We live close to Boston, so we were in the car at 10 AM, dropped the wife and baggage at the porters' station at 10:30, parked the car and started embarkation at 10:45. We got an upsell offer that we accepted, so being Latitudes Platinum and being in suite check-in was so simple. Got to the VIP pen and were there for no more than 5 minutes when we were escorted onto the ship at 11:00. One hour home to being on the ship. It does not get any better than that.
The suite was great. Way too much room for two people, but a great lay-out with a forward looking deck and a second starboard side deck. Three zones of a/c and a flat screen TV over the whirlpool tub. We were happy we went with the upsell.
This was our 4th cruise on the Dawn from Boston to Bermuda since 2011, so we know the ship and we know what to expect. The first night is lobster night in both MDRs. Everyone seems to get hungry and heads to the MDRs between 6:30 and 7:00,so there is usually a wait for a table. Therefore, we pre-booked La Cucina for 7:00 and have a nice, quiet dinner followed by the Welcoming Show at 8:30.
Sea day 1 was the flattest sea day I have seen on this run. This was our 9th cruise to Bermuda from Boston and we have seen some weather, something I happen to enjoy. But being in the front of the ship, flat was great. This was a relaxing day, around the pool and in the suite.
Sunday was Bermuda day 1 and the arrival was perfect. We were in no rush to get off so we had lunch at Cagney's at noon, then got off the ship. A traditional first activity for us is the Frog and Onion Pub to have a beer and listen to Wayne, their singer. The F&O has changed hands, but it is about the same with a slight increase in prices. Two beers are about $19 service is in the price. This is Bermuda!
Bermuda day two was Horseshoe for my wife and a short walk from Horseshoe up to Warwick Long Bay for me stopping at the small bays along the way. Peweather wiseeatherwise. Horseshoe was crowded as usual and WLB had only ten to twenty people. I just do not know why people go to Horseshoe and not Warwick Long Bay.
Bermuda day three was Snorkel Bay for the wife and the ferry to St. Georges for me. St. Georges was as beautiful as ever, sad though that no ships dock there now days. I took the bus back to Hamilton and changed busses to get back to the Dockyard. A tour of the island all included in the two-day Bus and Ferry pass, now $25. That evening we joined in with the Chef's table. Great food, nice people at dinner and wonderful. Something I highly recommend doing once.
Sea day 2 was a bit rough, nothing bad at all. Many Bermuda Flying Fish winging it out of the way of the ship in the morning and early afternoon. Most people do not believe fish can fly, but these do. Cagney's for dinner was excellent as expected.
Sea day 3 is when it hits you that it is all about to end. We relaxed around the ship, took in some of the afternoon entertainment. There were many dolphins around the ship in the afternoon, but no whales.
Disembarking was simple and easy in Boston.
Some general thoughts. The duo "Cover Story" in the atrium were very good. Tim Kaminski the comic was also very good. The lounge band was good in the Spinnaker Lounge, but they were really bad as a pool band. The lowlight of the entertainment. Whatever happened to steel drums and island music around the pool? The production company work hard to put on a good show three nights in the Stardust Theater. We did not see any of the Second City shows nor did we go to the White Hot party.
Overall the food is very good. Not real fond of the buffet, but it is quick and easy. The MDRs specialtyorestaurants speciality restraunts are worth the extra amount, especially for a party of two.
The thing that always stands out on the Dawn is the crew. They work so hard to make all the guests happy. The great crew has been the most consistent feature of the Dawn. If you do not have a great time on the Dawn, you really should consider getting some professional help.
We will be back aboard on Aug 9th. Counting down the days!