Dawn Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

A bit disappointing

Sail Date: August 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The ship was nice enough. It was very clean, though the decor could use a little updating. Pools and hot tubs everywhere and plenty of deck spaces that allowed you to get away from the crowds if you desired.

Pros: Ship was very clean. Room Steward went out of his way to make us comfortable. Very friendly crew.

Cons: The food was the pits compared with cruises we had taken in the past. Also the itinerary gave us short port times in two of the four ports of call.

Food and Dining
Of the three cruises I have been on, the Dawn Princess had the absolute worst food. There were nights that the buffet and the main dining rooms had absolutely nothing that appealed. Fortunately they do have some standards that are available any night at dinner. But do you really want a steak every night of the cruise? Also... The main restaurants were not open very long for breakfast and lunch which forced us to eat in the buffet more than we would have liked. After cruising on NCL with its wide variety of specialty restaurants, the pizza parlor and "steak house" on the Dawn were a joke. The steak house was a partitioned section of the buffet dining room and they charged you $15 extra for a steak you could order in the main dining room for no additional cost. I do have to give credit to the staff though. In all of the dining areas the staff was very attentive, friendly and helpful.
We went to three shows during our week long sail. The first was a ventrilaquist, who was very funny. I really enjoyed that evening. The second was billed as a comedian - who turned out to be a juggler (ugh!!) and the third was a singing act by a man who tried to do impressions of the "rat pack." This guy was nothing short of offensive and we walked out half way through the show.
Ship Quality
Service and Staff
Our room steward was excellent. He went above and beyond to make us comfortable. It seemed as though any time we left the room he would go in and refresh the towels, bed or anything else that was out of place. As I said earlier, for the most part the dining staff was very friendly and attentive. The staff at the cruise desk was a bit surly and not very eager to be helpful, and the activities and entertainment staff seemed like they were hired for their looks rather than their ability to engage passengers and make sure they were having an enjoyable time.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our stateroom was a bit small, but that was expected. It was clean and had a lot more storage space than other ships we've been on. The bed was marginally comfortable, but about the same as other staterooms we have occuppied.

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