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Pacific Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Short, but Relaxing

Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by swisstrailblazer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2017
  • Destination: the South Pacific

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 expected.

Plantation: as a type 2 diabetic I need to stick to a low carb and low sugar diet as much as possible. Breakfasts were a challenge. Once you bypassed the cereals, and breads and fruits (all fruit and carb), all that was left with a fry up, or very small, flat omelettes. And the obviously sweetened fruit juice was definitely out of bounds for me. We ended up eating in Waterfront so that I could have a fresh-made 3 egg omelette. Lunch, on the other hand, was always great with the most fantastic salads. Lunch became our main meal of the day.

Some meals in Waterfront were disappointing. The caesar salad definitely wasn't caesar - it was chicken and lettuce. And the meat salad was extremely disappointing with only a few small pieces of meat. And I'd recommend avoiding the cheese platter for dessert.

It feels kitsch to write this but we had a ball during the bingo, and enjoyed the various trivia too. The food in Salt Grill was pretty good.

The only down side was during a rum lecture. There was an old lady who was very nervous about being on her own during the class, but the gentleman (and I use that term loosely) running the rum session refused to allow the daughter to sit with her mother during the lecture. The poor daughter had to sit outside and keep an eye on her Mum through the glass windows. Would it really have been such a bad thing to let the daughter stay with the nervous Mum? It's not like the daughter would have actually drunk any of the rum samples.


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Cabin Review

Clean, obviously getting old however. Shower over bath. Bath edge is very high and I was quite nervous getting in and out. A lot of rust around the shower arm with rust stains going down the wall. Plenty of coat hangers (a rarity on ships).


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