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Refurbished in 2015, the 77,000-tonne 1,970-passenger Dawn Princess is the second ship in Princess Cruises' Sun class (which also includes Sea Princess and Sun Princess). The ship offers Australia, New ...
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342 Princess Dawn Princess Cruise Reviews

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deb0910
Member Since 2013
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We did not like this ship. It is old and tired and the crew though not old, were certainly showing plenty of signs of service fatigue. The configuration was terrible with no central lifts or stairs meaning that you had to walk (in our ... Read more
annalouise
Member Since 2012
1 review
32 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Exhilarating because of the bracing weather and southerly force 7 wind. Old-style because Dawn Princess lacks the specialty entertainment and dining options of newer, larger ships. Pre cruise I was booked on a balcony guarantee. 2 ... Read more
Shepparton Cruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Travelled from Melbourne on Feb 11th 2015 with my daughter. The cruise was a gift for her 18th birthday/completing high school. My parents, who have sailed on this ship multiple times, decided to tag along so we had adjoining balcony ... Read more
Hodor
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Dawn Princess was late into Auckland after a torrid crossing of the Tasman out of Melbourne. We were still able to board her at 130pm and have a look around. As we were joining an already established cruise, it was a bit odd to work ... Read more
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Jewelscruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We embarked from the White Bay Terminal in Sydney. Embarkation was swift and painless. Our bags were already at our balcony room when we first arrived. We were on Aloha Deck (11), balcony room 342. It was ideally situated near elevators ... Read more

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annclacker@hotmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
HI, have just arrived home from our first Cruise experience, left and returned to Melbourne after a round trip to New Zealand, and if any one else on that cruise had any complaints, I don't think you would enjoy yourself any where in life. ... Read more
JDE07
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
My wife and I sailed on the Dawn Princess departing Melbourne for a 13 night cruise around New Zealand. Embarkation generally was well organised. Our only regret here was we wished we hadn't booked the airport to ship shuttle through ... Read more
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johndon
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
697 forum posts
0 helpful votes
EMBARKATION Embarkation was at Princess Pier, Melbourne after flying in fom Adelaide that Morning  And bussing to pier from airport Booking in took about 45 mins and we were on board in no time After dropping our hand luggage to ... Read more
luckydog429
Member Since 2013
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
We sailed on the Dawn Princess Christmas New Zealand Cruise December 2014. Overall we had a great time, she is a neat ship with a great crew and a great destination. Embarkation Princess sent a great many slightly contradictory messages ... Read more
Dollycat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2014
This was our 5th cruise and our first (and our last) with Princess. We have cruised with Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity so we do have something to compare Princess with. We feel that we have been trapped for 13 nights on a ... Read more

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kiwizuzu
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was on the Dawn Princess for Christmas and New Year. One of the 207 people that got on the ship in Auckland. What an amazing experience. As only 207 people were getting on Embarkation was pretty quick. Although the wheelchair ... Read more
random_australian
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
12 forum posts
2 helpful votes
After my last cruise I had planned to go on a different ship (I thought my son and I had done it all). But the Dawn Princess had a good price for a sailing from my home port so we went on it again. The kids clubs were great. There was a ... Read more
Wendy47
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
We missed the Port of Wellington due to "bad weather". Media reporting said that it was due to a problem with a faulty winch on one of the new tugs. We also missed Milford Sound due to the weather. Photos: At every opportunity there were ... Read more
tudorrose
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
My husband treated us to our first ever cruise to celebrate my 60th birthday. From the time we boarded in Melbourne at lunchtime on 20/10/2014 until we disembarked on November 2nd, I thought I was in another world. Walking into the Atrium, ... Read more
Skysurferau
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my first cruise, over the years many people had told me how wonderful Cruising is and following some reading and advise from our travel agent we chose Princess Cruises. Having just returned from this cruise the lingering memory is ... Read more

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smudge452
Member Since 2012
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Let me start by advising that this was our second cruise with Princess Lines and our cruises now number 10 with Norwegian and others. We boarded at Port Melbourne on the 20th October without much fuss and bother. There were queues because ... Read more
nztraveller
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
93 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Boarding at Melbourne was a long long process .Worse we have experienced any where. May have been in poart due to 5 passangers being taken off with food poisoning (the crew never told us about this).However we found the food very good. ... Read more
rawfit
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
My first and last cruise. I write this for any one considering cruising whom has not been before. I am a yachtswoman of over 15 years experience with passage making and ocean racing, used to confined spaces and turbulent, wet, cold and ... Read more
socram13
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
635 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Dawn Princess for us is now rather like a comfortable pair of old shoes. A little tatty around the edges. The polish and shine doesn't really hide the signs of ageing, but you love them to bits as they have taken you to places you'll ... Read more
corn.lover89
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
This was such a fun cruise. I had a blast with my family from Chicago. We brought along my two kids and our niece. We were one family of 30 Americans on board. It was a blast!My favorite part was when we were in Dubai! IT was a ... Read more

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captains boy
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
We had a wonderful time and came back brand new. Before embarking on this epic world cruise we did a small test run in 2013 and were sold, after many years of running for planes and lugging bags. We cannot emphasise enough the pleasure we ... Read more
BrownBear47
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My 9th cruise(-husband's 7th) and overall I rated this the best so far. We boarded in Melbourne. The taxi pulled up at the ship, took the cases out of the boot and two staff immediately came and took them straight onto a conveyor belt.so ... Read more
doffina
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This was our 6th cruise with Princess and 12th cruise overall. It was also our first visit to New Zealand and Australia. We have been very with all of the previous Princess cruises, but this one was disappointing due to the condition of ... Read more
brian 3
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary aboard the Dawn Princess.We had saved for this trip for quite a while.From arriving at station pier and boarding via the atrium.We were in wonderland.Yes there were elderly aboard but ... Read more
Kazzabear
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
I have been on a number of cruises and I was interested to try Princess Cruises so my mother and I and four friends took a 13 day Dawn Princess cruise from Melbourne on 29 March 2014. It called at number of New Zealand ports (plus a day in ... Read more

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