I've stayed in a mini suite on The Dawn. From what I understand, they are about the same except for the decor. At the time we were a family of 4 with 2 boys ages 9 and 12. The room was a little cramped for us when the sofa bed was pulled out and the storage for 4 people was a little lacking. We were climbing all over each other when we were getting dressed for dinner. On the positive side, The Dawn was our favorite ship and we'd cruise in the same cabin again. We are currently booked on The Jewel for March 2006 and 2007. We were lucky enough to book early and get a Courtyard Villa for both cruises.