Pacific Explorer deck plans

Deck layouts, review of facilities, activities, amenities

Pacific Explorer deck plan review at CruiseMapper provides newest cruise deck plans (2023-2024-2025 valid floor layouts of the vessel) extracted from the officially issued by P&O Australia (P&O Cruises) deckplan pdf (printable version).

Each of the Pacific Explorer cruise ship deck plans are conveniently combined with a legend (showing cabin codes) and detailed review of all the deck's venues and passenger-accessible indoor and outdoor areas. A separate link provides an extensive information on Pacific Explorer staterooms (cabins and suites), including photos, cabin plans and amenities by room type and category.

Pacific Explorer (1997-built as Dawn Princess, last refurbished in 2020) is the second of the three Sun-class Princess Cruises ships - together with Sea (Dream Charming) and Sun (Pacific World). In May 2017, the Dawn Princess was renamed to "Pacific Explorer" and transferred to P&O Australia. P&O Australia is a Carnival Corporation brand, that received in 2015 two Holland America ships - Ryndam (Celestyal Journey) and Statendam (Vasco de Gama Nicko).

Pacific Explorer cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 998 cabins for 1996 passengers (max capacity 2395) served by 924 crew-staff. The boat has 14 decks (11 passenger-accessible, 7 with cabins), 6 dining options (restaurants and food bars, including 1x pub, 1x pizzeria), 8 lounges and bars, 3 swimming pools, 6 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), 9 elevators.

Passenger-use launderettes (laundromats) are located on decks 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11. These are self-service laundry facilities with ironing boards and detergent being provided.

Note: Dawn Princess deck plans show a total of 999 cabins for 1950 passengers (max capacity 2270), 7 restaurants and bars, 6 lounges.

Pacific Explorer deckplan changes 2020 refurbishment review

During the ship's drydock 2020 refurbishment (February 12-27, in Singapore) were conducted general maintenance works, hull cleaning and repainting, repairs. The USD 30 million drydocking project also included renovations of public areas (venues, hallways, staircases) and all cabins - including new carpeting, upholstery, artworks, lights. Both theaters and several public spaces were renovated, new cabin categories and games activities for families were introduced.

The drydocking project resulted in the following changes.

Completely redesigned were 400 Gradi (midship deck 8, Pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco) and Luke's Bar (deck 14, grill bar by chef Luke Mangan). Luke's Bar now also functions as a specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner but continues to operate daily as a poolside food bar for premium burgers and seafood dishes (takeaway option).

A new games arcade was added on deck 12 (aft). Among the 21 arcade machines is the popular VR game "Virtual Rabbids".

For families were added two new 5-bed Suites, with perks like priority embarkation-disembarkation-tendering and complimentary laundry service. All the ship’s quad cabins were fitted with new beds, carpets, artworks, full-length luggage lockers.

  • The Elemis Spa (deck 12, wellness complex) was redesigned and the Beauty Bar now has a nail studio.

Some of the main public spaces (The Atrium, The Pantry, Marquee Lounge) were also refreshed. Black Circus Lounge (deck 5) was renovated and updated with new artworks and upholstery.

Pacific Explorer deck plan changes 2017 refurbishment review

Before entering P&O Australia's fleet, the cruise ship underwent a multi-million drydock refit and refurbishment (May 30 - June 9) in Singapore by Sembcorp Marine. As Dawn Princess, the vessel was last refurbished in 2016 May. Deckplan changes following the refit included:

  • (deck 5) Florentine Restaurant was transformed into Waterfront Restaurant.
  • (deck 6) Rigoletto Restaurant was redesigned into 2 new specialty restaurants - Dragon Lady (Asian / portside) and Angelo's (Italian / starboard).
  • (deck 7 forward) Princess Theater was renamed to The Marquee.
  • (deck 7 forward starboard) Wheelhouse Bar was transformed into Summer Pub.
  • (deck 7 port side) Jammers disco was transformed into the Blue Room.
  • (deck 7 port side) "Library & Writing Room" was transformed into HQ&HQ* (kids facilities). Internet Cafe was removed.
  • (deck 7 aft) Vista Lounge was transformed into Black Circus Lounge & Bar.
  • (pool deck 12 aft) Ice Cream Bar was transformed into P&O AU's signature "New Zealand Natural Ice Cream". Turtle Cove (kids lounge) was renamed to Youth Center. Shark Shack (teens lounge) was renamed to Teen Center. Lotus Spa was renamed to Elemis Day Spa. Platinum Studio was renamed to Photo Studio.
  • (lido deck 14) Horizon Buffet was transformed into The Pantry (marketplace). Movies Under The Stars (outdoor theatre) was renamed to Big Screen. Seaview Bar (aft) was renamed to The Oasis (adults deck).

For the ship transformation were hired 1000+ contractor workers who spent over 200,000 hours fitting the vessel with 25,000 m2 of new carpets, painting 10,000 m2 of walls, and installing more than 3,000 units of new furniture and ~1200 artworks. The hull was adorned the P&O Australia's new Southern Cross livery, introduced on Pacific Dawn (now Ambassador Ambience) in March 2017.

The list of newly added (fleet's first) venues and facilities on MS Pacific Explorer includes:

  • barefoot lawn (bowling green court)
  • Aqua Park (deck 15) with 2 waterslides (stretching over 80 m / 260 ft) and a separate shaded area for kids (with dumping bucket and oversized water toys).
  • top-deck P&OEdge Adventure Park (outdoor sporting facility)
  • Luke's fast-casual dining (poolside grill by Australian chef Luke Mangan)
  • 400 Gradi (Neapolitan pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco)
  • The Bonded Store (new bar with signature cocktails menu via a partnership with Sydney-based Archie Rose Distilling Co, themed whisky- and gin-making classes and tasting events).

Deck layouts

  • Deck 04 - Hospital

    Pacific Explorer Deck 04 - Hospital
  • Deck 05 - Cabins-Lobby-Dining1

    Pacific Explorer Deck 05 - Cabins-Lobby-Dining1
  • Deck 06 - Cabins-Shops-Dining2

    Pacific Explorer Deck 06 - Cabins-Shops-Dining2
  • Deck 07 - Promenade-Lounge

    Pacific Explorer Deck 07 - Promenade-Lounge
  • Deck 08 - Cabins-Casino

    Pacific Explorer Deck 08 - Cabins-Casino
  • Deck 09 - Cabins

    Pacific Explorer Deck 09 - Cabins
  • Deck 10 - Cabins

    Pacific Explorer Deck 10 - Cabins
  • Deck 11 - Cabins-Bowling

    Pacific Explorer Deck 11 - Cabins-Bowling
  • Deck 12 - Cabins-Bridge-Gym-Spa-Pools-Kids

    Pacific Explorer Deck 12 - Cabins-Bridge-Gym-Spa-Pools-Kids
  • Deck 14 - Lido-Sundeck

    Pacific Explorer Deck 14 - Lido-Sundeck
  • Deck 15 - Sports-Waterslides-Adults Sundeck

    Pacific Explorer Deck 15 - Sports-Waterslides-Adults Sundeck
  • Deck 16 - Dawn Princess_deck4-Gala

    Pacific Explorer Deck 16 - Dawn Princess_deck4-Gala
  • Deck 17 - Dawn Princess_deck5-Plaza

    Pacific Explorer Deck 17 - Dawn Princess_deck5-Plaza
  • Deck 18 - Dawn Princess_deck6-Emerald

    Pacific Explorer Deck 18 - Dawn Princess_deck6-Emerald
  • Deck 19 - Dawn Princess_deck7-Promenade

    Pacific Explorer Deck 19 - Dawn Princess_deck7-Promenade
  • Deck 20 - Dawn Princess_deck8-Dolphin

    Pacific Explorer Deck 20 - Dawn Princess_deck8-Dolphin
  • Deck 21 - Dawn Princess_deck9-Caribe

    Pacific Explorer Deck 21 - Dawn Princess_deck9-Caribe
  • Deck 22 - Dawn Princess_deck10-Baja

    Pacific Explorer Deck 22 - Dawn Princess_deck10-Baja
  • Deck 23 - Dawn Princess_deck11-Aloha

    Pacific Explorer Deck 23 - Dawn Princess_deck11-Aloha
  • Deck 24 - Dawn Princess_deck12-Riviera

    Pacific Explorer Deck 24 - Dawn Princess_deck12-Riviera
  • Deck 25 - Dawn Princess_deck14-Lido

    Pacific Explorer Deck 25 - Dawn Princess_deck14-Lido
  • Deck 26 - Dawn Princess_deck15-Sundeck

    Pacific Explorer Deck 26 - Dawn Princess_deck15-Sundeck

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