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3.5 / 5.0
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Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House at sail away !
15th November 2016 "Super Moon" rising. Viewed from the Aft deck, Dawn Princess, on the South Pacific cruise. This was the closest the moon ever gets to Earth. The last time it was this close was in 1948 and the next time will be in 2034. So this was a unique opportunity to view it.
It was well worth the trek up the (rather large) hill on Dravini Island, the view from up there was spectacular looking back at the Dawn Princess anchored out in the bay.
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Extremely Disappointing Princess

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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Kiwi Sherma
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We have cruised on the Dawn before and had a great experience. Not so this time. She's an old ship and we expect some issues so put up with foul smells of wet rotting carpet and air conditioning that didn't work properly, but this was Dawn Princess final cruise to Singapore before going over to P & O. We did NOT expect to run out of many non perishable goods or have the shops shutdown halfway thru ...
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Sail Date: May 2017

Cabin Type: Interior


TERRIBLE PRINCESS CRUISE

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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phantomrose101
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

The Princess Line Cruises were recommended to us and thought we would book following my husband's ill health and also the ease of catching the cruise in Fremantle. We didn't know that this was the Dawn's final cruise. 2 days into the cruise, we realised that they were just winding down with no consideration to paying guests. They ran out of Stout, whiskey, gin and Red Wine unless you took the ...
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Response from TaylorW, Social Team, Princess Cruises

Hi phantomrose, we deeply regret that you had a disappointing experience onboard Dawn Princess. Our team strives to provide impeccable service and experiences to each and every guest, and we...

Sail Date: May 2017

Cabin Type: Interior


Not what we expected!

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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Wren 58
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We booked this cruise in June 2016 and looked forward to it very much. Things changed after about day 2. The majority of passengers were 75 years old up to around 87 years old. I have nothing against the elderly and it is great to see them still enjoying an active life. The activities on the ship seemed to cater for this age group which made the trip extremely uneventful and boring for my ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Cabin Type: Interior


Dawn Princess: One cruise before going out of the fleet!

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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vacation baby
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The Dawn Princess is 20 years old. It had lots of charm and was on its second to last cruise before going out of the fleet. Of the 1900 passengers, all were either Aussies or Kiwis. There were only 70 Americans. At least we all spoke the same language. The average age of the passengers was 72 and there were only 4 children. The staff was wonderful--very cordial, delightful, and seemed to ...
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Sail Date: April 2017

Cabin Type: Balcony


Children's clubs

Review for Dawn Princess to Asia

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Mom and dad2
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

We were with our family on this Cruise and almost everything was almost good. Food was great and lots of activities. But we could not leave our children to the childrens club because staff look liked that they weren't sober and smelled like liquor.. They should make them take breathtests before allowing to work. Because of that we missed some activities and hope that if we come again there's more ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

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Fun two nighter

Review for Dawn Princess to Asia

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RosieCanberra
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This was a last minute bargain, two night cruise from Sydney to Brisbane. The ship was going on for another forty nights through Asia so about 700 were only on until Brisbane. I expected to find a ship in need of some TLC as it is to be rebranded into a P&O Australia ship in coming months but the ship was in surprisingly good condition. We had a good time and good weather, although we did ...
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Response from TaylorW, Social Team, Princess Cruises

Hi RosieCanberra, thank you for the great feedback regarding your recent voyage onboard Dawn Princess--we hope to welcome you onboard again soon!...

Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Balcony


Floating Convalescent Home

Review for Dawn Princess to Asia

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engineman00
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

The Cruise took in the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, I was very excited as I wanted to travel on the Bullet Train and visit Mount Fuji. To my surprise Princess Tours DID NOT Offer these two very important travel adventures, they offer a VERY EXPENSIVE Bus Trip with VIEWS of Mt Fuji. I arranged a Group and took 11 other people we had 13.5 hours ashore we did the Bullet Train Mt Fuji Tokyo ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Oceanview


Left all of my worries on the gangway.

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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whiteknight094
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

This Cruise was on my Bucket List, and although i had been to New Zealand before- 10 yrs ago via a Coach Tour. I wanted to do it via a Cruise. It went to all of the places that i wanted to see,as well as passing the countryside from the ship.We cruised into towns that i wanted to see. Going to FIORDLANDS was fantastic,even though it was misty and showery.It did not stop us from seeing the ...
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Sail Date: March 2017

Cabin Type: Interior


Lovely itinerary, ship- not so much

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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Leah97
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Seeing Australia and New Zealand has always been a dream. We found interesting things to do and the scenery was always beautiful. The ship is due to retire and be sold soon, and it definitely showed. The entertainment was quite good with a lot of variety - singers, magician, comedians, even a ventriloquist. The Princes singers/dancers were very talented. One night two dancers did an absolutely ...
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Sail Date: February 2017

Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)


Good cruise on a good ship

Review for Dawn Princess to Australia & New Zealand

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carnar1
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We have just returned from a Sydney round trip cruise to New Zealand on the Dawn, we had an excellent trip with Princess and although previous reviews have not been to kind to the Dawn, we had a great time and the ship was in great condition, with continued maintenance happening around the ship, the food was great, we dined at the Horizon most nights as our party was not seated together for the ...
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Sail Date: February 2017

Cabin Type: Balcony


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