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Arjacee

Age: 49

Occupation:Financial

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Sailing Date: 2010-08-12

Itinerary: NYC to Bermuda

Left NYC Sunday, July 25th, 2010 to Bermuda, returning Sunday, August 1st. The Dawn docks at King's Wharf (Royal Navy Dockyard) for three days. We had beautiful weather while the ship was out to sea (two days out to sea on way down -- one day out to sea on way back) Ran into a little rain while in Bermuda, but did not deter us from hopping on the bus all three days and heading to the beaches. More about that later.

Plenty of good food! Between the two free main dining rooms (Venetian and Aqua), the Speciality Restaurants (we chose Cagneys) , the Garden Cafe buffet, the Blue Lagoon, Bimini and the wok-grill cooking done pool-side while out to sea, we found the food to be great! And those are just the eateries that we chose. There are more.

We crammed four into an inside stateroom! Having cruised before, we know that you do not spend a heck of a lot of time in the room, so it was not a big deal for us. And obviously, we kept our cost of the cruise down by opting to go with this room. Our room had the two main beds, with a third bed that folds down from the wall (forming what looks like a bunk bed with one of the other two main beds) and the fourth bed was a folding bed that stores under one of the two main beds. Every day and night the room stewards folded the fourth bed away or set it up, so there was no hassle there.

We went to the 9:30 show every night. The Jean Ann Ryan troupe put on some pretty good shows. Second City, the Magician, and the comedian , Dave Heenan, were OK. We played Bingo one session and actually won one of the games. There were some amusing contests while out to sea ( a legs contest for men and a biceps contest for women) that were hosted by Sidney, who is a funny, likeable guy and we had some pretty good contestants on our ship. Pretty good! Also, our Cruise Director was a guy named Matt Baker. He was absolutely terrific. Multi-talented (even plays a mean harmonica) and very funny. He reminded me of Austin Powers right off the bat and sure enough, that is a character that he does during the week. We went to a couple of the shows in the Spinnaker, such as the "Newlywed"-type show that Matt hosted and he kept those shows interesting.

Aside from going to the beach each day, we did book the jet skis at Somerset Water Sports, located at the Somerset Draw Bridge. Unlike some jet ski rentals where they give you the jet ski and you can roam free in an area, this one is actually lead by an employee, in our case a very nice fellow named Andy, who some how memorized the names of all 13 people who went out with him. He would take us to various spots (where we got to ride full throttle) and then we would gather and he would tell us a story and point out various things. We loved it.

We actually had some rain as we set sail from NYC, so everyone pretty much went to the Spinnaker (with it's tall windows) to watch the Statue of Liberty, etc. We awoke at sea the next two days to terrific weather and parked our selves on the pool-deck lounge chairs and enjoyed the pool all day, both days. Very, very nice and relaxing! First day in Bermuda we bought three-day bus tickets and headed right to Horse Shoe Bay Beach, as the weather was beautiful. On Thrusday we headed out to Church Bay but found it small and more suited for snorkling, so we headed back to the bus stop and on to Horse Shoe Bay again. On Friday, we awoke to sunny weather and decided to try Elbow Beach. Unfortunately, a huge storm came in as soon as we got there. We attempted to wait it out, but it never let up and actually rained the rest of the day. No big deal -- we headed back to the ship for a fantastic lunch in the Venetian and headed bakc out the the local shops, which are within walking distance, to watch the glass blowers and pick up some rum cake! I really like the freestyle cruise , uh, style. And although the Venetian and the Aqua have the same menu each day, the Venetain is the "nicer" of the two (they are both nice) and may not allow you to sit down if you are wearing shorts (men or women) after 5:30 PM. Not a big deal -- if you go to the Venetian and they don't approve of your attire, they will suggest the Aqua, where you will get the same menu and the same great service. This was my favorite cruise to date -- all around good weather, good food, and a great time onboard. Kudus to NCL.

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