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Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Cruise Line's History

Innovator of Freestyle Cruising, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line operates a fleet of nine ships – with more on order -- sailing to more than 140 ports around the world. Its Homeland Cruising program offers more regularly scheduled, round-trip cruises from more U.S. and Canadian ports than any other line, utilizing Miami, Seattle, Vancouver, San Juan, Boston, New York, Honolulu, and Lahaina. Freestyle cruising provides a more relaxed, resort-style cruise product with flexibility in dining and other onboard pleasures. NCL has pioneered several on-board innovations including the first Internet café at sea (now fleetwide), and was first to offer a nationwide air/sea program combining cruise, hotel and transfers from more than 150 U.S. and Canadian cities. NCL also was first to position a modern ship full time in the seven-day Hawaiian market.

Quick View

Purpose-built for Freestyle Cruising, colorful Norwegian Dawn represents a hull of an artistic showing on the outside, with plenty of interior pizzazz as well. Her exterior paint job includes splashy signature reproductions of 20th century masters, and the port side features the Statue of Liberty to salute NCL’s groundbreaking Bahamas/Florida itinerary from the port of New York. Inside, public spaces are embellished with works from original Impressionism to Andy Warhol Pop Art. Le Bistro diners may find themselves sitting near an original Monet, Matisse, Renoir or Van Gogh. Romero Britto’s whimsical “Flowers for You” awaits outside Stardust Theater. NCL kicked off its second partnership year with the New York Giants in fall 2003, again becoming the team’s Preferred Cruise Line. In 2004-05, Norwegian Dawn fills demand for balmy winter itineraries, with both Southern Caribbean sailings, and innovative 7-day Bahamas/Florida cruises, roundtrip from the port of New York. Departing on Sundays, Norwegian Dawn takes guests to Port Canaveral near Orlando and Miami, then on to The Bahamas. At Port Canaveral, passengers have a 15-hour day to pursue area theme parks and attractions. The ship then calls in Miami, Nassau, and NCL’s private Bahamian island Great Stirrup Cay, allowing passengers a full day in each port.

Fast Facts

Year entering service: 2003
Registry: The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT): 91,000
Cruising Speed: 25 knots
Capacity: 2,240
Decks: 15
Crew: 1,100
Officer Nationality: International
Cruise / Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Destinations: Bahamas and the Southern Caribbean

About Gratuities
With Freestyle Cruising, NCL automatically applies gratuities to shipboard accounts at $10 per guest per day, for ages 13 and up, and $5 per day for ages 3-12, and no charge for under age 3. To tip more or less than guidelines, adjustments can be made at the front desk.

Disabled Access
More than a dozen cabins in various categories accommodate passenger disabilities.

Ship Features

Norwegian Dawn boasts of the largest suites at sea with its Garden Villas, positioned atop the vessel, with each encompassing an unprecedented 5,350 square feet of living space. Garden Villas -- with 360-degree ocean views -- are reminiscent of Italian palazzos, each with a private dining room, personal outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and secluded sunbathing area. Artistically, at almost every turn, Norwegian Dawn’s public spaces offer discovery of great works of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Pop-Art. Near the Stardust Theater, guests encounter Romero Britto’s whimsical Flowers for You by the door. Elsewhere, Andy Warhol’s complete Flowers or Mao is on display. Other works include Van Gogh’s A Park In Spring and Nude with Turban by Matisse.

From three-room Owners Suites to inside cabins, Norwegian Dawn quarters feature rich cherry wood finishing, with baths that are larger than on most other ships. Seventy percent of cabins are outside staterooms and over 70 percent of these have balconies. The ship also offers a large number of cabins (including suites and mini-suites) that can interconnect to create a two, three, four or five bedroom area suitable for small or large families.

Stateroom amenities
Each stateroom has a TV, refrigerator, tea and coffee maker, and safe.

Kid & Teen Stuff
Norwegian Dawn is especially family-friendly with among the biggest facilities for kids at sea -- almost 5,500 square feet. The supervised T-Rex Childcare Center, includes a jungle gym, playroom, movie theater, a computer learning center, an arts and crafts area, and a sleep area. A Jurassic-themed children’s pool features water slides, a hot tub and a paddling/wading pool. Norwegian Dawn also has a Teen Club/Disco. As part of NCL’s Kids’ Crew program, the line has launched a "Junior Star Seeker" audition program for ages 5 to 17 years old, offering a chance to perform on an NCL ship as part of a professional variety show.

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Life Aboard

From the French elegance of Le Bistro to the exotic Asian allure of Bamboo, Norwegian Dawn provides a world of culinary options in 10 restaurants. Dinner Freestyle is on from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. For casual dining, two cafes offer savory choices around the clock, and there is 24-hour room service. The Dawn premiers Cagney’s Steak House, at an extra cover charge, serving prime rib, lamb and seafood. Also part of the line-up are the Aqua and Venetian main restaurants, Bamboo, Blue Lagoon, Garden Café, Kids’ Café, Impressions, La Trattoria, Le Bistro, and Salsa. Additional, there is Sprinkles Ice Cream Bar, plus 24 hour room service.

Sports / Health / Fitness
The Sports Deck has a basketball, volleyball and soccer court, while the two-deck Fitness Center and Spa has cardiovascular workout equipment, an aerobic and yoga area, steam and sauna rooms, a jet-current exercise pool, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool.

Guests aboard Norwegian Dawn experience a variety of entertainment from an authentic Miami South Beach Rave! to India’s Bollywood and Broadway hits by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The ship also has a casino, cinema, video games, plus venues for dancing, karaoke and more.

Norwegian Dawn’s casino has slot machines and table games from roulette, blackjack, and craps to Let It Ride and Caribbean Stud Poker.

Bimini Bar & Grill, Dawn Club Casino, Dazzles Lounge & Nightclub, Gatsby’s Champagne Bar, Havana Club, Internet Café, Java Café, Star Bar, Spinnaker Lounge, Stardust Theater, Pearly Kings Pub, Topsiders Bar, Wine Cellar.


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