Pacific Dawn

Based in Brisbane, Australia, Pacific Dawn does weekly roundtrips to the South Pacific islands. After exploring the ports all day, cruisers have seven nights to have fun when the sun goes down. This is why Pacific Dawn has a laid-back party reputation. Fine dining, upmarket shopping, top flight entertainment, cocktail bars and a fabulous whisky selection are there for the discerning cruiser, but the pool deck is where the action is. Read on for our Pacific Dawn tips.

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Pacific Dawn - Sailaway

Tip 1: Don't Miss the Sailaway Party

The fun begins on the pool deck immediately after the safety drill ends. P&O's entertainers get everyone in the party mood by performing snippets from all their shows, so grab a drink and enjoy the sights and sounds, or have a dance in the ocean breeze as the ship heads out to sea.

Pacific Dawn - Pantry

Tip 2: Catch a Show at the Theatre

Spectacular nightly shows are held in the Marquee Theatre, where an enormous LED screen -- the centrepiece on stage -- acts as a stunning backdrop to the shows performed by the ship's troupe of talented entertainers. Shows are always popular, so you'll need to get in early.

Pacific Dawn - Whiskey

Tip 3: Have a Wee Dram

Mix Bar offers all manner of tipples; for whisky (Scotland) or whiskey (Ireland) fans, this is the place to perch at the bar. Drams from around the world, including Australia, are on offer.

Pacific Dawn - Centrum

Tip 4: Get Centered at the Centrum

If peace and quiet is more your style, the Centrum is for you. Not only are there shops on the various levels, but many nooks are tailor-made for reading, watching the waves or observing the parade of passengers wandering through.

Pacific Dawn - Dining

Tip 5: Take home a Pandora charm momento

This is high-end dining on the high seas. The evening starts with cocktails and canapes hosted by the executive chef, followed by a galley (kitchen) tour and dinner -- a degustation menu paired with wines -- for only 14 diners at their own table in the Wine Room of the Waterfront Restaurant. A fee applies, and bookings can only be made after you get onboard.