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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.

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The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

15 Jul

If you’re cruising to Bermuda and your ship is in the Dockyard, the first restaurant you’ll see is The Bone Fish Bar and Grill (please note it is not related to the chain restaurant with a similar name found in the USA. The Bermudian Bone Fish is MUCH better.). I am such a huge fan of this place. We’ve been so there so many times we’ve become good friends with everyone there: Livio – the owner and chef, Phillip, Matteo and Gary – behind the bar, and the other staff including Luca and Bernard. When you go tell them Lorinda and Carlos sent you!

Livio and Carlos (my husband)

Livio and Carlos (my husband)

I highly recommend the fish chowder. Now Bermuda fish chowder is unlike chowder you might be familiar with from the United States. Fish chowder is more like a stew. Here’s a picture, but you have to taste it in order to truly appreciate it.

Fish Chowder at The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

Fish Chowder at The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

The Bone Fish also has delicious seafood, classic Italian dishes, and really good nachos.

Nachos at The Bone Fish

Nachos at The Bone Fish

And of course, there is a fine selection of drinks including Bermuda’s famous ones – rum swizzle, dark and stormy. You can even get a souvenir glass to take home. I have quite a collection!

Rum Swizzle in a Bone Fish glass

Here’s a Rum Swizzle I made at home in one of my Bone Fish glasses.

One thing not to be missed is the entertainment! On Sundays, one of Bermuda’s greatest guitarists, Randy Lambert, performs, and on Mondays they have Salsa Night where instructors teach you how to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata.

Phillip, Carlos and Randy

Phillip, Carlos (my husband), and guitarist Randy Lambert

Bone Fish Bar & Grill
6 Dockyard Terrace
Dockyard, Bermuda
Call: 234 – 5151

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