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This was a (long) weekend cruise from Fremantle, which is 30 minutes from home for us. We enjoyed the cruise overall but felt the Dawn Princess is looking a little tired and dated. Embarkation was a bit slow but not too bad. We enjoyed the entertainment on board, particularly The Beatles Boys, the were brilliant! There was a good variety of quiz shows and trivia comps and the entertainment crew were all engaging and seemed genuinely happy to be there. The crew were good, but sometimes a bit light on we thought. Quite a few times we had to wait for drinks, Happy Hour in particular was a fiasco if you waited for table service, we quickly learned to go up to the bar ourselves. We enjoyed the food in the main dining room, Florentine, I think, but weren't that impressed by Sterling Steakhouse or Horizon Court. The Afternoon Teas were worth going to. We cruised on Carnival Legend in January and were very disappointed in comparing Sterling Steakhouse to their specialty restaurant, which was superb. Disembarkation was very smooth. Neither of us suffer from sea sickness so the 3.5 metre seas didn't bother us. The seas of Fremantle are notoriously rough and I would never suggest a first time cruiser sail out of Fremantle. We spoke to a few people onboard who were discouraged from cruising because of the rough seas, which is a bit unfortunate I think. Of the 12 cruises we've been on, the two we've done from Fremantle have been the roughest waters. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and have been scouring websites since to find a weekend cruise for later in the year or next year.

Good Weekender

Dawn Princess Cruise Review by HarrisdaleGumby

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This was a (long) weekend cruise from Fremantle, which is 30 minutes from home for us. We enjoyed the cruise overall but felt the Dawn Princess is looking a little tired and dated.

Embarkation was a bit slow but not too bad.

We enjoyed the entertainment on board, particularly The Beatles Boys, the were brilliant! There was a good variety of quiz shows and trivia comps and the entertainment crew were all engaging and seemed genuinely happy to be there.

The crew were good, but sometimes a bit light on we thought. Quite a few times we had to wait for drinks, Happy Hour in particular was a fiasco if you waited for table service, we quickly learned to go up to the bar ourselves.

We enjoyed the food in the main dining room, Florentine, I think, but weren't that impressed by Sterling Steakhouse or Horizon Court. The Afternoon Teas were worth going to. We cruised on Carnival Legend in January and were very disappointed in comparing Sterling Steakhouse to their specialty restaurant, which was superb.

Disembarkation was very smooth.

Neither of us suffer from sea sickness so the 3.5 metre seas didn't bother us. The seas of Fremantle are notoriously rough and I would never suggest a first time cruiser sail out of Fremantle. We spoke to a few people onboard who were discouraged from cruising because of the rough seas, which is a bit unfortunate I think. Of the 12 cruises we've been on, the two we've done from Fremantle have been the roughest waters.

Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and have been scouring websites since to find a weekend cruise for later in the year or next year.
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Cabin BF B501
Had a few toilet issues
Riviera Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins