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  1. We haven't sailed this year but last November didn't have any issues. On Thanksgiving we had dinner for 25 on our deck.
  2. Thanks for all the words of advice. We have booked the 12 day partial transit roundtrip from Miami in November. There will be 4 generations of us traveling. My dad didn't hesitate for a second when we ask him if he wanted to try it again. I can't wait to share this with him.
  3. We are from South Louisiana. 30 miles from the gulf. Hot humid and chance of rain storms is the story of our life. We live with our glasses fogging up when we step out of our vehicles. And my dad was so looking forward to this trip when we originally had it planned. He had already gotten books and started reading and then my mom got very ill. By the time the trip came she had recovered enough for us to be comfortable going but the doctors wouldn't release her to travel so we went without them. They will be 80 and 88 if we go in November and still get around fairly well so I want to go ahead and plan it soon.
  4. The time that we can go the full transit is 21 days. I didn't know that they did a 14 day one though. The one we did was 19 days.
  5. So you did actually go through some of the locks? I was afraid you didn't get to do that.
  6. We did a full transit of the Panama Canal with NCL a few years ago and loved it. My parents had planned on going but my mother go sick and they couldn't travel. My dad has always regretted not being able to have gone. We want to take them in November but don't feel they are up to a 3 week trip. Can someone who has done the shorter trip tell me what actually happens the day you are at the canal on the round trip out of Miami. My dad will be 88 when we go and I wouldn't want to spend the money and him not get to have a good experience. We have even considered booking the longer trip and flying home early which a couple with us on the last trip did but the dates don't work out for us. Thank you for your help in advance. I was wishing I could talk to my PCC tonight and then thought of all the awesome information I have gotten from CC over the years.
  7. I have so enjoyed your review and pictures. We were on the same cruise and it was like doing it all over again. I even saw two of our group in one of your pictures. We had a great trip and the staff was so friendly.
  8. We just got off the Dawn 4 days ago and had a wonderful time. Roel Gonzales was as good a concierge as we have ever had. The ship was in good condition and food was great in every venue we tried. We didn't make any dinner reservations or shore excursion reservations until we got on board. We were able to do everything we wanted, including 18 of us eating together at Teppanyaki. If you are a planner there is no need to wait but we usually end up changing dinner reservations if we have booked them in advance. We didn't have great luck with request sent to the pre-cruise concierge but never do so that doesn't upset us. We are just always kind of curious to see if it may start working some day. I hope you enjoy your time on The Dawn as much as we did.
  9. We have been in all of the GV's and never had an issue with outside noise. Noise can be an issue on the Dawn and Star with the shared wall. We had children in the villa beside us once that enjoyed "playing" the piano a lot. We will be on the Dawn this coming Sunday and traveling with a 10 month old and 6 month old twins. We have both villa's. Otherwise I would pity our neighbors. All in all they are amazing and will provide you with a wonderful experience.
  10. I don't think we could see directly in front of us. We kept the TV on all day and it was the camera with views of the front. We did go down there once and came right back up to the room. The process takes several hours and we did get out and view it from several areas but always decided the best views and most comfortable place was our deck. At times we were close enough and talked to the workers on the dock.
  11. The square footage of the interior of the Gem and Dawn are about the same but overall the Dawn is about 1500 - 2000 square feet larger than the Gem.
  12. We have done the Panama Canal in a GV but not on the Dawn or Star. We have traveled in the GV on the Dawn and The Star. They would be amazing going through the canal. Go for it.
  13. The Dawn and The Star are the only two that have the galley. We prefer those. We clutter up a bar and that way it's out of sight.
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