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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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131 P&O Australia Pacific Dawn Cruise Reviews

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pauljeday
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was the first cruise my wife and I went on. Before I review this cruise, let me just say that in our experience on board, there are some people (usually from overseas) who are impossible to please and some of them have written unfair ... Read more
Denice Woods
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
I have cruised many times - 22 over the past 35 years. Having said this, my last cruise was 12 years ago from Fort Lauderdale in Florida aboard Royal Carribbean's Explorer of the Seas which by the way was amazing. I have not cruised P ... Read more
Flatulator
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We recently undertook a 9 night P & O cruise departing from Brisbane visiting the Island of Lifou, Port Vila, Mystery Island and Isle of Pines. Here is my honest assessment of the experience and tips for future travellers. Firstly ... Read more
ckrken
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
This was my Bucket List after 35 years of marriage and raising 6 children, it was my time for being spoilt and have someone look after me. Therefore you can imagine our excitement of finally taking the trip of our dreams with all the high ... Read more
edaw1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had a great cruise. We have a 2 and 6 year old. When the 2 year old got tyred and started crying waiting in queues to depart, a staff member came and helped us get out slightly quicker which was very good. We have cruised once before ... Read more
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tomtank
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
18 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
We were not sure what to expect after reading a few reviews of "Pacific Dawn", however, we were pleasantly surprised overall. Embarkation and dis-embarkation were a breeze. Our balcony cabin no. 10264 was compact but functional with a ... Read more
stardust2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
My first cruise and certainly wont be the last. Boarding the ship was good got our boarding number and sat down and about 5 minutes later we were give a priority boarding ticket and got on the ship in pretty good time. Got to our cabin ... Read more
fukungpanda
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first "real" Cruise. My only other experience of onboard life was a rhine river cruise with Avalon Cruises in Germany . My Partner is a previous "Fairstar" Cruiser ... and so our review begins... Occupying a Mini-Suite on deck ... Read more
Anbax1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived at the port to find what must have been every one of the 2000 passengers waiting to board the ship so embarkation was the longest we have ever waited considering we have done 8 cruises previously. Many aspects of the cruise did ... Read more
Missmiaow
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
After our first P&O debacle where our room was double booked and the service lacked ...well, service! We were quite hesitant to rebook, but we were assured by P&O that our experience was a once off, and then we haggled between the ... Read more

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AU76
Member Since 2012
8 reviews
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We did a B2B the first cruise was 10 days to PNG and the 2nd was 7 days along the QLD coast but due to bad weather we went south overnight Sydney and the Newcastle and Tangalooma. Embarkation was quite drawn out mainly because of staggard ... Read more
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nc4dm
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
(Honeymooners) My husband and I were supposed to do the great barrier reef discovery cruise but due to cyclone Ita it had to be changed. We disembarked from Brisbane and went to Sydney, Newcastle and Morton Island. For 7 nights I found ... Read more
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coastcashier
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have sailed 4 times on the Pacific Dawn, once on the Pacific Sun and once on Pacific Jewell since 2008. The services offered by P & O are getting worse with each trip. The number of passengers on the Dawn has risen from 1590 as ... Read more
sunnycoast123
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
116 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
In all the years I've been a member of Cruise Critic I have never written a disgruntled and poor review but this time, the Pacific Dawn deserves my wrath. Apparently P&O have cut crew numbers down and this is very apparently everywhere ... Read more
davidle
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed April 2014
Last Wednesday we joined Pacific Dawn for their PNG cruise – our first cruise. We did not know what to expect although research had told us that our ship was in the ‘modest fare’ bracket. Our cabin was fine, small but ... Read more

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bsfa13
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We travelled as a family of four and thoroughly enjoyed our cruise! We had an oceanview room on level 9 with four bunk beds which was fine as we were barely ever in the room. Our cabin steward was lovely and we couldn't praise him enough! ... Read more
Heinricy
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
we had a $500 budget (plus $75 room credit you have allocated to you) we ended up spending $998. what to allow money for: photos - we purchased 6 all up costs around $200 including SD card and $8 souvenir frame (I love photography and ... Read more
Lease13
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Cruise card When you go through check in you get given a cruise card. You can set this up with either your credit card, debit card or cash. If you choose credit you get charged 1.5% for whatever you spend on board. I chose debit, which ... Read more
nerichow
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Have not done a P&O before and won't again. Cabin (verandah) on deck 10 was fine and our cabin attendant was great, really all of the staff were really nice. I know in December we would have but running down the hallways, up and down ... Read more
kasr
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
44 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just got back from the Pacific Dawn's first cruise to Papua New Guinea. PNG is a great addition to the cruising agenda, and considering it was a maiden trip, everything ran pretty well, after a false start in Townsville. After getting on ... Read more
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CHAMPERS1
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Before I begin my review, I will apologize for my comparisons to Princess Cruises. We have sailed 4 times with Princess and this was the first time with P & O, so you can undterstand why I make comparisons. I had read some pretty ... Read more
Determined34
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2013
Background Information - We picked this cruise as we were travelling with friends that enjoy a good meal and a glass (or two) of wine. We have cruised before and wanted our friends to catch the bug. Sadly, the fittings and fixtures of this ... Read more
rayrob56
Member Since 2011
1 review
34 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation was quick & trouble free as we had the help of staff at the terminal for my 86 yr old mum with her wheelie walker. It was unfortunate that we (and others with disabilities) were expected to walk right around the building ... Read more
Wattle
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
137 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Firstly we has some rough weather, actually very rough, apparently very unusual for this time of the year. We were 3 hours late out of Brisbane, 3 hours late into Noumea, we missed Lifou and port Villa, but made it to Champagne Bay, all ... Read more
joy margaret
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2013
We've been on seven cruises with four different lines and this was disappointing in comparison. Pacific Dawn - 7 nights, Queensland tropical coast. WHAT WE LIKED Staff were obliging, had great English, and were diligent. From the ... Read more

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