We have just disembarrked from the Dawn on 12/9/2012 and, as promised , are responding to the complaints posted at the beginning of this thread. Let me say this, none of the complaints posted in October were apparent. Meals in the Buffets and the main restaurants were all of excellent quality. Buffet lines were less than 3 minutes at most as were the lines at the main restaurants. Buffets were opened and closed as appropriate to the time of day (ie more stations open at prime dining times) meals were always hot or warm, seating was always available! The NCL Dawn has long been a personal favorite (this was my fifth aboard her)...she has not lost her ambiance in the least.......WE booked her to Bermuda in May.......She is a great ship with a fantastic crew....WE'll cruise aboard her anywhere, any season!!!