huge fan of Broadway shows the Band and dancers were very good tho!

 

 

 

Day 3 Roatan

 

We took a excursion to Maya Key.. Great place had lots of exotic animals that had been adopted nice beach, pool, and a good lunch buffet..

 

Had dinner in the buffet very good!

 

Show- Jocka &Maria A cirquw-styled aerial/aro variety show.. Very good!

This is a must see if they are on your next cruise..

 

 

 

Day 4 Belize city Booked Alun ruins and Belize river safari.. Another prefect excursion! Another good lunch and awesome trip!

 

Back to the MDR Tried the Ribeye Wow excellent Could we bat a 1,000 on meals all week?

 

Show time Band on the run.. More Broadway type show.. Was okay nothing special..

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 Costa maya

 

Booked a private trip to Maya Chan.. And all I have to say this was the best place I have ever been! I've been to many places many excursions on my 4 cruises and this was the best! Excellent customer service, Had a private cabana Beautiful beach! Open Bar (but i'm not a drinker) I bought my wife a masage $25 for 30 minutes.. Said it was the best Massage of her life.. Well worth the money! And now its time for lunch they had a taco bar.. Would this lunch live up to Rest of the cruise food I've enjoyed?

WOW I'm not sure what they do at Maya Chan but they are doing something right.. The Tacos were amazing!! They had steak, Chicken, Pork and Fish.. I tried all of them.. But the Fish were simply amazing.. Followed by fresh guacmole and Homemade Cowboys beans.. Fresh homemade salsa.. I ate till I couldn't eat anymore.. If you ever stop at costa maya be sure to book this private excursion!!!!

 

Dinner back to the MDR-

Tonight was Neworleans shrimp and fillet miglon.. Excellent!

 

 

Show time Second city.. Was very good this was our first time seing 2nd city we ended up going to all 3 shows! wouldn't miss it!

 

 

 

 

Day 6 Cozumel

Been there done that didn't even leave the Ship decided for a peaceful day while the rest of my fellow paxs were off the ship.. Got to enjoy the hotub and pool without anybody else around!

 

Luch we ordered a pizza and salad.. Some of you know for pizza delivery is $5 bucks but the pizza is excellent Well worth the $5 bucks! Just as good as a local pizza hut pappa johns! and for 1/2 the price!

 

Mdr for dinner yet again.. Prime rib! YUM I don't know what the Dawn Chefs are doing but its something right!

 

Show time Extreme Vegas with Justino and Daniela! BEST SHOW OF THE WEEK! Don't miss this show and go like them on Facebook! one of the best 2 shows i've seen on a cruise ship!

 

 

 

Day 7 sea day another lazy day But its the last day on board NO!!!!

 

Mdr dinner GRilled Salmon.. Yet again Amazing Why on earth would anybody complain about food on this ship! Everything I ate was simply amazing!

 

Show time Bollywood.. Worst show of the week avoid it! Again im not a fan of broadway but this was horrible the dancer were good and all but Just not my taste.. I wouldn't attend again if its on my next cruise..

 

 

Sunday mourning off the ship in a breeze Vacation is over :( Dang NCL made me leave what on earth am I gonna do now for food?

 

Pros Everything listed above Great room Great food Great Shows Perfect weather GREAT CRUISE!!!!!!

 

Cons

The Ice cream bar closed at 5pm (they still had self served in the buffet)

and my pillows were to soft I like a bigger pillow not to firm not to soft..

and they Made me leave the ship Sunday :(

 

Happy cruising to all!

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Thanks for the review. Looking forward to our May visit with the Dawn.

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Thank you for your review. I appreciate the time you took to write about your trip. I am on the Dawn in 3 weeks for the repo to Boston. I am looking forward to the food even more now. Look out Moderno, here I come!

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Pros Everything listed above Great room Great food Great Shows Perfect weather GREAT CRUISE!!!!!!

 

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad to hear it was a great cruise and that the MDR food was excellent in your opinion. We'll be on the Dawn in June and can't wait.

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Thanks, it really was a great cruise sorda wish i was back on the dawn!

 

Be sure to order the blue crab cakes the night they serve them! Awesome

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Thanks for posting your review! We leave on the Dawn i 2 weeks and can't wait :D

 

We're also headed to Maya Chan!

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Thank you for your review. I appreciate the time you took to write about your trip. I am on the Dawn in 3 weeks for the repo to Boston. I am looking forward to the food even more now. Look out Moderno, here I come!

 

Me too. I'll be on your cruise. Did you sign up for our roll call? It's a very active one, and they've got lots of fun planned.

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This was our 4th cruise! All with NCL.. Previous were The Sky and 2x on The Sun. Was excited to book the Dawn and Try a newer ship.. But would it live up to my past cruises??

 

 

 

 

Arrived at Port of Tampa Dropped Bags off with the Porters.. The Porter was actually screaming at us for Tips.. Some of the people on my Shuttle bus just dropped there bags off and went towards the check in door and I guess that "pissed" off the porter so he started screaming "You could at least tip me" I was last off the shuttle so I showed him my bags and tipped him $5 his reply was "I'll be sure to take care of your bags"

 

 

 

Now time for security When we walked in and got in the fast moving Line the Port security officers Were screaming "belts off phones off empty your pockets place all belongings in your checked bags.." If they saw anybody on there phone they would scream at them again phones off in your bag.. Had no Ideal you couldn't use your phone while going threw security.. Anyways The line went by Fast time for CHECK IN!

 

Filled out the health survey got into the Latitudes line Check in was a breeze and onto the Ship without a hitch..

 

 

 

 

 

First impression of the Dawn WOW!!!! Went for lunch at the Mdr had a nice lunch time to explore the ship and find our room!

 

The Dawn is a beautiful ship! Didn't any sign of wear or tear... Nothing but prefection!

 

 

 

After they announced rooms were ready we fount our room (9115) Mid ship inside room.. We tried a balcony on our last cruise didn't seem worth it.. I liked it would book again for a good price but my wife (the boss) didn't like it at all.. So back to inside rooms! Our room had a king size bed! A Flat screen tv and wow open the bathroom door what a shower door instead of curtian.. And the shower just seemed Bigger. Than past ships..

 

 

 

First nights Dinner In the MDR Surf and turf I asked for 2 Lobster tails and They were Fantastic! The steak was great also! 1 good meal in the books..

 

Went to the Nightly show was a variety show Pretty good show gave us a small taste of whats to come!

 

 

 

Day 2 sea day didn't do much just laid out by the Pool

 

We went to Moderno For dinner would be our 4th time here (3 on past cruises) and as usual it was excellent! Loved it and there will be a 5th visit on a future cruise..

 

The nightly show was A production show was good but I'm not a huge fan of Broadway shows the Band and dancers were very good tho!

 

 

 

Day 3 Roatan

 

We took a excursion to Maya Key.. Great place had lots of exotic animals that had been adopted nice beach, pool, and a good lunch buffet..

 

Had dinner in the buffet very good!

 

Show- Jocka &Maria A cirquw-styled aerial/aro variety show.. Very good!

This is a must see if they are on your next cruise..

 

 

 

Day 4 Belize city Booked Alun ruins and Belize river safari.. Another prefect excursion! Another good lunch and awesome trip!

 

Back to the MDR Tried the Ribeye Wow excellent Could we bat a 1,000 on meals all week?

 

Show time Band on the run.. More Broadway type show.. Was okay nothing special..

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 Costa maya

 

Booked a private trip to Maya Chan.. And all I have to say this was the best place I have ever been! I've been to many places many excursions on my 4 cruises and this was the best! Excellent customer service, Had a private cabana Beautiful beach! Open Bar (but i'm not a drinker) I bought my wife a masage $25 for 30 minutes.. Said it was the best Massage of her life.. Well worth the money! And now its time for lunch they had a taco bar.. Would this lunch live up to Rest of the cruise food I've enjoyed?

WOW I'm not sure what they do at Maya Chan but they are doing something right.. The Tacos were amazing!! They had steak, Chicken, Pork and Fish.. I tried all of them.. But the Fish were simply amazing.. Followed by fresh guacmole and Homemade Cowboys beans.. Fresh homemade salsa.. I ate till I couldn't eat anymore.. If you ever stop at costa maya be sure to book this private excursion!!!!

 

Dinner back to the MDR-

Tonight was Neworleans shrimp and fillet miglon.. Excellent!

 

 

Show time Second city.. Was very good this was our first time seing 2nd city we ended up going to all 3 shows! wouldn't miss it!

 

 

 

 

Day 6 Cozumel

Been there done that didn't even leave the Ship decided for a peaceful day while the rest of my fellow paxs were off the ship.. Got to enjoy the hotub and pool without anybody else around!

 

Luch we ordered a pizza and salad.. Some of you know for pizza delivery is $5 bucks but the pizza is excellent Well worth the $5 bucks! Just as good as a local pizza hut pappa johns! and for 1/2 the price!

 

Mdr for dinner yet again.. Prime rib! YUM I don't know what the Dawn Chefs are doing but its something right!

 

Show time Extreme Vegas with Justino and Daniela! BEST SHOW OF THE WEEK! Don't miss this show and go like them on Facebook! one of the best 2 shows i've seen on a cruise ship!

 

 

 

Day 7 sea day another lazy day But its the last day on board NO!!!!

 

Mdr dinner GRilled Salmon.. Yet again Amazing Why on earth would anybody complain about food on this ship! Everything I ate was simply amazing!

 

Show time Bollywood.. Worst show of the week avoid it! Again im not a fan of broadway but this was horrible the dancer were good and all but Just not my taste.. I wouldn't attend again if its on my next cruise..

 

 

Sunday mourning off the ship in a breeze Vacation is over :( Dang NCL made me leave what on earth am I gonna do now for food?

 

Pros Everything listed above Great room Great food Great Shows Perfect weather GREAT CRUISE!!!!!!

 

Cons

The Ice cream bar closed at 5pm (they still had self served in the buffet)

and my pillows were to soft I like a bigger pillow not to firm not to soft..

and they Made me leave the ship Sunday :(

 

Happy cruising to all!

 

I noticed that you wrote Sunday mourning off the ship, rather than Sunday Morning. You must have been very sad to disembark. I always feel sad to leave, as well.

 

Who's going to make our bed. Who will cook and serve our meals? We'll have to do it until the next cruise. Best way to get over that hump-------rebook soon.

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Thanks for posting your review! We leave on the Dawn i 2 weeks and can't wait :D

 

We're also headed to Maya Chan!

 

 

They have a web can search costamayawebcam I was able to use there wifi and talk to my family back home and they saw me on the web cam waving to them

Maya chan is awesome ill try and post pixs once I figure out how?

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Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. Love the Dawn and will be going back on her again in January. reading reviews makes the time pass by easier. :)

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Enjoyed your review, can't believe we still have 300 days or so to wait.

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Small world, we were on the same cruise and we were in 9112. If you heard a toddler screaming at all during the week it was most likely my kid :) we were also at Maya Chan! It was me and my DH, my parents and our almost 3 year old (little blonde boy with spiky hair.) we very much enjoyed the cruise. Service everwhere was great and all of the crew was just so friendly and made it very easy to travel with a toddler! We thought the specialty Dining was fantastic (ate at Moderno and Le Bistro.) Main dining room was hit or miss. I didn't care for any of the beef dishes, but had a few other good meals. We enjoyed the shows. Thought there wasn't too much for my son to do though. He missed the kids club cutoff by about two months and the under 3 year old activities were geared more for infants. He did love the blonde woman who sang in the atrium every evening though!

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We have to wait till Dec. to do our cruise on the Dawn. Love NCL and the other 2 ships we've been on, Dec. sure seems a looongg way off right now. After reading this I REALLY can't wait!!

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Thank you for your very nice review. Very good to hear that you enjoyed your time on the Dawn. I too hate it when they make you leave the ship the morning of your last day. :eek: I would much rather enjoy another day on the ship and leave early evening, rather than early morning. However, I am just not a morning person. Either way, eventually you have to leave the ship. :(

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who was the Piano player on your cruise???? we leave Sunday.....

 

 

Marsha

 

I was on the same cruise and there were several pianists listed in the dailies:

 

Ariel Jacobe

Tetiana Panko

Margie Hobbs

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I went on the Dawn in 2009 out of NYC to Bermuda. My daughter and I had a mini-suite, very nice, but my daughter does not like to cruise, it was her first and last one, but her mom (me) just loves to cruise, I will be going on my 5th next January for 12 days on the new "Breakaway" in a studio cabin, cannot wait, six islands!:)

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They have a web can search costamayawebcam I was able to use there wifi and talk to my family back home and they saw me on the web cam waving to them

Maya chan is awesome ill try and post pixs once I figure out how?

 

I forgot about the webcam so thanks for reminding me!

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Thanks for your wonderful review of the Dawn. We've been on other NCL ships, but not the Dawn. We'll be on her for the repo cruise to Boston on April 21st. We can't wait. Great to here about how wonderful the food was. We'll be dining at Moderno one night. We've always thought their entertainment was top notch and anxious to see the shows again. Do you remember who plays at the Martini Bar venue? Loved Emily and Arvan, but they're not on the Dawn anymore.

Thanks again for a great review.

Linda

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