this will be short n sweet. But we travelled with our two young children aged 5 & 6 at the time. We flew to Brisbane the day prior to cruising, and i am glad we did. As we went bright and early for boarding, and we were on in time for lunch.
The sail out party was amazing, and the entertainment crew did an awesome job of getting all ages involved and excited for the upcoming cruise.
The buffet was great for the first day or so, then we became tired of it. It seemed like everything was the same, and not much variety.
We then found the restaurant (Palm Court Dining) and it was soo nice to have a beautiful meal. The service was excellent. Alot of Australian companies could learn something from these people. So we dined at the restaurant nearly everyday for lunch and dinner.
On the top deck, they do a lunch consisting of bread rolls filled with different fillings nearly everyday (except shore days). And the bread rolls are beautiful.
Bingo was heaps of fun, and the commentators are sooo funny.
the Casino has everything of a normal casino, with the exception of Keno. So it was good.
We only seen two shows, and they were great. Next time we will try and see a few more.
The shows in the atrium (circus etc) were amazing, and left us breathless. And the kids loved them.
The kids absolutely loved kids club, and we couldn't get them out of there. The carers are amazing, and the kids loved them. They were so great, that the carers knew all the kids by name by the second day, which made the kids feel sooo welcome.
The kids did shows that the parents could go and see in the theatre, and they thought that was great.
I am glad we only did one tour, and it was pretty good. But on the other two destinations, we did our own thing. We saved hundreds of dollars doing our own thing.
At Vila, we paid a local to take us to all the tourist hot spots for $150 for the day. He was great, and we seen everything that the tours were doing and more.. We also seen stuff that the boat doesn't tell you about, and it was amazing. The kids loved it, loved Turtle Bay, the local villages, the local schools etc. It was a real eye opener to see just how the other half live, so to speak.
OUr cabin was neat and tidy, with heaps of storage. It was quite roomy considering there was 4 of us. During the day our steward (Johannes - who was amazing and so thoughtful) put the bunks up, so we had room to move. It was even better we had a window to look out day and night. The rocking didn't bother us at all, as we were on deck 6, in the middle of the ship.
We had a great time, although we wish the weather could have been kinder.
We have now booked our second cruise on this boat for longer, two weeks around New Zealand. We only did a short 7nighter for the first cruise, just in case etc...
I was told by the local travel agent and P & O person, that the Pacific Dawn is the better of all the P & O ships..