Had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend it.
Ship was clean and in good condition and the food was delicious and plentiful
I think that even though we faced two cyclones most staff rallied on...but after being on the SUN a year early...i must say i preferred the staff on board the SUN at the time..more cheerful, more entertaining, more service
The entertainers were not really up to scratch and I think its a shame that the same :format" is used on every ship..needs to change up a bit for regular cruisers. That said my next is a Mediterranean cruse this year, cant wait
I read up on various reviews about the Pacific Dawn and the P&O line, but I couldn't seem to get any reliable answers. But I can tell you first hand my experience was amazing. The most outstanding aspect would be the service. The staff are always smiling and bend over backwards to make you happy or
to just make you smile. They are fantastic with children and even the bust wait staff took time from their busy schedule to make my daughter a few animals out of the napkins. The cabin was modest yet very tidy. I found the whole ship impecibly clean which is something for me since I am rather fussy with cleanliness. The entertainment crew were fantastic and seem to remember everyones name and always made a point of saying hello to my 3 year old daughter and calling her by her name. I really couldnt fault anything. The food was delicious and fresh and good quality which is another thing I am rather fussy with. I did the week fantastique in May with a bunch of family and friends, and believe it or not, I have just rebooked THE EXACT TIME CRUISE For mid July where I am going with other family members who were very keen to go after hearing everyones rave reviews. There was so much to do on the ship, that I honestly don't think doing the same one in a space of 3 months, will detract from it at all - You could never do everything the first time anyway!
HIGHLY recommend. They are very family friendly yet at the same time, since they only allocate a certain number of tickets for children, you really dont feel there are "too many kids" running around.
i love every bit of this holiday i always tell everyone this is the only way to holiday i loved everything from the food which was outstanding everday and entertainment with something to do all day all the time i wish i could afford to go on one every 6 to 12 months it would give me something to
look forward to. I would cruise anywhere all around the world it was the best experience ever. love it love it love it.
This was our first cruise and the only word to describe it is awesome. The staff were genuinely friendly and not just because it is their job. We had an inside cabin that was a lot roomier than I thought it would be. There was a wide variety of food to choose from. Sometimes you almost have too much
to choose from. If you wanted wine or alcohol to drink it is not expensive. There is heaps of entertainment on board for all ages or if you want there are plenty of quiet spots to curl up with a good book. The ship was very clean and for those on a budget they have a great laundry set up to wash, dry and iron your own cloths. It was amazing to see so many age groups in one place all catered for so well. We only went on one shore tour which we enjoyed and we spoke to others who had done them and everybody seemed very happy with their tours. There is plenty of shopping on board as well as the stops. If you are on a budget this is a great way to holiday because once you pay your fares you donâ€™t need to spend any money to have a great time. All round we are so pleased with P&O we are already making plans to take our children and grandchild on a cruise next year.
I went on my first cruise on the Pacific Dawn just to make up numbers. A cruise was not something I ever thought of doing. What a wonderful holiday. Always something to do or if you feel like a quite day read a book. With just 48 hrs of the trip behind us we felt like we had been on the ship for
a week, so relaxing. Loved the trivia and other games throughout the day and the shows of a night were great. Even though it was hard dragging ourselves off the ship to do on shore tours they were well worth it. The staff were incredible. Knew kids names in no time and always seemed to be having a great time themselves. They were so friendly we knew them by name in no time. Room service top class. Shopping on board was great. Throughout cruise they were announcing reward to book future cruises which I ignored. Should have paid attention as there I was only home a week and I was booking another cruise. Can't wait till July to be off again. I was amazed at the value for money. Would cost you more to have a good meal in a restaurant for seven nights then it cost for this seven night cruise. I was determined not to over eat while on cruise but you would have to be inhuman not to over indulge as the food was so delicious and plentiful. If you had to make big sacrifices throughout the year to be able to afford this it would be well worth while. We had a group of 25 and that made it more enjoyable. Fantastic family holiday especially for women who's husband don't cook. Passengers all in such good moods and so friendly it is a great place to meet new people.
As they say on the P&O feedback card, excellent means better than good, rather than perfect...my kids refused to do the kids club due to previous (not P&O) experiences whilst holidaying in Queensland...in future, the kids club will be compulsory cos all of the kids and parents I spoke to absolutely
loved it...so I'd say that its gotta be worth giving it a go because (like I said), all of the feedback was great...moving on, even without the kids club, the kids felt safe and able to navigate the ship without being 'tied' to me so there was still a sense of 'freedom' combined with safety because unless they fell overboard, they were within the confines of the ship. The whole cruise was as well organised, logistically, as it could be...moving 2000+ people around, feeding, watering, entertaining and boarding, disembarking is no mean feat and I can't see how it could have been done better.
Cabin was cramped ish...4 people 2 sets of bunks and all the kid's stuff in a 17sq.m space is cramped whatever way you look at it but we were hardly ever in the cabin outside of sleeping time so it mattered not. It was a functional but tight fit.
The Housekeeper (Ashadi) was just a weapon...always available and always courteous...he worked 12 to 16 hour days, 7 days/week for 8 months so he earned his tip ($50) and was a great asset to P&O and to my little cruising crew.
The onboard entertainment was average to good but it was 'good enough'; the calibre of the 'hosty' types (those friendly, funny people who run quizzes and organise deck games etc) was excellent and my kids felt that they were genuinely liked by the hosty dudes, which means, from my perspective, that they did their jobs really well. To cut a long story short, there was always enough to do and we all enjoyed doing it...a few 'bewares'...I spent $2500 in a week onboard (across 4 of us); most people seemed to spend around $1000/week in extras....Bingo cost $20/head/game (my kids loved the Bingo but yep, I get that its not everyones cup of tea and Grace, 12 was within one number of winning the $6700 jackpot which would have made her a very happy possum...oh and I would have had to have claimed the prize because under 18's can't win cash prizes), beers were around $8 each and ice cream and milkshakes around $4 each...not particularly over the top but when you add them to shore excursion costs and EXPENSIVE onboard clothing ($50 plus for Board shorts) etc it mounts up very quickly. If you're on a budget be careful of the extras because they just sneak up and up and up.
Noumea...a hole...all the reviews I read before the cruise were right...there may be some beautiful spots but we couldn't find them...it cost $30/return for me and 3 kids to take a 5 minute bus ride to Lemon Bay...it cost tons for ice creams and coffee...the people were ok-ish but were just out to make a quick buck without any real semblance of genuine interest in the means or people (they were making it from)...P&O people, if you ever read this, PLEASE think about the quality of the experience for your fare paying passengers...literally, EVERYBODY I spoke to thought Noumea was poor, at best...it was a waste of time and money...replace it with somewhere else...there has to be a better option...go to somewhere else in Vanuatu or Lifou...somewhere else please, with cherries on top....rating out of 10...erm, 1, maybe less
Lifou...however appalling Noumea was, Lifou was the opposite...the Tender access was managed so well, the place was gorgeously, genuinely rustic, the swimming was fabbo, the snorkelling on the other side of the Island was great, the people were friendly...picture a South Pacific Robinson Crusoe type place and you've got it...we did the "Forest and Grotto" tour...wasn't particularly expensive but it was genuinely hands on educational and done so well by the local guides...the grotto was average and tiny but the walk there and back was great and the home made lemon drink at the end was all home made and lemonny...kids loved it, I loved it...rating out of 10...9 maybe even a 10...can't think how it could be bettered...like everything in life, its an expectations thing and we loved it
Port Vila...we had such a great time here...caught a cab to the Cascade Falls...around $20 each way and then paid for entry to the waterfalls ($20 AUD/adult and $10/child)...we wanted to organise it onboard but I wasn't organised enough and there were a ton of taxis fighting for business so it was easy enough to barter for a $40 return ride...THE WATERFALLS WERE FANTASTIC...I have a bit of a thing for waterfalls and these were by far the best I've ever seen, apart maybe from some in Fjordland in New Zealand but you wouldn't go frolicking in those unless you particularly liked freezing your nuts off (exchange for some other bits if gender doesn't fit)...the closest I've seen were in Jamaica and they were amazing...anyway, MUST GO TO CASCADE FALLS....AMAZING, BETTER THAN THE PICTURES MAKE IT LOOK, FABBO, BREATHTAKING AND LOTS OF OTHER POSITIVE ADJECTIVES...oh and the walk is relatively easy; the guides made it seem somehow extremely arduous and demanding but it was really ok once you negotiated the uneven steps towards the start...if you can manage the steps then the rest of it will be fine...then we went glass bottom boating and snorkelling...advertised as 1.5 hours and probably just about that at a push....wasn't particularly expensive and wasn't mind blowing but the kids really enjoyed it...snorkelled over a couple of unimpressive bommies with some colourful fish, about 500 metres from where you leave, next to the Pacific Dawn...it was OK but after the Cascade Falls, nothing would be outstanding...it'd be like swimming with Whalesharks on the Ningaloo Reef in WA and then going to a great Zoo down the road, if there was one...the Zoo would seem average even if it was great...its a relativity thing. I didn't do any duty free shopping at PV but everybody raved about it (I was just too busy)and you are supporting the local economy rather than the Pacific Dawn economy...we did get some pressies in the markets next to the ship...couldn't barter so I think everything is set price and a bit pricey...hair brading is cheaper here than Lifou but much more surreal on Lifou (its the Robinson Crusoe thing)
Some of the passengers were just whiney twats...they had cruised heaps before on posher boats with fewer kids...some others were just whiney twats full stop...they didn't stop to think about the logistical intricacies of what P&O were trying to do and I suspect were just whiney about anything in their life which wasn't perfect, especially if they could blame someone else for the imperfection..anyway, if you're going to listen to whiney twats whining then you'll certainly meet some in the onboard community...they seem especially prevalent around the onboard quizzes...OMG, we were playing for naff P&O caps and keychains not million dollar bags of cash...so be prepared for some seriously competitive whiney twats arking up over subtle quizz question intricacies (if you 'do' quizzes) which matter not one jot within the context of anything remotely meaningful...and preferably just have some fun with the vast majority of those on board who just want to have fun...to P&O, I think you have a great product if good value, experience packed cruisey holidays are what you are trying to achieve...it's a 4 star experience with a 3 star price tag so that represents good value from where I sit...I think the crew were amazingly professional...they are hardly over paid, they work hard and smile muchly...some of them are world class customer service professionals and nearly all of them were fabulous and hard working...so if you want 5 star go and find a smaller ship with a much higher price tag...if you can't handle kids being around and having fun then go and find a kid free cruise...if you want an excellent all round experience at a reasonably low cost then look no further (they should ditch Noumea and show a few more family movies but they are the only criticisms I could make)...and whether you have a thing for waterfalls of not YOU HAVE TO GO TO CASCADE FALLS...they may just change your life!!!!
My friend and I went on a cruise in January 2011 (week fantastique on the pacific dawn) Unfortunately the weather was not so understanding when we got to the pacific islands. We were very close to a cyclone that began to develop close to lofou. As a result we were unable to get off the ship at two
of out destinations. Although the staff on board the pacific dawn were fantastic and organised many many other activities and entertainment for us to do during this time. The entertainment was amazing and we could not have asked for any better service. Our cabin was lovely and the gentalman taking care of us made us feel very comfortable. When returning to Brisbane the river there had begun to flood and we had to change course to Sydney. The staff went out of their way to get us transfers back to brisbane to make connecting flights or put us in accomidation untill we could fly out. I would like to thank the staff on P&O for doing everything they could to make our cruise as confortable and enjoyeble as possible.
We cruised on Pacific Dawn it was our first cruise an overall we enjoyed it we travelled to Vanatu, Fiji and Isle of Pines. Some of the entertainment was average than other where great. Food glorios food, oh so much, but neither of us put on any weight we did take stairs a bit. lots to do don't get
time to get bored. It was enjoyable will do it again:)
i went on my cruise with 3 girl friends from the moment i first saw the ship in dock at Brisbane, i was in awe when we got on board it was so exciting after settling in to our lovely cabin went to explore the ship what a wonderful experience to see all what was on board,I did not want to miss out on
anything,so planned our day so much to choose from great entertainment great choices of food catered for all diets,cabin crew so nice made us swan shapes from the bath towels i loved every minute of that cruise, i want my sister to have the same experience she has never been on a cruise i know she would love it, as i did and want to do it all again ASAP
With a capacity of 2,020 passengers, a maximum speed of 22.5 knots, a length of 245 metres, and 11 decks, the Pacific Dawn is an impressive cruise liner perfect for any Australian holiday.
There are 171 inside cabins and 624 outside cabins, and the range of interconnecting rooms can bring together groups of up to eight people for families and big groups of friends. Suites and mini-suites offer something a little extra with ocean views, balconies, sitting rooms, complimentary laundry service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and invites to the Senior Officers' cocktail party on longer cruises.
While away your time on board the Pacific Dawn amongst the endless activities on offer. The two outdoor pools and four spas are a must, as well as visits to The Dome for nightly comedy shows, dancing, bands and live entertainment.
Adults can spend some time away from the children and kids' areas at The Oasis, and there are nine bars, clubs and pubs on board to enjoy a drink. Keep fit at the gym and unwind at the day spa or in the library for some serious down time.
P&O is world-famous for its food offerings on board, with a real focus on fresh, innovative meals, a movement it calls the Food Revolution.
The Palm Court provides international fare, Bravo Trattoria serves everything Italian, you can take a seat at Luna for a decadent banquet or opt for buffe-style at The Plantation.