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Age: 24


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Sailing Date: 2009-12-13

Itinerary: Western Carribean

This was my first cruise so it is hard to compare it but from the stories and experiences I have heard from others it sounds like I did a poor job of picking NCL for my first time cruise. When people would ask about the cruise I would say "The food was awful, the service OK, but the entertainment was awesome." Will probably never sail on NCL again. You live & learn!

For the most part it was not good at all. We ate in the Venetian the first night. Very busy, slow, and a little pushy. Food in all the restaurants are a very small serving but if you ask they will get you another serving, however they seem annoyed by the fact you are asking. Food was just OK. Could have personally made my chicken better myself. The aqua was OK also, food was more on the bland side with not much taste. The buffet was actually very good except for a few exceptions. Breakfast was wonderful! Sometimes lunch and dinner seemed like cafeteria food but some of the food was a surprisingly good taste. Went to the buffet on the "chocolate" night and sampled 4-5 desserts, none of which I finished since they were all bland and tasteless. How can you mess up chocolate cake? Ate at Salsa's one night which was the best dinner of the trip. Was very tasteful and great service. We loved our waitress there! Great seating and really enjoyed the experience. Ate at Cagney's one night and was not impressed. We were really looking forward to it because of all the great reviews we had heard and I have had better prime rib. Was dry and chewy and service was slow. Had a 24 hour small "cafe" restaurant. Food was ok, have had better in many small town diners. Enough to satisfy anybody who is starving but the staff was lazy and seemed annoyed by the request of an extra napkin for the 3rd person since they only gave 2.

Drinks at the pool -- waiters were very pushy. They were so pushy, it was annoying. Got to the point we did not order as many drinks the past day because they pushed their limits! Expensive but thinking they are like that on every cruise line.

We were actually happy with our stateroom. It was big enough for 3 people. Had to put suitcases underneath beds but that is what you expect. Beds were very comfortable. Room cleaned twice a day was very much appreciated. Dirty towel left in room one night by housekeeper.

Entertainment in auditorium was OUTSTANDING! Loved every single show, even the ones I did not think I would find interesting. Otherwise entertainment on the ship was lousy. Went to a lot of "events" and the crowd was sparse and could not get into it. Ship workers were very pushy about buying anything and everything they were selling.

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