Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Dawn Princess
Sailing Date: October 18th, 2006
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
I thought this cruise was first rate all the way. The service was top notch with the staff not only being friendly and accommodating but they treated you more like you were family. The service was really impeccable and we were teary eyed when we said goodbye.
The food was excellent as well as the amenities and the ship's entertainment and activities. The comedy show entertainers will wonderful. I was a little surprised you had to pay for ice cream and soft drinks. I would like to see this changed but really this did not interfere with my experience at alI. Lots of other free things to make up for it!
The dining experience is fabulous with beautiful ice sculptures and food art even in the buffet style dining. You are never short changed anywhere on this ship! Rooms are sufficient with good storage, TV and refrigerator and safe.
I splurged and did several spa treatments running from $65 and up. The staff was super nice. I loved the pampering but felt a little hustled when they tried to sell me their spa product line which were priced at $65 and up. The facial product program they recommended for me would have cost in excess of $1000.
I don't know how to top this cruise and highly recommend it. I did take several shore excursions which were fairly good but not excellent possibly because of the the economic level of the country. The tours guides however made up for it as they were kind, humorous, and very knowledgeable. You felt after the tour you took a piece of Mexico with you.
This was really my first luxury cruise so I did not realize that the passengers really dressed up in the evenings so I did not bring evening wear. We were still welcomed where ever we went on the ship and it did not seem to make a difference. This is your chance to bring out those glitzy dresses and accessories!
I forgot my toothbrush and bought one in the Regatta shop on board. Prices were very fair and I did do some shopping there. Very nice selection of items and necessities.