Norwegian Dawn

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The Norwegian Dawn passes Lower Manhattan on the way to Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Name: Norwegian Dawn
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Operator: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry: Nassau,22x20px Bahamas
Route: Seven Night cruises out of Miami, Florida
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $450 million
Yard number: 649[1]
Laid down: September 1, 2001
Launched: 05 FEB 2002 [1]
Completed: 03 DEC 2002 [1]
Maiden voyage: December 7, 2002
In service: 2002
Identification: IMO number: 9195169[2], Callsign C6FT7
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Libra Class, cruise ship
Tonnage: 92,250 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 7500 DWT (metric)[1]
Length: 292 m (958.0 ft)[1]
Beam: 32.2 m (105.6 ft)[1]
Height: 195.2 ft (59.50 m)
Draught: 27.9 ft (8.50 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.23 m)
Decks: 15 decks
Installed power: 4 MAN B&W diesel electric generators (58.8 MW total)
Propulsion: 2 ABB marine cyclo converters (20.0 MW each)
Speed: 25-knot (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity: 2,224 passengers
Crew: 1,126 crew

Norwegian Dawn is a cruise ship that entered service in 2002 and is currently in operation with Norwegian Cruise Line.


This ship entered service at the end of 2002. She was originally intended to operate with Star Cruises under the name SuperStar Scorpio, but it was decided that she would be delivered to Star's subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Dawn. Norwegian Dawn was officially christened in an elaborate ceremony in Manhattan by actress Kim Catrall.

Norwegian Dawn was the first NCL vessel to utilize hull art. Originally planned as a way to further promote the vessel, the concept was extremely well received and hull art was incorporated to most other NCL vessels, with the exception of those vessels scheduled to transition out of the fleet within the next few years.

Norwegian Dawn, was the filming location for Rosie O'Donnell's R Family Vacations, a cruise designed for gay and lesbian families.

2005 rogue wave incident

On April 16, 2005, after sailing into rough weather off the coast of Georgia, Norwegian Dawn encountered a series of three 70-foot (21.34 m) waves. The third wave damaged several windows on the 9th and 10th decks and several decks were flooded. Damage, however, was not extensive and the ship was quickly repaired.[3] Four passengers were slightly injured in this incident.[2]

2008 passenger overboard incident

On May 11, 2008, a 46-year-old female passenger of the Norwegian Dawn fell over the railing into the Atlantic Ocean about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Atlantic City during a cruise from New York to Bermuda. Foul weather that night and early morning forced the coast guard to stop in their search for the woman.[4]

Power Outage incident (U.S.) Thanksgiving Weekend 2009

On Friday, November 27, 2009, Norwegian Dawn lost all power while returning to Miami. United States Coast Guard ships and helicopters were dispatched to the scene to assist. During the power outage, the more than 2,000 passengers on the ship had no access to running water, electricity, air conditioning or toilet services in the hot Caribbean environment. The temperatures in the area at the time were around Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT with 67% relative humidity. At least some power was restored and the ship was able to make port in San Juan, PR, not Miami as the itinerary dictated, to allow repairs to be made.[5]

Vessel class

Norwegian Dawn was the second in a line of two ships with this design, constructed at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Her sister ship is the Norwegian Star, which entered service in November 2001. At the time of their order with Meyer Werft, these two ships were designated as Libra-class (Dawn Class in NCL publicity, as the Libra Class designation was because of its original assignment by Star Cruises until they were assigned to NCL operations). NCL continued using the same class designation for these ships.[6]


As with her sister vessel, Norwegian Dawn has a wide variety of restaurants, bars, entertainment and activity areas, and an eight-deck high atrium. One of her more distinctive features are twin Garden Villa staterooms. At 5,750 sq ft (534 m2), they are among largest at sea and come with complete with living room, dining room and three separate bedrooms each with king or queen-size bed, private luxury bath and CD/DVD library. Two bedrooms also feature a full bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Each Villa features a private garden with hot tub, outdoor dining area and terrace.[7]

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Dazzles Lounge – Deck 7
File:NCL Dawn Galleria Shops.jpg
Galleria Shops – Deck 7 aft
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T-Rex Kids Center – Deck 12 aft

Some of her other amenities include:

  • Le Bistro* – French restaurant
  • Salsa* – Mexican restaurant and tapas bar
  • Cagney's* – Steak house
  • Bamboo* – Asian restaurant with the following:
    • Teppanyaki* – also known as Hibachi
    • Sushi Bar
    • Asian Cuisine
  • Blue Lagoon – Dinner
  • Impressions* – Italian restaurant
  • Aqua – Main dining room/restaurant
  • Venetian – Main dining room/restaurant
  • Bimini Grill – Outdoor grill at poolside
  • Gatsby's Champagne Bar
  • Java Café
  • Bimini Bar
  • Topsiders Bar
  • Galleria Shops
  • The Oasis Pool
  • Stardust Theater
  • Spinnaker Lounge
  • Lap Pool and Jacuzzi
  • Hot Tubs (6)
  • El Dorado Spa and Fitness Center
  • Internet Café
  • T-Rex Kid's Center
  • Havana Club
  • The Port Room
  • Wine Cellar
  • Dazzles Lounge

The main (free) restaurants are Aqua and Ventia - providing same food with different settings. The other free one is buffet style - Garden Cafe . All others restaurants charge a cover charge. The main advantage of Norwegian dawn is free style cruising i.e you dont have fixed table or fixed eating time. [8] .


The Norwegian Dawn sails from New York City to Port Canaveral, Florida; Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay; and Bermuda. She was repositioned to Miami in October 2007 and now sails 7-day and 9-day Caribbean itineraries. Her Summer 2009 itinerary will be a 7-day Bermuda cruise from New York City featuring 2 or 3 days docked in King's Wharf (Royal Navy Dockyard), and possibly a day anchored in the bay with tender service into the city of Hamilton. In 2010, the Dawn will be sailing on 7 day cruises from New York City to Bermuda and in May 2011, it will be moving to Boston and begin Boston to Bermuda service to replace Norwegian Spirit.


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