We traveled the Dawn Princess in April for the Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, and St. Thomas cruise. Things were a little confusing with the embarkation as there was no information posted about what passengers were to do. It wasn't until we were almost at the check-in counter that we were told we had to fill out some forms (which, incidentally, we had already completed on line. Seems these on-line forms won't do and they must be done by hand, so don't waste your time filling them out prior to embarkation.) Once we received our cruise cards we headed for the ship. Our luggage arrived while we were eating dinner in the dining room. The Dawn Princess is a beauitful ship, well maintained and the staff pays attention to every detail and need. We were on vacation and chose not to dress up except for one night, so we ate at the buffet on the Lido deck. Food was good and plenty of variety. There were two things we didn't like about the food. One was that the food was too "French," meaning it had a lot of rich sauces and you got small portions on big plates. Mostly show. The food was good in the dining room but there just wasn't much of it. Didn't care for the desserts most nights, too rich and too fancy. Where is the chocolate cake? The second complaint is that we would often eat a big breakfast, head out on a tour and come back to the boat about 4:30 without lunch. We would want to eat an early dinner but about 5:00 PM there is not much left in the buffet and they haven't replenished it. THey seem to cater to those who like to eat late, not those who enjoy an early dinner. Food was good and we usually found something to eat. Room was adequate for the cruise, and it was very quiet. We were very pleased with our cruise and would not hesitate to book with Princess Cruises again. In fact, we are already looking at the spring break Caribbean cruises on Princess for 2002. If you're looking to be pampered and have a great time, the Dawn Princess is it.
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