Number of Cruises: 1st
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Sailing Date: June 12th, 2005
This trip was for our honeymoon, and it honestly could not have been any better. The ship was beautiful, the food was fantastic, the service was even better, and the entertainment was outstanding. We attended at least one show a night (most nights we went to 2 shows), and we danced at Spinniker, laid out by the pool, and did just about everything you can imagine while on board.
The "Freestyle Daily" was great, it easily explained the next day's embarkation procedures, and gave you the day's schedule that was very easy to understand. The shows were great, and nothing overlapped, so you could go to everything you wanted.
As for the excursions, each one got better and better. In Port Canaveral, we did the NASA Up Close tour which was great, then in Miami, we just took the BB Hopper to South Beach and enjoyed that for the day. Then the real fun started......Great Stirrup Cay. Wow! You are in water up to your chest, and you can see your toes (and the fish swimming around them!) When we got in the water and saw how clean it was we decided we had to go snorkeling. What a great decision, we loved that. As for being crowded, the main section of the beach was, so we went to the further beach which was almost exclusively to us. For some reason almost nobody walked over there and it was easy to get a chair and umbrella. There was no line at the BBQ buffet when we went over there and everything was just perfect.
That afternoon we arrived in Nassau, and we got off the ship and walked around the shops near the pier. We had fun there, but the most fun started in the morning when we went over to Paradise Island to see the Atlantis. That was beautiful and went great too. We took a cab there and back, and they were very easy to take, and the drivers seemed very happy when I gave them a $2.00 tip....it seemed like they didn't get them too often.
In summary, we wish the trip had not ended. It was as perfect a vacation/honeymoon that we could have imagined. We loved our room and balcony and honestly can't imagine taking another cruise without being back on Norwegian...and we would love to be back on the Dawn again. I don't know if this is allowed, but I posted photos from the cruise on my site and feel free to check out how beautiful it was.... words just can't explain it. http://www.mikelynaugh.com/wedding/Honeymoon/index1.html