Norwegian Dawn – Boston to Bermuda July 12, 2013

26 Jul

My husband and I had a fabulous time on the July 12, 2013 Boston-Bermuda Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn. We enjoyed it so much that we booked the same date and same cabin again for next year.

This is an abridged version, for more detailed info please see my past reviews for “July 2012” and “July 2011

About Us
This was our 5th year in a row going sailing on NCL from Boston-Bermuda. The first two times were on the Norwegian Spirit and the past three were on the Dawn. I’ve sailed 6 times with NCL, 3 times with Carnival, once with Celebrity and once with Renaissance (now Oceania). I’m a fan of NCL, but I truly enjoyed every cruise line that I’ve sailed on and am look forward to one day sailing on all of them.

Arrived a bit later than usual at 11:00 (instead of our usual 10-10:30), and boarded immediately after going through security (lines were long) and checking in. We walked around the ship for a bit then went up to the buffet to have lunch. It was crowded. Next time we’ll go to the Bimini Bar instead. At 1:30 the rooms were ready and at 2:30 our luggage arrived.

We had a balcony room near the aft staircase on the portside #10696. This was the same room we had for the last two years, 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. 


Norwegian Dawn Stateroom 10696

Main Dining Room – The Venetian
Delightful 5 out of 5. We ate there on most nights. 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.


Thai Chicken in Venetian

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 around $10 or so, but the serving size was small and they were very watered down. I think this is because NCL now offers an Ultimate Beverage Package that includes unlimited alcoholic drinks. However, we don’t drink enough to make that worthwhile. If you’re not careful they will sneak in a “Souvenir Cup” for an additional charge. Beer is about $6 or $7, but you can get a bucket of 5 and get the 6th one free. I had bought a couple bottles of wine for the room on the NCL website. They had them ready on embarkation with a corkscrew and glasses. That was perfect. I enjoy a glass out on the balcony watching the sun set.


Wine Ordered for Room


Poolside Entertainment
The Caribbean-style band was great as usual. We also enjoyed 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. We caught a glimpse of a couple the funny games – Hairy Chest and Booty Shaking contests. They were ridiculous yet funny at the same time. I’d caution conservative people to stay away from the Booty Shaking contest. It could be offensive to some.


Poolside BBQ


Latitudes Party
It was held on Saturday afternoon. It’s invitation only for past cruisers. It featured unlimited house chardonnay, merlot, rum punch, beer, or champagne. They had raffles for prizes.

White Hot Party
Was on Wednesday night. It’s nice to see everyone out and about, but there were way too many children and teens there. They decorate the lounge all in white, there’s ice sculptures, loud music and cups that light up. We didn’t stay long because of all the kids.


White Hot Party

There are not enough words to describe the beauty of Bermuda.  We never get sick of it. The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, the beaches are breathtaking. We did our usual thing – got bus/ferry passes, went to Horseshoe Bay, got into St. George as well as Hamilton, and visited with our friends at The Bone Fish and with our favorite artist, Lisa Rego, at the Clocktower Mall in the Dockyard. 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.


Norwegian Dawn at port in Bermuda

I recommend getting to Horseshoe Bay on Sunday. For more detailed info on what to do and when, please see the my 2011 post. On Monday, get to St. George and Hamilton during the day then to The Bone Fish Grill at night for dinner and dancing. If you are into serious partying reggae-style then go to Snorkle Park after midnight on Monday. On Tuesday, I recommend exploring the Dockard –  shopping at the Clocktower Mall, lunch at Cafe Amici, and farewell drinks at The Frog and Onion.


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