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Norwegian Dawn

95 reviews
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Common Areas (1,898)
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Passengers: 2,340   |   Crew: 1,032
Passengers to crew: 2.27:1
Passengers to space: 36.7:1
Launched: 2002   


  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
  Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window (OF)  
  Inside (IF)  
  Mid-Ship Inside (IE)  
  Oceanview Porthole Window (OG)  
  Inside (IX)  
Medical Center


Cabin size: 166 - 200 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 160
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 3
Number of cabins: 728
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jrayb518 wrote a review Jul 2020
Orlando, Florida58 contributions28 helpful votes
We made this 7-day New England/Canada cruise from Boston in September 2017 (not August 2019 as the required date field shows), but the experience was good enough for me to warrant this overdue review. The Dawn doesn't appear to make this ocean run presently. Instead, it appears from Norwegian's website that it travels just about everywhere else. I loved the size of this vessel, refurbished in 2016. Its maximum passenger capacity of 2,340 is on the small end of many ocean-going cruise ships, Norwegian's included. Finding a seat at lunchtime in the buffet areas was not difficult. We usually ordered breakfast from the menu in one of the two main dining rooms, the Venetian, usually, I believe. The food was so good! So good! And the service was just as good. Suppers were served in either specialty restaurants or in the main dining rooms. I remember good food and usually vegetarian-friendly options. Again, good service wherever we ate. Although we spent much of our shipboard time with the several people in our group, there were lots of opportunities to meet others, even, and especially, when making small talk on the elevators or at the bars. Our oceanview cabin felt somewhat small and it looked out onto one of the lifeboats, but we didn't let that lack of a view dampen our fun. Our steward was very attentive and kept our cabin well-supplied and neat. This was my first ocean cruise and i loved it.
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christopherkO6717GT wrote a review Mar 2020
Orlando, Florida27 contributions5 helpful votes
Our room, this time it was an ocean view room. The room was more spacious, if that is even possible in a cruise stateroom, than we had anticipated. We had bid on an upgrade but our status as a relatively newcomer to frequently using NCL, only Bronze, sort of excluded us from this opportunity. Our room was clean and fresh and the steward, Leon, did a spectacular job of taking care of us. This is a relatively old ship, 2000, and is very compartmentalized making it very difficult at times to navigate from place to place. The pool area is very small but the seating areas around it are pretty vast. If you get there at 5 am you may get a lounge chair because in spite of the 30 minute no use rule, people put towels on chairs and show up hours later to "claim" them. The food and drinks were very good. We either at in the Venetian restaurant or O Sheehan's. We ate at the Tempayana (sp) Japanese Steak House once. It was very good but very loud. We did not ever eat at the buffet primarily due to the lack of health concerns by many of the people that were eating there. We all were concerned about the Covid19 virus. The stops, Belize, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel were nice but nothing special unless you spent large sums of money for expeditions. Essentially all stops are owned or controlled by the cruise ships now. There were a minimum of 4 cruise ships at each stop with NCL Dawn taking the back seat for docking at all. There were 2 ferry boat days to and from the ship. Not fun, not organized, chaotic. Do not bother getting priority boarding. It is costly and essentially useless, especially during debarkation when it was a free for all. You could only use the spa credits on full price items, not on sale items essentially reducing the $50 credit to something much lower. Not worth the time or effort. The thermal spa was ok but dated.
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richard b wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania29 contributions10 helpful votes
My friend booked the cruise through a travel agent . The price was cheap we paid about $ 1300 a person which included airfare, food and drinks. The ship isn't that big and has been redone. The staff on the ship is excellent the food is great at the buffet inside and at the pool. The drinks are good but you must ask for top shelf if want better drinks. Once the staff seems to no you at the bars the call you by your name every time they see you and ask if you want anything . The ship does a lot of rocking when seas are rough the pool is ok it's not heated and it is 5.5 feet deep so you are basically paddling the whole time in the pool they due have four hot tubs around the pool which you have to keep and eye on when you get space to get in . There is a lot of seating around the pool but at sea days you have to secure your seating early. You will be served drinks around the pool my suggestion is tip nice and they will come to you much faster than others lol.The entertainment is nice on the ship the works and staff are enjoyable to be around the due make you feel like family. The negatives is getting seating at some of the speciality restaurants can be challenging if you are not on the top of your game. The Brazilian restaurant was ok , the Teppanyaki was great our favorite , Los Lobos was also good. The everyday restaurants also where good definitely go to the for fancier food such as Venetian and Aqua the steak was great and the irish bar had good sandwich and wings. If you want to go to the steak house you better find a way to get a reservation because we had no luck. Also we had a party od 12 to ten for dinner which at time seemed to be hard for them to accommodate so we split up the group so times but the steak house couldn't even give me and my wife anything.
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JenB wrote a review Mar 2020
Goshen, Indiana8 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our first time cruising out of the Tampa Port. We found this port to be very easy. Not far to walk compared to Miami. The up side is the ships that dock here are smaller too so again, not as much walking. The down side is, the ships are smaller. This means that there are fewer restaurants, bars and staff. The thing that bothered us the most was lack of staff. We waited a lot for drinks & food. We also really missed listening to live music. On larger ships that we have been on there was live music all the time. Not so with this ship. Also one entertainer named Al, who played in the champagne bar, was Terrible! I don’t mean so - so. I mean Terrible!! Really Norwegian? There are a Lot of really good performers out there. Please hire one to work the Dawn. The second musician, Angel, is fantastic! To bad he doesn’t work every night. We really enjoyed his music😊 Our cabin was fine. Nothing fancy but very clean, which is the important part. Our bed was pretty uncomfortable but when I mentioned this to our room steward, he immediately put a foam pad on the bed which helped a lot. We had a good cruise and will cruise with Norwegian again but probably board a larger ship in Miami next time.
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Lori wrote a review Mar 2020
Charlton, Massachusetts6 contributions
I always have a great time on vacation - and this was no exception. In general I feel that cruising and especially cruising on NCL is a great Value. It may be worth mentioning - that we also had our mothers join us - and that worked out well - cruising as everyone can choose to cruise at their own speed. Quality and Price both meet our needs and it's easy to book. This cruise offered some exceptional ports of call that we don't often get to and 2 that we had never visited before - so that was the primary reason for picking this particular cruise. We enjoy the beverage package on board and the ship and dining options just as much. The price had gone up since our first look so we ended up down grading our room from OV to interior and doing that we still got everything we needed and stayed within our budget. For us the room is not that important, and we get some of the best sleep in an interior room. With some cut backs on NCL (like no towel animals and a few other small things); I'm happy to say the staff was not one and found the bar staff to be better and in general thought it was faster service that previous cruises. We already have our next cruise booked. Cheers & Happy Sailing.
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