We drove our car to Tampa and parked at Global Parking. Embarkation went smoothly except when we started up the escalator to use the sky walk to board the ship. A photo booth was set up at the top of the escalator and we had to push passengers out of the way at the top because we had passengers running into us coming up behind us. Very bad place for a photo booth.
This was our first of 16 cruises on the Dawn. We thought it was a beautiful ship with many activities for the passengers. Loved the theater seating in the Stardust. Could always find a seat without obstructions. The Spinnaker Lounge had to many tables and chairs in it. Very difficult to get in and out. We found the main dinning rooms to be smaller than on other ships. We eat at 5 pm so had no problem being seated. It did take the dinning room staff usually more than 1 1/2 hours to complete our meal service. In order to attend the early show we had to many times skip dessert. After the show we would go to the Blue Lagoon for dessert. All the meals were very good as expected on a cruise. Missed not having escargot on this cruise.
I moved the table from below the TV and put it under the other table to make it easier to get in and out of bed. It was very difficult to get clothes in and out of the shelves that were built inside of the closet. Very poor design. The bathroom was designed very well, especially the shower. Had plenty of room to move around. Our neighbors would wake us up every morning at 7:30 am putting up their pull down wall bed. That's the time we normally get up so I'm not complaining. Our room steward did an outstanding job and was rewarded with an additional gratuity.
Disembarkation was the worst we've ever experienced. We waited in line on deck for more than 3 1/2 hours. It was kind of cool outside and I'm thankful my wife and I had a wind breaker to put on while we waited. Customs blamed the ship and the ship blamed Customs. It was a mess on the pier with passengers, cars, shuttles, etc. trying to get in and out.
This was our 3rd time to Belize and were glad the caves were not flooded and we were able to go cave tubing. Speedy our tour guide did an outstanding job talking about Belize as we went through town. We made a stop on an overlook to see the reef and a stop at a village to enjoy a native dance and see how they make bread. Very good tour.