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Dawn Princess Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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First Time Cruiser

Dawn Princess Cruise Review by CARLTON BLUEBOY

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2011
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

I was absolutely delighted at every aspect of my first cruise - from the efficiency at embarkation to disembarkation ( we were off the ship in Melbourne in under 10 minutes ),from the food to the first class entertainment, and the service and professionalism of all those involved. There were quite a few personnel on board who were more than happy to talk to you and it was a delight to talk to the head of security who had been at sea for some 32 years !. He was no stranger to the QE2 and was happy to discuss his many adventures on board ship. No secrets divulged. He was a professional

The cruise exceeded all my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an enjoyable and hassle free holiday at very good value.

I had no problem with seasickness , the only downside for me was when the weather was rough, I could not sleep in my cabin. It was then that I found refuge on a couch in the Atrium Lounge on deck 7 !

To all the staff involved on the Dawn Princess you deserve a huge congratulations and thank you. You were fantastic - from Andre the Cruise Director, to Ian, Lisa and Pauline. Fun and friendly.

We urgently needed to make a change to our dining arrangements to accommodate my sister and her husband travelling with us from Canada. The MaitreD was fantastic and made the change on day 2. Nothing was too much trouble even to organising an Indian meal for five of the guests at our table.Our waiters at table 57 in the Florentine Dining Room - Paul and Roy - were attentive, polite and professional and an absolute credit to your organisation. We were happy to tip them generously and so were they.

My sister has been on many cruises in America but she confessed that the entertainment on the Dawn Princess was the best . The shows were spectacular and what a stroke of genius it was to give Tom Franek his own show in the Princess Theatre !. Everyone enjoyed his late evening performances in the Atrium Lounge. Thanks and well done Tom. The shore excursions were very well organised and the facilities at each port to get into town were excellent. New Zealanders can be very proud of how they treat their visitors. We were treated with friendliness and courtesy at all times . They make you want to come back. Some big Australian cities can learn a thing or two from Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

The food at all venues was superb and the special desserts to die for. We experienced no problems but maybe we paced ourselves correctly.

I am pleased to say that I never lost at the Casino and thank you to Gina the Cashier who always had a smile and a cheery word.

Staff at reception were very efficient and polite

It took us a while to get used to constantly having our photographs taken, but we did get some great memories . Thanks to all the staff at the photo centre.

All in all a fantastic experience but it is with some nervousness that I look forward to the next trip. If only that boat did not rock so much in bad weather I would be on it again tomorrow. !

Thank you everyone for a memorable trip.

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Cabin Review

Cabin JJ C204

While a little small it was what we expected for three people. It would have been fine for two. No real complaints as we did not spend a lot of time in the cabin except to sleep.

Would have been better to have the Australian power point in the bathroom to make it a little easier to shave. A minor irritation only.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


It was good to be on dry land after over 3 days at sea and Dunedin did not disappoint. A great little city with the Cadbury factory being the highlight of our visit . Weather cool but manageable. Very easy to get into town and back to the ship.


Once again no problems getting into town and back. We were fortunate to be in the city when it was welcoming the para Olympians for the Games in Christchurch. A bit of rain but no real signs of the recent earthquakes.


Met all expectations of a capital city and we thoroughly enjoyed what it had to offer, especially the museum. It was interesting seeing a stadium right alongside the wharf.


It was fantastic to be able to walk off the boat and into the city. Reminds one of Sydney. Plenty to see and do in the very short stay. Worth revisiting

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