My boyfriend and I are taking our first cruise on 11/20 on the dawn and very excited after reading everyones postings....by the way thank you everyone we have learned a lot about cruising and the dawn from this message board and feel very comfortable about cruising for the first time; however we still have a few questions
Our room number is 10002. This is a penthouse suite on the front of the ship. Has anyone been in this room or would be able to provide insight as to is this room nice and big enough for 2 people?
Are there 2 rooms in this suite and how may tv's?
What does the butler do?
Does anyone have an experiences with the spa services??? I was thinking of getting a mssage, facial and hydro bath!!
Is the champagne they give you with the honeymoon package taste good or would it be worthwhile to upgrade to the french brand??
How is the cheese platter I was thinking of ordering this also to have in our room upon embarking?
Our cruise leaves at 5:00 and they say boarding begins at 2:00. What time should we arrive at the docks?
We are staying in Staten Island the night before how long will it taks us to get to the pier and do you know the best route??
Since we are first time cruisers we would appreciate any advice on how to proceed after getting on the ship??
Thanks for any help and again this has been a valuable resource in our research for first time cruisers.
My wife and I will be on board the same Dawn Western Caribbean 11 Day Cruise on 11/20/05.
Depending on where on Staten Island you are staying the night before the cruise and what time you are coming into Manhattan, allow for at least an hour (rush hour even more). It is only 20 miles but you know the traffic.
Directions from Staten Island to the Pier are below (taken from Yahoo Maps).
Port of New York
LOCATION OF PIER: 711 12th Avenue & 55th Street
New York, New York 10019
PARKING: Parking located at pier. $22.00 for cruise passengers. Overnight $25.00 NCL is not responsible for any damages or losses occasioned from the use of the facilities.
Turn Left onto RT-440 NORTH toward BAYONNE BR/STATEN IS EXPWY/GOETHALS BR - go 2.4 mi
1. RT-440 NORTH becomes BAYONNE BRG - go 1.2 mi
2. BAYONNE BRG becomes RT-440 NORTH - go 2.8 mi
3. Turn Right onto I-78 EAST - go 5.4 mi
4. Continue on 12TH ST - go 0.3 mi
5. 12TH ST becomes BOYLE PLZ - go 0.1 mi
6. BOYLE PLZ becomes HOLLAND TUNL - go 1.9 mi
7. Take exit #1 onto LAIGHT ST toward WEST ST - go 0.2 mi
8. Turn Right on WEST ST[RT-9A] - go 1.3 mi
9. Continue to follow RT-9A NORTH - go 2.0 mi
10. Arrive at 711 12TH AVE, NEW YORK, on the Left
11. Go to Pier at 55th Street.
275 square feet of room space is plenty for two people.
We are looking forward to this Thanksgiving Cruise! See ya there!
Thanks for info I appreciate it this is like I said our first cruise glad to know the space will be plenty. We are also looking forward to cruising over Thanksgiving we always travel this time of year and enjoy spending Thanksgiving in different countries some who do not celebrate the holiday.
We are very lucky my husbands best friend is a NY city police lieutenant and he is driving us to the pier that day and taking out car back to his house in Staten Island and then picking us up on our last day. Of course we are extending our vacation a day in NY and not leaving NY city until the following day.
Should be an awesome cruise and being neenies to cruising we are excited to see and do everything. Thanks for the info and take care and have a safe flight or drive the the city we are lucky we are driving into the city and do not need to worry about flying. ENJOY!!!
We stayed in 10500 in August. The room was great. Only one large room with only one tv. The view and the balcony are great. The butler service is great if you have a good butler. We had a lady named Lanie and she was not the greatest. But if you have Denny - he's great. He was my sister's butler on the same cruise. The butler will serve your meals in your room if you'd like, bring you food/drink all day and most of the night. We used to order club sandwiches to be delivered at midnight so we had a snack when we got in from the casino.
The butler will deliver you chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne (terrible champagne). Also, don't bother w/the honeymoon package. You'll get all of that for nothing with the suite category.
When you arrive at the pier in NYC, look for the signs that say Penthouse suites, VIP. You won't have to wait in any lines. You'll be in your suite within 10 minutes of arriving at the pier. Also, you can disembark first. It was the best advantage of the suite.
If you don't want to drive, you can always take the subway directly to Grand Central Station & hop a cab from there. It's about a 15 block walk, so I don't suggest walking to the pier. But its a straight cab run down the street to the waterfront. Cab will cost under $10 & the subway fare I think(??) is $2.50. You'll also get there faster.
I don't know the exact link on the net, but if you type in NYC Subway (or something along those lines), you actually should be able to pull up the Subway map. Pretty much all of the subway lines that were damaged during 9/11 are now up & running.