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Pacific dawn. The first ship i have ever sailed on so in all fairness can not say how it compares with other ships. However if you are prone to seasickness do not travel in december to the pacific...very rough seas on departure out of brisbane and return into brisbane. I spent 2 days out of 7 ill along with many other passengers... As i am a smoker do not chose this ship as the ship is not smoker friendly.. there are only 2 areas to smoke and very difficult to access especially in bad weather. regardless of hoW much money you spend with p and o you will still be treated the same as every other smoker. not like every other passenger. The housekeeping staff and wait staff are very good work very hard and deserve every tip you give them as their wages are pitiful. i expect this would extend to other staff who are from poor countries working in other areas. The cruise itself with accomodation and all meals is very cheap however best you have A LOT OF MONEY to spend as you are on the ship most of the time and nearly everything has a price. the shore tours are very expensive in my opinion. charged more than back home to do equivalent things..best to select tours that are unique to the island/s and locals.. If you dont like the bistro food you can always book in to have silver service or pay for the seafood restaurant or pay for burgers or pizzas , the free coffee and tea is barely drinkable so if you are a coffee lover you will be paying for good coffee on board. There is WAY TOO MUCH lean on passengers to spend on the ship..on overpriced goods and services...all you have to say is no thankyou..simple.for those who are perhaps in the lower income brackets The goods and services however are quality products more catered for middle to upper class earners.There are a lot of different shows and entertainmnet on board and always at least one thing you will like..Great for 18 to 25 year olds who like to party pools spas sun alcohol casino and theme nights...these are a lot of fun...dress up or hardly at all...very skimpy bikinis on some of the young girls with hawaain night...im more of a spectator than a participator and enjoyed watching people and kids having fun...Heaps of places on the boat to have a sleep read a book or hide..up to you. some of the downer points: I did not like being woken before 6am by loud inroom speakers to inform passengers of small fires on the ship that had been dealt with..very stressful and alarming. I found this to be a contradiction ..the reason being that this cruise 6th to 13th dec 2014 was meant to leave brisbane at 2pm but did not sail until approx 7.30 pm that night ...the passengers were not imformed by the captain the reason why the boat did not sail at 2pm..as a result we missed our first port at noumea... This is my first and last cruise and was a gift to accompany my brother for his 50th birthday present..so this was a great disappointment...we were not offered a refund for the one day of sailing but TOLD we were being given a future cruise credit..to be spent with p and o. So be aware Aussies...if p and o stuff up your cruise or tours in any way they will not refund you...they do not abide by australian consumer laws... Also be aware as it is an older ship there are problems with the lifts...if you have bad backs hips or legs do not sail on this ship...chose a newer better maintained one...you will be forced to use the stairs many times. There are from time to time in bad weather leaks from deck 12( pool deck ) into ceilings in deck 11 so dont chose deck 11 rooms.when your agent is selecting you a room...try and chose midship where possible. Occasionally water does come up and overflow out of toilets..only some...just request another cabin if this happens to you. Make sure you take a jacket to wear with you on the ship at all times as the temperature varies from every part of the ship with aircon.. Hot water does run out on this ship so before you strip for a shower test the water in the shower first.. I feel this ship is best suited to young families young couple and young people generally.. .  

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Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by bronny

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Pacific dawn. The first ship i have ever sailed on so in all fairness can not say how it compares with other ships.
However if you are prone to seasickness do not travel in december to the pacific...very rough seas on departure out of brisbane and return into brisbane. I spent 2 days out of 7 ill along with many other passengers...
As i am a smoker do not chose this ship as the ship is not smoker friendly.. there are only 2 areas to smoke and very difficult to access especially in bad weather. regardless of hoW much money you spend with p and o you will still be treated the same as every other smoker. not like every other passenger.
The housekeeping staff and wait staff are very good work very hard and deserve every tip you give them as their wages are pitiful. i expect this would extend to other staff who are from poor countries working in other areas.
The cruise itself with accomodation and all meals is very cheap however best you have A LOT OF MONEY to spend as you are on the ship most of the time and nearly everything has a price. the shore tours are very expensive in my opinion. charged more than back home to do equivalent things..best to select tours that are unique to the island/s and locals..
If you dont like the bistro food you can always book in to have silver service or pay for the seafood restaurant or pay for burgers or pizzas , the free coffee and tea is barely drinkable so if you are a coffee lover you will be paying for good coffee on board.
There is WAY TOO MUCH lean on passengers to spend on the ship..on overpriced goods and services...all you have to say is no thankyou..simple.for those who are perhaps in the lower income brackets
The goods and services however are quality products more catered for middle to upper class earners.There are a lot of different shows and entertainmnet on board and always at least one thing you will like..Great for 18 to 25 year olds who like to party pools spas sun alcohol casino and theme nights...these are a lot of fun...dress up or hardly at all...very skimpy bikinis on some of the young girls with hawaain night...im more of a spectator than a participator and enjoyed watching people and kids having fun...Heaps of places on the boat to have a sleep read a book or hide..up to you.
some of the downer points:
I did not like being woken before 6am by loud inroom speakers to inform passengers of small fires on the ship that had been dealt with..very stressful and alarming.
I found this to be a contradiction ..the reason being that this cruise 6th to 13th dec 2014 was meant to leave brisbane at 2pm but did not sail until approx 7.30 pm that night ...the passengers were not imformed by the captain the reason why the boat did not sail at 2pm..as a result we missed our first port at noumea...
This is my first and last cruise and was a gift to accompany my brother for his 50th birthday present..so this was a great disappointment...we were not offered a refund for the one day of sailing but TOLD we were being given a future cruise credit..to be spent with p and o.
So be aware Aussies...if p and o stuff up your cruise or tours in any way they will not refund you...they do not abide by australian consumer laws...
Also be aware as it is an older ship there are problems with the lifts...if you have bad backs hips or legs do not sail on this ship...chose a newer better maintained one...you will be forced to use the stairs many times.
There are from time to time in bad weather leaks from deck 12( pool deck ) into ceilings in deck 11 so dont chose deck 11 rooms.when your agent is selecting you a room...try and chose midship where possible.
Occasionally water does come up and overflow out of toilets..only some...just request another cabin if this happens to you.
Make sure you take a jacket to wear with you on the ship at all times as the temperature varies from every part of the ship with aircon..
Hot water does run out on this ship so before you strip for a shower test the water in the shower first..
I feel this ship is best suited to young families young couple and young people generally..
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