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  1. Thanks again so much, Amy! I am crossing my fingers that all of your hopes come true! My husband got a minor injury yesterday that will prevent him from going into the ocean 😞 but we are going to make it work and have a great week!!! Hope that you have a great evening!!
  2. Amy!!!!! Oh my gosh, how amazing are you!?!?! First of all, I seriously can't believe you remembered to try to take a look at our stateroom! I am so sorry I missed your message to me; somehow, I never got the alert. I just sailed Escape last week so was focused on Escape reviews in June and missed your Dawn review until now! I never expected you to remember offering to take pics for me, but recognized your name and recalled enjoying your posts from other threads, so thought I would read your review, and much to my surprise I had a personal message from you. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your thoughtfulness (even if the pics are of the other cabin LOL). Equally as important, you did such a fabulous job with your review. I really appreciated how positive you kept your comments, even if they were constructive. For someone about to board the Dawn, it is nice to hear even the critical things from a helpful perspective! Thanks to you and your family for sharing your vacation with us!!!!!! And thanks again for your generous spirit.
  3. Have an amazing time! Wish we could join you again! Sure! We ate at Cagney's, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Bayamo, and PIncho. I liked them in that order, but La Cucina could be tied with Cagney's. We didn't eat at Teppanyaki or Moderno, so they aren't included in the ranking. We usually don't eat at Moderno. I have eaten at Teppanyaki before and have loved their filet mignon.
  4. Yes, I looked up the dining package info when I got home yesterday and saw that it was updated. I'm glad! Sure, Food Republic will count as one of your dining package options and each person with the meal plan can order any 4 items from the menu as far as I know. If you don't have the dining package, or don't want to use one of our meals at Food Republic, it is still available a la carte.
  5. I was extremely impressed!! The magnitude and variety was amazing. And who doesn’t love Nutella crepes!?!?
  6. I think we had a BB balcony on the 14th deck. It was forward (towards the front of the ship). It wasn’t midship, but it was just a few cabins away from where the midship section ended. We had breakfast and lunch (once each) in the main dining room and it was terrific both times. We had breakfast and lunch in O’Sheehans (also once each) and the service was great, and the food was fine, but maybe not as great as the other venues. We had lunch a bunch of times at the buffet. We were really impressed by the variety of options on the buffet - it truly was impressive. There really was something for everyone with so many cuisines represented. In in my opinion, if you plan to go to Pincho or any other specialty restaurant, you should add meals to your meal package. I am not sure how much it costs to add meals to your 3 meal package if you got it as a perk, but it might be as little as $15pp (check with NCL). If that is the case, then it is a bargain because the items on the tapas menu range from ~$4-15 if you purchase a la Carte without the meal plan. Yes, if you use the meal plan for Pincho, it is 4 items per person. I believe that now there is no more all you can eat option at Pincho, but I could be wrong (it used to be that you got all you can eat with the meal plan, but you had to use a meal plan AND pay a surcharge - now with the 4 item exchange for the meal plan, there is no surcharge). Hope this makes sense!
  7. Glad you loved the ship and crew as much as we did. You are not limited at as far as I know!! I believe you have total freedom from when you dock on Wed. until you depart on Friday. I know we got back around 11:30pm on Thursday after the glowworm cruise and it was no problem at all. Have a great time!!!
  8. We did a few things: 1) A Catamaran snorkel trip with Restless Native. I would highly recommend! Great crew, clean boat, lots of fun. 2) A beach day at Horseshoe Bay - we go every time we are in Bermuda and we love it. 3) An evening boat trip to look for GlowWorms (they come out 3 days after the full moon). Booked through BUEI. Very nice sunset cruise experience, but not many glowworms, and expensive taxi back from Hamilton (ferries had stopped running). Would still recommend, though.
  9. I completely agree! They were the friendliest crew we ever experienced. I think it comes from their leadership. The ship's officers were so friendly and accommodating, and I think it trickles down to the rest of the ship.
  10. I really like entertainment I can sing along to, and Choir of Man is basically an a capella versions of all popular songs. The show has great energy and does a good job of getting the audience involved. We really liked it a lot. We also liked a woman named Chelsea Reynolds - a great singer! We also heard a number of other singers (a duo, and then a singer in the brewhouse) - all excellent. The only live music that wasn't as good as usual was Howl at the Moon; it wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as amazing as usual. But all other live entertainment was fabulous.
  11. We just sailed 7/14-21 on the Escape to Bermuda. We traveled with another couple for the first time - it was their inaugural cruise with Norwegian. We all had a fabulous time. A few highlights: I can't say enough about how friendly everyone was on the ship. When you entered a dining room, for example, every single waitstaff member greeted us on our way in and said goodbye on our way out. All of the room stewards said hello as you passed them in the hallways. No matter where you went, people were greeting you and making you feel welcome the entire week. The officers did a really nice job with the CC meet-and-greet (it is at District Brewhouse and they provide finger foods and beer samples). The rest of the week, they recognized us and kept offering for us to call them if we needed anything (which I would have, but I never needed anything!). Our room was very comfortable. Plenty of room for clothes and toiletries. We liked the configuration with the bed by the balcony door. We were on deck 14 and it was great - easy access to the pool, gym, and buffet. In general, the entertainment was terrific. The absolute standout was Choir of Man - I think this might be the best show I've ever seen on an NCL ship. I liked it so much I went back a second time. All I can say is wow! The ship was immaculate. There was always someone cleaning. Each night, there was someone cleaning the stairwell near our room. Our friends who were sailing Norwegian for the first time couldn't get over how clean everything was. They are both in food service, and they remarked what a great job NCL was doing regarding preventing cross contamination in the buffet, etc. So, everyone knows how crowded the pool is, that's a given. My husband and I slept late every morning, so we went to the pool deck in the afternoon. We mostly went to Spice H2O and after lunch if we were patient we never had to wait too long for two loungers together. We had dinner almost entirely at the specialty restaurants. Service was fabulous, as was the food. We also had help from one of the hostesses when we wanted to make a last minute change to a reservation. It seems that the options on the buffet are even more varied than the last time we were on the ship, with a mezze station of Mediterranean items, for example. Something new we noticed (which we wish we knew before we got on the ship) seems to be a recent change to the dining package guidelines. It appeared that there was no longer an upcharge to Bayamo; also, there was no longer an upcharge with all-you-can-eat at Pincho - now, it was included in the plan and you can pick 4 items per person from the menu. That is also the same with Food Republic, which used to not take the meal plan at all (this is what we wish we knew before boarding - we intentionally picked the 6 night dining package, thinking we would eat at FR one night - little did we know we could have had the 7 meal plan and use it at FR and spend a lot less $!). Overall, I think this is a good change, but perhaps NCL can send a notice to folks who have already purchased (and researched) dining packages so they are aware before boarding in case they want to make any adjustments. I surprised myself and went to the gym 4x - it was always about 10% full. Almost all machines were available. We never had to wait on line for anything, we never had trouble finding a seat at the buffet, and we always boarded the ship quickly when we were in port. No complaints despite it feeling like a very full ship. I tried hard to think of something critical to share, but I really can't think of a single complaint; our friends who traveled with us said the same (and I was relieved, since it was their first time on NCL). It was a fabulous week on one of NCL's friendliest ships. I did not save the dailies (sorry), but if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
  12. Hi, Ships Ahoy is home and they are not sure if he will return to this ship or another one, or when he is returning. Sorry!
  13. Fantastic news!!!! Thank you so much!!! I appreciate you letting me know :)
  14. I will do my best to remember!!!
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