This was my partners and my first Atlantis cruise. We have done 25+ RSVP and
1 straight cruise prior to this. We both agreed that this was probably one of the
top three cruises we have taken (after RSVP's own small ship the Seaspirit to Alaska
and Renessance's 10 day Tahati). The ship is absolutely FANTASTIC ! We were on
the RSVP Mardi Gras cruise in March on the Holland America Zuiderdam. Both
it and the Dawn are less than 1 year old, but that is where the similarities end. The
Zuiderdam was a TUB compared to the Dawn. Maybe it was the construction or
design, but the Dawn just seemed better made with higher quality materials. The
decor and furnishings are far superior with rich paneling that while we know it was
not real wood, didn't look tacky plastic like the Zuiderdam. It appeared there was a
plan and colors went well together. The didn't try to decorate by committee (a la
Las Vegas...every color imaginable in each room) or that Wild casino carpeting so
popular on Carnival and now ,since the purchase , Holland America. Furnishings are
Danish modern (Ikea-like) and very tasteful. A perfect example is one of the main
diningrooms on the Zuiderdam. We were being seated and asked for a deuce by
the window. Oh no, said the host, you don't want that. Too much noise and vibration.
Sure enough. You could see the place settings jumping up and down. We have heard that the ship is going back in to drydock at the end of the year to try and correct the
Dining: The Free-Style dining was great. Ten restaurants t o choose from and the
ability to decide when and with who you wanted to eat was great. We thought the
food was very good, well seasoned, and served fresh and hot (a rareity on cruise
ships). Cagney's Steak House and the Japanese Beni-Hana restaurant were
our favorites.Some restaurants charge a sur-charge but we thought it was worth it.
Service in the restaurants as well as throughout the ship was great. The employees
seemed to be having a great time and confided that they are usually not allowed
to go to the parties with the regualr passengers but are allowed to go to the
deck parties with us.
Entertainment: Great variety. Comedians were our favorites. Pam Ann and Miss
Richfield 1981 were both a riot. The ship's entertainers were fantastic ( 3 shows)
also the Honey Boys, four cuties who I know will be back on future Atlantis trips.
Disco on deck was amazing with laser light shows and great DJ's. Parties going on
all the time until the wee hours of the morning
Roseanne Barr was the surprise guest. Mixed reviews. We went to the first show and we ,along with the majority of the large audience , thought she was pretty good. The second show was a different story with alot of people walking out.
Ports were predictable. Key West was disappointing, They were supposed to have a big block party for us, but it never came together. The private island was very nice
with a great beach and water sports.
We ubderstand the age group was a little older than the normal Atlantis cruise and
overall everyone seemed well behaved. We didn't see nearly as many costumes or
drag as we do on RSVP. The ship had only about 1400 of the capacity 2200.
Overall a great cruise and we will definately do Atlantis again.