Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Sailing Date: June 17th, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
First of all, the service at the free restaurants stinks! We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated at a table at the Aqua, Impressions, and Venetian restaurants. Then, when we were finally seated, the waiter did not even introduce himself. He just dropped off the menus and returned when we were ready to order. When we asked him to refill our glasses with water, he just looked at us as if we were supposed to get up and get it ourselves. He acted as though he was doing us a favor. Usually, in restaurants they automatically refill your glasses with water at the sight of it being almost empty. In Royal Caribbean, the waiters always took out the chair for you, and introduced themselves. Then they would read to you what's on the menu and give you recommendations. Not to mention, they would come to you several times within your meal and ask if everything if OK. On Norwegian Dawn, you can forget about that happening. The waiters on Norwegian Dawn just drop off your food and forget about you till it's time to pick up your plates.
We ate one night at the specialty restaurant, Le Bistro, and the service there was pretty good. Of course, because we paid an extra $20 a person. But that doesn't mean we have to be treated like dirt in the other restaurants. Isn't it enough we paid $1,100 a person for the cruise??
Besides the service, the food at the free restaurants was flavorless and they came in very small portions. Forget about the food at the buffet. It just looks so tasty, but when you put it in your mouth, you just want to spit it out. For breakfast, they had beans as one of the options. WHO THE HECK EATS BEANS FOR BREAKFAST?? There weren't even fresh fruits on this cruise. No bananas, no strawberries, no apples. They had watermelon, but it was covered in seeds and tasted a month old. The peaches and grapes were from a can. The cookies at the buffet were stale, and the iced tea tasted like prune juice.
Anyway, that's that. Next, the drinks were wayyyy too expensive. A pina colada on Royal Caribbean was $5, while on Norwegian Dawn it was $9!
Next, the concierge service was very rude. I asked the woman a question, and she answered me back in the rudest way.
Next, the outdoor pool area. If you don't get there by 9 AM, you can forget about getting a tan. By 10 AM, all the seats are taken, and if you plan on taking a swim, you can forget about that. The least you can do is just stand in the pool and wait to be splashed by the younger crowd. Norwegian Dawn offers an indoor pool with jacuzzis and saunas and a more relaxing atmosphere, but guess what? You have to pay $15 a day per person to use those facilities.
Next, when we arrived in Bermuda, we had to wait nearly 2 hours in scorching heat for a taxi to drive us to the beach. After the beach, a taxi took us to the shopping area. The shopping area was a copy of a Saks Fifth Avenue, with Louis Viutton and Versace stores. The souvenir stores were overpriced. A tee-shirt with Bermuda written over it cost around $30. A pack of cigarettes was around $8, and a bottle of Absolute was $10 more expensive than a bottle that you would get at a New York liquor store. One woman explained to us that Bermuda is the third richest country in the world, and their minimum wage starts at $17 an hour. We got back to ship as soon as possible.
Just a note, before the ship arrives at Great Stirrup Cay, you must get tickets in the library in order to catch a boat to the island. No one even bothered to mention this on the loudspeaker. I just found out in the pool from a friendly woman who had cruised with Norwegian in the past. When the ship arrived in Great Stirrup Cay, we got to Deck 4 at 9AM, and had to wait nearly 3 hours to get off the ship. People were crowded around sitting on the stairs. It was so unorganized!! By the time we arrived at beach, it was 12:30 PM!
I can't say anything bad about Nassau, Bahamas. We went to Atlantis in the evening, and it was just breathtaking! The aquarium was free in the evening, so that was good. Atlantis was the most beautiful place I've ever seen, and huge! When you get to Nassau, Atlantis is a must see. Do not skip it! Atlantis was the highlight of my entire trip! We loved it!
Anyway, there were some things I liked
about the cruise, which I mentioned before. Our stateroom was very nice. We had
a balcony cabin, and it was always kept clean and tidy. The stateroom keeper was
also very friendly.
Another thing, the nightclub was pretty good. The music was good, and the karaoke was lots of fun.
Our cruise director Matt Baker was hysterical. He always cracked us up in the mornings and evenings after the shows. Some of the shows were alright, but some of them were not worth going to.
And the last thing I liked about the cruise is that it sails from New York City, which saves us a trip to the airport, and the unwanted stress of delayed flights.
Well, I guess that's all. I hope that my
review was helpful to you. I wouldn't recommend this cruise, and if you already
have tickets for it, just have fun and make the best of it!