Hi Lynny! You are going to LOVE Dawn. I read that too, but we didn't have any issues like that. In fact, I think it was the smoothest sailing we've ever been on (it was our seventh cruise). The only issue was we got held up at customs (the whole ship!) when we got back to NYC.
Dawn is gorgeous - a wonderful choice for your first cruise! We will be on Jewel in Feb!
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005