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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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peteraussie
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with PO Australia and more than likely the last. The cruise was to a newer destination being PNG, with stops at Alotou, Kitava, Rabaul, Doini and Kativa. Plus some scenic cruising. This ship is old and shows the ... Read more
Beencruising2014
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and my partner and I where very pleased with everything on offer. To start with, we got a steal on the price. for 2 adults and a toddler we payed just under $2400 for what started as a 10 night cruise. (wound up ... Read more
ertimus
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Can hardly wait to see the new P&O purposely built ship for Australia. On past performance over the last couple of years it will have no restaurant or bars and passengers will be given a food hamper and carton of beer when boarding. ... Read more
timmsrf
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Hi Everyone, My wife and I travel overseas all the time , never before on a cruise. I really did not care if I went or not but was sort of pushed into it. We left Brisbane late, no surprise as I was sure that the cruise was a dud and ... Read more
Coach E
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Admittedly first time on a large cruise ship. If this is indicative of cruising it shall be my last. A) Pacific Dawn is in need of maintenance - state room - bathroom had rust in various locations = needs immediate attention. - public ... Read more

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Stargatefreak
Member Since 2014
1 review
7 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
While I feel the Dawn is aging, she has a charm all her own. My husband and I did the Barrier Reef Discovery cruise. Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was on our bucket list. We booked our cruise online with P & O, which proved to ... Read more
TineQueen
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
My husband and I sailed on the Pacific Dawn in September to PNG. Embarkation was slow and a total shambles. Spending an hour lined up is not good enough. Accommodation was adequate, and our cabin steward Robin could not do enough for ... Read more
pauljeday
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
5 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

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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

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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
AU76
Member Since 2012
10 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
2 helpful votes
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

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sunnycoast123
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
117 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
bsfa13
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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

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