P&O Australia Pacific Dawn Cruise Reviews

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195 P&O Australia Pacific Dawn Cruise Reviews
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Sparedog1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Was a bit apprehensive before the trip as I wasn't sure about the hole cruise thing. The Pacific Dawn was a spacious comfortable ship with lots to do. The cabin was a window twin cabin. It was spacious and clean with a wardrobe, safe, tv, ... Read more
Notrynot
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
P and O seem very keen to get you on board but provide limited information on what to expect and then try and charge heavily for all they can. Food - The Pantry has some good food but was hit and miss with similar tucker being good ... Read more
Wattle
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
144 forum posts
23 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
My review - long. We cruised as a family group of 18 people, and we all had a fantastic time. I have cruised the Dawn before, but never in a group, so it was a new experience. I have read the reviews and was concerned, but did not have any ... Read more
ShelleyZ
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
Having cruised on Pacific Jewel 5 years ago this is, in large, a comparison. First time cruisers may have a different perception. The Pantry offered a good mix of cuisines (Asian, Indian, Italian, fish, roasts, filled buns, etc), ... Read more
FlyingSolo73
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
This was my 6th cruise in 3 years and I only booked it because I wanted to go to the Great Barrier Reef (before Lord Commander Marmalade kills it). Unfortunately this was the only cruise going at the time I could take off work. I had a ... Read more
amylmck
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
I chose P & O and this specific cruise due to the wonderful specials that were offered. Having cruised before with Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Caribbean I really wanted my partner to experience cruising. The cruise was exactly ... Read more
ClareJ
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
After reading the reviews on here we were concerned about the Dawn. Very happy to report we had an amazing holiday. It was our first cruise and we would definitely do another one. We had brilliant sunny weather for 6 days. Embarkation ... Read more
Barbie Baker
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
My sisters and i cruised to the Whitsundays with our 90 year old parents who were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. All the staff were absolutely fantastic .. smiling, friendly, helpful, nothing was too much trouble. When we ... Read more
PSteve01
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Having cruised before with a different line, we were disappointed to find Pacific Dawn no longer has buffet dining. This meant we often had servers in the pantry who couldn't understand what passengers were asking for and it wasn't always ... Read more
Ritek
Member Since 2011
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We took the cruise to Airlie Beach (1st since Cyclone Debbie) to have a short break from caring for our Grandchildren, we did a cruise with them and their parents at Christmas 2016 and decided we need to do a short cruise with just the two ... Read more
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steve999
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Having just been refitted we were expecting 'Pacific Aria' through the public spaces, however only some parts have been renovated: The Orient, The Atrium, Promenade Bar, The Dome and The Pantry / Shell & Bones; and of course the water ... Read more
Kccruiser11
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We are very happy with our choice to cruise as a family on the Dawn. We had 3 kids - 16, 9, 6 and there really was activities catered to all three age groups. Highlights: Interconnecting Oceanview rooms were great and gave us more ... Read more
DG4
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
In the main dining area, the meals are not a buffet but served by staff behind high glass windows. This means queuing for a bread roll, then another queue for salad, another queue for meat, then battle to find a table to sit with your ... Read more
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cs89
Member Since 2017
1 review
37 helpful votes
What a fantastic week on the Pacific Dawn cruising to the South Pacific Island Ports of Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila! I had an incredibly fun and relaxing time with my mother and sister and cannot rave highly enough about the ship, crew, ... Read more
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AU76
Member Since 2012
12 reviews
16 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We decided to take this cruise as it was a great opportunity to experience the ship straight after refit. Plus I needed a new wardrobe. We arrived in Singapore early having travelled light (hand luggage only, basically, Tuxedo, White ... Read more
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Bertie Blue
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
First time with P&O as we wished to experience this cruise company for ourselves. The ship was delayed after the refurbish by a day and a half. P&O put up at their expense in a quality hotel. They also provided inconvenience and ... Read more
just cruising around
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
stranded in Singapore ship left 1 day late. Had to queue up twice over 2 days to board up to 4 hours quality of food hit and miss at all locations lounge bar prices for drinks bar staff making cocktails using a 2 nip measure ... Read more
BonnieU
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We had read a lot of bad reviews before boarding this cruise so tried to keep our expectations low. We were also aware that the boat was going in for a refurb at the end of our cruise and that had us worried that there would be a lot of ... Read more
garymit
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Cabin: My wife and I stayed in cabin 5195 which is a standard oceanview cabin sited at the rearmost starboard side on deck 5. Closet space was OK and our cases stored nicely under the bed. The cabin was clean and lived up to ... Read more
swisstrailblazer
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
It's an older ship, and due for refurbishment in late February. Embarkation was very smooth - in fact, we were able to go into the embarkation lounge sooner than expected. But then the wait to go on from lounge to ship was longer than ... Read more
johnw11
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
As this was our first cruise we wanted a short cruise and this 7 night cruise suited as perfectly. Embarkation and Disembarkation we very smooth. If only airplanes were this convenient. The Pacific Dawn is not a new ship but with ... Read more
NettyNort
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Embarkation was great... had a 3 berth inside cabin 10177 beds vibrated the entire cruise so avoid this one if you can also fridge was not working could not get anything cold.. no face washers provided...Ship is dated but is now on the way ... Read more
PeterD8
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Whilst our cruise was enjoyable, there is evidence of cost cutting compared with our previous P&O experience as well as other cruise lines. We were a family of 3 - 2 x Adults and 1 x Child - aged 12 (boy). Our cabin looked a bit ... Read more
karamallitt
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I boarded the Pacific Dawn on the 14th of January 2017 with 3 of my girlfriends for a relaxing get away. This cruise was 7 nights and stopped at Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila. This was my first time cruising with P&O and first time ... Read more
Briza
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I boarded the pacific dawn on the 20th of December with my 2 disabled grandparents and my two young brothers it was my first time on a P&O ship as I normally sail on the princess lines my experience was poorly the embarking and ... Read more
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