Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by bsfa13: Pacific Island Hopper, a great first experience.
Pacific Island Hopper, a great first experience.
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! When we were in the room, we enjoyed being able to look out of our window at the sunrise/set and there was always a lot of excitement waking up and opening the curtain to check out our next port of call. I couldn't imagine being in a dark room for 7 days so definitely recommend the oceanview.
We dined in the buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch mostly, as it was easy and had lots of healthier breakfast options. At night we dined in the waterfront restaurant every night at the same table and had the most wonderful waitstaff, not only did they provide exceptional service but they were very knowledgeable and every night they gave us a run down of activities we may enjoy. The food was always delicious in the waterfront restaurant and there More was quite a lot to choose from. The entertainment was great, although some of the shows were on really late.. even after 11pm! we struggled to stay up for these ones as there often wasn't a lot to do in the hours leading up to it. The trivia is a lot of fun! We went to a lot of these and enjoyed them all, even though we never won. The cocktails were great and alcohol prices were reasonable. We also purchased a lot of photos as the quality of them was amazing! Favourite area of the ship was probably the oasis area at the rear of the ship, its so nice to lay out and hear the sounds of the sea!
Ports: NOUMEA we did a ship organised tour and none of us really enjoyed it, Noumea just wasn't for us
LIFOU lovely for swimming but take your own snorkelling equipment
VILA was amazing! we did a ship organised Zego tour and had the time of our lives! would definitely do it again.
Take your own water/soft drinks on board as they are good to have in the room and to save money
Purchase a lanyard before the cruise from a dollar store as they are heaps cheaper
Make sure you wear sunblock even if it doesn't seem that hot, there is less pollution when at sea so it is easier to get burnt.
Coffee's from Charlie's bar are amazing, don't bother with the bland Nescafé at breakfast
Take your own bug repellent and some ports have a high risk of dengue fever etc
Take post it notes and a pen to leave notes to each other in the cabin so you can find each other :)
I felt I just had to write this review after reading so many bad reviews, but I think you need to go in with an open mind rather than having high expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and found it to be excellent value for money. We are already looking forward to our next cruises! Less
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