This website uses cookies and local storage. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies and local storage.

Pacific Dawn

Former name: Regal Princess

Pacific Dawn Review and Specifications

Specifications of Pacific Dawn

Year built1991  /  Age : 28
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 / position of Pacific Dawn

Pacific Dawn current cruise is 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise. The itinerary starts on 10 Dec, 2019 and ends on 14 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
10 Dec 16:00    Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia hotels
12 Dec 07:00 - 17:30    Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
14 Dec 06:00    Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia hotels

Review of Pacific Dawn

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

NEWS: In February 2021, Pacific Dawn leaves P&O Cruises Australia. The ship's last cruise for P&O is scheduled for February 8, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Brisbane). The last voyage can be booked as short-break (Melbourne-Brisbane), Asia Explorer (Brisbane-Singapore) and "full farewell" (17-night B2B cruise Melbourne-Brisbane-Singapore). In April 2021, P&O Australia's fleet also leaves Pacific Aria. Both vessels were sold in November 2019 to CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages.

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 merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. 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. The interesting thing about Dawn is the connection between the cabins (ideal for families). Anyone can enjoy the enormous LED Screen, MIX cocktail 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

Pacific Dawn has a total of 798 cabins (of which 50 Suite, 134 Balcony, 178 Inside rooms) in 27 grades. Most Pacific Dawn staterooms are 190-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (436). Of all Pacific Dawn cabins, nearly 25% have a private balcony. 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 favorites, 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 a 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". 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 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 Luna room (Asian-cuisine banquets; features Japanese and Thai specialties); The Grill (lido BBQ)
  • 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)
  • Promenade (deck 7), 2 pools, 4 jacuzzis
  • 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, Shuffleboard); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis); Table Tennis; Golf Nets.
  • On its top deck, the ship has an Aqua Park.

Pacific Dawn - user reviews and comments

Pacific Dawn ship related cruise news

Pacific Dawn Wiki

Pacific Dawn cruise ship started its career under the name "Regal Princess". The vessel was operated by Princess Cruises from 1991 to 2007, when it was transferred 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 as the design is sistership to Pacific Jewel (Karnika) and similar to Pacific Pearl (CMV Columbus) and Crown Princess.

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 voyages (with no additional ports 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 activities and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.

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
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2019 Dec 07 3 days, round-trip Country Brisbane
2019 Dec 10 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2019 Dec 14 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2019 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise Brisbane
2019 Dec 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Brisbane
2019 Dec 30 8 days, round-trip New Year's Eve Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jan 07 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Feb 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Feb 15 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Feb 18 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Feb 22 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2020 Mar 03 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Mar 21 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Mar 24 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Apr 18 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Apr 21 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 May 02 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 May 05 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2020 May 15 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 May 18 12 days, round-trip Fiji Adventure Brisbane
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Jun 13 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jun 16 3 days, round-trip Tribute To The King Brisbane
2020 Jun 19 4 days, round-trip State Of Origin Brisbane
2020 Jun 23 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Jul 11 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jul 14 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Jul 18 14 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure Brisbane
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Aug 08 3 days, round-trip 80's Brisbane
2020 Aug 11 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Aug 22 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Aug 26 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Sep 12 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Sep 15 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2020 Oct 10 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2020 Oct 13 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2020 Oct 17 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2020 Oct 27 3 days, one-way from Brisbane to Melbourne Brisbane
2020 Oct 30 14 days, round-trip Fiji Explorer Melbourne
2020 Nov 13 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2020 Nov 17 10 days, round-trip Kiwi Explorer Melbourne
2020 Nov 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Melbourne
2020 Nov 30 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2020 Dec 04 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Melbourne
2020 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne
2020 Dec 14 5 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Melbourne
2020 Dec 19 8 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise Melbourne
2020 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip New Year's Eve Cruise Melbourne
2021 Jan 07 5 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne
2021 Jan 12 12 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu Melbourne
2021 Jan 24 4 days, round-trip Australia Day Cruise Melbourne
2021 Jan 28 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2021 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Melbourne
2021 Feb 08 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2021 Feb 12 14 days, round-trip Kiwi Adventure Melbourne
2021 Feb 26 3 days, round-trip 80's Melbourne
2021 Mar 01 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2021 Mar 05 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Melbourne
2021 Mar 08 11 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands Melbourne
2021 Mar 19 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Melbourne
2021 Mar 22 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2021 Mar 26 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Melbourne
2021 Mar 29 4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island Melbourne
2021 Apr 02 11 days, round-trip Explore The Loyalty Islands Melbourne

Pacific Dawn User Reviews

There are no user reviews for this ship. Be first, share your experience!

Write a Review