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    Jun 2002
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    Jun 2016
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Norwegian Dawn overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Norwegian cruises are known for their innovative, world-class entertainment, and Norwegian Dawn lives up to that reputation with a stacked lineup of fantastic shows and specialty acts. From a mock singing competition where passengers get to vote on the winner to the visually dazzling ELEMENTS!, which combines magic, dance, and aerial performances, Dawn’s onboard entertainment is first-rate.

Norwegian Dawn also includes plenty of activities to satisfy the active traveler, with its lap pool, full-service gym and outdoor sports courts. After a workout, cruisers can enjoy a muscle-relaxing soak in one of the ship’s six conveniently located hot tubs or enjoy a cigar and cognac at the Havana Club Cigar Bar. For passengers feeling lucky, the ship’s onboard casino lets passengers try their hand at roulette, blackjack, and a variety of exciting slot machines.

In 2016, Dawn underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment through the Norwegian Edge program. The renovation included the addition of Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse where the meat is carved tableside, as well as enhancements to the ship's staterooms, public spaces, and a number of back-of-house areas to improve the overall passenger experience.

Norwegian Dawn sails from Barcelona, Miami, and New York, to destinations including New England, Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Europe. Specialty voyages also include sailings to the Greek Isles and the Panama Canal, along with occasional 14-night transatlantic repositioning cruises.

Norwegian Dawn ship highlights

  • Bliss Ultra Lounge
  • Splash Academy kids’ club and Entourage Teen ClubDawn Club
  • Casino
  • Mandara Spa and Pulse Fitness Center
  • Havana Club Cigar Bar
  • Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian steakhouse
  • The Stardust Theater
  • The Cellars — A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar
  • Oasis pool and T-Rex kids’ pool
  • Six hot tubs
  • Video Zone
  • Internet Café
  • O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
  • Los Lobos authentic Mexican dining

Before you book

Why Sail on Norwegian Dawn:Cruisers looking for a fun-filled and destination-focused vacation without the crowds and navigational challenges of a larger ship will appreciate Norwegian Dawn’s multitude of exciting activities and somewhat more intimate atmosphere.

You should know: Dawn doesn’t have the waterslides, rope courses, or other cutting-edge onboard activities found on Norwegian’s newer ships. Families and active travelers looking for more onboard activities may prefer to sail on other Norwegian ships like Joy, Escape, or Bliss.

Norwegian Dawn ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.0
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 3.8
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.1

Norwegian Dawn cabins

1170 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(283 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 144 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $122/night
Oceanview Cabin


(213 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 159 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $152/night
Balcony Cabin


(328 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 247 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $229/night
Suite Cabin


(177 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 948 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $293/night

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Norwegian Dawn dining

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Not good! by mysttraveler001

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Dawn

The ship is old and it shows. The food was at best a 7 out of 10. NCL's website was vague and hard to use, with lots of misinformation. The staff was excellent even with some minor language barriers. The performers were among the best I have ever cruised with. The deals I got from you guys made this a no-brainer, but still... how does a cruise ship that has everyone vaxed and boosted, and tested the day before we sailed, end up with more than 200 positive cases?

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Lovely ship, wonderful crew, outdated stateroom by kostia

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Dawn

Delightful ports and the best crew in the business made up for a small, somewhat boring ship and a sadly outdated stateroom.

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So relaxing and warm!! by mcgeemadness

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Dawn

We love the Caribbean for the warm weather-- we do excursions on each stop- but honestly for us-- the islands are all pretty much the same. Each one will have a BEST EXCURSION- so repeats to each island can be challenging. We haven't done the beaches, so perhaps it's time to start on repeat ports for us. NCL does very well with the excursions and choices.

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May 26, 2015

I like the smaller ships for you don't get overwhelmed as with the bigger vessels. It's a more personal and relaxing atmosphere.

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Apr 03, 2015

Staterooms were too small and cramped, but overall it was comfortable. Free room service for breakfast was a great option.

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