About us.. 6 cruises with 2 on the Dawn.. Couple in 50's Sailed last year with 4 kids.. This year--just us! Some changes since last year..
Boarding.. We went at 1230 this year as opposed to 1130 last year.. Went right through.. No crowds at all.. Later is better for sure!
Staff seemed much more accommodating this year.. Prepaid service charge didn't seem to hinder good service..
White hot party held outside.. Much better than inside..
Our cabin steward Ron was amazing..
Garden Cafe was better than last year for breakfast.. Would stay away for lunch and dinner though
Getting a chair by pool seemed easier but could take a little searching.. Seemed like there were more lounges and many appeared to be new.. Nice!
Food in both Aqua and Venetian -- would describe as adequate.. Not terrible but certainly not delicious.. Ate in Cagney's last two nights and it was absolutely delicious.. Next More
time would purchase dining option for $119 pp and eat in specialty every night..
Cabin #11572 port side..was very noisy on nights when there was outside music by pool.. Felt like music was in room with us..DO NOT book this cabin if you are someone that goes to bed before midnight.. Last year we stayed on starboard side of ship and heard nothing..we were in 2 bedroom last year and possibly didn't hear due to bedroom not having access to slider (slider was on living room side) Glad we brought earplugs..
Taxi notice.. Sundays taxis are more expensive.. Look for mini busses located just across the street from first line of taxis .. They will take you to horseshoe for $7 pp.. Any day.. If you're a couple and don't want to buy bus pass --can go with them any day for $7.. They just gather a few people to go together.. When leaving beach they are located on right side (left side is regular taxi line) just look for mini busses.. They can usually work out a time to come back as well if you know when you need ride back..
Best snorkeling ... Church bay
If you need umbrella .. They don't rent if windy so get to horseshoe beach early to grab spot in shade if its windy or bring your own umbrella if crucial to be in shade..
We arrived on tue to horseshoe beach by 9 and we were alone.. By noon you couldn't walk so crowded.. Go early and enjoy!
Took ferry ($8 rtpp) to Hamilton for lunch at Flannagans.. Good food, decent prices for BDA.. Less
DO NOT book this cabin if you typically go to bed before midnight.. Nights that there is music outside by pool it is very loud and can be heard inside cabin even with slider closed.. Bring earplugs.. We were on starboard side last year and heard nothing but might have been due to our cabin being a 2 bedroom and bed was placed on inside wall against wall near hall.. Otherwise, great location and nice cabin plenty of storage, nice balcony..