P&O delighted with Pacific Dawn makeover
As part of a massive rebranding project, Pacific Dawn spent 10 days in dry dock in Sydney with a new exterior livery added to the ship. The navy and white artwork is certainly distinctive. The words "Like No Place On Earth" are also painted across the stern.
But this chic transformation isn't just restricted to the outside of Pacific Dawn.
- A reworking of the poolside area, with fresh turf, water features and enhancements to the lighting and private seating areas. A resort-style feel is P&O's objective.
- P&O Edge Adventure Park has been introduced. Originally on Pacific Dawn, the activities include Titanic moment, Walk the Plank, a Crow's Nest and Boulder Wall for sideways rock climbing.
- The Promenade Deck, public areas and staterooms have also been given a freshen up, alongside a new VIP in-room service with express ironing, shoe shining and much more.
- The Waterfront main restaurant has been refreshed with a blue palette, while the Chef's Table venue is even more impressive. Asian-style restaurant Luna has a new Japanese menu.
- Perfect for petrol-heads, young and old, racing car simulators are sure to be hugely popular.
All set for 2015-16 season
Pacific Dawn is the first of P&O's Australasian fleet to undergo the transformation - Pacific Jewel will have the same work done before a high-profile five-ship launch next year. All of these P&O ships will dock in Sydney Harbour on November 25, 2015: Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl and Pacific Jewel alongside the two new vessels, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden.
This program sets up an exciting 2015-16 season, and P&O Cruises senior vice-president Tammy Marshall is confident they can stay ahead of the competition.
"As the pioneers of cruising in Australia, we're always looking at ways to take holidaying at sea to the next level. The new elements that have been added to Pacific Dawn mark the start of an exciting time of growth and change for P&O cruises as we continue to evolve as a contemporary cruise brand that sets the trends for the local industry."
P&O in Australia, so many cruising options
P&O have an exceptional presence in Australia, with a record five ships sailing year-round from Down Under and New Zealand, incorporating eight homeports in Oz. Itineraries for Aria and Eden will include the Pacific Islands, Hunter Valley and Papua New Guinea.
In 2015-16, the P&O schedule is for a record 69 sailings out of Sydney and 250 cruises from Australia in total. There are 38 Seabreaks also on offer, taking in the likes of Moreton Island and the Sunshine Coast. A 12-night Christmas Queensland cruise will visit the Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival in the mix
But P&O aren't the only cruise operators raising their game next year. Carnival Corporation's Golden Princess arrives for a summer season in Melbourne and Princess is launching from Fremantle for the first time. Royal Caribbean is also basing Legend of the Seas in Brisbane, taking their Australian fleet to four ships.
Pacific Dawn upgrade: are you impressed?
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