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Kerrid

Dawn Review 3/28 - 4/4/04

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Here's my review of the Dawn from last week!

 

Sunday 3/28:

Embarkation - arrived at the Pier about 11:30am, paid for parking "cash-only" $168 for the week - walked our bags into the terminal and waited in line for about about 45 mins before they let us in to check in. We were probably in the first 500 people to check in so we got on board and were having lunch in the Garden Cafe' by 1:30pm.

 

Room: We had stateroom 10638 - 10th floor BA Category with a balcony. Room had ample enough space for 2 people any more than that would be crowded. Balcony fit 2 people comfortable. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony as we left the ports. Bathroom is good size and loved the glass shower door - no curtain to stick to the legs!

 

Ship:

The Dawn is a beautiful ship. Very clean and bright colors. One good thing was that at every restaurant entrance and the buffet lines there is hand sanitzer stations.

 

Hint: If leaving NY and it's chilly out go to the Spinnaker Lounge - Deck 12 forward and go to the seats all the way in front by the windows - awesome view when leaving NY and hardly anyone was in there!

 

Food: Salsa's and LaTrattoria have the same menus every night. We ate in Salsa's 3 times and LaTrattoria once - wasn't all that impressed with LaTrattoria. Salsa's was pretty good - loved the quesadilla's. Found the rest of the food to be spicy. Aqua, Impressions and Venetian - we ate in each one of them and found the food to be fair to average. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants that had a cover.

 

Entertainment: We went to the magic show one night that was pretty good, we did not see any of the other shows. The nightlife we found to be lagging for the 21-40yr age bracket. The 18-20yrs olds had a disco/night club. There was nothing for the 21-40yr old age group. They had one guy playing guitar in Dazzles and in Spinnaker there was a band called Modal Magic that seemed to sing 50's, 60's and 70's music.

They show movies in the cinema throughout the day (different movie each day) - we saw Lord of the Rings on Saturday. Get to the movie early as the seats fill-up quickly.

Ports of Call:

Port Canaveral - we rented a car for the day and went to Cocoa beach - it was fun to watch the surfers.

 

Miami - rented a car and drove to Key Biscayne where we rented bikes and biked around Bill Baggs State Park then went to the beach. In the afternoon we drove through South Beach.

 

Private Island - they almost had to cancel this stop because of the winds but once they repositioned the ship we were able to get on the tenders and got on the island by 10am. It's a nice little island with plenty of chairs for everyone. The seas were really rough that day and it was very windy so we couldn't snorkel but the water was warm. They had a buffet lunch that had all sorts of food, fruit and desserts.

 

Nassau - Had a fun time here - went to Atlantis Resort & Casino, the beach and then some shopping in Nassau. Wish we had a full day at this port though.

 

Days at Sea: Sunday night was rough we had 18-20 foot waves it calmed down by Monday afternoon where we could sit poolside. Friday afternoon was beautiful, Saturday was rough again until we passed North Carolina then it calmed down.

 

Disembarkation - arrived in NY by 9am was off the ship around 11am and home by 1:30pm. We carried our bags off the ship and the escalators up to the roof parking did not allow baggage on so we ended up walking outside and up the ramp to the parking area.

 

Overall we had a good cruise and enjoyed the ports of call. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer!! icon_cool.gif

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Great review! You are Steve's wife correct? I work at a bank Steve comes to! I see you got upgraded to a balcony! Good for you!

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Hi - yes.. it's Steve's wife, Kerri! When I booked the trip, I upgraded us but kept it as a surprise for Steve! How was your cruise - you went the week before us? icon_cool.gif

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KerriD

 

How long did it take you to get to Key Biscayne? Did you feel rushed or have enough time. SOunds like you werent rushed if you had time for biking and the beach.

 

Where did you rent from

 

Thanks

 

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Jonsmom -

 

We rented from Hertz located at 354 SE 1st Street, Miami - their phone #(786) 425-2515. We took a taxi - they are waiting outside the terminal at the pier - $7.50 each way + tip and this Hertz branch will reimburse you for the cab fare - just ask the driver for a receipt. If you rent a car at the airport it's a longer drive and the taxi fare is $20 each way and they don't reimburse from what I was told...

 

We were off the ship by 9am at Hertz by 9:15am and had the car by 9:45am - the first car they brought down from the garage had been broken into so there a bit of a delay. It's about a 15/20 min ride to Bill Baggs State Park with stop lights.

 

Here are the directions:

I-95 South exit at Key Biscayne/Rickenbacker Cswy. Follow the signs to the Rickenbacker Cswy. toll plaza ($1 fee). Follow the cswy. all the way to end of the island.

 

We rented bikes in the park (by the showers restrooms) it's $5/hour for each bike. We rented for 1 hour. The trails are nice! We loved it. The beach has chair, umbrella, paddle boat and kayak rentals.

 

Plenty of time to spend the day there!

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Kerri

 

Thanks for your quick and very thorogh response. That sounds like a alot of fun.

 

I loved your review - thanks for taking the time to write it.

 

Our cabin is on the 8th floor so I am hoping to get to Salsa at least once.

 

Thanks again.

 

Joanne

 

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Kerrid,

 

 

Hey how are u? it's nice to hear that u had a good cruise experience. Since you went to Cocoa Beach, i was wondering did you see the horseback riding excursion or were there any located on the beach? i want to do it but seems like a little pricey booking it thru ncl so im trying to do it myself. THanks!

 

- Sillybutt:)

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