We had a fantastic time. We'll except for the cold cloudy days at sea to begin and end the trip. Oh, and the 7 hour delay at the FLL airport. What a horrible airport to have to spend any time at.
Sorry to have missed the meet and greet but we lost track of time wandering around the ship.
I never understood why some cruisers had such strong loyalty to a cruise director but after meeting Matt Baker and having such a GREAT time at all the shows he and his staff were responsible for, I can see why.
The production shows were just ok but there is some incredible talent in those casts. We were at the late night jam session in Dazzles with the show band, some of the Second City folks and one of the lead singers from the production cast and they had that place rockin! It was certainly the highlight of the cruise entertainment for me.
Dave Heenan, stand up comedian, was great.
The juggler was excellent but I can't recall his name.
Bollywood was a big disappointment.
Fountains is not to be missed!
Matt Baker can rock it with his harp.
Gorgeous Georges needs a less pretentious name.
The Captain Smashing skit by Second City will never be fogotten. "Can someone tell me how to get to Tortilla?"
If you spent any time at Dazzles you probably saw us. I'm the fat guy who just had to sing "You've Lost the Lovin Feeling" every night at Karaoke and did Tom Jones once or twice.
We met a Jets fan from Canada and had to eat crow for a week after they kicked the Patriots butt in the playoffs.
Jeffery and N were the best waiters ever.
Drinks are too expensive.
Sodas were too small and too hard to get when you bought the soda card.
Our cabin attendants were eager to please and did a great job for us.
Why do they bother with games at the pool. No one wanted to play.
Just a little rant now.....DO NOT BOOK A CABIN ON DECK 11 UNDER THE POOL DECK! The deck cleaning and chair organizing took place like clockwork at 6am every day and we could hear every chair as is was dragged across the deck above us.
The cabins were cool and quiet enough to allow for great naps.
I think we are going to cruise on the Dawn again this summer out of Boston. Dee and I are going to take her mom and dad on a trip.
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Addendum: Samana is not listed as a port so I'll add comments here. We did the ships tour to Cayo Levantado, a private island. The beach was beautiful and the sea was warm and calm. There were limited number of local hawkers who didn't pester you too much once you said no a dozen times.
Others who went to the mainland said the conditions were deplorable. Open sewers and the stench that goes along with them were everywhere. Once you got to your excursion destinations things changed for the better. If you have a sense of adventure and want like your travel with a bit of an edge than the Samana Peninsula is for you.