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We recently returned from a 14 night cruise on the Dawn Princess to the South Pacific and Fiji. The cruise left Sydney on a perfect afternoon and we were able to enjoy the sight of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in close proximity in brilliant sunshine. We were new to cruising, only having done one short cruise on Celebrity Millenium to Alaska four years previously. After reading some mixed reviews on Dawn Princess, we were a little anxious as to whether we were going to enjoy the cruise. Why did we worry? From the time that we joined the other cruisers on deck for the sail away out of Sydney Harbour, we were delighted with the whole experience – it was even better than we could have hoped for. We’d booked a mid-deck balcony stateroom which wasn’t as flash and roomy as those on Celebrity, but at that time we had Concierge class and the balconies were bigger.!. Although not as smart as Celebrity, our cabin was beautifully looked after and we couldn’t fault the steward in servicing the accommodation. There was more than adequate storage and hanging space and we didn’t feel cramped with any lack of space, apart from the bathroom when drying off after showering – it was no problem just stepping out and drying off in the cabin!. We had a late sitting in the Venetian Dining Room (7.45 pm), which suited us as we could enjoy a leisurely drink on our balcony enjoying some spectacular sunsets. The quality of the food and menu choices was excellent, and our waiter was very attentive to our needs and made a point of remembering our names from day one.. He, along with an assistant waiter, looked after our group of tables, and we especially liked the way that the dining room staff, including the maitre’d, welcomed us each evening and made us feel special. We breakfasted at shared tables in the dining room for a good part of the cruise, but then used the Horizon buffet later on in the cruise, as it was more convenient if you had to be out early for an excursion. On sailing days we lunched at the Horizon buffet, where we were amazed at the selection of dishes. The salad dishes, as well as cold cuts, seafood and fish dishes were hard to resist, and it took a strong determination to avoid over-indulging when faced with the temptations on display in the buffet area. We also discovered mid-way through the cruise that afternoon tea was available in the Horizon buffet, and apart from the huge selection of pastries and gateaux which were very popular with people, they also served fresh fruit scones, jam and cream – they seemed to be a big hit with a large proportion of cruisers, especially the men! You were spoilt for choice with regard to entertainment. We managed to see most of the later starting Showtime productions in the Princess Theatre and also went to some of the specialty entertainments held in the Vista Lounge. Princess flew in performers who did a couple of shows in between the regular group of dancers and singers. The shows were of high quality and ran for approximately one hour; the principal singers had good strong voices and were supported by a talented group of dancers. We also sat and listened to some of the solo and duo entertainers who performed in some of the cocktail lounges. You could do as much or as little as you wanted to. The poolside entertainment was good for a laugh, and on sailing days there were organised pool games in which cruisers of all shapes and sizes took part – they were really good sports and everyone seemed to enjoy the sessions. The Cruise Director and his supporting staff are to be congratulated on providing such a highly organised and entertaining programme for the cruisers. We had such a great time that we booked another cruise before returning to Sydney. One would hope that our next cruise will live up to the standard experienced on this recent cruise.

We loved this cruise!

Dawn Princess Cruise Review by pauletto

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We recently returned from a 14 night cruise on the Dawn Princess to the South Pacific and Fiji. The cruise left Sydney on a perfect afternoon and we were able to enjoy the sight of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in close proximity in brilliant sunshine.

We were new to cruising, only having done one short cruise on Celebrity Millenium to Alaska four years previously. After reading some mixed reviews on Dawn Princess, we were a little anxious as to whether we were going to enjoy the cruise. Why did we worry? From the time that we joined the other cruisers on deck for the sail away out of Sydney Harbour, we were delighted with the whole experience – it was even better than we could have hoped for.

We’d booked a mid-deck balcony stateroom which wasn’t as flash and roomy as those on Celebrity, but at that time we had Concierge class and the balconies were bigger.!. Although not as smart as Celebrity, our cabin was beautifully looked after and we couldn’t fault the steward in servicing the accommodation. There was more than adequate storage and hanging space and we didn’t feel cramped with any lack of space, apart from the bathroom when drying off after showering – it was no problem just stepping out and drying off in the cabin!.

We had a late sitting in the Venetian Dining Room (7.45 pm), which suited us as we could enjoy a leisurely drink on our balcony enjoying some spectacular sunsets. The quality of the food and menu choices was excellent, and our waiter was very attentive to our needs and made a point of remembering our names from day one.. He, along with an assistant waiter, looked after our group of tables, and we especially liked the way that the dining room staff, including the maitre’d, welcomed us each evening and made us feel special. We breakfasted at shared tables in the dining room for a good part of the cruise, but then used the Horizon buffet later on in the cruise, as it was more convenient if you had to be out early for an excursion. On sailing days we lunched at the Horizon buffet, where we were amazed at the selection of dishes. The salad dishes, as well as cold cuts, seafood and fish dishes were hard to resist, and it took a strong determination to avoid over-indulging when faced with the temptations on display in the buffet area. We also discovered mid-way through the cruise that afternoon tea was available in the Horizon buffet, and apart from the huge selection of pastries and gateaux which were very popular with people, they also served fresh fruit scones, jam and cream – they seemed to be a big hit with a large proportion of cruisers, especially the men!

You were spoilt for choice with regard to entertainment. We managed to see most of the later starting Showtime productions in the Princess Theatre and also went to some of the specialty entertainments held in the Vista Lounge. Princess flew in performers who did a couple of shows in between the regular group of dancers and singers. The shows were of high quality and ran for approximately one hour; the principal singers had good strong voices and were supported by a talented group of dancers. We also sat and listened to some of the solo and duo entertainers who performed in some of the cocktail lounges. You could do as much or as little as you wanted to. The poolside entertainment was good for a laugh, and on sailing days there were organised pool games in which cruisers of all shapes and sizes took part – they were really good sports and everyone seemed to enjoy the sessions.

The Cruise Director and his supporting staff are to be congratulated on providing such a highly organised and entertaining programme for the cruisers. We had such a great time that we booked another cruise before returning to Sydney. One would hope that our next cruise will live up to the standard experienced on this recent cruise.
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We’d booked a mid-deck balcony stateroom which wasn’t as flash and roomy as those on Celebrity, but at that time we had Concierge class and the balconies were bigger!. Our cabin was beautifully looked after and we couldn’t fault the steward in servicing the accommodation. There was more than adequate storage and hanging space and we didn’t feel cramped with any lack of space, apart from the bathroom when drying off after showering – it was no problem just stepping out and drying off in the cabin!.
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