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Age: 47

Occupation:Financial industry

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Sailing Date: 2009-10-18

Itinerary: New York to Bermuda Round Trip

This was my second time on the Dawn, and I am happy to say that the ship, the amenities and the experience have not deteriorated.

My boyfriend and I are both golfers and selected this cruise appreciating that NCL spends 3 days in port in Bermuda. This gave us an opportunity to play 3 of the greatest golf courses in the world as well as some time to get acquainted with the island of Bermuda, one of the great golf destination sites.

Regarding the golfing itself, we made our own arrangements for tee times and transport, since services through the cruise line were limited and expensive. Fellow passengers who brought their clubs expecting to use the ship excursion services were disappointed by NCL's lack of accessibility to several major Bermuda courses, as well as the dilemma of having to provide your own transportation to and from the sites.

Having said this, the staff, including cabin crew, bartenders, wait staff and merchandise people were exceptionally courteous and genuinely friendly.

As far as the food is concerned, this is not exactly a foodie cruise, but unlike some other reviewers, we found the meal options entirely acceptable. Although it did not meet the standards of Las Vegas high end buffets, the selection in the Garden Cafe offered enough variety so we could opt to eat healthy or to splurge on rich vacation foods, depending on our mood. We dine out several times a week in Manhattan, and one of us was in the restaurant industry for years. We both felt the food itself and the dining experiences in the Venetian Restaurant and Garden Cafe were respectable.

If your budget allows, we highly recommend splurging for an outside room with balcony. Having your morning coffee while watching the sunrise in the privacy of your own stateroom is a memory that will last a lifetime. (And if you get a cabin on the starboard side of the ship, you can watch the early morning sail-in to Manhattan from the comfort of your own room.)

We found the Balcony room to be clean, efficiently laid out and well appointed. There was more than enough closet and drawer space for two, and we stored our two large suitcases and two golf bags under the bed comfortably.

We do agree with previous posts that there were times we felt we were being nickeled and dimed for extra expenses. But we simply ignored the ones that did not interest us (e.g. we never ate in a cover charge restaurant), and this did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the week.

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