2001

Year of construction

14

Decks

2224

Number of passengers

25

Speed

295 m

Length

33 m

Width

10

Restaurants

12

Elevators

Special Features

  • Pitching stabilizers

Cruise ship review

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.

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).