Just came back from 7night cruise to South Pacific Islands... Pacific Dawn is a fun ship to be on as it has entertainment all hours although some shows don't start till 11pm which was too late for us in the first few nights.
The good points was the bars and entertainment areas have been freshened up and look great. nick and Zoltina J the Entertainment director are an excellent team and brought laughter and good times with them wherever they were on the ship. I would go back on just for their entertainment.
The rooms are a bit dated and they could use new mattreses and their are no tissues in the rooms. (even three star hotels have tissues) we had to blow our noses on toilet paper which doesn't look good in main dining room. drinks are about $8.40 for basic spirits, $9.90 to $11.90 for cocktails and basic beers in stubbies $5.50. The buffet would be one of the worst on a cruise shipmate have encountered and the staff don't speak very much English so can't get you something like lemon for the fish. (why don't ships put a little bowl of lemon out with fish dishes) I'm not a foodie but it was bad. If you want cold cut meat you could get it morn noon and night....and it looked to be same stuff just more dried out. Two thirds of deserts were same every day and had no taste so you didnt bother unless you really like jelly in a bowl. No ice-cream on board unless you went to dining room or paid five dollars a scoop at ice cream parlour.
The tours purchased onboard were rip offs we got off at new caledonia. And got on the little trains for thirty dollars a person where the ship charged $79 a person. Over 50% profit to p&o what a rip off. We had restricted view room so we could buy more drinks with money saved. I wouldn't do this again as I had an audience when I got out of the shower to get dressed with staff in the tenders doing checks and getting woken up at 5.30am with staff in workbooks walking past ur window. If p&o just got little less stingy and fixed buffet and few small things it would have been a great trip.