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I was looking forward to this cruise as i was about to celebrate a BIG one and as the Dawn was previously the Regal Princess expected it to fulfill my "dreams" - it did except for the food. We flew to sydney from Melbourne on day of embarkation and friends picked us up at the airport, drove us to the cruise wharf where we were going to leave our luggage and book in later in the day as the ship was still disembarking passengers. The staff said we could book in then (approx. l0.30am and ship did not set sail until 4 pm) and return whenever, go on board and have lunch - we were very surprised at this, but we were able to check in within a few minutes and had no further worries. When we returned later in the day we just walked on!!!! Our cabin was a little larger than expected, very clean and welcoming - had large queen size bed, pristine linen. The ensuite area was certainly larger than expected particularly the shower area(big enough for two people), large hanging space for clothing, many many drawers, safe and even room to store luggage. we used the area outside the ensuite as a dressing room because of the amount of space we had. After unpacking we went off to explore the ship and was certainly impressed with all lounges, bars and public areas. There are plenty of comfortable lounge chairs, etc. around to use , but did find the "Dome" area (nightclub at night) lounge area during day, was a little short of seating around the viewing area from the front of the ship. Great music was played here each evening until approx. llpm when the disco started. There are a couple of other spots on the ship where you can listen to relaxing music during the day and early evening and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee - whichever is your preference!!!!! The theatre was well set up for floor shows, which we enjoyed, but found some of the entertainers on board only ok. This area was also used for showing films. Our biggest disappointment was the food - actually couldn't believe it was of such a poor standard. On embarkation night we were served (my choice) grilled chicken, vegetable, etc. it was so BADLY presented, so dry, tasteless that i was just stunned - couldn't eat it so thought would try a desert, but unfortunately this was just as bad. Hopefully better luck the next day, but no it was just the same. I personally love pasta, but even this was hard, tasteless and took one mouthful and pushed it away. (at a cooking demonstration we were told that we would be having smoked salmon pasta that evening -very special!!!)am still looking for the salmon. Honestly all that was in the pasta was a small piece (no bigger than a teaspoon) sitting on top . Could go on telling you about the food but at least the soup was ok and the fresh bread rolls/butter were great (i lived on these most of the cruise ) The above all took place in the dining room, which i must admit is a very nice room and the stewards were great. Tried the buffet a few times, but all i will say about this is - think mess hall food. Didn't try the steakhouse as i thought if the food is so bad generally why pay for a bad meal there. Hamburger bar: had a hot dog here, (which i do generally enjoy, actually i love them) was terrible, tasteless. Pizza bar; Didn't try this one as people we met said it was only ok. Afternoon tea was a joke - it was only on for a half hour. you are served a scone (i thought it was either small bread roll/damper, shortbread biscuit and a cake. then comes along a small dob of jam, smaller dob of cream and eventually either tea or coffee. (think the stewards serving this had had a bad day as it certainly was not smiley time) Needless to say my friends and myself never bothered venturing there again, nor did a lot of other people we spoke to. As we had been to the ports before on other cruises we Didn't bother with the shore excursions, just got off the ship to have a walk on land and to have a chat with the locals and buy some duty free alcohol in villa which is cheaper than on the ship. There was plenty of activities to keep you busy if this is what you wanted to do, but i was quite happy reading a book, enjoying the sunshine, relaxing on a deck chair and watching the water go by. Disembarkation is done very well with the luggage out the night before and leaving the ship by color code (you get a different color depending on what time you have connecting flights, etc. to catch) We are able to go into a lounge have coffee, etc. and just relax till you leave the ship which is certainly much better than a few years ago where you sat around for hours waiting to disembark and hopefully could find a seat. Summary: this is a lovely ship, clean, plenty of lounges, and different areas to spend time in, listen to music, enjoy a drink at one of the many bars, play the pokies if you wish, watch a movie and live shows. there are plenty of outside decks to be able to walk around and enjoy the ocean air, the crew are very friendly (most of the time), courteous and our cabin was always 100% - even though we hardly saw our steward. I would love to sail on the Pacific Dawn again, but only if i knew that the standard of food would have improved, as i feel that this is a very important part of a cruise, as you look forward to meeting your old and new friends at dinner, having a lovely meal together, talking about the activities of the day and what a new cruise day holds for you all. Just hope that P.& O. are not cutting costs on their cruises by down-grading their meals. (Have previously sailed on Pacific Princess many times and their food was 110%)

FOOD - BUT NOT GLORIOUS FOOD

Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by Jeanette

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I was looking forward to this cruise as i was about to celebrate a BIG one and as the Dawn was previously the Regal Princess expected it to fulfill my "dreams" - it did except for the food. We flew to sydney from Melbourne on day of embarkation and friends picked us up at the airport, drove us to the cruise wharf where we were going to leave our luggage and book in later in the day as the ship was still disembarking passengers. The staff said we could book in then (approx. l0.30am and ship did not set sail until 4 pm) and return whenever, go on board and have lunch - we were very surprised at this, but we were able to check in within a few minutes and had no further worries. When we returned later in the day we just walked on!!!! Our cabin was a little larger than expected, very clean and welcoming - had large queen size bed, pristine linen. The ensuite area was certainly larger than expected particularly the shower area(big enough for two people), large hanging space for clothing, many many drawers, safe and even room to store luggage. we used the area outside the ensuite as a dressing room because of the amount of space we had. After unpacking we went off to explore the ship and was certainly impressed with all lounges, bars and public areas. There are plenty of comfortable lounge chairs, etc. around to use , but did find the "Dome" area (nightclub at night) lounge area during day, was a little short of seating around the viewing area from the front of the ship. Great music was played here each evening until approx. llpm when the disco started. There are a couple of other spots on the ship where you can listen to relaxing music during the day and early evening and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee - whichever is your preference!!!!! The theatre was well set up for floor shows, which we enjoyed, but found some of the entertainers on board only ok. This area was also used for showing films. Our biggest disappointment was the food - actually couldn't believe it was of such a poor standard. On embarkation night we were served (my choice) grilled chicken, vegetable, etc. it was so BADLY presented, so dry, tasteless that i was just stunned - couldn't eat it so thought would try a desert, but unfortunately this was just as bad. Hopefully better luck the next day, but no it was just the same. I personally love pasta, but even this was hard, tasteless and took one mouthful and pushed it away. (at a cooking demonstration we were told that we would be having smoked salmon pasta that evening -very special!!!)am still looking for the salmon. Honestly all that was in the pasta was a small piece (no bigger than a teaspoon) sitting on top . Could go on telling you about the food but at least the soup was ok and the fresh bread rolls/butter were great (i lived on these most of the cruise ) The above all took place in the dining room, which i must admit is a very nice room and the stewards were great. Tried the buffet a few times, but all i will say about this is - think mess hall food. Didn't try the steakhouse as i thought if the food is so bad generally why pay for a bad meal there. Hamburger bar: had a hot dog here, (which i do generally enjoy, actually i love them) was terrible, tasteless. Pizza bar; Didn't try this one as people we met said it was only ok. Afternoon tea was a joke - it was only on for a half hour. you are served a scone (i thought it was either small bread roll/damper, shortbread biscuit and a cake. then comes along a small dob of jam, smaller dob of cream and eventually either tea or coffee. (think the stewards serving this had had a bad day as it certainly was not smiley time) Needless to say my friends and myself never bothered venturing there again, nor did a lot of other people we spoke to. As we had been to the ports before on other cruises we Didn't bother with the shore excursions, just got off the ship to have a walk on land and to have a chat with the locals and buy some duty free alcohol in villa which is cheaper than on the ship. There was plenty of activities to keep you busy if this is what you wanted to do, but i was quite happy reading a book, enjoying the sunshine, relaxing on a deck chair and watching the water go by. Disembarkation is done very well with the luggage out the night before and leaving the ship by color code (you get a different color depending on what time you have connecting flights, etc. to catch) We are able to go into a lounge have coffee, etc. and just relax till you leave the ship which is certainly much better than a few years ago where you sat around for hours waiting to disembark and hopefully could find a seat. Summary: this is a lovely ship, clean, plenty of lounges, and different areas to spend time in, listen to music, enjoy a drink at one of the many bars, play the pokies if you wish, watch a movie and live shows. there are plenty of outside decks to be able to walk around and enjoy the ocean air, the crew are very friendly (most of the time), courteous and our cabin was always 100% - even though we hardly saw our steward. I would love to sail on the Pacific Dawn again, but only if i knew that the standard of food would have improved, as i feel that this is a very important part of a cruise, as you look forward to meeting your old and new friends at dinner, having a lovely meal together, talking about the activities of the day and what a new cruise day holds for you all. Just hope that P.& O. are not cutting costs on their cruises by down-grading their meals. (Have previously sailed on Pacific Princess many times and their food was 110%)
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