Our room was a BA Cabin on the 10th floor #10678 and adjoining #10680. BEAUTIFUL! I can see how three people can be a tight squeeze but for two it is perfect. Loved the bathroom. The Balcony was more than adequate and with the adjoining staterooms door opened, it was huge!
EXCELLENT! I am a very picky eater and could always find something for breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe (A buffet style restaurant). I loved the burgers at Bimini had one a day. For dinner Nothing can beat the ambiance of Venetian. It is a very upscale, classy restaurant that resembles a grand ballroom. Impressions was very nice and was more intimate than Venetian. Did not make it to Aqua. We made reservations for Salsa twice, LOVED IT, and La Trattoria once -- no one in my group liked it everyone felt that it was not as good as the others. We broke down and ate at Cagney's the last night (cover charge of 20.00 per person) It was the best steak I had on the cruise and also the best cheesecake (mouth watering) BUT the food for free is, IMO, so good that I don't know if it's really worth spending the money.
Well, not a show person so obviously no help there. Modal Magic was an excellent band. Don't miss 80's night, it was so much fun. This band could be found numerous nights in Spinnakers lounge. Caribbean Wave was also great.
The casino was huge compared to other ships I have been on. ALSO, the slots hit constantly! Saw many people hit for 1,000.00-2,000.00 as well as smaller payouts which everyone in my group were successful in winning. All of us came out about even. Oh, don't miss the Jeopardy machine right hand corner of the casino it's the only one there but it is lots of fun. I miss it already!
Well, there were some wonderful staff members as well as some less then gracious ones. I feel that the staff on other cruise ships were friendlier but I do not want to take anything away from those who were wonderful on the Dawn. Unfortunately, it's those who were lacking that I tend to remember too.
Port Canaveral: Went to Islands of Adventure using the Express Pass. Loved the park, did not need the express pass because it was not crowded at all BUT with the summer approaching I would look into getting one.
Miami: Stayed on the ship and enjoyed the quiet especially at the pool. We did take a taxi later in the day and went to South beach but could have easily stayed on the ship.
Get there early and leave early. It gets crowded quick. Beautiful Island but plan well. I feel that going for three hours in the morning and returning to an empty ship is quite relaxing.
Also left ship later in day and went to Atlantis for 2 hours. It's an absolutely gorgeous resort and much of it can be seen except for the pools.
As you can tell, I was more into the ship then the shore excursions. I just loved the boat so much that I would have rather been on it most of the time.
Disembarking was easy enough. We stayed in our room until we were called (although there was a delay) We did not leave our stateroom until 11am. But we were out on the street by 11:30. Tip: have the taxi pick you up across the street. The traffic in the pier was horrendous!
I never could have imagined a better Cruise. It was the best vacation I have ever been on. Stress free, relaxing entertaining and beautiful. If you've booked a cruise on the Dawn enjoy it and apprecitate the experince, it's one of a kind. Those of you who haven't booked yet... What are you waiting for?