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We chose this cruise because of the port of call. We had never sailed to the southern Caribbean and 6 of the 8 stops were all new islands for us. We were not disappointed with the quality of the beaches, easy aces to them, shopping etc. We are not your typical tourist who book excursions for every stop. We do our own thing as we get off the ship. Getting cabs to and from the beaches are fairly easy and if you feel for a short 2-3 hour tour you can easily get them on and around the ship as you get off and you pay much less. Sometime they need 2-4 pax to complete the cab ride and you can negotiate them, as we did. As an example, St-Lucia, $25/per for a 2.5 hour tour with the caves which we paid $9 at the gate. I believe it was 2x the amount with the ship excursions. The food onboard was very good, for those of you, like us, who had never done "freestyle" dinning before, it is actually quite good. The longuest we ever waited in line at the Venetian dinning room or Aqua was less than 5min. A la carte dining, we only did La Cucina (Italian) was delicious and the extra was approx $30/per. The Asian restaurant (complementary) is a must. Reserve in advance as it does get full every night. We had one deception, that is the choice of more exotic foods such as lobsters, crabs, etc...Probably available in the Specialty restaurant for a fee but not in the main dinning rooms (Venetian/Aqua) and buffet Garden Cafe. We are convinced that it is probably due to the the cruise line trying to maintain pricing. Of the food that was available, it was very tasty but regular diner food. But good. The entertainment was awesome. A few musical, magic, comedian, and the Element finale was truly Vegas like quality. There is typically 2 showing and ample room. The staff is extremely charming, and if you ever sail on this ship and come across "Washy Washy" in the Garden Cafe, you will understand this statement....lollll We had a balcony state room and we were very please, We were on the 10th floor at the aft of the ship and everything was great. A word of caution to those who upgrade to a suit on the 11th floor, we met a couple who were just below the Garden Cafe (buffet) restaurant and the chair sliding noise was constant all day during all meals. Unfortunately, there was no solution from guest services for them other than propose ear plugs!!!!! So please choose your room (if on the 11th) at the front of the ship. In conclusion, we would definitely sail with Norwegian again, Pedro the cruise director was often in and around and very friendly. When speaking with some other guest we realized that we had a better price than some of them, we got ours through Selloff Vacations.com (Canada). For us it was a great value! Thank you

Great Cruise as a first experience with Norwegian!

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by mbarbieri

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We chose this cruise because of the port of call. We had never sailed to the southern Caribbean and 6 of the 8 stops were all new islands for us. We were not disappointed with the quality of the beaches, easy aces to them, shopping etc. We are not your typical tourist who book excursions for every stop. We do our own thing as we get off the ship. Getting cabs to and from the beaches are fairly easy and if you feel for a short 2-3 hour tour you can easily get them on and around the ship as you get off and you pay much less. Sometime they need 2-4 pax to complete the cab ride and you can negotiate them, as we did. As an example, St-Lucia, $25/per for a 2.5 hour tour with the caves which we paid $9 at the gate. I believe it was 2x the amount with the ship excursions.

The food onboard was very good, for those of you, like us, who had never done "freestyle" dinning before, it is actually quite good. The longuest we ever waited in line at the Venetian dinning room or Aqua was less than 5min. A la carte dining, we only did La Cucina (Italian) was delicious and the extra was approx $30/per. The Asian restaurant (complementary) is a must. Reserve in advance as it does get full every night. We had one deception, that is the choice of more exotic foods such as lobsters, crabs, etc...Probably available in the Specialty restaurant for a fee but not in the main dinning rooms (Venetian/Aqua) and buffet Garden Cafe. We are convinced that it is probably due to the the cruise line trying to maintain pricing. Of the food that was available, it was very tasty but regular diner food. But good.

The entertainment was awesome. A few musical, magic, comedian, and the Element finale was truly Vegas like quality. There is typically 2 showing and ample room. The staff is extremely charming, and if you ever sail on this ship and come across "Washy Washy" in the Garden Cafe, you will understand this statement....lollll

We had a balcony state room and we were very please, We were on the 10th floor at the aft of the ship and everything was great. A word of caution to those who upgrade to a suit on the 11th floor, we met a couple who were just below the Garden Cafe (buffet) restaurant and the chair sliding noise was constant all day during all meals. Unfortunately, there was no solution from guest services for them other than propose ear plugs!!!!! So please choose your room (if on the 11th) at the front of the ship.

In conclusion, we would definitely sail with Norwegian again, Pedro the cruise director was often in and around and very friendly. When speaking with some other guest we realized that we had a better price than some of them, we got ours through Selloff Vacations.com (Canada). For us it was a great value!

Thank you
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