Based in Brisbane, Pacific Dawn is one of the most popular cruise ships within the P&O Cruises fleet, and after its latest refurbishment sports a sparkling new look and brand new facilities. A Pacific Dawn cruise is something everyone can enjoy, from families to couples and fun-loving retirees. There is a big emphasis on activities and entertainment, with recent additions including a waterpark for kids on the pool deck, dual water slides, and a new virtual reality experience for teens. Pacific Dawn is also well known for its friendly, helpful staff, as well as its fresh and tasty choice of different cuisine in complimentary counter-style restaurant, The Pantry. Read through our guide to what you can look forward to on Pacific Dawn cruises, below.
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Pacific Dawn Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Pacific Dawn offers a range of options for dining, from complimentary restaurants serving fresh, tasty cuisine to up-market specialty restaurants for which there is an additional fee. One of the biggest dining drawcards on Pacific Dawn is Salt Grill by Luke Mangan, located on Deck 12 and open for dinner every night, as well as lunch on sea days. If you’re keen to experience exquisite fine dining, Luke Mangan-style, make sure you book a table as soon as you board. Other specialty dining includes the a la carte restaurant Shell & Bones, while complimentary dining consists of the impressive Waterfront Restaurant – the main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and The Pantry, a popular restaurant in the style of a food court, where attentive staff serve up the tasty meal of your choice, from nine different sections.
P&O prides itself on offering a staggering number of things to do onboard, and Pacific Dawn is no exception. For outdoor action, head to P&O Edge, Australia’s largest adventure park at sea, with everything from abseiling and slackline surfing P&O’s exclusive Walk The Plank experience, laser tag, bungy tramp and more. You can also enjoy splashing around in the open-air top deck pools, hit the water slides, join in one of the deck games such as quoits, or take part in one of Pacific Dawn’s many onboard classes such as the wine master class, barista lessons, dance classes or art classes.
Kids and families
A Pacific Dawn cruise is incredibly family-friendly, with loads of fun activities for all ages such as nightly movies on the huge outdoor movie screen, as well as four age-specific Kids’ Clubs. Turtle Cove is the welcoming kids’ club for 2- to 6-year-olds, while Shark Shack is exclusively for children aged from 7 to 10 and includes a dedicated LEGO play zone. HQ is where the tweens aged 11 to 14 can hang out and HQ+ is where teenagers from 15 to 17 can spend time with people their own age. Pacific Dawn also offers plenty of family-friendly dining options, as well as interconnecting rooms for families.
Fitness and wellbeing
Pacific Dawn’s fitness centre is called Aqua Fitness, and gives you every opportunity to look after your body, mind and soul during your cruise. Professional staff are on hand to help you with anything you need or, if keeping fit in a group is more your thing, join in any one of the many classes such as yoga, pilates, boot camp or indoor cycling. After a workout, you can treat yourself to some pampering in Pacific Dawn’s Elemis Spa. Services include massage, beauty treatments, acupuncture, reflexology, body scrubs and spray tans.
Shows and nightlife
P&O is known for its themed parties and Pacific Dawn hosts three of these big events on each cruise, one of which is the Gatsby Party, inspired by the roaring twenties. Live music is also a huge part of the entertainment offering on Pacific Dawn, with different performances every night ranging from acoustic guitar duos to four-piece jazz bands. If you fancy something a little more theatrical, the two-storey Marquee Theatre is home to a number of fantastic, original productions, choreographed and designed exclusively for P&O cruise audiences. And just for grown-ups, the adults-only comedy club – no explanation needed.
The staterooms aboard your Pacific Dawn cruise can be split into Suite, Mini Suite, Balcony, Oceanview and Interior. Suites (51.8sqm) come with balcony, separate sitting area, priority embarkation and complimentary laundry service, while Mini Suites (34sqm) are very similar yet with minor differences, such as shower over the bath instead of the separate shower and bath found in Suites. Interior rooms (17.6sqm) are available in a range of bedding combinations including twin, double, triple and quad share, and present the most economical option.
Services and accessibility
P&O makes every effort to accommodate passengers with impairments and disabilities, and offers wheelchair accessible rooms on all P&O Cruises as well as specialised kits for hearing-impaired guests, subject to availability. Please consult your Flight Centre Cruise Expert for more information regarding accessibility on Pacific Dawn cruises.