Norwegian Dawn – Boston to Bermuda July 13-20, 2012

23 Feb

Norwegian Dawn – Boston to Bermuda July 13-20, 2012

SUMMARY
Another perfect cruise.

Embarkation
Arrived at 10:45, but boarding did not start until 11:30. No line for security or to check in, but as time went on the waiting area became quite crowded. Even though we had to wait 45 mins I am still glad we got there early.  As soon as our zone was called we were on board right away and walked around the ship for a bit then went up to the Bimini Bar to have lunch. At 12:30 the rooms were ready and at 2:30 our luggage arrived.

Stateroom
We had a balcony room near the aft staircase on the portside #10696. This was the same room we had last year, and we reserved it again this year because we like it. It’s exactly the same as we remembered – clean, modest, comfortable, and quiet with a beautiful view of the sunrise in the morning on the way to Bermuda and a spectacular view of the sunset as we sail back home. Our room was missing some things (robes, pen, paper, ashtray on the balcony, ice in the ice bucket, an extra roll of toilet paper, and the mini bar had some things missing from it). Nothing major, but it is noteworthy. I left a note for the steward the following day and everything was taken care of.

Specialty Restaurant – Teppanyaki
Outstanding 5 out of 5. I feel this rating is particularly significant because my husband does not like Japanese hibachi, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself at Teppanyaki, and he cannot wait to go back. Everything was perfect – the service, the show the cook performed, the quality of the food, and the value. My husband is a big eater and he left stuffed. The cook offered 2nd and 3rd serving of rice for those who like to splurge.

Specialty Restaurant – Moderno Brazilian Steak House
Outstanding 5 out of 5. We went here on our last night, and what a perfect way to spend the last night of a perfect cruise. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. It was definitely worth the cover charge.

Main Dining Room – The Venetian
Delightful 5 out of 5. We ate there on most nights. Our favorite meal was on the 2nd night. My husband had Caribbean steak and I had the thai chicken and shrimp. I also had breakfast there just about every morning. I love their french toast. My husband never wakes up in time for breakfast, but that’s fine with me.

Poolside Drinks
Less than stellar. 2 out of 5 stars. The service was wonderful, but the quality of the drinks was a disappointment. They were expensive – mixed drinks ranged from $6.50 – $9.50, but the serving size was small and they were very watered down. If you’re not careful they will sneak in a “Souvenir Cup” for an additional $2.75. Beer is $4.95-$6.95, but you can get a bucket of 5 and get the 6th one free.

Poolside Entertainment
Joy the Caribbean-style band. Very good, relaxing music. The best part is the Poolside BBQ every sea day (weather permitting). There is nothing better than the fresh sea air and the smell of a real charcoal BBQ. The DJ really got the crowd going, too.

Latitudes Party
It was held on the way back from Bermuda on Wednesday. It’s invitation only for past cruisers. It featured unlimited house chardonnay, merlot, rum punch, beer, or champagne. They had raffles for dinner for 2 at any specialty restaurant, admission to blackjack tournament, vintage coaster set, and a t-shirt..

White Hot Party
Was on Wednesday night. I always enjoy it even though it’s mostly a younger crowd. They decorate the lounge all in white, there’s ice sculptures, loud music and cups that light up.

Bermuda
There are not enough words to describe the beauty of Bermuda. It weather was perfect, the people are friendly, the beaches are breathtaking. We did our usual thing – got bus/ferry passes, went to Horseshoe Bay and Tobacco Bay, and visited with our friends at The Bone Fish and with our favorite artist, Lisa Rego. Three days just isn’t enough, but it’s nice knowing that we still have a couple days left of fun on the ship to enjoy before arriving back in Boston.

Additional Info
I have more info in my review from our cruise in 2011.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Norwegian Dawn – Boston to Bermuda July 13-20, 2012”

  1. Kaym August 3, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Thanks for the tips! It’s so nice that you’ve shared your experiences.

    • mybermuda August 6, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      You’re welcome. Thank you for the complement. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: