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P&O Australia Pacific Dawn First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

P&O Australia
Pacific Dawn
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

10

Very Good

3

Average

4

Poor

4

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Family Cruises

96

Romantic Cruises

27

First-Time Cruisers

23

Entertainment Cruises

23

Senior Cruises

20

23 P&O Australia Pacific Dawn First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews


Mildred Clare Edwards avatar

Mildred Clare Edwards

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Xmas Cruise

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My husband and I cannot speak highly enough of the cruise on the Pacific Dawn. Balcony was excellent. Service was outstanding in all areas from room service to the entertainment. We arrived home wanting to cruise ...
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Sail Date December 2014


Megz19 avatar

Megz19

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Confused

My mum has been cruising with P&O for several years and she has always had nothing but great things to say, she would rave about how the service is always top notch and their is always a great variety of food. My ...
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Sail Date February 2016


mickyd avatar

mickyd

1 Review Written

Pacific Islands, 7 Night Cruise, Pacific Dawn

Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already ...
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Sail Date November 2015


mickyd avatar

mickyd

1 Review Written

Pacific Islands - Pacific Dawn 7 Night Cruise

Here’s my experience! :) I’m 24 and this was my first cruise and my first time going out of Australia. I went with my two best friends, one whom had already been on the same cruise, and the other had already ...
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Sail Date November 2015


DON ALLEN avatar

DON ALLEN

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Unsatisfactory

Well, to say my lady, my children & myself were looking forward to this break, would of been an understatement, but unfortunately this was all turned upside down. Being the first time on a cruise and having ...
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Sail Date October 2015


Sporthouse avatar

Sporthouse

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Celebrating 40 with the Fantastic Four

the dawn may be an older ship but she was spotlessly clean. The service of all staff was fantastic. The activities on the food and wine cruise were excellent, especially the martini making class and the food and ...
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Sail Date June 2015


mambo22 avatar

mambo22

1 Review Written

Stops were boring.

We live in the Gold Coast, and all of the stops that were made, we thought we were having a deja vu moment back in the Gold Coast. The places we got off (Airlie Beach and Yorkeys Knob) were nothing special at all, ...
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Sail Date September 2015


JordanK01 avatar

JordanK01

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Excellent experience, loved every minute!

I'm 19 and this was my first cruise, I travelled with my parents and we stayed in an interior cabin. Before the cruise I did some research on the ship and found some poor reviews in this site, so I thought I might ...
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Sail Date April 2015


Mel001 avatar

Mel001

1 Review Written

Poor food good entertainment

We went on Pacific Island Hopper from Brisbane -> Noumea -> Lifou ->Port Vila -> Brisbane Cabin - Good , neat and well presented Cabin Steward - Very very Good Shark Shack - Children's entertainment - ...
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Sail Date April 2015


barryS avatar

barryS

1 Review Written

Short wekend cruises not for seniors

Just completed a 3 night weekend cruise from Brisbane on the Princess Dawn. Some good and bad points are listed Good. 1. Cabin Service 100% 2. Cabin cleanliness 100% 3. Charlies Bar coffee is as good as you will ...
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Sail Date March 2015


bronny avatar

bronny

1 Review Written

Get the facts first before cruising.

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2014


timmsrf avatar

timmsrf

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

You have got to be kidding

Hi Everyone, My wife and I travel overseas all the time , never before on a cruise. I really did not care if I went or not but was sort of pushed into it. We left Brisbane late, no surprise as I was sure that the ...
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Sail Date October 2014


Coach E avatar

Coach E

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

AVERAGE at very best

Admittedly first time on a large cruise ship. If this is indicative of cruising it shall be my last. A) Pacific Dawn is in need of maintenance - state room - bathroom had rust in various locations = needs ...
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Sail Date October 2014


Flatulator avatar

Flatulator

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

The good, the bad and helpful tips

We recently undertook a 9 night P & O cruise departing from Brisbane visiting the Island of Lifou, Port Vila, Mystery Island and Isle of Pines. Here is my honest assessment of the experience and tips for future ...
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Sail Date July 2014


ckrken avatar

ckrken

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Never Again

This was my Bucket List after 35 years of marriage and raising 6 children, it was my time for being spoilt and have someone look after me. Therefore you can imagine our excitement of finally taking the trip of our ...
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Sail Date June 2014


Toofwesss avatar

Toofwesss

1 Review Written

Fun time !

I feel a lot of the things being said on here about the Pacific Dawn are quite harsh. I've seen many reviews complaining that you must pay for everything other than food and your ticket. If everything were included ...
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Sail Date February 2012


NatCruze avatar

NatCruze

1 Review Written

Our first Cruise

We had a wonderful time on our first ever cruise. Yes, we have nothing to compare it to but we had a great time. We travelled with 3 children from 15-25 and all agreed that the experience was positive. The ...
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Sail Date May 2012


darkpelagic avatar

darkpelagic

6 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

Pacific Dawn Week Fantastique with Teens

All in all I enjoyed the cruise on the Pacific Dawn. It was very relaxing, but I did spend more time in my cabin than I thought I would. This was probably more due to roughish seas and overcast weather than anything ...
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Sail Date June 2011


andy222009 avatar

andy222009

1 Review Written

oGod cheap holiday

yes, This is not the QEII. it is a bit like going out to dinner at the local bistro at the pub or an RSL. yes it caters to a lower socio economic class. not that this is a bad thing, just be prepared. the price ...
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Sail Date April 2011


Kiwikowgirl avatar

Kiwikowgirl

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Brisbane - Auckland on Pacific Dawn

Because of work commitments my husband and I had separate holidays this year. He went to Malaysia with his mother for a week and I decided to take a cruise. I have wanted to try one for several years now and it ...
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Sail Date October 2011


josip avatar

josip

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great first cruise

On the 30th of April 2011, I stepped foot onboard the pacific dawn. Would I do it again? OF COURSE! It was a fantastic cruise. Of course there were negatives but this in no way ruined the cruise. From the food to ...
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Sail Date May 2011


TW_Yachtgal avatar

TW_Yachtgal

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A wonderful first time cruise experience

We enjoyed most of this cruise and the ship appointments. (we actually left from Brisbane but this option is not available on the drop down list)THINGS WE LOVED: The ship itself, The pools, the waiting and ...
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Sail Date March 2011


Rossco82 avatar

Rossco82

2 Reviews Written

W011N - 12 night cruise from Brisbane.

The cruise was fantastic. We were in cabin A161, a mini-suite, on Aloha deck for a 12 night cruise on the Pacific Dawn. We departed from Brisbane and visited Isle of Pines, Suva, Port Denarau, Vila, and Pentecost ...
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Sail Date March 2010


Pacific Dawn Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.6
Dining3.53.3
Entertainment3.53.4
Public Rooms4.03.5
Fitness Recreation3.03.1
Family5.03.7
Enrichment3.03
Service4.03.7
Value For Money4.03.3
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