Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Dawn

Year built2002  /  Age : 16
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassDawn
Building costUSD 450 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage92250 gt
Passengers2340 - 2808
Crew1010
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks14
Cabins1170
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byKim Cattrall

Current itinerary of Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan. Prices start from USD 499 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 06 Dec, 2018 and ends on 16 Dec, 2018.

Date / TimePort
06 Dec 21:00      Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico   
08 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Oranjestad, Aruba Island, Dutch Antilles   
09 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Willemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles   
10 Dec 07:00 - 14:00     Kralendijk, Bonaire Island, Dutch Antilles   
11 Dec 13:00 - 19:00     Castries, St Lucia Island   
12 Dec 08:00 - 16:00     Bridgetown, Barbados   
13 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     St Johns, Antigua   
14 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles   
15 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI   
16 Dec 05:30      Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico   

Review of Norwegian Dawn

Launched in 2002, Norwegian Dawn is the second Dawn-class ship of Norwegian Cruise Line - together with Norwegian Star.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

Norwegian Dawn

The 92,250-ton, 2,220-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Dawn is the 3rd vessel in the Norwegian fleet to accommodate the line's Freestyle Cruising idea. The "Freestyle" design is not limited to dining, but turns around the concept that customers have to choose. The dress code allows guests to wear what they want. In the middle of 2011 the cruise ship was refurbished and 50 more cabins were added, along with a new restaurant, the Brazilian Steakhouse. Some public points were rearranged like the gift shops, the art gallery and the atrium area. The place of the famous Spinnaker Lounge was changed, some public places were renovated. After these changes, 100 more places were added to the ship's capacity.

Generally, Norwegian Dawn is a vessel with a nice and calm atmosphere, planned to give everything to the passengers, plus first-time cruisers, wary of the traditional vacation at sea.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Dawn itinerary program is based on cruises from Tampa FL and Boston MA. Feature destinations include Bermuda, Western Caribbean and Canada/New England (alternated seasonally).

Cabins

Norwegian Dawn has a total of 1170 cabins (of which 364 Balcony, 354 Inside rooms) in 33 grades. Most Norwegian Dawn staterooms are 165-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Dawn are the The Haven Garden Villas (2285 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

In addition to the two main dining rooms, Norwegian Dawn features 10 distinct restaurants to choose from. Themes range from steaks and classic French bistro fare to Benihana-style Teppanyaki. Overall, food is flavorful, and even inventive. Service is excellent throughout, though it's not unusual to wait to receive your dessert during the busiest dinner hours (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.). Meals are cooked to order, so the food passengers receive is hot and fresh. Reservations for Dawn's specialty restaurants can be made only 24 hours in advance, so if you want to try one of the more popular spots, such as Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian-style steakhouse), Cagney's (American steakhouse), or Le Bistro (French), you should book as early as possible.

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Dawn restaurants and food bars. 

  • Venetian Restaurant (476-seat aft Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Aqua Restaurant (314-seat forward Dining Room, complimentary)
  • Le Bistro (86-seat French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • La Cucina (186-seat Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Bamboo (98-seat Asian restaurant; complimentary)
  • Sushi Bar (17-seat Bamboo restaurant); Sake Bar (8-seat, inside Bamboo)
  • Teppanyaki (18-seat Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (146-seat Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Los Lobos Cantina (Mexican)
  • Garden Cafe & Kid’s Cafe (426-seat indoor buffet restaurant, complimentary; with a special kids dedicated area)
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill (capacity 248-seat)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill (pub, sports bar)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Bimini Bar & Grill (135-seat outdoor snack bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

While Norwegian Dawn provides the usual fare during days at sea, such as bingo, arts and crafts, art auctions, wellness seminars, the real highlights of entertainment are the nightly shows. The "main event" each evening is held in the Stardust Theater, which features everything - from Broadway-style song-and-dance acts to variety shows. The Stardust Theater spans Decks 5 through 7. It is designed in a European opera house style and is quite comfortable. The Dawn Club Casino is located along the corridor leading to the Stardust and offers the usual games and slot machines. The spa and sport facilities on Norwegian Dawn are open until 11 p.m. most nights, and there is an Internet cafe, as well. The ship has a total of 7 jacuzzis and 3 pools (kids' T-Rex Pool). Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hr Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Dawn tipping/gratuities are US$12 pp pd. Dawn cruise ship allows onboard weddings.

Norwegian Dawn entertainment

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Dawn lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1037-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Aloha Atrium (2-deck midship hub area, hosts the 63-seat Aloha Bar)
  • Gatsby’s Champagne Bar; Havana Club (smoking room); Wine Cellar; The Pearly Kings Pub (84-seat English pub); Java Cafe (57-seat coffee & tea bar); Internet Cafe; Star Bar
  • Dawn Club Casino
  • Spinnaker Lounge (457-seat aft Show Lounge & Nightclub); Bliss (observation)
  • The Galleria Shops (tax-duty free shops); Port o’ Call (perfumes & cosmetics boutique); Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Mandara Spa (beauty salon, treatment rooms); Lap Pool; Oasis Pool; T- Rex Kid’s Pool; El Dorado Fitness Centre; Jogging Track; Golf Nets; Combined sports court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • T- Rex Kid’s Centre; Video Zone.

Norwegian Dawn wiki

NCL Dawn ship was intended to operate under the name "SuperStar Scorpio" with Star Cruises (GHK-ownwd Asian brand), but it was decided she would be delivered to NCL instead. Dawn is the first NCL ship to carry hull art. Dawn is the first Dawn-Class NCL ship, with only fleetmate-sistership Norwegian Star. The inaugural cruise was on December 7, 2002. The liner was christened in NYC. Vessel's godmother is Kim Cattrall (US actress).

Itineraries 2017-2018 changes

For 2017-2018 season, NCL Dawn was repositioned from port NOLA (New Orleans) to Tampa Florida. Next the ship was redeployed to San Juan Puerto Rico (Nov 12, 2017 through Jan 7, 2018) to operate on 7-10-11-day round-trip itineraries in the Southern Caribbean.

NCL Dawn refurbishment 2016 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's drydock 2016 refurbishment (May 8 to June 3, in Freeport Bahamas) includes:

  • Major renovations were made to the ship’s Dawn Club Casino and Stardust Theater (both on Deck 6), Atrium lobby and Photo Gallery (both on Promenade Deck 7), Library (Lido Deck 12), the entire pool deck (Lido Deck 12), Entourage (teens club and video arcade on Deck 13).
  • (Deck 6) the restaurants Le Bistro (French) and La Cucina (Italian) switched places. Both were updated with new carpeting, furniture, signage, new decorative lighting.
  • (Deck 6) the ship’s main dining rooms (named “The Venetian” and “Aqua”) were extensively refurbished with new carpeting, wood flooring, wall coverings, artwork, ceiling finishes, lighting, signage. Their furniture was reupholstered.
  • (Deck 6) Gatsby’s Champagne Bar received new flooring, furniture, artwork, decorative lighting, window treatments, new chandelier.
  • (Deck 6) Havana Club (cigar bar) received new furniture, humidor, tile flooring, draperies.
  • (Deck 7) Bamboo Asian Restaurant received new carpeting, wood flooring; lighting; furniture (tables, chairs, bar stools), updated artwork. The Teppanyaki Room’s size was doubled, more tables were added, its flooring and decor were changed. A divider was built between the Teppanyaki Room and the Bamboo restaurant.
  • (Deck 7) The Pearly Kings Pub (84 seats English pub) was replaced by The Cellars (wine bar, partnership with the Michael Mondavi Family).
  • (Deck 7) Spinnaker Lounge was renamed to Bliss Lounge, redesigned and refurbished with new carpeting and furniture.
  • (Deck 7) Tides (new boutique jewelry store was added in the atrium lobby. The Ports O’ Call shop was renamed to Tradewinds.
  • (Deck 8) The Blue Lagoon buffet restaurant was replaced by the O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. This is a big-sized lounge area with a 24-hour sports bar and pub with complimentary burgers, hotdogs, desserts.
  • (Deck 8) To make space for the new O’Sheehan’s, the Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse restaurant) was relocated to deck 13, replacing there the Star Bar (88-seat cocktail bar). Moderno received new furniture, decor, wall coverings, window treatments, themed artwork.
  • Mandara Spa (Deck 11) and Pulse Fitness Center (Deck 12) were both redesigned and updated. The Spa received new treatment rooms, barbershop, nail salon, Thermal Suite (with 8 heated loungers), spa pool.
  • (Deck 12) new a-la-carte priced Mexican restaurant was added – Los Lobos Cantina.
  • General renovation of all public areas was also done, including new carpeting, all elevators, all public restrooms.
  • (Deck 12) Garden Cafe (buffet restaurant) was redesigned and upgraded with new flooring, furniture, decorative lighting, artwork, wall finishes, signage.
  • (Deck 13) Cagney’s Steakhouse was redesigned to become more spacious, and received new furniture, artwork, decor, carpeting, lighting, wall finishes.
  • (Deck 13) added Sugarcane Mojito Bar
  • All cruise cabins were refurbished with new carpeting, bedding, furniture, flat TVs, draperies, artwork. The Haven Garden Villas (suites on deck 14) received new flooring, bedding, furniture, lighting, ceilings, decor, 42-inch HDTVs.
  • Ship’s hull was repainted.

Drydock 2016 was part of NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program for fleetwide upgrades (2-year project budgeted USD 400 million). Each drydock costs around USD 35-40 million.

NCL Dawn refurbishment 2011 review

The list of deckplan changes after the major drydock 2011 refit includes:

  • (Deck 12) the Cinema was converted to meeting rooms
  • (Deck 8 - new restaurants) Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse), Blue Lagoon (buffet)
  • (Deck 7 - venues that were relocated and conversed into passenger rooms) Photo Gallery, Galleria Shops (Tax-Duty-Free), Spinnaker (observation lounge), the old card/conference rooms
  • (Deck 6 changes) “Impressions” (Italian restaurant) was renovated and renamed “La Cucina”.

Norwegian Dawn - user reviews and comments

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Norwegian Dawn Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Dawn cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 09 9 days, one-way from Boston to San Juan Boston
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$499
2018 Nov 25 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan (Holiday) San Juan$429
2018 Dec 06 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$499
2018 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$349
2018 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$629
2018 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$799
2019 Jan 06 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$529
2019 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$489
2019 Jan 27 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$549
2019 Feb 07 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$529
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$599
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$499
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$549
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$579
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$529
2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$549
2019 Apr 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami$299
2019 Apr 07 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami$349
2019 Apr 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean From Miami Miami$379
2019 Apr 17 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean From Miami Miami$299
2019 Apr 21 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean From Miami Miami$349
2019 Apr 26 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean From Miami Miami$349
2019 May 01 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Miami Miami$329
2019 May 05 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami$279
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$599
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$599
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$859
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$699
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Canada & New England from New York New York$929
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$829
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$829
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$849
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$899
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$949
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$949
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$879
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$899
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$899
2019 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$929
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York$799
2019 Aug 31 11 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$1149
2019 Sep 11 9 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$929
2019 Sep 20 4 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York$449
2019 Sep 24 12 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York$1179
2019 Oct 06 13 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City$1229
2019 Oct 19 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from New York New York$1259
2019 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Bermuda, Round-trip New York New York$699
2019 Nov 09 15 days, one-way from New York to Tampa New York$1249
2019 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$699
2019 Dec 01 14 days, round-trip Panama Canal Round-trip from Tampa Tampa$1299
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$679
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$949
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$949
2020 Jan 05 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$999
2020 Jan 21 12 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$1099
2020 Feb 02 14 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$1349
2020 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$649
2020 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$679
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$679
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$679
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$699
2020 Mar 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Tampa Tampa$699
2020 Apr 09 10 days, round-trip Bermuda & Bahamas from New York New York$1199
2020 May 03 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona$2099
2020 May 15 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1699
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1199
2020 May 31 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1199
2020 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1199
2020 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1199
2020 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1299
2020 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1299
2020 Jul 05 11 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1849
2020 Jul 26 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1299
2020 Aug 02 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1249
2020 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1149
2020 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1149
2020 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1149
2020 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1099
2020 Sep 06 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1099
2020 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1099
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$1099
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$999
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$999
2020 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$949
2020 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$949
2020 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$949
2020 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles from Venice Venice$949