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We enjoy NCL's product and especially like the "Getaway" nature of the itinerary. We had not been on the Dawn and we were looking forward to the ship. We love this size ship and are especially fond of the Jade and Gem. The Dawn is older and of a different type than the Jewel Class. We found the ship in excellent condition, well maintained and spotless. We love the Bistro and Cagney's and were excited to try the new Mexican restaurant, Los Lobos. Bistro and Los Lobos were exceptional while Cagney's was mediocre. We were in Cabin 10528 and it was well maintained and clean - love having the coffee maker and the balcony was a nice size. The entertainment was very good to excellent and the aerialists Macx and his girlfriend were amazing and deserved the standing ovations they received.The young married couple who sang nightly in the atrium above the Java Bar were very good and the Spa was gorgeous and well tended. Now for the things that were not so good.... 1. The cruise director and cruise staff were unfriendly, non-engaging, and very clickish with each other. I have been on many cruises and have not encountered such an amateurish unprofessional cruise activities team. The final day's bingo for the final call they had a young lady perform the call that was very inexperienced she struggled to communicate beyond pat responses to questions - English was a struggle. But the most disappointing aspect was the cigarette smoke that permeated the casino and Gatsby's - if you dislike cigarette smoke - never mind allergies or respiratory problems - you will need to avoid these areas as the smoking and escaping smoke is out of hand. The ship does not have a useable/reasonable outdoor dining area - Great American outdoor restaurant as is found on Jade, Gem, Sun, Sky..... we really missed having this wonderful outdoor space.

Relaxing with no issues but nothing remarkable

Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by ThelmLou

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We enjoy NCL's product and especially like the "Getaway" nature of the itinerary. We had not been on the Dawn and we were looking forward to the ship. We love this size ship and are especially fond of the Jade and Gem. The Dawn is older and of a different type than the Jewel Class. We found the ship in excellent condition, well maintained and spotless. We love the Bistro and Cagney's and were excited to try the new Mexican restaurant, Los Lobos. Bistro and Los Lobos were exceptional while Cagney's was mediocre. We were in Cabin 10528 and it was well maintained and clean - love having the coffee maker and the balcony was a nice size. The entertainment was very good to excellent and the aerialists Macx and his girlfriend were amazing and deserved the standing ovations they received.The young married couple who sang nightly in the atrium above the Java Bar were very good and the Spa was gorgeous and well tended. Now for the things that were not so good.... 1. The cruise director and cruise staff were unfriendly, non-engaging, and very clickish with each other. I have been on many cruises and have not encountered such an amateurish unprofessional cruise activities team. The final day's bingo for the final call they had a young lady perform the call that was very inexperienced she struggled to communicate beyond pat responses to questions - English was a struggle. But the most disappointing aspect was the cigarette smoke that permeated the casino and Gatsby's - if you dislike cigarette smoke - never mind allergies or respiratory problems - you will need to avoid these areas as the smoking and escaping smoke is out of hand. The ship does not have a useable/reasonable outdoor dining area - Great American outdoor restaurant as is found on Jade, Gem, Sun, Sky..... we really missed having this wonderful outdoor space.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB 10528
Lovely efficient cabin with good storage and well appointed. Our Cabin Steward was excellent.
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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