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Having sailed on the Golden Princess, we were expecting a similar standard. How disappointed we were. Most staff were again attentive but there were things that spoiled the cruise on many occasions. First the ship is in dire need of a full refit. Most of the furniture is tired and dirty, foam in the seats everywhere is worn out. Many places around the ship are showing extreme signs of wear and the spa and swimming pool design and surrounds make them dangerous places. Second, when tenders were used, only four were deployed making the whole process very convoluted, mass queuing was the order of the day at some ports. Third, the food and beverage service was not anywhere near up to standard. Most cocktails seemed more like "mocktails". Much of the food was very bland. Even the Italian restaurant appeared to eschew garlic, tomato and basil! It was a challenge to challenge the taste buds. Fourth, scholarship@sea was to have a digital photography course, I think it was about twelve days out before it began and then it was VERY expensive for what it was. Fifth, excursions purchased on board were VERY expensive when compared with individually arrangements able to be made at port. Last, Aloha deck is under the Riviera party deck and were kept awake at night with the deck chair shuffle, (when the deck chairs are stowed for the night) at one or two am. and woken up at about six am., when it all began in reverse. Perhaps a seventh criticism would be the standard of entertainment and the "talks" but that is very subjective. If it wasn't for the ports and some great company, this cruise would not have rated.

A new Dawn needed

Dawn Princess Cruise Review by David

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2011
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Having sailed on the Golden Princess, we were expecting a similar standard. How disappointed we were. Most staff were again attentive but there were things that spoiled the cruise on many occasions. First the ship is in dire need of a full refit. Most of the furniture is tired and dirty, foam in the seats everywhere is worn out. Many places around the ship are showing extreme signs of wear and the spa and swimming pool design and surrounds make them dangerous places. Second, when tenders were used, only four were deployed making the whole process very convoluted, mass queuing was the order of the day at some ports.

Third, the food and beverage service was not anywhere near up to standard. Most cocktails seemed more like "mocktails". Much of the food was very bland. Even the Italian restaurant appeared to eschew garlic, tomato and basil! It was a challenge to challenge the taste buds.

Fourth, scholarship@sea was to have a digital photography course, I think it was about twelve days out before it began and then it was VERY expensive for what it was.

Fifth, excursions purchased on board were VERY expensive when compared with individually arrangements able to be made at port.

Last, Aloha deck is under the Riviera party deck and were kept awake at night with the deck chair shuffle, (when the deck chairs are stowed for the night) at one or two am. and woken up at about six am., when it all began in reverse.

Perhaps a seventh criticism would be the standard of entertainment and the "talks" but that is very subjective.

If it wasn't for the ports and some great company, this cruise would not have rated.
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Balcony
Cabin BB A514
Don't accept the Aloha deck, the noise from the deck above will disturb your rest.
Aloha Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins