Dining options were more than adequate.
My wife and I always found good varieties of choices from 'The Pantry' and from the restaurant menus.
I was surprised to see no one playing shuttle board type games on the decks. There were a few small groups of oldies playing carpet bowls occasionally, but most of the activities appeared to be indoors, like trivia, karaoke, competitions etc...
Exceptional service all round. Especially with food and beverage.
Staff were all friendly and professional, even though the ship was chocker-block with occupancy.
Excellent service with a smile by crew, and very good flexibility with timings for cleaning cabin.
Just enough room to 'Get-It-On' (if you know what I mean).
No specific Cinema, though movies were played in The Marquee Lounge near the Casino, which was good. I thought the shows (performing arts) were very good, though my wife did not enjoy them as much as I seemed to. I thought they were the right length of time too, so you weren't required to sit in crowded theatres for long periods of time.
I'm primarily hoping this review might assist you when deciding if to buy a drinks package.
I found the Premium Beverage Package ($79 per person/per day) drinks package to be great value for money, especially if you adopt the approach "I am on holiday's, so I know my drinking habits will be different to what they are back home, during the working week" etc.
During April 2018, the P&O Pacific Dawn beverage prices, as posted on various menu boards around the ship bars where as follows:
BEER: (below is just a selection)
Heineken $8, Peroni $8.50c, Corona $8, Pure Blonde $7, Crown Lager $7.50c, Carlton Dry $6.95c, XXXX Gold $5.75c, Cascade Premium Light $5.50c, VB $5.90c, Bulmer Original $8.
SPIRITS and COCKTAILS (just a selection)
Baileys - $9
Scotch (Johnny Walker Red) - $9
Scotch (Johnny Walker Black) - $10
Bloody Mary - $12
Strawberry Daiquiri - $12
Tobelrone - $12
Pink Ginger Cosmopolitan - $12
BUBBLES & BLUSH (just a selection)
Tyrrell's Vintage PN Chardonnay - Btl $49, Gls $13
Tyrell's Lost Block Rose - Btl $30, Gls $9.50c
Brown Brothers (various) - Btl $36/33, Gls $9.50c
WHITE WINE (just a selection)
See Saw SAV BLANC - Btl $33, Gls $9.50c
Saint Clair SAV BLANC - Btl $42, Gls $9.50c
Margan CHARDY - Btl $35, Gls $9.50c
Gulfstream CHARDY - Btl $32, Gls $9
RED WINE (just a selection)
Shateau Tanunda Grand Barossa SHIRAZ - Btl $ 45, Gls $12.50c
Wirra Wirra SHIRAZ - Btl $33, Gls $9.50c
Margan Estate CAB SAV - Btl $49, Gls $14
Gulfstream CAB-SAUV-SHIRAZ - Btl $33, Gls $9.50c
330ml bottle - $2.95c
This cruise was during Easter 2018, and the ship was at capacity with guests.
There was always plenty of staff and crew on hand to provide excellent friendly customer service.
I barely had to wait at all for drink service, and they literally 'kept them coming', upon request for another drink.
My experience with the beverage service and value for money with the Premium Drinks Package was realised very early on, as if I had paid individually for drink consumption I would have paid more overall, though I believe I would not have drank as much as I did.
With the Premium Drinks Package costing me $632 for 8 days, my break even was approx. $90 worth of drinks per day. On average I drank approx. $110+ worth of alcohol, using the above drinks menu as my price guide (also, refer attached photos).
My wife bought her drinks individually outside a package, and this worked well for us both regarding quantity, quality of choice, and best value for our money.
All the best with your decision and P&O experience!
Neat and Clean, though we wiped it down with disinfectant wipes upon arrival (just in case).
Very Good opportunity to see some local sites, take a swim, and explore a little on foot. Tour guide made it a very entertaining experience.
Very good volume of fish and variety of species to view underwater. Feeding fish during snorkelling was also provided and though unexpected, was a good way to bring in the fish for photos etc. Took a little to long to get to the dive point, considering it was so close to the ship.
This is an A-Grade S*%t-Hole destination, but a good opportunity to explore the bombed out buildings and surrounding neighbourhoods on foot. To be fair to Noumea though, our ship was in port during a public holiday so almost all of the township was closed and empty of locals, even for a tourist destination which seemed a bit odd. We had a nice spa with drinks on the ship whilst it was in port here, so we also got to see the place lite up at night from the comfort of the ships Oasis deck spa.