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Old 04-30-2009, 02:40 PM
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We recently cancelled our honeymoon to Mexico and are frantically trying to totally re-book new plans. We are currently deciding between two NCL cruises that depart the same date for Bermuda:

1) Norwegian Dawn - leaving from NYC - docking at King's Wharf.

2) Norwegian Majesty - leaving from Baltimore - docking at St. George.

I was in Bermuda once before on a Celebrity cruise and loved Tobacco Bay (and believe that's near St. George), so I'm leaning towards that one but would really appreciate any thoughts or opinions!

I feel like I'm cramming for a test, trying to read as many reviews as possible -- in the midst of the busiest month of our lives.

THANK YOU!
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:34 PM
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Hi Honeymooner2009, and welcome to cruise-chat. More importantly, congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

I have to admit to some bias in that Norwegian Majesty is my favorite ship currently in the NCL fleet. We've sailed on her four times, of which three were to Bermuda. (Our other time in Bermuda was on Celebrity.) She's small enough to get through the Town Cut, which is a highlight in itself. As for docking at King's Wharf vs. St. George's, there is more to do at the latter, yet bus and ferry service is so convenient that either location is fine, IMO.

Now, if you decide to book Norwegian Majesty, keep a few things in mind about cabin selection. There are two types of inside cabins and two types of oceanview cabins. The standard inside/outside cabins are tiny. Go for the superior inside or superior oceanview instead. I'd also try to avoid the cabins that are very close to the casino on Deck 6 as the noise travels a few cabins down. Not that the casino will be open much on this itinerary.

This is the last season for N. Majesty, and she is a ship very much beloved by her crew. Should you book the ship, please feel free to ask me anything.

Hopefully, someone will come along soon with information about Norwegian Dawn so you can make a balanced decision. I haven't been onboard yet.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:45 AM
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I haven't sailed the Dawn either, but my co-worker did and hasn't stopped raving about her. They had a balcony cabin. He said the ship was fantastic. I wish I could give you my personal account, so many ships to sail so little money
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Old 05-01-2009, 02:08 PM
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LisaP, thank you so much! I think we are going ahead with the Majesty. We're looking at the superior oceanview staterooms. Neither of us are very heavy packers, so I think we should be fine.

The rooms that are available are on 9, near the Kids Korner and Children's Splash Pool. Do you think there will be much of a problem with noise there?

Also, what's the pool situation? I love to lay in the sun and saw one picture of a pool on the website, but is there more than one? (A RCI cruise I went on had a wading pool that was amaaaaaazing for sitting and reading.)

How would you rate the different restaurants and bars? Since it's our honeymoon, we do anticipate having a drink two

Did you take advantage of the vouchers for restaurants on shore?

Also, have you ever cruised out of Baltimore? Any advice for getting to the ship?

Many, many thanks again!
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:24 PM
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Honeymooner2009 - Just back from my 3rdNCL Dawn cruise this morning.I am glad to report that she is as much beloved by NCL fans as the NCL Majesty. She is in great shape and, being much newer and being specifically designed for the "Freestyle" concept offers a much more accurate NCL experience.

For a Honeymoon I would recommend the Dawn as being roomier,
better equipped,quieter and a better representative of what NCL has become.

Water taxi service in Bermuda more than ever compensates for the Kings Wharf vs Hamilton vs. St.George docking choices.

The NCL Majesty is a much loved ship too but the NCL Dawn seems to do it a wee bit more satsfying IMO!

Congratulations ,A Warm Welcome to Cruise-Chat, My Very Best Wishes and.....

Bon Voyage

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Old 05-05-2009, 04:21 PM
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Thank you for the input on N. Dawn, BillyBuzzy. I was hoping you'd stop by.

Honeymooner, I apologize for not getting to your questions sooner. There shouldn't be much noise from the Kids Corner and splash pool. The Kids Corner is behind a set of heavy doors, and the splash pool is rarely used.

There are two main pools on N. Majesty. They're pretty close to each other, separated by an elevator bank. Sometimes they designate one for adults only. Yet, don't expect to lay by the pool as the deck chairs are located one deck above. This is a major drawback of the ship, IMO.

Bars and restaurants. Some very nice choices. We'll start with the main dining rooms. The larger one, located aft, is original to the ship and has great sea views. Definitely go there for breakfast a few mornings... the service is attentive and the food was great. (Macadamia nut blintzes were a favorite on one of my cruises. They get inventive.) The midship dining room has the same menu, but is more intimate. It was a later addition to the ship. Get there early, as it fills up quickly if you want a table for two. We also enjoy the Italian restaurant in the Observatory Lounge. You need to make a reservation. I suggest going to the desk in the main lobby to ask to see the menus for each evening, as they do change. There is also a nice bar in here.

We also enjoy the bar in the Rendezvous Lounge. It's rather large... one side was designated smoking, the other non-smoking as of our last sailing. The seating area runs the width of the ship, and is sectioned off into smaller rooms. This and the Observatory Lounge were our favorite bars. The one off the casino tended to get smokey.

If they are offering the restaurant vouchers, definitely take advantage. We had a very nice lunch in Hamilton. We had to order from a special menu specific to the vouchers, yet it was still very good.

Sorry... have never cruised out of Baltimore.

Happy planning!
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