We both chose the cruise because of the timing. Booked it just 3 days before departure. Only inside cabin available. I won’t critique the cabin as the ship is very old. All I say is thank god it was only 7 nights.
This ship is so boring, thank god there was only 40% of our time spent on board. Everywhere you move on board you are faced with upsells. Foot repair, spa treatments, and others. Very expensive drinks. Average Wine which cost less than $12 per bottle on shore in Australia are priced at $38 to $45 per bottle. Cocktails that contain very little alcohol start at $12 and really are basic cordials and ice.
Two massive areas are available for smokers. One of them sadly thought through, as it’s by the only swimming pool and is monopolised with children. (They converted the children’s pool to a children’s mini water park). So the kids take over the only pool left on board. Adults have nowhere to swim peacefully.
The music stage entertainment on board is first class as it is supplied by a Sydney based company on contract to P&O. The rest of the entertainment is sub standard.
The food has a distinct Indian slant. This might be explained as the executive chef is indian.
The entrainment department is in a word... totally out of their depth and amateurish. The entertainment director (Ben) is disinterested speaks unclearly and delivers his patter in a rapid gabble you can’t help feeling he really doesn’t want to be there.
The entertainment staff are also sadly of a low standard. An very loud yelling American on an even louder PA system. Yo y’all. Then there’s the over the top fellow that dresses like a woman and minces his way through a very amateur R18 game show.
The Pantry is appalling and boring day after day and far too full of cheap Indian cuisine. The waterfront restaurant again has very cheap cuisine disguised as slightly trendy with loads polenta and kale.
The best part of the cruise was the stern area of the ship that was reserved for adults and non smokers. Apart from all that the holiday was a break when we needed it.
My wife and I are cruise veterans across a wide fleet of cruise companies. P&O Pacific Dawn is barely 3 stars.
The only reason we went there and cruise straight pass it , I was told by a crew member, it allows the ship to legally open the casino and duty free as it makes the cruise go into international waters.