Review of Pacific Dawn deck 18 (Pacific Dawn deck7-Promenade)
Promenade Deck (P&O Pacific Dawn ship)
Promenade Deck layout starts with “The Marquee” theater – 2-decks high show lounge for large-scale show productions, also live music, magic and comedy shows (by guest entertainers) in the evenings. It also hosts daily Jackpot bingo games and trivia quizzes. The evening entertainment also features Circus-style performances, the “viZion” laser lights show. The theater is served by the Marquee Bar.
With portside location, in the Atriaum’s level 3 area are the “Photo & Video Gallery (with the “Expressions Studio” /professional video and photo services) and “Tech Store” (selling photo/video equipment and accessories).
With starboard location is the ship’s third Duty-Free Shop.
"Ocean Bar" is a specialty cocktails bar part of the Atrium’s upper level 3, popular from 5:00 p.m. for pre-dinner drinks. It has seating for 24 guests including 6 bar stools at the horseshoe-shaped bar. 20 additional lounge chairs surround the Atrium balcony, along with a couple of chaise lounges.
“The Orient” bar (former “Bengal Bar”) is an English pub with a great beers selection. Each evening, a stage hosts musical acts. Trivia games, art and craft classes are held during the day. Live music begins at 7:00 p.m., with a focus on conversation and crowd-pleasing tunes.
“Promenade Bar” serves the open-air Promenade deck area. Sometimes called the 'piano bar' due to its grand piano, during the day the bar hosts Mix Academy cocktail making classes. Low-key musical entertainment is featured in the evening, provided by a pianist or solo guitarist. The semi-circular bar is fully stocked and has 9 stools at the counter, with cocktail bar lounge seats, grey velvet couches, and settees dotted throughout.
Art Gallery has art items on display, available for purchasing. This area also hosts art auctions.
The “Waterfront Restaurant” is the ship’s open-seating dining room (800 seats) which operates with a la carte menus (“Your Choice Dining”) for breakfast and lunch, and a 4-course dinner menu. Tables capacity vary (from 2 to 10 seats per table). Dining times at the Waterfront Restaurant vary (sea / port days): Breakfast (7:30-9:30 / 7-9am), Lunch (12-2pm), Dinner (5:30-9:30pm). Breakfast at The Waterfront includes 9 options, such as vanilla bean porridge, raspberry sourdough bread and toasted pear. The breakfast menu also features delights like the more standard big breakfast, maple scrambled eggs with toast and bacon, grilled black pudding with fried eggs over-easy, potatoes, onion, bacon rashers, sticky apple jam, ham hock, homemade beef casserole. For lunch, there are a total of 10 entrees with dishes like Lebanese fattoush salad, chicken pho and cream of tomato soup. Alternatively, guests can try 1 of 3 pasta dishes such as gorgonzola and chicken penne, sun-dried tomato cannelloni and spaghetti bolognaise. Mains include lamb rogan josh, roasted half chicken, cheeseburger with French fries, fish and chips. Desserts feature cookies 'n' cream cheesecake, dark chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream, and healthy options like tropical fruit skewers. Dinner menu offers multi-course specials changed on a daily basis and a la carte selection accompanied by a wine list. Entrees feature a choice of 4 dishes like Chinese lemongrass chicken, baked garlic and eggplant quiche, potato and leek soup, while mains include Mediterranean vegetable moussaka, grilled swordfish steak, crisp bacon linguini with white clam sauce, steamed vegetable dim sum. 4 desserts finish off the dinner, with a choice of 2 sweet treats including amaretti and apple strudel or coconut and mango parfait with chocolate sauce, cheese or fruit platter. The menu features marked vegetarian options. Gluten-free dishes have to be pre-ordered. Those who require a special diet have to contact the Waterfront's restaurant manager on boarding to make arrangements.
Part of the Waterfront restaurant is the “Wine Room”, with cases of wine and Champagne bottles on display. The Wine Room also serves the P&O Cruises Australia’s “Chef’s Table” experience – gourmet private dining package (capacity 14 guests, at surcharge PP, reservations-only). The package is inclusive of cocktail reception, gourmet canapes by the Pacific Dawn ship’s Executive Chef, and a galley tour.