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Trip Report Norwegian Dawn Boston to Bermuda Cruise- June 27-July 4

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My family and I went on board the Norwegian Dawn from June 27 to July 4. The ship sailed from Boston to Bermuda. I decided it would be nice to write a review that goes over most of the important things about the cruise that people would want to know.
1. Cabin Quality
We had a balcony room on the ninth deck, and to be honest, when I first entered, I was shocked by how small it really was. Though I was aware it would not be huge, I had no clue how small it would really be. As a matter of fact, when the steward pulled down the couch/bed at night, we would have to crawl over both beds to get to the balcony due to a very annoying small table. TIP: Move that table out to the balcony so you can squeeze through to the balcony at night.
I thought the bathroom was alright. It wasn't too small, which was a relief. The shower was small; we did not have the biggest balcony, so it wasn't a tub/shower, but just a shower.
There are many small nooks and crannies all across the room to put your stuff in. We found lots of them, and we used them to our advantage.
The bed was pretty good, but the pull-out couch was bad. I called it “sheet rock without the sheets” because it was hard as a rock and they forgot to give sheets, just a comforter.
The balcony was small, but I loved it. It had two chairs; unfortunately, there were three people, but we got over it. Being able to see the ocean like that is stunning, and I would never cruise without one. It was short money to upgrade our room, too. TIP: Get a balcony room; it’s worth it.
2. Crew Quality
I thought the crew was great. They were all helpful, happy, and eager for a conversation. We loved the “Happy Happy, Washy Washy” hand sanitizer ladies because they made something as boring as hand sanitizer hilarious. Our room steward left us chocolates at night and made animals like monkeys and ducks in our room. She was so nice and she knew us by our first names, which made us feel very special.
The crew’s name tags show their country of origin, and I was very interested to look at their name tags to see where they were all from. Many were from the Philippines, some from Saint Lucia, and even someone from Fiji, along with many other countries.
Overall, I loved the crew. They were friendly, happy, and just great people. TIP: Listen to their stories and ask them about their lives. Their determination is amazing.
3. Dining Quality
Before I went on this cruise, everyone told me the dining was so-so, and the food was not too good. Well, I think that either they stuck with just one restaurant or they were being too critical, because, hear it here first, the food was excellent! The one dining site I did not like so much was the buffet-style Garden Café on the 12th deck near the pool. It wasn’t very good. Other than that, all the other restaurants were amazing! I had steak five nights out of the seven; that’s how good it was. My personal favorite was the Venetian Restaurant. I went there most mornings for breakfast and evenings for dinner. You need to dress up for dinner at this restaurant, but you can stay casual for breakfast. TIP: Dressing up for dinner is worth it, the experience is wonderful!
The Aqua was good, too. It was more casual than the Venetian and had just slightly different food on the menu, but I guess we just stuck with the Venetian. Please, though, try all the restaurants you want. If you like the specialty restaurants go ahead, but it costs money that goes on your room bill. Honestly, we didn't think it was worth it. My family never went to a specialty restaurant and we had great meals for less money.
4. Overall Ship Quality
Due to the ship’s recent renovation, everything looked brand new and clean. Actually, the promenade’s wall is painted and I even saw some crew members putting some touches on the wall themselves.
The Dawn has a lot of entertainment options. On our cruise, Deal or No Deal was playing three times during the week at the Stardust Theater; we went and it was very fun. They have lots of game shows, trivia, and other entertaining activities, but if you just want to relax, you can do that, too. Soak up some sun poolside. TIP: Get your pool chair early, they fill up fast.
All in all, everything was wonderful. It was the best vacation I have ever had. I would recommend it to anybody and I wish I was back on it right now.
By the way, Bermuda was stunning. I believe I will write a Bermuda review, also.
I hope this helped some people with making the decision to cruise on the Dawn. If you all have any questions, feel free to ask me! I love answering questions about my vacations.

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