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MeBSu

2/2 Dawn traveler returns!

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I am happy to report that we made it home safely in what will be a memorable cruise experience! Sailing in a blizzard with high winds that only my husband (ok, maybe a few others) would find exciting and enjoyable!

 

To begin with, we arrived at the terminal around 11:30, we were dropped off by our car service quite a distance from where we needed to enter the building, and not being able to find a porter right away, I was getting a little anxious, but eventually we got to where we had to go. Embarkation from NYC seemed disorganized and we could have done without a NCL woman yelling "do not panic" should we panic? did she know something we didn't?? overall, one line moved into another and once we got to sign in it went pretty quickly..

The Dawn is a beautiful ship. Our stateroom was an AF (minisuite on deck 11)

very nice, there were four adults sharing this cabin, and although it was a bit tight it was not unmanageable..nice bathroom, not enough bathroom storage so we used the countertop right outside the bathroom. There is a mirror there and a hairdyer so I imagine it is supposed to be the vanity area.The bathroom separates the commode from the rest of the bathroom. The beds are hard. There were two bathrobes for us to use. Our stewards were pleasant, never refreshed the bar soap, sometimes refilled the ice. My husband used glasses and coffee cups as an ashtray,which they emptied everyday, but never brought an ashtray. We missed them making up the room twice.

We found the food to be fine, nothing great, nothing horrbile. We did not eat in any of the pay restaurants but did sample all of the dining rooms. We enjoyed breakfast in the Venetian, as it had more of a selection than the buffet. Room service menu was very limited, especially for breakfast.

Aqua and Impressions were both beautiful and we ate at each one twice for dinner. Salsa was also good, and Tratorria was ok. It was our first time cruising with NCL and found the freestyle "reservations" a bit of a problem, twice we called on the same day for that night's dinner and were told there was nothing available. We than booked for the next two nights, and then only late seatings were available. One night the menu (Aqua) although I believe its the same menu in all three rooms we were all hard pressed to find something to eat. Not to worry, there is so much food all day long that you are actually never hungry. My husband and son never had a problem ordering two entrees or three appetizers at a time..in some of the restaurants the portions are tiny! In Tratorria I ordered fried calamari which was wonderful, but surprised when my plate had four little rings on it. Late night food is available in Blue Laggon, and Pearly pub(something) had good fish and chips and popcorn. A few poolside barbeques, but very repetitive with the food, lots of hot dogs all the time.

There was a lot to do on board.

The spa was wonderful, a terrific lap pool, great massages.

The cinema was good, but as people stated before, plays the same movies you can see in your cabin.

The casino was fun, with enough table games, and slots..the casino card is a waste unless you play with a lot of money and a lot of time. My husband played a lot, but at the end of the cruise only accumulated 6 points, he was told the points are better when you play the slots. You need 25 points to get any credit.

The entertainment was good, we enjoyed the shows, the comics, and the ventroloquist. The cruise director was Lance than Ricky Matthews, with Lance as the asst cruise director??

The pool area was nice, the jaccuzis are nice and warm, the staff is friendly.

We didn't do any ship excursions but did do Sunny Liston in St Thomas, and the Dolphin encounter in Tortola. Rented a jeep in St maarten but it rained most of the day. Also surprisingly we went to Great Stirrup Cay which was very nice.

We did not have great weather sailing down, a few cool and rainy days in the Caribbean as well, but nothing was as bad as being in a blizzard at sea. Bonine was a lifesaver!! We were rocking and rolling and the wind was howling, you know its rough out there when you are sitting on your bed looking up at your balcony! Getting out of NY was tricky and our limo service cancelled, luckily we had a friend drive our four wheel drive truck in to get us, with a tarp over the luggage on the truck's bed!

Overall, a very nice trip, on a beautiful ship.

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Glad to hear you had a good trip? How was the CD? Do you know who the hotel director was? Also, how was the caribbean/reggae band by the pool?

 

Welcome home.

 

-Matt

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Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound. We returned on Feb2 when you got on. Hubby and I were watching the weather after we got off and thought we saw a big old storm down by the islands aobut the time you should have been there. How was it? Can't even imagaine the ride home! We were so lucky - the cruise just before ours (I think) got pretty bouncy too.

Luck of the draw that's for sure - and lots of prayers!

Anni

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Is there cell phone service on the ship all the time? If so, how do you know if it is connected to a shore cell line or the ship line (where there is a charge per min)?

 

Thanks!

 

-Matt

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Matt690, the pool bad was very good and could play any type of music. The only cell phones that seemed to work on board were Cingular phones, when you made any calls a recoording stating that it was a marine cell network. Won't know the charges until I get my bill. The ride home was a little wild for seasoned cruiser, but for first timers it was a little too much I'm sure. At about six o'clock Saturday night the ship started rocking a bit by one thirty in the morning she was banging around pretty good. I went up stairs about six A.M. to take a look at the sea conditions on deck seven. To my surprise :eek: the waves were breaking just at deck level. That makes out to me around thirty-five feet at the aft of the ship, I'm sure that up at the bow they were even higher. It looked like something out of the Weather Channel's archives. I must have looked like the deer in the headlights standing there, but with a big smile on my face :D. All in all a good cruise, just a little rocky coming home.

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Is there cell phone service on the ship all the time? If so, how do you know if it is connected to a shore cell line or the ship line (where there is a charge per min)?

 

Thanks!

 

-Matt

 

Not sure if this will help you, we have verizon cell.

I could use my cell at ports until Puerto Rico...but NOT on the ship.

 

Just be aware...we didn't anticipate that the internet on the ship would have a virus...no internet on Sat., until the evening.

Also, ship phones and internet were not available on Sunday as they lost the satellite. Cells did not work Sat., night to Sunday also. This, however, was due to the storm.

 

We did receive service around 10 AM on Sunday on our cell.

Ship phones were still not working.

 

Just advise your family that you may lose service in bad weather!

 

I have no idea of the charge per minute...but...we needed someone to book us a room in NYC so didn't matter what we had to pay.

 

Have a pleasant cruise:)

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MeBSu - Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes!! We were on the SPIRIT (parked next door at Tortola). We headed home from Tortola and arrived in NYC on 2/9 and had smooth seas all the way home... lucky for us, sorry for you! :o

 

~Intrepid

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So glad to have all the 2/2 Dawn Cruisers home safe and sound, and after a wonderful voyage! Glad to know that most of you made the best of the situation on Saturday night! :) Rough seas are not pleasant for most folks (except psychos like me) and I hope that it won't spoil your memories. ;)

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MeBSu - Wow, what a difference a couple of days makes!! We were on the SPIRIT (parked next door at Tortola). We headed home from Tortola and arrived in NYC on 2/9 and had smooth seas all the way home... lucky for us, sorry for you! :o

 

~Intrepid

 

Intrepid...

All was ok...we did see you all in Tortola;)

 

Amazing to see all of the staff meeting up with the Spirit staff.

 

Such a "bond" with the crew:)

 

Glad you made it home before the storm.

 

Oh! Sorry you missed the adventure:eek: back to NYC!

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Yes, Modal Magic was the band in the Spinnaker last year.

Thanks for checking.

Enjoy your day.

Juried

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