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P&O - Pacific Dawn - P&O Cruises

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P&O - Pacific Dawn Overview

Pacific Dawn cruise ship
P&O Cruises has a stunner in the Pacific Dawn. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, she started life in the Princess fleet and made her debut with P&O Australia in 2008. This sturdy ship is a favourite amongst the line's fun-loving and relaxed Australian passengers, having received a modernising refurbishment in 2017 to bring about a new Dawn of cruising in the South Pacific.

Freshened up cabins and public spaces make the Pacific Dawn feel up-to-date but still comfortable with natural tones and lots of blue and green accents to bring the ocean inside. Casual fun in the sun is the atmosphere onboard the Pacific Dawn, and many cruisers come away feeling like they have made a big, inanimate ship-shaped friend.

Food: Pacific Dawn restaurants
A very important issue for most cruisers! The dining options aboard the Pacific Dawn mean no-one ever has to go hungry. Order off the menu at the Waterfront Restaurant or opt for a more casual grab and go style of dining - the choices are there.

You can also spice up your evening meal with one of the Pacific Dawn's specialty restaurants or the incredible Chef's Table dining experience.

The P&O fleet has a focus on fresh, local ingredients, and you can get Aussie favourites mixed in with the usual cruise ship fare. Great and friendly service rounds out the fantastic Pacific Dawn dining experience.

Bars and more: Evenings on the Pacific Dawn
The nightlife is a fantastic aspect of the cruising life - everything is right there, there is no driving or waiting in queues and you can pop back to your cabin to freshen up whenever you feel the need. The Pacific Dawn makes it easy to drink, socialise and dance the evening away in whatever manner you desire.

Broadway-style productions, concerts, live music and quiet places to relax are all on the Pacific Dawn evening entertainment menu. You can also catch a movie or an all-important sports match on the Big Screen by the pool, or take a breather and watch TV in your cabin.

Pacific Dawn activities, pool and fitness
Featuring The Edge outdoor adventure park, the Pacific Dawn has plenty of facilities to keep cruisers busy during the daytime hours. From racing simulators to a quiet library, the ship can cater to most tastes.

The two pools on the Pacific Dawn are found on Deck 12, and there is a jogging track on Deck 14 for some casual exercise. Those looking for a more structured workout will find the Aqua spa and fitness facility on Deck 2.

Pacific Dawn now also features the Waterpark where the Kids can play with interactive water features. Or embrace the fun with Waterslides found on Deck 14.

It's not just the features of the ship that make a Pacific Dawn cruise a good one, however, but the people. The crew will organise activities for passengers of all ages and interests. You might decide on a martini mixology class, a dance class, the classic trivia quiz or a spot of karaoke to while away a sea day, or just pull up a deckchair and enjoy being at sea.

Cabins onboard the Pacific Dawn

A place to rest your head at night is important on any holiday. The Pacific Dawn can provide just that, as well as some great options for cruising families.

The ship has a total of 795 cabins and suites. All suites and 134 cabins have balconies, and the rest include 440 outside (oceanview) staterooms and 171 inside staterooms. Blue accents and wooden touches throughout make all accommodations an attractive place to spend time, and they all come with a flat screen TV, individual air conditioning, daily services and cleaning and space to store your clothes away. 

Suite guests aboard the Pacific Dawn enjoy a few extra perks. As well as separate living areas, they get a nespresso coffee machine, an iPod dock, a fridge, complimentary laundry service, and invites to the Senior Officers Cocktail party on cruises of five nights or more.

Interconnecting rooms make it simple to house the whole family. On the Pacific Dawn, they are available in quad-quad, twin-quad, triple-triple and twin-twin configurations for various sized groups.

Food and Dining

Pacific Dawn dining: what's available.

Dining included in your cruise fare:

  • Waterfront Restaurant for a-la-carte dining
  • Plantation Restaurant buffet
  • The Grill casual meals by the pool.

Specialty dining (charges apply):

  • Salt Grill: The freshest and finest Australian cuisine by celebrity chef Luke Mangan
  • Luna: Asian cuisine
  • Chef's Table: dining presented by the Executive Chef
  • The Cafe: chocolate goodies and specialty coffees
  • Shell & Bones:  seafood and good meats


Spend a busy sea day on the Pacific Dawn with some great entertainment facilities and activities! 

Pacific Dawn pools and more
A small makeover in early 2015 saw the Pacific Dawn get not only the Edge adventure park but a new-look pool deck with hammocks, a new bar and resort-style outdoor furniture for a luxurious lounging experience.

In 2017 Pacific Dawn installed the Waterpark where the Kids can play with interactive water features. Or embrace the fun with Waterslides found on Deck 14.

The two pools are found on Deck 12 and are separated by a large outdoor stage. and some hot tubs. One is for adults only, and the other a buzzing hive of activity for everyone onboard. Nearby you will also find the big screen and the Lido Pool Bar for those fruity cocktails which go so well with a day at the pool.

The Edge is for adrenaline-seekers. Features include an abseiling wall on the funnel, a flying fox, a bow ladder climb, a cargo net race, a high ropes course and more - all with the appropriate safety equipment of course.

Down in the bowels of the ship is the fitness centre and Aqua spa, with plenty of cardio equipment, weights and weight machines and a supply of fresh towels free of charge. The spa includes a beauty salon as well as the usual massages, acupuncture and other treatments.

Pacific Dawn daily schedules
Passengers will have the Pacific Daily delivered to their cabin each morning outlining the day's scheduled activities and a little information about time zones, sunrise and sunset. There is no monotony on the Pacific Dawn, each day is different: but here are a few things you might possibly see in your day's line-up:

  • Health seminars and instructions in the Aqua spa
  • Dance classes of all kinds in the Dome
  • Table tennis tournaments, deck quoits, adult pool games, shuffleboard and more games and competitions on the upper decks
  • Scavenger hunts, pictionary, trivia, bingo, cocktail mixology
  • Get togethers for various passengers - singles, card players and other groups
  • Fitness classes

In the evening
The daily newsletter also covers what's happening each night. Aboard the Pacific Dawn, the Marquee Theatre is where the live spectacles take place and you will also find a lot of people enjoying the movies and sports games on the big screen. The Orient Pub is a favourite place for a quiet drink, as is the Mix bar for cocktails. The casino doubles as a sports bar, and for dancing you can head to the Dome late after 10:30pm when it becomes a nightclub.

Theme nights are a fun aspect of the P&O entertainment. Themed music, decorations and costumes donned by obliging passengers make a great party atmosphere - check your cruise schedule to find out what you can expect.

Pacific Dawn for families
A holiday on the Pacific Dawn is great for adults and even better for kids, with the legendary P&O Kids Clubs offering fun and activities targeted at four different age groups. There is Turtle Cove for two to six year olds, Shark Shack for seven to ten year olds, HQ for eleven to fourteen year olds and HQ+ for fifteen to seventeen year olds. These all provide age-appropriate things for kids to do, with cool hang out areas for the older teens.

Additional excitement for the young ones includes a short film making opportunity, a talent show, a music program and Sleepyheads Storytime for the littlest cruisers before they head off to bed. Additional excitement for the adults includes the fact that the kids programs operate until 10:30pm -  and group child minding is available until 1am for an extra charge.

Of course, a family holiday should include time together, and the Pacific Dawn's facilities offer plenty of opportunities for that. From a day at the pool to taking on the other teams in a scavenger hunt, a cruise is a great way to make memories with the entire clan.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Balcony Cabin

Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room, it’s the best way to enjoy all the comfort of our onboard rooms and all the beauty of living on the ocean. With all the action on deck and ashore, it’s nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it that’s equipped with everything you need.

Balcony rooms feature all of the luxuries of a hotel room including:

  • Private balcony with outdoor furniture~
  • Private ensuite, shower only
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Wardrobe, desk with chair
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air-conditioning with personal controls
  • Fridge - excluding Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden
  • 24-hour room service*
  • Bathrobe and slippers*

*Charges apply

Please Note: Some balconies are metal fronted instead of Glass.


  • Twin single beds that convert into a queen bed
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Cost Included Dining Options

Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant is a modern, stylish restaurant offering, full service, a la carte dining. You can choose from the regular menu or the ever changing range of specials, and the young ones will love the selection on the kid’s menu.

Family style share platters are popular features on the Waterfront Restaurant menu. Designed for four to six people to share, choose from platters such as Honey and lemon whole roasted chicken with bread stuffing, natural gravy, charred onions and root vegetables, or baked, rustic beef and onion pie in Shiraz sauce with roasted vegetables.

Located on Deck 7.

The Pantry

Eat as many plates as you can and try all the flavours of the world at The Pantry, P&O Cruises' interactive-style dining experience. You can choose from the options below.

  • Curry House: Taste the flavours of the world's most exotic places at Curry House, a smorgasbord of classic curry flavours and authentic dishes.
  • Mexicana: Mexican tacos filled with favorites like homemade salsas and pickles, chili, guacamole, fresh lime and cheese. Yes please!
  • Kettle & Bun: Kettle & Bun is serving up freshly baked bread, expertly crafted sandwiches, great tasting salads and mouth-watering soups.
  • Sugar Bar: Indulge in a sweet selection of perfectly baked cakes, flaky buttery pastries and delightful individual desserts at Sugar Bar.
  • Hook's Fish & Chips: The local fish and chip shop, serving up crispy battered fish and hot chips with the perfect amount of crunch.
  • STIX: Stir-fries, sizzling noodles and soups. Indulge your passion for Asia’s finest cuisines with the intriguing menu at Stix.
  • Fat Cow: Vegetarians beware. At Fat Cow we're serving up the finest cuts possible to send meat lovers into a flutter.
  • Nic & Toni's: Serving Mediterranean dining options with fresh seafood and pasta dishes.

Located on Deck 12. 

Cost Required Dining Options

The Cafe

Calling all chocoholics! When you are craving a chocolate fix while onboard a visit to The Cafe will hit the spot. Try the warm chocolate volcano with a melting heart of pure chocolate or the freshly baked Belgian waffles, served with chocolate sauce of course.

Open from early in the morning until late at night and located on deck 12 right near the pool, The Cafe is the perfect spot to grab a quick snack, coffee or cocktail.

Located on Deck 12. Pay per item.

Shell & Bones

Enjoy a bounty of sumptuous seafood at our new venue, Shell & Bones.

Featuring crab from Queensland, blue mussels from South Australia and much more, this restaurant is set to reel in guests. Or, take a pick of items off the grill with beef short ribs and roasted chicken. Alongside, there are vegetarian options as well, with a sweet treat for all to finish.

Located on Deck 12. Pay per item.

Salt Grill by Luke Mangan

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan brings his reputation, talent and flare to Salt grill’s exquisite menu. This stand out restaurant brings the very best of fine dining and the finest Australian wines exclusively to P&O Cruises, all for a fraction of the price you pay on land.

One mouthful of Luke Mangan’s luscious signature dish, Salt grill crab omelette, enoki mushroom salad and miso broth, and you’ll know why this award winning Australian chef is celebrated around the world.

Surcharge of AUD $49.00 per person applies (3 course Evening Meal), AUD $35 for Lunch (sea days only) or AUD $20.00 per person for High Tea.

Chef's Table

For a meal that is equal parts memorable and mouth-watering, join us at Chef's Table.

Your evening starts with a cocktail and canapes reception hosted by the Executive Chef, followed by an exclusive tour of the galley. Once seated, the Executive Chef will introduce each course and its expertly matched wine.

It's your job to relax amongst great company and indulge as we serve up this extraordinary dining experience.

Located in the Waterfront Restaurant on Deck 7. Bookings essential once onboard. Charges apply. Adults Only.

The Grill

When the weather's just too good to go inside to eat you can grab a casual meal from The Grill and enjoy it on the the top deck overlooking the pool. The selection includes a gourmet beef burger, a pulled pork burger, hot dogs, nachos, pizzas, meat pies and chips.

For a classic Aussie dining experience you can also purchase a bucket of prawns or chicken wings. What could be better than lounging by the pool, enjoying some sunshine and nourishing some morsels along with a chilled beverage.

Located on Deck 12.

New Zealand Natural Ice Cream 

Why stop at one scoop? Try all your favourite flavours onboard at New Zealand Natural ice cream. 

Located on Deck 12.

Room Service

You can also order from our 24-hour room service menu.

Charges apply.


Aqua Health Spa on the Pacific Dawn

Aqua Health Spa

Unwind with some rejuvenating 'you' time. At our onboard day spa you can loosen your muscles, relieve your tension and clear your mind. And we're not just talking facials and massages.  Reflexology, acupuncture, men's treatments, even teeth whitening are all on the menu.

And if you're not feeling quite prepped for the poolside, we've got you covered with spray tans, body scrubs, and the full service range of a hair and beauty salon.

Aqua Health Spa Fitness is open daily though we suggest you make a booking on embarkation day for an appointment time which suits you.

Charges apply.