First of all everything went great at the Tampa port. We arrived around 10:30 and were on board by 11:30. When we arrived on the ship we were directed to Cagneys for lunch. Our room was ready before we finished Lunch.
The review of our room will follow. We enjoyed all the perks that come with a suite but we are not sure if it is worth the extra money. You pay a lot more and then you have to tip the butler and concierge above and beyond the daily fees that you are automatically charged. I understand that they are there to help make your cruise more enjoyable but for us we did not need them to enjoy the cruise. We would love the option of a suite without their services, and not necessarily a mini suite but one of the bigger ones. We did make sure to tip appropriately this time.
All the entertainment on the ship was very good. We especially thought the comedian Tim Kiminski was fantastic. He is a true artist in his field and proves that one does not need vulgarity to be extremely funny. Any show or game that he is in is a must see. We also enjoyed Paul the cruise director. His cheer leading skit with Tim was awesome.
We found the food to be very good - better than on the Gem. We did not do any specialty restaurants this cruise because we had breakfast and lunch in cagneys. We had great service in the Venetian and must say it was worth the small wait to be seated at Ysmael's table. He gave service like we use to get before automatic tipping was installed. He even warranted an extra tip from us.
Overall we felt we had a great cruise. We would certainly consider the Dawn again but would want a different itinerary.