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Norwegian Dawn

The Norwegian Dawn was the first ship in NCL's fleet to feature the hull distinctive graphics that has become synonymous with the brand. New York's favourite cruise ship offers fantastic itineraries from New York to Bermuda during the summer months, Canada & New England in the autumn and Miami to the Caribbean during the winter cruise season.

With 14 dining options, 11 bars and lounges, a revitalising spa, casino and pools the Norwegian dawn is the epitome of freestyle cruising.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2002
Tonnage 92250
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 20
Number Of Decks 15
Number Of Elevators 12
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 10
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2224
Crew 1066
Refurbished 2016

Ship Facilities

The Norwegian Dawn offers superb dining options to choose from as part of the freestyle cruising ethos. With 14 dining options in total there is a fantastic array of choice for your cruise. Paying a small cover charge gives you the choice of restaurants like the Japanese Teppanyaki, Le Bistro French restaurant and the upmarket Cagney's Steakhouse.

  • Venetian Main Restaurant
  • Garden Café
  • La Trattoria
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Salsa
  • Aqua Main Restaurant
  • Cagney’s Steak House
  • Le Bistro French Restaurant
  • Impressions Main Restaurant

The entertainment on the NCL Dawn is fantastic. There are 11 bars and lounges to enjoy the perfect drink, the Stardust Theatre for Broadway-style entertainment, and the onboard cinema to keep up to date with the latest and greatest films.

  • Cinema
  • Stardust Theatre
  • Java Café
  • Star Bar
  • Topsiders Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Havana Club
  • Gatsby’s Champagne Bar
  • Dawn Club Casino
  • Dazzles Lounge & Night Club
  • Spinnaker Lounge Nightclub
  • The Pearly Kings Pub

No matter how young the guests are onboard the ship, there is fun to be had for everyone. Little children can enjoy interactive games, films and creative activities at the Splash Academy, while teens can escape their parents for a little while at the Entourage Teen Club.

All the family can make memories splashing about in the pool and the specially designed T-Rex Kid’s Pool features slides and a paddling pool so that nobody has to miss out on cooling off in the water.

There’s no better way to burn off all that indulgent food you’ve been enjoying than having a go at one of the sports available onboard Norwegian Dawn. With basketball and volleyball courts, a running track and swimming pools, you’ll be able to try something new or show off your skills in a bit of friendly competition. If you prefer to do your workout in a gym, then Pulse Fitness Centre has a mix of machines and free weights, as well as exercise classes, ready to help you get that blood pumping.

However, Norwegian know that staying active isn’t everyone’s idea of a perfect holiday. For those looking to enjoy some relaxing downtime, the Mandara Spa and Salon offers a huge range of beauty treatments to make you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. There are also several Jacuzzis and a Thermal Suite to optimise your levels of relaxation.

Customer reviews for Norwegian Dawn

Travelled from Boston to Quebec in September 2018. We had a mini state room with balcony. High standard of cleanliness and attention by most of the crew. One of the photography staff was quite rude. But this was the exception rather than the rule. The cafeteria was a bit hectic therefore we always ate in the venetian restaurant or in one of the pre-booked speciality restaurants. Some of the entrainment was quite good though on sea days there was not enough going on to interest us. whilst there were numerous bars on board, there was only a small library where one could escape the music and just sit in a lounge situation rather than a bar. One good thing is that compared to our last cruise 2 years ago on Norwegian they do tell you a little bit about the port of call for the independent traveller. Excursions were expensive and so we only went on one trip and then it was not value for money. Enjoyed our cruise and would be happy to return to Norwegian in the future.

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My wife and I were disappointed of the Dawn's food. Serving a piece of chicken in a bowl of water doesn't meet our critia of a chicken dish. I thought the food was rather bland. Le Bistro was fine but Aqua was not. The Garden restaurant was delightful. The general condition of the stateroom was OK, but needs a lot of improvement. One sure sore spot was the lack of 110v outletsl given all of today's electronics. Also the shows in the Stardust Theater was very poor. Inl our week long cruise only two shows were worth looking at in our opinion. As platnum crisers we expected much better from NCL When in port and underway chipping paint outside our balcony was outrageous, we could not rest Alll things considered, we will not give up on NCL. Overall Ncl is still the best cruise line of them all.

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Travelled from Boston to Quebec and return at end of September 2014. Excellent ports of call and the weather was good - clear blue skies all but one day. Although the ship was large, from our experience, but this did not prove to be a problem. The embarkation and debarkation was so streamline - no waiting to get on and off the ship. The same applied to the ports of call even when tendering was necessary at two ports. The food was very good but the Venetian Restaurant proved to be very noisy and busy so used the Aqua and the Garden Café - did not use the speciality restaurants as felt there was no need to pay extra for food. The lunchtime buffet was particularly good. Accommodation was excellent - had a sea view stateroom but no balcony, ensuite roomy and well stocked. The staff were really friendly and helpful and there seemed to be a high ratio of staff to guests. The entertainment was also very good particularly in the Atrium but insufficient space for all those wishing to watch. One of two disappointments - the sea days (2) lacked good activities - no cinema except on two days when in a port. The biggest drawback seemed to be the lack of a good lounge where one could read in comfort and watch the world go by. The library was in the middle of the ship - no windows and very small. Good experience nevertheless and would use Norwegian again.

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