The Dawn Princess was the smallest Princess Cruise fleet we have been on. We did miss some of the amenities like a specialty dining facility (Sterling Steak House is shared with Horizon Court Buffet), larger casino with video poker options, international cafe.
I would take this cruise again just to see more of Australia. The trips Princess offered were varied and helped show different aspects of this country. I thoroughly enjoyed ll the interaction with the animals.
This was our seventh Princess cruise, and the Dawn Princess turned out to be our least favorite ship. It was not the smallest ship we've been on, but their accommodation to being small just didn't work. For instance having the Sterling Steakhouse on the Balcony Grill at night was an awful experience. It was windy, noisy, chilly, the food was cold, the whole thing seemed rushed - which you didn't mind much because you weren't really relaxing and enjoying the experience. The movies under the stars playing near by loudly so you couldn't converse easily... just plain horrible. We took first time cruisers with us this trip who came away saying that they didn't know if they'd cruise again because they were bored. We've never been bored on a Princess ship before. Lectures were ok, but not of a huge variety and not very often. Fast food places not always available all day - would feel like a hamburger, but find the balcony grill closed for a buffet, or feel like a slice of pizza - oops, wrong time of day. Just not as comfortable and serving as other ships in the Princess fleet.
The ship was very clean and the crew works hard to keep it that way. The service was mostly very good. The ship's size was perfect,never felt too crowded and got to do the things I wanted most to do for the most part.
The ship was gorgeous. Art auctions too warm, need more air conditioning in the hole on 5th floor. Almost had to leave it was so hot. I think autions should be somewhere else and too noisy with outsiders walking all over.
Need to make elevator button summons all elevators. They need to be more express. They stopped on every floor even if full, very annoying.
Need more time in port. We filled our time with excursions so did not get to buy family gifts. You have too much merchandise with Princess on it. That ok for passengers but not for gifts for others.
I really loved the wonderful service on the ship by all the staffers. And until my experience with the medical center, I was ready to book another cruise and refer my friends and family. Now, I am telling everyone to steer clear of Princess Cruises. I had an incident with the medical center that left me MISDIAGNOSED and isolated in my cabin for 2 1/2 days! They refused service when I required it and had disregard for my emotional health when I was have panic attacks and hard time breathing in the cabin. My overall experience the last 2 1/2 days was so traumatic, that I will never return to Princess Cruises again.
The ship was amazing! There was no lack of opportunity to expereince different activities. From the shows to the individual performers, everything was done at a very professional level. The ship was clean and well presented.
We loved our state room. The window and area was especially nice. Our steward for the room was perfect and accommodizing. I would like though instead of throwing hundreds of pictures away you would adjust the cost. We would of spent about $75 and took our formal, and all boarding pictures but at $25 we only took 2. I have went on other cruise ships where the pictures ranged about 12 - 17 dollars a picture. That price is much more accommodating to travelers that have just spent about $1000 a person for the cruise. This would generate more business because travelers show their pictures.
Although I don't think we are the "cruising kind" we had a very nice time. This was a family vacation with our 4 grown daughters and us. A cruise was perfect for that type of vacation. There is somthing for everyone. The service was remarkable, and the food delicious! I would like to have had more information on the ports of call other than places to buy Jewelry. A decent map with points of interest for example. We didn't want to book shore excursions since there were 6 of us and we just wanted to kick around the different ports of call.
This was our first Princess cruise. We had only cruised Carnival before this. We went with Princess because we were told they cater to an older crowd - that the activities are geared more towards middle to late agers. They did have dance classes and a cooking demo, but other than that, the entertainment was typical. Overall, it wasn't worth the extra money. There were 3 dinners I couldn't even eat. They offer no beverages for free other than iced tea and water. Our bed was lop-sided and lumpy.
There were 12 people in our group ranging in age from 50 to 81. A great time was had by all. We enjoyed meeting at the pool where some swam while others sat and read or visited. There was always a discussion about food, what did we eat for breakfast and what would we be having for lunch and dinner. The chefs always pleased us with what was on the menu. We loved whale watching from the ship decks. The weather was sunny and warmer than we thought. After the nightly shows we walked around the deck stargazing. The ship was clean. The crew were all very helpful and entertaining.
The Ship was Very Clean and Neat. The Staff were soooo... helpful. All with smiles. The food was outstanding and I loved the Anytime dining so I could meet more people daily. Handling of the excursions was very easy.
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