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  • Norwegian-Dawn-restaurant-Aqua - The dimmed lighting of Aqua, one of Norwegian Dawn's main restaurants,  creates a romantic ambience.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Moderno-Churrascaria-plate - Who can say no to a plate of Brazilian appetizers? You'll find it at Moderno Churrascaria aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Moderno-Churrascaria-salad-bar - The tempting salad bar at the Brazilian specialty restaurant Moderno Churascaria aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-Creme-Brulee - Leave room for dessert, like crème brûlée with a fruit topping, during your sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-girl - Enjoy authentic Italian dishes that the kids will like, too, at La Cucina during your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-group - Head to La Cucina, a casual Italian trattoria on your Norwegian Cruise Line ship, for meals with large portions, perfect for sharing with family or friends.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Cagneys-group - The scene at Cagney's, the steakhouse known for its choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef, jumbo crab cakes and truffle fries. The cost is $30 per person. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Le-Bistro -  Evocative of small eateries in France, Le Bistro offers an elegant dining experience with crisp white linens, an intimate atmosphere and attentive service. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-pizza - In the mood for authentic Italian pizza? It's a specialty of La Cucina, a popular dining spot aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line vacation.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Surf-&-Turf - Like surf 'n' turf? Make reservations at Cagney's for a shrimp and steak entrée during your Norwegian Cruise Line voyage.
  • Norwegian-Star-LeBistro - In the mood for romance? Le Bistro offers French cuisine, a chic décor and an uncrowded, unhurried atmosphere. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Star.)
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Teppanyaki-shrimp - Twirling knives and juicy shrimp straight from the grill add up to a Hibachi style treat at Teppanyaki, an authentic Japanese experience on your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Blue-Lagoon - Have a relaxing meal at Norwegian Dawn's Blue Lagoon, a 24/7 restaurant known for its comfort food and excellent service.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-LaCucina - Satisfy that craving for Italian cuisine at La Cucina, Norwegian Dawn's Italian restaurant serving casual family-style meals.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Penthouse-Large-Balcony - The Penthouses aboard Norwegian Dawn have large balconies and can accommodate up to four guests. Butler and concierge services are also included.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Family-Suite - Norwegian Dawn's Family Suite with Balcony can sleep up to six guests. A luxury bath, living and dining areas, concierge and butler services await you.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Pearly-Kings - Have a beer, watch some TV, even play some English pool at Norwegian Dawn's pub, the Pearly Kings Pub.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Pool-Deck - Spend time on Norwegian Dawn's pool deck for a swim in the pool or a relaxing soak in the whirlpool.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Spinnaker - Dance the night away at the Spinnaker Lounge, one of the cozy yet festive spots aboard  Norwegian Dawn.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Entourage-teens-dancing - Entourage, Norwegian Cruise Line's  teen program, features a variety of fun activities, including bowling tournaments, dodge ball under the stars and dancing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-climbing-girl - Kids can cross a colorful bridge, enter tunnels and stay entertained in Splash Academy aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-dolphin-girl - Children can learn all about dolphins and nuzzle with one up close through Splash Academy on your Norwegian cruise ship.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Circus-Parade - Your kids can be part of a special Circus Parade as part of the children's activities in Splash Academy during your vacation on Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Statue-of-Liberty - Norwegian Dawn cruising by the Statue of Liberty in New York.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Penthouse-Large-Balcony - The Penthouses aboard Norwegian Dawn have large balconies and can accommodate up to four guests. Butler and concierge services are also included.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Atrium - The atrium on Norwegian Dawn conveys a festive atmosphere and is a great place to hang out while enjoying live piano music.
  • Norwegian-Jewel-Roatan-rope-bridge - Cruise Norwegian Jewel to Honduras and take a thrilling stroll across Gumbalimba Park's Roatan Suspension Bridge.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Pool-Deck - Spend time on Norwegian Dawn's pool deck for a swim in the pool or a relaxing soak in the whirlpool.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Aerial-Manhattan - Take Norwegian Dawn's New York cruise and marvel at Manhattan's iconic skyscrapers.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-restaurant-Aqua - The dimmed lighting of Aqua, one of Norwegian Dawn's main restaurants,  creates a romantic ambience.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-beach-run - Play on Bermuda's beautiful beaches when you cruise the Caribbean on a  Norwegian Cruise Line ship.
  • Bermuda-Rock-Arch - Sail the Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Lines and explore the arches, caves and other natural rock formations on Bermuda's beaches.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Teppanyaki-shrimp - Twirling knives and juicy shrimp straight from the grill add up to a Hibachi style treat at Teppanyaki, an authentic Japanese experience on your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Le-Bistro -  Evocative of small eateries in France, Le Bistro offers an elegant dining experience with crisp white linens, an intimate atmosphere and attentive service. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-girl - Enjoy authentic Italian dishes that the kids will like, too, at La Cucina during your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Circus-Parade - Your kids can be part of a special Circus Parade as part of the children's activities in Splash Academy during your vacation on Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-dolphin-girl - Children can learn all about dolphins and nuzzle with one up close through Splash Academy on your Norwegian cruise ship.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-climbing-girl - Kids can cross a colorful bridge, enter tunnels and stay entertained in Splash Academy aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Aerial-Pool-Deck - Swim, sunbathe and have a nice chat and some drinks with your pals on Norwegian Dawn's pool deck.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Aerial -  Norwegian Dawn offers a wide range of dining options, entertainment, ocean views and fun activities.
  • Norwegian-Pearl-Belize-zipline - Ziplines in Belize and other adventures await when you cruise the Caribbean on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.
  • Norwegian-Jewel-Roatan-rope-bridge - Cruise Norwegian Jewel to Honduras and take a thrilling stroll across Gumbalimba Park's Roatan Suspension Bridge.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-beach-run - Play on Bermuda's beautiful beaches when you cruise the Caribbean on a  Norwegian Cruise Line ship.
  • Bermuda-Rock-Arch - Sail the Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Lines and explore the arches, caves and other natural rock formations on Bermuda's beaches.

Norwegian Dawn: Choices abound for every size family & budget

Have you sailed on Norwegian Dawn? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

As part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, Norwegian Dawn was built with freedom in mind, offering a choice of 14 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, the fitness center and spa, casino, pools and more. After a day of activity or relaxation, the choices continue as you'll be able to lay your head down in the spacious accommodation that best suits you — and this ship has got something for every size family and budget. 

Where Norwegian Dawn sails

Home port: New Orleans in winter months and in Boston in summer.

She sails from Boston to Bermuda in the summer and from New Orleans to the Caribbean during winter, including Cozumel, Mexico, Belize City, Roatan Bay Islands (Honduras), Costa Maya in Mexico and Harvest Caye in Belize.

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Dining

  • Aqua Main Dining Room: Choose from a daily menu that includes selection of healthy, light choices.
  • Bamboo: This elegant adventure into Pan Asian cuisine is a world-class experience in the finest Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine with a sushi and sashimi bar, a teppanyaki room and many more authentic Asian dishes.
  • Bimini Bar & Grill: Located poolside at the Oasis Pool is Bimini Bar & Grill. Enjoy a burger, pizza and more delicious grilled items. 
  • Blue Lagoon: In honor of the midnight snack, the Blue Lagoon 24-hour food court offers a food court-style eatery that you can enjoy in a family friendly atmosphere day or night. 
  • Cagney's Steakhouse: Like the gangster himself, this upscale, traditional steak house is right out of the 1930s with all the trimmings. 
The scene at Cagney's, the steakhouse known for its choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef, jumbo crab cakes and truffle fries. The cost is $30 per person. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineThe scene at Cagney's, the steakhouse known for its choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef, jumbo crab cakes and truffle fries. The cost is $30 per person.
  • Garden Cafe: The Garden Cafe offers a family-friendly menu of omelets, pasta, soups, salads and ethnic specialties. There's also a kid-sized section for little eaters.
  • La Cucina Restarant: Traditional, tasty and molto italiano! Enjoy pasta with a choice of seven savory sauces in a casual atmosphere. There are also crispy fresh salads, pizza, authentic Italian desserts, a fine wine list and espresso drinks to top off the meal.
  • Le Bistro French Restaurant: Le Bistro is a feast for the senses. The walls are adorned with paintings and the menu is filled with modern classical and contemporary French gourmet fare.
  • Moderno Churrascaria: As the succulent skewers of barbequed meats are carved tableside, you control how much you want with the Moderno green and red placecards. Also, enjoy a wide selection of perfectly prepared salads, sliced meats and traditional accompanying dishes from the salad bar. 
  • Pizza 24/7: The ocean's very first pizza delivery service is offered 24 hours a day aboard Norwegian Dawn. 
  • Room Service: Norwegian Dawn offers a menu of items, which can be prepared and brought to your stateroom. Room service is available 24 hours a day ; however, there will be a delivery charge from midnight to 5 am. 
  • Sushi and Sashimi Bar: Enjoy the very best sushi and sashimi experty prepared as you watch.
  • Teppanyaki: Located in Bamboo, the Teppanyaki grill  has tables for 10 where you can be a part of a truly Asian dining experience.
  • Venetian Main Dining Room: Complete with crystal chandeliers, a sweeping staircase and an award-winning, five-course menu, the master chefs at the Venetial are members of the international gourmet society Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Entertainment

  • Dawn Club Casino: Welcome to NCL's Casinos at Sea. Where novices and veterans alike will enjoy Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Let It Ride and Caribbean Stud Poker. Let the good times roll.
  • Stardust Theater: A stunning two-story main show lounge with a stage for some of the best entertainment at sea. 
  • Band on The Run: Norwegian Cruise Line presents The Norwegian Production Cast and Show Orchestra in this tribute to the music and dance of the psychedelic 70s. From the soaring melodies of Styx to the disco sounds of Donna Summer to the rock of Queen, you will flashback to the days of platforms and mood rings. 
  • Bollywood: Norwegian Cruise Line presents "Bollywood," featuring The Norwegian Dawn Production Cast. This show is full of special effects, aerial acrobatics and incredible feats of human strength. 
  • Comedy Variety: When's the last time you guffawed? From stand-up comedy to unicycle-riding jugglers, you're invited for an evening of laughter in the Stardust Theater. 
  • Presumed Murdered Luncheon: The Second City has teamed up with best-selling crime novelist Scott Turow to create a hilarious who-done-it called Presumed Murdered. You are immediately brought into the action to find the killer and bring them to justice. 
  • South Beach Rave: Norwegian Cruise Line presents South Beach Rave, featuring The Norwegian Dawn Production Cast. Get ready to party with an explosion of energy and excitement inspired by the heart of South Beach. Music provided by the Norwegian Dawn Show Band. 
  • The Second City: Chicago's legendary comedy theatre, The Second City, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a hilarious revue of sketches, songs and improvisation. 
  • White Hot Party: Don your white attire and get to the pool deck for the most invigorating, black light glowing, electrifying party beneath the stars. Dance with the white-winged angels and be sure to get a souvenir T-shirt.

Bars & lounges

  • Galleria Havana Club: Step into the world of rolled premium cigars, cognacs and spirits at the Havana Club. This is one place where it is completely acceptable to light up in public.
  • Bimini Bar & Grill: This colorful poolside beach bar brings you the feel of the islands and the laid-back atmosphere that is just like being on Bimini Beach with a Margarita in your hand. 
  • Dawn Club Casino Bar: Enjoy a variety of drinks while you take your chances on the slots, card tables and more.  
  • Gatsby's Champagne Bar: There are moments when only champagne will do. Head to Gatsby's Champagne Bar for an extensive selection of bubbly, decorated in classic art deco motif. 
  • Sake Bar: Full sake bar within the Bamboo restaurant. 
  • Star Bar: Looking for a nice spot to sit, enjoy cocktails and take in the view? This is the place. The Star Bar looks out over the Oasis Pool and out to sea with a piano player. 
  • The Pearly Kings Pub: Going down to the pub takes on new meaning at the Pearly Kings, a traditional English Pub featuring English pool, large screen TVs and the proper beer on tap. 
  • Topsiders Bar: Located poolside at the Oasis Pool is Topsiders, a full bar in close proximity to ample sunning area, hot tubs and Sprinkles Ice Cream Bar.
  • Wine Cellar: Do a little wine tasting on board and maybe find a new favorite.

Spa & fitness

  • El Dorado Fitness Center: There are numerous ways to stay in shape while on board the Dawn. The El Dorado Fitness Center is open from 6 am to 11 pm with a full-service gym and aerobics/fitness classes offered daily. After a good workout, try the Juice Bar, which offers a wide range of juices and smoothies. 
  • Basketball/volleyball court: Shoot hoops, join a pick up game or play beach volleyball without the beach at the net enclosed, outdoor basketball/volleyball court.
  • Jogging/walking track: Run circles around the other guests or get in your daily walk while you're at sea. 
  • Hot tubs: There are six hot tubs conveniently located throughout the ship. Try them all out or pick your favorite and make relaxing and unwinding a part of your daily regimen.
  • Lap Pool: This lap pool is the longest indoor pool on a cruise ship. 
  • Mandara Spa: This spa is also a full-service beauty salon, offering a plethora of spa treatments to rejuvenate your body and soul. 
Entourage, Norwegian Cruise Line's teen program, features a variety of fun activities, including bowling tournaments, dodge ball under the stars and dancing.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineEntourage, Norwegian Cruise Line's teen program, features a variety of fun activities, including bowling tournaments, dodge ball under the stars and dancing.

Kids & teens

  • T-Rex Kid's Pool: Just like its name, the T-Rex Kid's Pool has a dinosaur theme featuring slides and paddling pool. There's also a hot tub on the deck nearby.
  • The Club: A hip place for teens to hang out comes complete, video, jukebox, fooseball table and air hockey. By night, The Club turns into a teen disco.
  • Video Zone: Stop by the video arcade and capture a few aliens, win a car race, play pinball and fly a jet fighter.
  • Youth & Teen Center: The Youth Center offers a cinema and interactive dance mat. The Teen Center features a brand new dance floor, video jukebox, and large flat screen television along with PlayStation 3 and Wii gaming area.
  • Kid's Water World: A pool area with a space-age theme. 

Activities

  • Galleria Shops: Need a new bathing suit? How about a surprise gift for your sweetheart? The Galleria Shops is a department store that offers a wide selection of brand name and specialty goodies. 
  • Internet Cafe: No matter how far you are from home, having access to the Internet is always nearby at this cafe. 
The Penthouses aboard Norwegian Dawn have large balconies and can accommodate up to four guests. Butler and concierge services are also included.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineThe Penthouses aboard Norwegian Dawn have large balconies and can accommodate up to four guests. Butler and concierge services are also included.

Staterooms

Staterooms are put into different categories based on size and amenities as well as the location on the cruise ship.

All staterooms have a TV, refrigerator, safe, duvet, bathroom with shower and tea and coffee facilities. Most lower beds are convertible to a queen size bed. All suites and penthouses feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors with private balcony, luxury bath and conciege service.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Where: Pool Deck

  • What: Swim with Dolphins
  • Where: Splash Academy

  • What: Pearly Kings Pub
  • Where: Onboard
  • The world-class Mandara Spa with full-service beauty salon
  • Spectacular stage shows including The Second City comedy
  • The largest suites on the sea for ultimate comfort and privacy

Top dining options on board

La Cucina

  • Style: Italian
  • Price per guest: $15
  • Open: Dinner

Teppanyaki

  • Style: Asian grill
  • Price per guest: $25
  • Open: Dinner

Le Bistro

  • Style: French
  • Price per guest: $20
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,340 Passengers [?]
1,073 Crew
15 Decks
2002 Maiden voyage
92,250 Tonnage [?]
965 Length in feet
125 Width in feet (max beam)
29 speed (mph) [?]

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