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Who knows the current condition and service on the Dawn,or maybe could direct me to a site that has more info on the Dawn. It seems from reading these posts most of the info is on the newer ships.We`re leaving on the Dawn in Oct,getting excited,and would really love to hear from someone recently on her. Any and every thing will help us get through the last two months,food cabins bedding service entertainment,anything........ Thank you
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 11:17 AM
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Recon:

I have sailed the Dawn and it's former sister ship the Ocean Princess. Ocean Princess is now with P&O.

Sadly I have not sailed the Dawn for four years but I will say that both of these ships are my favorite class of Princess ships. The mid 70,000 ton range is perfect in size and the Sterling steakhouse was one of my highlights.

We sailed the Dawn right after she went through a major dry dock and she looked brand new. I am not sure how the inside looks now but I have not heard major negative reports about her.

The cabin sizes are a little smaller than the Grand Class ships and the Coral Class ships but the balcony cabins are just over 160 sq. ft. and they have a nice sized balcony. If you have a mini-suite than you have a HUGE cabin, unlike the larger ships, in which a mini-suite is not much larger than a regular balcony cabin.

I know if I was booking a Mexican Riviera or Alaska cruise this ship would be one of my first choices.

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We just got off the Dawn on Saturday. In my opinion, she looked great.

The service was good, the beds comfortable, the ship clean. On sea days, crews were working on re-varnishing some of the railings on the Promenade deck, as well as giving the fire boxes a fresh coat of red paint. When we stopped in Ketchikan, AK, we noticed crews applying a bit of white paint to the outer bow of the ship. Seems that they are spiffing her up a bit more before heading down South to run the Mexican Riviera itinerary. It appeared to be minor touch up work. We didn't see any major work that needed to be done.

The entertainment was okay...your typical Vegas-style stage shows, lounge singers, and comedians. Each one lasting about the standard 45 minutes...early and late shows coordinated with dining times, as is usual.

Based on the topics you've started, I sense that you are a bit concerned about the Dawn. There's no need to worry. She's a great ship and you should enjoy her.

Have a great time!
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Thanks Laceybelle for your insight it helps knowing you won`t be surprised when you get onboard. How was your cabin? I read that Princess upgraded all their bedding,is that true?? Thanks again
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You're welcome, RECON. We did a lot of research before our trip and also came up short on information on the Dawn. We went into it figuring we'd just be pleasantly surprised, which we were.

Our cabin was nice with plenty of storage space. We had a balcony cabin on Caribe deck. The only thing we noticed that would have been useful (and I just realized we forgot to mention it on our comment card), was a magnet to keep the bathroom door open. Carnival had that on the Inspiration and it definitely came in handy. On the couple of evenings we hit rough seas on the Dawn, the bathroom door kept swinging open and closed as we got showered and ready for dinner. It was no big problem, but a magnet would have been nice.

The bedding was the newer bedding that is also used by Carnival -- soft and comfortable. The bedspread was older, but removed each night and tucked under the bed (and in a plastic bag) by the steward during turndown.

The safe is decent sized and was sufficient enough to hold our passports, wallets, and electronics when not in use. It's operated by keypad, so you create your own 2 - 6 digit code for locking and unlocking it. We liked that better than the magnetic stripe card reader other ships have. This way either one of us could access the safe without needing to be in possession of anything but our memories.

Any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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Thanks so much for your first hand knowledge,I`ve been trying for awhile now to get some first hand info and finally I suceeded. We~re on the Riviera deck in a balcony also,how was the pool on that deck? Did you have the pizza? I`ve heard it`s not too bad. Thanks again I won`t bother you any more about the Dawn.......bye
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No problem at all, RECON. Feel free to ask away!

There are several pools on the Riviera Deck. Since we were on the Alaskan itinerary and the weather was a tad cool, we didn't use any of them. There are two pools mid-ship on that deck, as well as a couple of hot tubs. In addition, there is another smaller wading pool aft, with two more hot tubs. There was not a lot of activity in any of the pools or spas that we noticed, but your Mexican itinerary will be markedly different -- both weather and clientele. Being an Alaskan journey, the demographics skewed a bit older.

We loved the pizza! It's a thin crust and very tasty. The pizzeria (La Scala) is on the Dolphin deck (deck 8 just forward of mid-ship and the atrium) and is an anytime, table service restaurant. DH really enjoyed the calzone he got for lunch a couple of days. They have a different menu for dinner...they still have pizza, but also serve salads and pastas.

I'll be anxiously awaiting your impressions of the Dawn when you get back!
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Who knows the current condition and service on the Dawn,or maybe could direct me to a site that has more info on the Dawn. It seems from reading these posts most of the info is on the newer ships.We`re leaving on the Dawn in Oct,getting excited,and would really love to hear from someone recently on her. Any and every thing will help us get through the last two months,food cabins bedding service entertainment,anything........ Thank you
We have not sailed the Dawn for several years now, but the Dawn is our favorite class of ship. Princess does care about maintaining their ships and I am certain you will love it. Upon returning to one of the Princess ships we had sailed years before we were concerned. We were amazed with the great condition of the ship and had even been improved in many ways.
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sailed the dawn in march 17 and found her to be a great ship. food service staff all excellent. the only real bummer was the age of our fellow passengers. average age 65 and that is not a joke. every night, the casino was closed by 1 am. every night. some as early as midnight due to no one playing. as i am 61 but still not ready to hit the sack at 1 , we checked the clubs and were disappointed. the staff did tell us that this was highly unusual.
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When are you sailing in October? We are on the Dawn October 28 to the Mexican Riviera
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