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We did a back to back cruise from Fremantle to Singapore & then Singapore to Freemantle, This was our 38th cruise and many have been done on princess before. We have been on the dawn 3 times so it was interesting to see the changes. Even though we enjoyed our cruise, the ship is very tired looking. Sadly Princess has put into place budget cuts BIG TIME on a lot of things that they had in the past. THERE WAS NO SAIL AWAY PARTY AT FREEMANTLE & THEN IT WAS A VERY BRIEF WHEN LEAVING SINGAPORE.. On the big screen all of the movies were very old and they even played "Grease"4 times in 10 days. It is disappointing that current movies are no longer showing on the big screen. The entertainment was very basic and they had the same shows that we had seen so many times and the entertainment crew had just boarded when we did so had to hash out something for the night. Even the TV movies were has beens. THE MILK & COOKIE GUY HAS GONE & POPCORN GUY HAS ALSO BUT IT IS AVAILABLE AT THE 1ST NIGHT MOVIE ONLY SO U HAVE TO HELP YOURSELF. Food was not as good as it used to be but the buffet so many times was so much better than the dining room and in the end we just went to the buffet. The night buffet on the deck has gone and so has the Aussie BBQ that used to be on the deck at the pool which was really disappointing. Best part of the pool bar guys, Topha & Ron who were awesome so if u go on the ship look for these guys at the pool bar on deck. In the entire trip there was only 1 deck party where as before the had many during the cruise. Every one on the ship went down with the flu and a coughing virus and so many of us were soooooooooo sick. Our air con in our room didnt work we were in an inside cabin. Overall the ports need to be looked at and there was many ports that the times were too short. It would have been great to have that extra 4 hours especially when u get to a port at 8am & have to be back by 4pm. With the ship going to P & O next year for a new refit out it looks like the maintenance has gone by the way side on the dawn so everything is very hit and miss on her. We like to do our thing and we did this very easy with others we met on the ship. We had been to many of the ports before but still Loved Penang, Cambodia went on tour independently with Mr Soothy from Sihanoukville seasidetours got them off trip advisor, they were 1st class and would thoroughly recommend them. loved the spectacular orchids in Singapore. Our cabin was inside and on deck 11 at back of ship and served us well. Overall the ship is very tired but princess overall is much better than some of the other cruise lines.

Overall ok but the ship is very tired.

Dawn Princess Cruise Review by madamdiver

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We did a back to back cruise from Fremantle to Singapore & then Singapore to Freemantle, This was our 38th cruise and many have been done on princess before. We have been on the dawn 3 times so it was interesting to see the changes.

Even though we enjoyed our cruise, the ship is very tired looking. Sadly Princess has put into place budget cuts BIG TIME on a lot of things that they had in the past.

THERE WAS NO SAIL AWAY PARTY AT FREEMANTLE & THEN IT WAS A VERY BRIEF WHEN LEAVING SINGAPORE..

On the big screen all of the movies were very old and they even played "Grease"4 times in 10 days. It is disappointing that current movies are no longer showing on the big screen.

The entertainment was very basic and they had the same shows that we had seen so many times and the entertainment crew had just boarded when we did so had to hash out something for the night. Even the TV movies were has beens.

THE MILK & COOKIE GUY HAS GONE & POPCORN GUY HAS ALSO BUT IT IS AVAILABLE AT THE 1ST NIGHT MOVIE ONLY SO U HAVE TO HELP YOURSELF.

Food was not as good as it used to be but the buffet so many times was so much better than the dining room and in the end we just went to the buffet.

The night buffet on the deck has gone and so has the Aussie BBQ that used to be on the deck at the pool which was really disappointing.

Best part of the pool bar guys, Topha & Ron who were awesome so if u go on the ship look for these guys at the pool bar on deck.

In the entire trip there was only 1 deck party where as before the had many during the cruise.

Every one on the ship went down with the flu and a coughing virus and so many of us were soooooooooo sick. Our air con in our room didnt work we were in an inside cabin.

Overall the ports need to be looked at and there was many ports that the times were too short. It would have been great to have that extra 4 hours especially when u get to a port at 8am & have to be back by 4pm.

With the ship going to P & O next year for a new refit out it looks like the maintenance has gone by the way side on the dawn so everything is very hit and miss on her.

We like to do our thing and we did this very easy with others we met on the ship.

We had been to many of the ports before but still Loved Penang, Cambodia went on tour independently with Mr Soothy from Sihanoukville seasidetours got them off trip advisor, they were 1st class and would thoroughly recommend them. loved the spectacular orchids in Singapore.

Our cabin was inside and on deck 11 at back of ship and served us well.

Overall the ship is very tired but princess overall is much better than some of the other cruise lines.
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