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 walk-in-robe and heaps of storage space. Carpet was in good condition and may have been updated at time of last ship re-fit. Weather may quite good so we spent sometime on the smallish balcony.
We returned late night to a rather annoying noise in our cabin's ceiling. We reported the problem early next morning which drew a response from maintenance within 10 minutes to assess the problem. The problem was fixed later in the morning. A big thank you to all concerned.
There was a good mix of all ages on-board, however, it is considered that the night time entertainment was geared towards the 55+ age group which we fit into. There were 4 specialty shows on a 7 night cruise all of high quality.
The highlight of the cruise was the "Chef's Table"-an almost 4 hours gastronomic delight of food with wine and it was worth every cent of the $95 charge. 3 Chef's Tables were held but it is recommended that you immediately book upon embarkation. The only slight complaint was the location which lacked privacy.
The foodies package at $199- which included dinner at Salt Grill and a few other goodies was considered good value. The food at Salt Grill did not disappoint.
A wine tasting course was enjoyable and more entertaining rather than educational. 6 different wait staff put their slant on the wines.
Food in the "Waterfront" restaurant could not be considered fine dining but it was top quality bistro type meals with good variety. Service was generally good and there was only 1 night that there was a long delay between main course and dessert. At no time, did we feel rushed between courses.
The only complaint was Anytime Dining which was anything but. It was anytime dining from 5.30pm to 6pm or anytime after 8pm and bookings were required most nights for the following night. I have a sneaky feeling that people who did not book were seated between 6pm and 8pm without difficulty. Overall, it was not a big problem as we certainly didn't starve.
We did not book any P and O shore excursions so we able to comment on same.
All staff were always smiling and very helpful.
All in all, it was a great cruise and have no hesitation in recommending the "Pacific Dawn" for a short and good value holiday.