Thanks for a very interesting review. My wife and I will be on the Dawn in April and May next year for a combined itinerary from New Orleans to Boston then on the Bermuda. We will keep some of your comments in mind. We tend to chose inside rooms ourselves and the last time on the Dawn we were on deck 11.
I have been to the 24 hour rest. on deck 8 and had no trouble whatsoever. Same with the dining room and with the anytime dining. I would tend to think that these events you describe maybe just an anomaly. I do agree that the photgs on board are pretty good, as the collection we have from the Dawn is quite extensive and yes---a bit costly. But we budgeted for that.
Home you have a better trip next time.