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The Brisbane-based Pacific Dawn was refurbished in late 2014, becoming the first P&O ship to launch the cruise line's new look, with navy and white along the side and the 'Like No Place on Earth' tagline ...
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139 P&O Australia Pacific Dawn Cruise Reviews

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tvoce
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We went on the Pacific Dawn for the Comedy cruise. The ship was very dated which was fine the rooms were comfortable (outside with a porthole) and the comedians were fantastic specially Jacques from Chinchilla and an older guy with a ... Read more
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problem
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
i have been complaining about our drink packages on the ship & by suryey & by phone . no one but no one will come forward and say that they are responable for the rubbish drinks package sold on board . it seems its easy to hand ... Read more
Aleisa
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First cruise I have ever taken the staff were very very good and I enjoyed the islands thoroughly. Only a few contentions: 1. Got seasick first 48 hours, no ones fault but what a bugger. 2. Some STUPID woman at Suva went into a shop ... Read more
aussiechucka
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Went on this cruise to see Fiji and Vanuatu with our two children (3 and 8). We were lucky with embarkation as they let us through quickly as my youngest was sleeping. Very easy check in and straight onto the ship. We went straight down to ... Read more
tl_woodward@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise ever and I had decided I was going to have a good time no matter what. Well...I was NOT disappointed. The Dawn was a very lovely ship, easy to navigate and find things. Our cabin, a balcony at the front part of the ... Read more

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MBofSA
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
7 night Barrier Reef cruise. The Pacific Dawn is now around 25 years old and its beginning to show with dated decor (read lots of browns, orange and cream) everywhere on board. Time for a revamp. Those seeking a five star pampering ... Read more
Conondale
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
27 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have completed 5 varying types of cruises. International cruising - 2 with Princess, 1 with Holland America; European River Cruising - 1 with Scenic; Small ship cruising -1 Around Fijian Islands and have enjoyed every one of them even ... Read more
Josham
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Actually the cruise was fairly well done, given the constraints of feeding a couple of thousand people and trying to keep them happy. This was the 7-nighter out of Brisbane, with day trips on Lifou (New Caledonia) and Port Vila ... Read more
karine27
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
This is not a cruise, we went in 36 cruises with Royal Caribbean , Costa , and other American companies in Mediterranean and North and South America, Caribbean etc ...At same price, even cheaper ( many free restaurants and 24 hours good ... Read more
Megz19
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mum has been cruising with P&O for several years and she has always had nothing but great things to say, she would rave about how the service is always top notch and their is always a great variety of food. My mum took me with her ... Read more

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mab582014
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This is my second Cruise and the other one was on the Sea Princess. I thought I would compare both Cruise Lines in this review. Last week I went on the 7 day Island Hop with P&O and last year I did 14 nights around NZ on the Sea ... Read more
AU76
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was an Australia Day cruise. I booked it six weeks prior to departure as it was a great special. We booked two outside cabins one for my wife and her three friends and the other for myself and our three young children aged 10, 8 and ... Read more
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petere63
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Cabin (9116) was excellent and comfortable. Dining was adequate with poor variation in your menus during the 7 days cruise. There were no lectures on the day before visiting any of the 3 islands to explain what one should see, some ... Read more
tsutt35
Member Since 2015
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Firstly, I would only give a 2.5 if possible. As I relax in the shade of the promenade deck (as it turns out the newest looking and best maintained area) I thought I'd reflect and share the differences between Pacific Dawn and our ... Read more
MICKY_
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
32 helpful votes
Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already been to Vanuatu. ... Read more

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MICKY_
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already been to Vanuatu. ... Read more
pat alcock
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I have travelled on the Dawn 4 times in the past 5 years ! We found the embarkation much easier to go through this year as we were with a group of women over 70 the ground staff had some compassion as to the wait time in the line The ... Read more
marktom
Member Since 2013
1 review
30 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This was me and my wife's 16th cruise between P&O, Princess and Carnival lines, so we know what to expect from P&O. We had cruised before with friends or relatives or just by ourselves, This time it was different we took my 83 year ... Read more
NiseyD
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was my second cruise on the Dawn and it will be my last. My first cruise 4 years ago was great and had no complaints what so ever so naturally thought the same about this one. Wrong! From the moment we got to the embarkation counter ... Read more
Chris Toms
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
I tried to find an email address so I could complain to P.& O. direct but alas could not find one after searching high and low. They must hope that we will just go away. Anyway here I go. I was told by other work colleagues that ... Read more

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BayIslands
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our second cruise on the Dawn and the best so far. Loved the port and island visits, especially Rabaul with its volcanoes and WWII history and the white sand, unspoilt tropical islands that have only been visited by cruise ships since ... Read more
bobdonovan
Member Since 2009
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
I'm writing this so people know how the drinks package is working. P&O are doing an un-advertised drinks trial. Price was $533 for 7 nights per person, no apparent requirement for all people in the cabin to take it up. For that, ... Read more
Steve Young
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I travelled with 3 friends on Pacific Dawn on the Melbourne Cup Cruise. This will be my last ever cruise with P&O, the service and treatment by the staff was an absolute disgrace, the majority were rude and unfriendly. We ... Read more
DON ALLEN
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Well, to say my lady, my children & myself were looking forward to this break, would of been an understatement, but unfortunately this was all turned upside down. Being the first time on a cruise and having purchased it for my ladies ... Read more
rose1208
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
A group of around 30 family members went on this cruises to celebrate some milestone birthdays. Demarcation was quick and efficient but that's about where it stops being anything great. The food on the Pacific Dawn is mediocre at the ... Read more

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