Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn Review and Specifications

Specifications of Pacific Dawn

Year built1991  /  Age : 27
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassAustralia
Building costUSD 280 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises Australia
Speed20 kn / 37 kph / 23 mph
Length (LOA)244 m / 801 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage70285 gt
Passengers1596 - 1915
Crew660
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks12
Cabins798
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesRegal Princess
Christened byCathy Freeman

Current itinerary of Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper. Prices start from USD 900 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 22 Sep, 2018 and ends on 29 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
22 Sep      Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia   
24 Sep 15:00 - 22:00     Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia   
25 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
26 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu   
29 Sep      Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia   

Review of Pacific Dawn

Launched in 1991 as Regal Princess (2014), Pacific Dawn cruise ship is one of PO Australia's ships.

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

Pacific Dawn cruise ship

The 70,285-ton, 1,990-passenger cruise ship Pacific Dawn was designed by Renzo Piano (Italian architect). The vessel is good looking and pleasure for the eyes. Interesting thing about Dawn is the connection of the cabins (ideal for families). Anyone can enjoy the enormous LED Screen, MIX coctail bar and themed venues like the pub and the Orient. The main restaurant has been designed into the Waterfront, new furnishings delivered for the Marquee Theatre, and all of the suites refurbished. Definitely all guests will remember The Dome, enormous public area for great live entertainment, shows and music events.

Cruise itinerary program

Pacific Dawn itinerary program is based on Australia cruises from Brisbane, including roundtrip “South Pacific Islands” voyages to Fiji, Vanuatu, Santo, New Caledonia; “cruises to nowhere” and short breaks; Queensland cruises to the Great Barrier Reef.

Cabins

Most Pacific Dawn staterooms are 190-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (436). Of all Pacific Dawn cabins, nearly 25% have a private balcony. There are a total of 798 staterooms in 27 categories. The largest aboard Pacific Dawn are the Suites (560 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Sophisticated and various food is available onboard Pacific Dawn. The buffet restaurant, á la carte main dining room and The Grill give a chance to choose from. For a little fee passengers can sense the flavors of Asia with an 8 course banquet at La Luna or, dine in style at celebrity chef restaurant Salt grill by Luke Mangan. Back by popular demand are favourites, such as the exclusive 14-seat Chef's Table. The Waterfront Restaurant, ship's main dining room, continues to serve classic Australian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a stylish setting.

Follows the complete list of Pacific Dawn restaurants and food bars.

  • Waterfront Restaurant (open-seating dining room; each of all three dining rooms on Pacific Dawn is operated with “Your Choice Dining” (a la carte) menus for breakfast and lunch, and offers a 4-course dinner menu. Tables seat up to 10 guests. Dining times vary according to sea/port days)
  • 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 (specialty dining venue with gourmet private dining and tour of the galley)
  • Salt Grill (reservations-only specialty restaurant via partnership with Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan)
  • The Pantry (self service buffet restaurant with several fresh-food outlets and an open-air terrace) replaced the traditional Lido Buffet "Plantation Restaurant". Among The Pantry's features are the new restaurants "Nic and Toni’s" (Mediterranean-cuisine) and "Shell and Bones" (seafood). The "Shell and Bones Seafood and Grill" is part of "The Pantry" (food market) and is complimentary during the day. In the evenings, it transforms into an a la carte priced restaurant. The seafood menu features popular Australian dishes, like Singaporean Chili Crab (from Queensland) and Steamed Blue Mussels with Wine (from South Australia), The daily grill bar menu offers items like Slow-cooked Beef Short Ribs, Portuguese-style roast chicken, also vegetarian options.
  • The “Shell & Bones” (a la carte pricing) opens daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The menu features dishes like Portuguese-style roast chicken, Singapore-style crab (US$25), hot seafood extravaganza (US$50 for 2). Sides like garlic bread, potato wedges and  grilled corn cobettes are complimentary as are the kids options of fish fingers or seafood party plate. One dessert is only offered: apple and rhubarb crumble with New Zealand Natural ice cream (US$9) designed to share.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Daytime activities range from whiskey tastings and martini mixology classes to quilling and salsa dance classes. Passengers can find karaoke, bingo and trivia almost every day. The daily itinerary on sea days is packed with activities. The big-screen on the pool deck proved to be a big hit, and is largely used for broadcasting full-length concerts, live sports and movies. Major international sporting events are also shown (such as the FIFA World Cup). Evening entertainment is standard cruise ship fare with a mix of guest entertainers and Broadway-style production shows. For kids, innovative activity clubs include Turtle Cove (ages 3-6-yo), Shark Shack (ages 7-10-yo) and HQ for teens. Adults can relax in the child-free Oasis on ship's top deck, while all ages enjoy the swimming pool on Lido deck and the adventures of P&OEdge program, held all over Dawn, with a climbing course on the funnel and a zip line across the top deck.

Follows the complete list of Pacific Dawn lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Pacific Dawn Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • Charlie’s Bar; The Orient bar (English pub); Promenade Bar; MIX (specialty cocktails bar); The Cafe; Lido Pool Bar
  • Essentials Store; Tax and Duty Free Shops; PANDORA shop (jewelry); Aqua Hut (snorkeling equipment)
  • The Marquee Theatre (2-decks, featuring large scale shows, magic and comedy acts; during the day, the theatre hosts Jackpot bingo games, trivia quizzes)
  • Wine Room (boutique winery)
  • The Big Screen (outdoor LED screen for movies, show programs, sports games)
  • The Dome Bar (indoor observation lounge with floor-ceiling windows, large dance floor and a full service bar; transforms into a disco nightclub in the evenings)
  • Players Bar and Casino, Techno Store
  • Expressions Studio (Photo Gallery and Shop); Art Gallery; The Library; Internet Cafe
  • The Oasis (adults-only relaxation complex)
  • Aqua HealthSpaFitness (Wellness Centre with Day Spa, Thermal Suites, Fitness Centre with a separate room for classes, Massage Rooms, Aqua Beauty Salon)
  • Teen- and Kids club lounges (offering complimentary activities by P&O youth programme: “Turtle Cove”; “Shark Shack”; “HQ” lounge; “HQ+” teen lounge)
  • P&OEdge Adventure Park experience (“high adrenalin” program with 20 different activities, such as climbing, jumping, racing, flying on ropes)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shufflleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.
  • On its top deck, the ship has an Aqua Park.

Pacific Dawn wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 27
  • Total number of cabins: 798 (of which 50 Suite, 134 Balcony, 178 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Waterfront Restaurant
  • Restaurants and food bars: Plantation Restaurant (buffet), Salt Grill (by Luke Mangan), The Grill (lido BBQ), Wine Room (wine & Chef’s Table), Luna (Asian).
  • Lounges & Bars: Marquee (theater), Dome (observation & nightclub), Charlie’s (lobby), Orient (pub), MIX (cocktails), Players (sports), teen-kids lounges (Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ, HQ+), poolside bars (The Cafe, Lido Pool Bar, New Zealand Natural /icecream).
  • Entertainment - adult-only retreat (Oasis), Aqua SpaFitness, Casino, Promenade (deck 7), outdoor movie LED screen, 2 pools, 4 jacuzzis, Library, duty-free shops, deck games (chess, shufflleboard, golf putting).
  • Pacific Dawn cruise ship started its carrier under the name "Regal Princess". The vessel was operated by Princess Cruises from 1991 to 2007, when it was transfered to P&O Australia's fleet, renamed "Pacific Dawn" (on Nov 8, 2007, following an extensive drydock refurbishment) and homeported in Brisbane (leaving from port Hamilton /Queensland, Australia).
  • The vessel was launched on March 29, 1990, delivered on July 20, 1991 and christened (MS Regal Princess) on August 8 in NYC New York by godmother Margaret Thatcher (UK’s Prime Minister at the time).
  • Pacific Dawn cruise ship as design is sister to Pacific Jewel, and similar to Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus) and Crown Princess.
  • Pacific Dawn itineraries offer roundtrips to South Pacific Islands ("Pacific Island Hopper" to Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo), also to Papua New Guinea and several Australian ports. The list of visited destinations also features Queensland, Great Barrier Reef (Willis Island) and Moreton Island (on short breaks).
  • Pacific Dawn's Cruise to Nowhere deals are on specially themed Australian roundtrip voayges (with no additional porst of call along the route). These short breaks are usually themed "Food and Wine", "Music" (various styles/performers), "Comedy", "Sports". P&O Australia "cruises to nowhere" prices are also inclusive of all special activites and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

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Pacific Dawn Itineraries

The below listed Pacific Dawn cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 26 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$398
2018 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2018 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2018 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2018 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2018 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2018 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2018 Sep 08 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$398
2018 Sep 11 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$429
2018 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$776
2018 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$900
2018 Sep 29 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$654
2018 Oct 02 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2018 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$831
2018 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$781
2018 Oct 20 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Brisbane$335
2018 Oct 23 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$482
2018 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$731
2018 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup Brisbane$781
2018 Nov 10 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$437
2018 Nov 13 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$554
2018 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$943
2018 Nov 24 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$661
2018 Dec 01 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$353
2018 Dec 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$533
2018 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$843
2018 Dec 15 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$384
2018 Dec 18 9 days, round-trip Christmas Brisbane$1098
2018 Dec 27 3 days, round-trip Classic Brisbane$581
2018 Dec 30 9 days, round-trip New Years Brisbane$1199
2019 Jan 08 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$662
2019 Jan 12 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$948
2019 Jan 19 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$931
2019 Jan 26 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$628
2019 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$606
2019 Feb 09 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$348
2019 Feb 12 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$449
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2019 Feb 23 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$381
2019 Feb 26 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$432
2019 Mar 02 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane$999
2019 Mar 12 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$449
2019 Mar 16 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$348
2019 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$449
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2019 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$598
2019 Apr 06 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$431
2019 Apr 09 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$532
2019 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$848
2019 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$698
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$737
2019 May 04 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$348
2019 May 07 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$482
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$649
2019 May 18 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$698
2019 May 25 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$582
2019 Jun 01 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Brisbane$348
2019 Jun 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$482
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$682
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$661
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$732
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$932
2019 Jul 06 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$511
2019 Jul 09 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$532
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$831
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$732
2019 Jul 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$481
2019 Jul 30 14 days, one-way from Brisbane to Singapore Brisbane$1098
2019 Jul 30 6 days, one-way from Brisbane to Darwin Brisbane$532
2019 Aug 05 8 days, one-way from Darwin to Singapore Darwin$831
2019 Aug 25 13 days, one-way from Singapore to Brisbane Singapore$1149
2019 Aug 25 6 days, one-way from Singapore to Darwin Singapore$731
2019 Sep 01 6 days, one-way from Darwin to Brisbane Darwin
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$931
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$882
2019 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$989
2019 Sep 28 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$531
2019 Oct 01 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$682
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$848
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2019 Oct 19 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$498
2019 Oct 22 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2019 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2019 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup Brisbane$1036
2019 Nov 09 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$498
2019 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2019 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$848
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$798
2019 Dec 07 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$498
2019 Dec 10 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2019 Dec 14 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$548
2019 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip Christmas Brisbane$1699
2019 Dec 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$548
2019 Dec 30 8 days, round-trip New Years Brisbane$1499
2020 Jan 07 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$598
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane$948
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$898
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2020 Feb 01 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Brisbane$499
2020 Feb 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2020 Feb 15 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$499
2020 Feb 18 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2020 Feb 29 3 days, round-trip Food & Wine Brisbane$499
2020 Mar 03 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$798
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$848
2020 Mar 21 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane$499
2020 Mar 24 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Brisbane$548
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$848
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$898
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane$898