Other than room service, the Blue Lagoon is the only 24-hour eatery on the Norwegian Dawn.
Located in the Atrium on deck 8, the Blue Lagoon’s decor is in-line with the rest of the ship’s decor, lots of greens and blues with pink columns. It has more of a diner feel with a beautiful view to the Atrium and ocean. Also like a diner, it’s open 24/7, serving up breakfast and comfort food.
The Blue Lagoon’s menus are not very long. For breakfast, it offers omelets, eggs, bacon, toast, and a croissant with scrambled eggs. After 12 pm the menu changes and stays the same throughout the rest of the day. Comfort food is the order of the day: chicken wings, spinach artichoke dip with tacos, tomato and wonton soup, fish and chips, burgers, chicken sandwiches, paninis and salads. For dessert you can choose between New York cheese cake and vanilla pound cake.
Most of the time, the service is friendly and spot-on. On busy days, however, it seems the wait staff is totally overwhelmed and the restaurant understaffed – we had to wait for half an hour for our food to arrive.
Blue Lagoon’s breakfast menu is not very long: you can put together your own omelet in the Blue Lagoon, get a scrambled egg croissant, or the Blue Lagoon Full Plate with eggs, bacon, sausages, and toast. The only problem we had, was the runny whites on our sunny side-up eggs. If you really can’t stand that, you better get eggs over easy or maybe even hard boiled.
Lunch and dinner menus are the same. From 11 am on, the Blue Lagoon serves “Comfort Food”: buffalo wings, hot dog, burger, soups and dips, as well as two salads.
Although the buffalo chicken wings are not very spicy, they are tasty. The spinach artichoke dip should be called a spinach-cheese dip, there was just one piece of artichoke in the little bowl. Hot dogs are hot dogs; there’s a limited number of ways to mess them up… not cooking the onions long enough is one of them, unfortunately.
A big disappointment was the fish and chips. The plate contained a single piece of fish and some fries that should have been marinated with vinegar, but tasted like regular fries (to be fair, there is a bottle of vinegar on the table). On the side was a cup of tartar sauce and a green something, supposedly pea-puree, that tasted awful. We had fish and chips ashore, when the ship was anchored in Bermuda. That included several pieces of fish and thick cut fries. It tasted amazing. That’s how you do it.
The New York cheese cake comes with a blueberry sauce and the vanilla pound cake with a strawberry sauce. Both cakes were flavorful, but the vanilla pound cake could have used more sauce.