Hello, Happy New Year!!! I just read your post, I am going to be staying in an AB Penthouse on the Dawn, on an 11 Day Western Carribbean Cruise, February 12, 2006. I did a lot of research into an AB Penthouse and I found an EXCELLENT web site, it has fabulous pictures of the cabin. And I got GREAT first hand information from a woman I "met" on the "Cruise Addicts" web site. Her experience staying in an AB Penthouse was the "kicker' for me, to pay the extra $$$, because it sounded so wonderfull.....
We are going on the Dawn this April, on the 17th. We will be staying in an AF Mini-Suite, my Husband, daughter and I. I did not know how nice an AB was, I thought just having a balcony was super, which of course it is. But, iI think I was just being thrifty. When I started planning my 50th Birthday cruise for February 2006 a few months ago, I decided to splurge and REALLY celebrate!!!
The web site to go to is: http://www.orcatekweb.com/cabin-11550.htm
You will be really surprised at how nice it is. Linda, the woman from "Cruise Addicts" said that these pictures are from the "Star", which I think is now NCL's "POA". She said that "POA" is the Dawn's twin sister, just built a bit earlier. The AB Penthouse looks EXACTLY like that on the Dawn, even the gem names of each cabin are the same.
Have you gone to the "Cruise Critic" web site? That is a GREAT place too. You should go to the "Roll Call" boards, see how many people are going on your cruise.
I hope I have been of some help. I hope you have an FANTASTIC cruise. When you get back, I hope we can e-mail, I would love to hear all about your trip.