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I wanted to post a quick review of the ship even thought it's been over a year since my trip. I have to say this was the most amazing cruise I've ever been on and I've been on a few. Leaving from NY guarantees a lot of younger people which was great for my group being in our 20's. I never had so much fun and we pretty much stayed on the ship most of the time. My friends and I met a group of friends, some of who I still speak too. I don't have one complaint about this ship, other then the ports not being the best, but I've been to all of them before so it was nothing new to me. Then entertainment was great and we made our own fun by doing kareoke at night and spending pretty much every night in Spinnakers lounge drinking and dancing until 4 in the morning.
To this day we still talk about the unbelivable time we had and I would go back and relive it any day
Location: Central New York State (aka "Upstate New York")
We, too, loved the DAWN (and were surprised that we did, as we "love" vintage liners)
Good for you...posting a mini review a year after your cruise! I just want to second your praise for the DAWN. We were so impressed, especially since our April '04 trip on the DAWN was our first experience with one of the "new" mega-cruise ships, we were surprised at our immediate "love" for the ship! We were so thrilled with our cabin accommodations, the friendly staff and crew, the shows, the fantastic food selections and dining options (here again, we thought we wouldn't like "freestyle" dining), and the general interior (and exterior) designs of the ship (with a new and pleasant sight for the eyes around every corner); we couldn't leave the vessel without booking another cruise aboard her. With that said, we are anxiously awaiting our April '05 cruise...a little over three months to go!
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October 2012 NORWEGIAN DAWN Canada/New England...HAD TO CANCEL May 2012C.I.E. LAND TOUR Southern Ireland R.T. Shannon, Co. Kerry, Dublin with DH Cousins
November 2011 CROWN PRINCESS-Aft Corner "Balcony" to Southern Caribbean (Aruba & Curacao) for Cousin's 10th Anniversary (plus our Cousins & Friends)
November 2010 SAPPHIRE PRINCESS-Back to "Mini-Suite" for Mexican Riviera & friend's 50th B'day with pre-cruise stay on the QUEEN MARY SHIP HOTEL in Long Beach, CA
September 2009 NORWEGIAN SPIRIT-Repeat the "Suite" Life to our beloved Bermuda (Dockyard) with cousins & friend
May 2008 NORWEGIAN SPIRIT-"Suite" Life to East Caribbean (San Juan-Tortola-Samana) & friend
May 2007 SUN PRINCESS-"Mini-Suite" for our 30th Anniversary Cruise to Alaska (Ketchikan-Juneau-Skagway)
October 2006 HAL WESTERDAM-"Suite" Life To East Caribbean (Grand Turk-Tortola-St. Maarten-Half Moon Cay) For My 50th B'day with family/friends
April 2005 NORWEGIAN DAWN-"Balcony" to Florida/Bahamas-went back again for DH's 50th
May 2004 NORWEGIAN MAJESTY-"Oceanview" to Bermuda with DH family & our friends
April 2004 NORWEGIAN DAWN-"Balcony" to Florida/Bahamas with friends (Replaced cancelled "NORWAY" cruise)
May 2003 QE2-"Two Port Holes" (Caronia Class) to Bermuda with friends
July 2002 PACIFIC PRINCESS-"Oceanview Mini-Suite" to Bermuda and Renewed Our 25th Anniversary Vows
July 2001 REGAL EMPRESS-"Balcony" to New England/Canada Anniversary Cruise to test the waters!