The cruise from Boston on the Dawn is an excellent itinerary, with three days on the island and three sea days perfect for relaxing. My husband and I live about a 45 minute drive from the pier, so no flying. We are on the ship about and ... Read More
The cruise from Boston on the Dawn is an excellent itinerary, with three days on the island and three sea days perfect for relaxing. My husband and I live about a 45 minute drive from the pier, so no flying. We are on the ship about and hour from leaving home. This is our fourth cruise to Bermuda, second time on the Dawn. The first sea day on this trip there was a Nor’easter out at sea and the Dawn went through it. It was a very bumpy 24 hours. We got sea sick in the afternoon, very dizzy, laying down was our only option. Finally around 5 pm the sun came out and the sea calmed down. We have never been sea sick before, but the length of time did us in. I was told we were not alone, both crew and passengers were sick.
I know there have been comments about the Dawn but we found her in great shape. The only thing I would change is the tired greenery in the spa and the atrium. I think just taking it away would be a huge improvement. We were told the ship was full this trip, yet there was plenty of room, lots of chairs near the pool and around the decks, and we never waited for any restaurant.
Our goal on a cruise is to relax, and this trip is perfect. We did not go to the casino, we did go to the library and fitness center. We enjoy trying the different specialty restaurants, and the shows. The entertainment was exceptionally good, the musicians at every venue were excellent. We ate at Bamboo one night, and enjoyed the jazz piano from Gatsby's. The sound fills that entire area. Patti and Jose performed again on this cruise, they are fabulous as usual. We are not late night people, but there was plenty of activities planned late at night for those who are.
We visited many of the restaurants and the food was mostly excellent. We ate in the Venetian, and Aqua. The flounder dish, and roasted chicken were great, as well as the curried lentils. The sandwiches at lunch are also very very good. We tried Bamboo twice; the Chinese food is good but not great. The buffet food was very good, but the set up is very confusing, there are 8 possible places to get food when they are all open. Each one is different, and if you want something from one and something from another you will find your self in multiple lines. Placement of the food in the lines is also odd. The eggs come after the omelets so you will wait behind those getting individually made omelets to get to the scrambled eggs. wanted some crackers and cheese and found myself in a long line of people waiting for prime rib dinners. Cutting the lines didn’t seem right. We did not eat here more than once, but would get soft serve ice cream to go most days. The new rule about not taking food from the buffet around the ship had not started till we returned. I can’t imagine how it will work, but I did notice lots of dirty dishes in the halls, piles of them outside of the cabins. I can’t figure out why people won’t keep them in their cabin, till the stewards come in to clean. It created a huge mess and hazard. Perhaps this is their reason for the new rule.
The specialty restaurants were excellent, with service to match. The freestyle dining works very well, they really have it figured out. We had an aft suite, so we could get breakfast and lunch at Cagney’s a great perk.
After the first day the weather was perfect and we enjoyed our balcony and sat and read on the sea days. I tried a massage at the spa, the staff was excellent, I was very satisfied with the service. The fitness center seemed well used, but it was never crowded, plenty of machines and equipment. At least one of us used in most days. The library was always full on sea days, plenty of books to choose from, games too.
Our time on Bermuda was fantastic, perfect weather every day, around 72 with a gentle breeze. We docked at the Kings Wharf this time, I understand that may be the Dawn’s space this year. The ship is turned the other way. Our cabin in the back had a nice view of the harbor, as we were the only ship in port. My husband and I each got a two-day pass and took both the ferry and the bus Since we had been to Bermuda before, we have seen most of the sights. This time we were disappointed that the Commissioners House on the hill at the Dockyard is not open, they are still repairing it from the hurricane last fall. It is one place we have not visited. It felt just a bit too cool for the beach this time, but we have been to Horseshoe Bay, Tobacco Bay and the beach at St. Catharine’s on other trips. We also took the ferry to Hamilton for some window shopping, and then the bus to the Crystal Caves. It is the easiest way to get there from the Dockyard.
We will be back on the Dawn next year for the same cruise, it never gets old. Read Less