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We chose this cruise around the top end because it visited the places, particularly in WA, which we had always wanted to see. Others had told us how great the cruise was. The ship itself is tired - it is being sold next May, so it requires refurbishment. We were surprised though at the amount of external maintenance which was occurring. There were some plumbing issues and we also heard that there were some leaks in cabins. The shows were quite well executed on the whole, but we had seen them all before on other ships. The individual guest entertainers were generally average, some better than others. The activities on board were the usual so we did not bother going. The noise in the pool area sent us right away. We found the service very good - cabin steward, wait staff, and others were all competent and friendly. The food in the buffet at lunch was generally better than that in the dining room for dinner. Princess has changed its "every day available" selection of strip sirloin to a hamburger - not exactly fine dining! The shore excursions are becoming outrageously expensive these days. We did a couple of excursions mainly because we could not organise time frames to suit sailing times with a private operator. Despite everything, we still enjoyed ourselves.

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Dawn Princess Cruise Review by friend703

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We chose this cruise around the top end because it visited the places, particularly in WA, which we had always wanted to see. Others had told us how great the cruise was.

The ship itself is tired - it is being sold next May, so it requires refurbishment. We were surprised though at the amount of external maintenance which was occurring. There were some plumbing issues and we also heard that there were some leaks in cabins.

The shows were quite well executed on the whole, but we had seen them all before on other ships. The individual guest entertainers were generally average, some better than others. The activities on board were the usual so we did not bother going. The noise in the pool area sent us right away.

We found the service very good - cabin steward, wait staff, and others were all competent and friendly. The food in the buffet at lunch was generally better than that in the dining room for dinner. Princess has changed its "every day available" selection of strip sirloin to a hamburger - not exactly fine dining!

The shore excursions are becoming outrageously expensive these days. We did a couple of excursions mainly because we could not organise time frames to suit sailing times with a private operator.

Despite everything, we still enjoyed ourselves.
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Cabin BA C529
The cabin was very small and tired in comparison to other ships we have been on. The bathrooms are very small. The position of the cabin was very good, being midships, and whilst the balcony was tiny, I do like the high railings and covered verandah. We had an issue with the air-conditioning not working, but it was quickly fixed. For those who care, the head of the bed was facing forward.
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