The Pacific Dawn definitely aims its programs and accommodation toward families, with 20 connecting cabins in total and enough four-bunk rooms to make up the numbers if parents want to share with their kids. There are also enough activities to keep both pre-teens and teens occupied on a daily basis.
There are three breakaway rooms that are used for the three respective age groups: two on Deck 6 and a joint room split in two for the older children on Deck 12. The ship has a qualified team of youth and teen counsellors that offer a range of age-appropriate activities from face painting for youngsters to special dress-up-themed parties for older teens. Each day, the daily youth centre program lists a schedule of activities, which is divided into four categories.
Ages 3-6 Turtle Cove (Deck 6): Specialising in the needs of the ship's youngest cruisers, Turtle Cove offers everything from art and crafts, TC & Skipper Island Adventure, games, parties, Sleepyheads storytime movies and much more. Children under the age of three are welcome in Turtle Cove if accompanied or supervised by a parent or guardian.
Ages 7-10 Shark Shack (Deck 6): This is the place to keep your seven to 10 year olds entertained with activities such as PlayStation 3, scavenger hunts, cocktail parties, TC & Skipper Island Adventure, talent shows, dance classes and fun games.
Ages 11-14 HQ (Deck 14) and Ages 15-17 HQ+ (Deck 14): HQ and HQ+ is the place older kids hang out with like-minded peers to socialise and enjoy games and events in rooms with comfy couches, a jukebox, movies, karaoke and many of the latest video games.
Pacific Dawn does not offer private babysitting onboard. Youth centre staff cannot administer medication, bottle feed, change nappies or provide meal service. Note: parents are advised that all registered youth passengers are required to participate in the program designated for their age. Late night babysitting service is available every night from 10.30 pm to 1 am for children aged three to 10 only and must be booked before 8 pm. There is a charge of $5 per hour per child.
Note: Pacific Dawn also offers an exclusive children's dinner for those aged between three and 10 years with highchairs available if required. Baby food and infant formula are not available on board, but may be taken onboard.