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Princess Cruises Dawn Princess by Charles Kelber Southern Caribbean December 20, 2002

This cruise was one of the finest we have taken, second only to a three week cruise of the Mediterranean and West Africa on the Vistafjord, many years ago. I will qualify this by saying that we have toured many times and are familiar with the Caribbean islands, so we didn't do any tours, nor did we snorkel, scuba dive, etc. So if those are your interests, this review might not help you.

Embarkation and Debarkaction

These were easy. We had filled out our forms and mailed them back well before sailing day, so we were "Platinum Express" passengers with a dedicated place for registration. We arrived at 12 and were in our cabin shortly thereafter. One tip: Check your tickets carefully for missing information. Fill it in, and you'll save even more time. Debarkation was rediculously easy. The ship reserved space in the show lounge for Platimun Express members to wait, and then we simply walked and escallated off the ship.

Cabin

We had a mini-suite. What a luxury! About 325 square feet of living space plus a large PRIVATE balcony. A walk-in closet. A stall shower. A whirlpool tub (about 3/4 size.) A commode and sink ina compartment of its own with an entrance from either the bedroom or living room. We entered from the hall into the living room. The bedroom was separated by a heavy curtain, so room service could enter without everyone dressed and ready. The balcony could be reached either from the living room or bedroom. Two TVs (one remote!) a refrigeratpr and a wall safe. Lots of storage space.

Dining

We had some troube initially because we had requested a table for two and were instead seated at a table for two. The Maitre'd fixed that the next night and waved off a tip. The service was excellent. The food was fine to excellent. The steakhouse was also excellent. We follow Dr. Atkin's dietary recommendations and had little trouble staying reasonably close to his rules.

The wine list is very good, with a number of high quality wines at reasonable prices, some at US restaurant prices. No Barolo, but a Brunello, and Opus One, as will as a Pichon Longevill ($79).

For white, we recommend the Cote du Beaune ($39 vs $55 at the liquor store.)

Entertainment

The production shows were excellent. The magician was very good, though my wife can't stand magicians as a class. The commedians were forgettable.

First run movies (e.g. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Spiderman) were shown at various times in a large, comfortable theatre.

Service

Geberally good and inobtrusive. We did have a problem with room service, which took a phone call to remedy.

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