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Old November 1st, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Default REVIEW OF NCL DAWN - JUST RETURNED.

As promised, here is my review of the Dawn for our cruise on 10/22-29/06.

Please refer to the posting by 525600 as she has already described many of the same items and she was very accurate with her description. I will add my own comments.

Embarkation: Very smooth and trouble free. Using the line for the Lattitudes customers saved us from waiting in a very long line.

Cabin: We had an outside porthole cabin. I was pleasantly surprised since this is the largest room of this catagory that I have had on any NCL ship.
We were on the Spirit in June this year and their rooms were a bit smaller, mostly in the bathroom area.

Food: I can honestly say I did not have a bad meal on this ship. The first night we ate at Cagney's and had a delicious T-bone. Since we ate early, we were able to take advantage of their 1/2 price deal. We also liked
Bamboo and Salsa. We didn't need it but the late-night snacks at Blue Lagoon are a treat every night. The chicken wings that I put down earlier this year have much improved and as an un-official expert from Buffalo, these could pass for real Buffalo-Style hot wings. Ask for extra hot sauce and pour it over the wings if you want them extra hot.

Entertainment:
>The Jean Ann Ryan company did put on two great shows. The props and backdrops for the dance shows seemed to be a lot better than the many other shows that I have seen in the past. The South Beach Rave was actually the best dance show I have ever seen on a Ship.
>The Comedy Juggling show with Romano Frediani was great. We liked the magic show and were present at the show where there was an equipment malfunction at the end of the show. The audience was speechless. No one was hurt from what we were told.
>The NCL Showband was excellent as usual and provided some great concerts in the Spinnaker lounge. They did Big Band Tributes and Variety shows but were always open to requests from the crowd.
>In Dazzles Lounge, "Fire and Ice" did an excellent Pop and Soul Show with a special Tina Turner Tribute in Spinnakers on Wed. night.
>There were many good piano players and singers on the ship at various venues including: Randy Doherty, Dan Hodge and Stacy Ward MacAdams.
>Harmony and Rhythm, a band from the Phillipines, had daily and nightly shows and did a great range of music including an Elvis tribute and a Beatles tribute.
>We caught the end of "The Quest" show on Wednesday and it was quite a sensation. You have to see it to believe it.

Ports of Call:
>We did not get off the ship at Canaveral.
>Freeport was a waste of time. Would rather have another day at GSC
>Great Stirrup Cay was a great day at the beach
>Nassau was a nice chance to use an internet cafe without paying the exhorbitant fees on the ship but coming in at 8pm and leaving at noon the next day is weird hours. It's ok if you are a gambler and want to go to the casino for the entire night. It seems like a lot of people took advantage of this port since the boat seemed very dead that night.

Staff: I noticed a bit more interaction between the staff and the passengers. We had two senior members come up to us at dinner and introduce themselves and give us their cards. We did not see our cabin stewards much but they did a nice job. Wait staff in the restaurants were good but very busy at some dinners and we did have to wait for some of the courses.

Facilities:
>We bought the $60 weekly membership for the Spa. This allows you to use the lap pool and the relaxation rooms with two jacuzzi's and large windows overlooking the aft of the ship. This room is supposed to be very quiet and they will tell you if you are talking too loud, etc. Nice padded lounges and chairs are available but did get taken up early on sea days.
The lap pool is about 50 feet long and is nice but needs to be a bit deeper since I could touch the bottom with my hands as I swam laps each day.

Specials: NCL is offering an instant $100 shipboard credit if you put a $250 deposit down for a future cruise (within 18 months).
Bought a soda card at a cost of $40.25
Overall: Had a great time and no real problems

-Jim
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