My wife and I thought this was the best cruise we have had on the Dawn (3rd cruise with 4th in April). We had only one negative comment to make and that will be at the end.
The talk about the itinerary that went on for months on these boards we think was settled very will by NCL.
The weather was almost perfect at all the ports. We had a great time in all the ports and all the excursions went well and were really interesting. Even the half day in Tortola was great because we got to see most of the island in the short amount of time. Our favorite stops were Dominica and Tortola. Two very beautiful islands. St. Thomas was nice but too commercial.The scenery was so good on all the islands I took more than 500 pictures and short movies. We bought many items but just from the local's of each Island.
Even the food on board seemed to be a little better than normal and the crew more friendly and there seemed to be almost no lines at the restaurants. I even was able to get pictures of the famous "chocolate spectacular"
We had a AD suite at the stern of the ship and the views were spectacular. I had read on these boards that there might be a soot problem but we never encountered it. However they were right about the movement of the ship is more pronounced in the back but we loved it because the more the ship rocked and rolled the better our sleep was. (we must be sick people) and it was rocking and rolling when we first left NY and when we returned to NY. The AD suite was a decent size and so was the balcony but be warned it is ONLY for two people.
The only negative was the "first women butler" who was nice enough but this job seemed just a "stopover" to her next promotion. She left my wife and I with the feeling that it was a bother to call her.
With that aside it was a great cruise and we would like to do it again in 2006 (we already have 2 other cruise booked for 2005 besides the Dawn in April)