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Specifications of Pacific Explorer
|Year built||1997 / Age: 23|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||USD 300 million|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||P&O Cruises Australia|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||261 m / 856 ft|
|Beam (width)||56 m / 184 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||77441 gt|
|Passengers||1996 - 2395|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||Sea Princess, Sun Princess|
|Former names||Dawn Princess|
|Christened by||Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon character)|
Pacific Explorer Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Dec 05||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2020 Dec 12||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Brisbane|
|2020 Dec 15||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2020 Dec 19||10 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise||Brisbane|
|2020 Dec 29||11 days, round-trip New Years Eve Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jan 09||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Jan 16||7 days, round-trip Australian Open Tennis Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jan 23||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Jan 30||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Feb 02||4 days, one-way from Brisbane to Auckland||Brisbane|
|2021 Feb 06||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Auckland|
|2021 Feb 09||10 days, round-trip Tongan Discovery||Auckland|
|2021 Feb 19||4 days, round-trip Napier||Auckland|
|2021 Feb 23||9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 04||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 12||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 15||4 days, round-trip Wellington||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 19||3 days, round-trip 80s||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 22||8 days, round-trip Kiwi Explorer||Auckland|
|2021 Mar 30||10 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Auckland|
|2021 Apr 09||3 days, round-trip The Big Laugh Comedy Festival||Auckland|
|2021 Apr 12||4 days, round-trip Picton||Auckland|
|2021 Apr 16||9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Auckland|
|2021 Apr 25||8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter||Auckland|
|2021 May 03||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Brisbane||Auckland|
|2021 May 07||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 May 10||5 days, round-trip Tribute To The King||Brisbane|
|2021 May 15||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 May 22||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 May 29||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jun 02||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane|
|2021 Jun 12||3 days, round-trip 80s||Brisbane|
|2021 Jun 15||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jun 19||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Jun 26||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Jul 03||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Jul 10||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jul 13||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Jul 17||14 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure||Brisbane|
|2021 Jul 31||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Aug 07||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Aug 14||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Aug 18||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane|
|2021 Aug 28||7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Sep 04||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Sep 11||3 days, round-trip 80s||Brisbane|
|2021 Sep 14||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Sep 18||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Sep 25||7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 02||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 06||10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 16||6 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 22||3 days, round-trip Country||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 25||4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise||Brisbane|
|2021 Oct 29||8 days, round-trip Melbourne Cup Carnival||Brisbane|
|2021 Nov 06||3 days, one-way from Brisbane to Cairns||Brisbane|
|2021 Nov 09||10 days, round-trip Solomon Sea Islands||Cairns|
|2021 Nov 19||8 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Cairns|
|2021 Nov 27||7 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter||Cairns|
|2021 Dec 04||3 days, one-way from Cairns to Brisbane||Cairns|
|2021 Dec 07||3 days, one-way from Brisbane to Melbourne||Brisbane|
|2021 Dec 10||3 days, round-trip 80s||Melbourne|
|2021 Dec 13||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne|
|2021 Dec 17||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Melbourne|
|2021 Dec 20||8 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise||Melbourne|
|2021 Dec 28||11 days, round-trip New Years Eve Cruise||Melbourne|
|2022 Jan 08||4 days, round-trip Kangaroo Island||Melbourne|
|2022 Jan 12||12 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu||Melbourne|
|2022 Jan 24||4 days, round-trip Australia Day Cruise||Melbourne|
|2022 Jan 28||3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise||Melbourne|
Pacific Explorer Review
Review of Pacific Explorer
Pacific Explorer cruise ship was launched in 1997 as "Dawn Princess". It was the second Sun-class Princess Cruises vessel, with sisterships Sea Princess and Sun Princess. The liner was transferred to P&O Australia in May 2017 under its current name "Pacific Explorer".
P&O Australia receives two more ex-Princess vessels - Golden Princess (to be renamed Pacific Adventure in 2020) and Star Princess (to be renamed Pacific Encounter in 2021).
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.
Ship's hull is adorned with the company's new livery - the Southern Cross, the national symbol of Australia and New Zealand, which is also incorporated in their country flags. Following a major drydock refurbishment in Singapore (at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard), the boat was renamed in 2017 from Dawn Princess to Pacific Explorer.
Cruise itinerary program
Pacific Explorer cruise itinerary program is based on roundtrips from Sydney NSW to South Pacific Islands, as well as short breaks (mini-cruises to Queensland) and Cruise to Nowhere (themed voyages without any call ports).
Starting October 2020, the ship will be homeported in Brisbane QLD. The first roundtrip Brisbane itinerary (7-day "Pacific Island Hopper") starts on October 24. Next is scheduled a 7-day Melbourne Cup-themed cruise. In Brisbane, Pacific Explorer replaces Pacific Dawn (homeported there between December 2009 - October 2020). PandO's 2020 cruise program has 43 Brisbane roundtrips, of which 18 are 3-day themed cruises and 4-day short breaks to Airlie Beach.
The vessel has a total of 999 cabins (of which 38 Suites, 372 balcony rooms) in 20 grades. Most Pacific Explorer staterooms are 145 ft2 insides rooms (396). Almost 70% of all outside cabins are with private balconies. Wheelchair accessible rooms are 19. The ship's largest accommodations are the Balcony Suites (470 ft2).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Continuing P&O AU's ongoing shipboard dining evolution, Pacific Explorer’s 2017 refurbishment included two brand new casual dining venues - "Luke’s" (poolside grill by Australian chef Luke Mangan) and "400 Gradi" (traditional Neapolitan pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco). Other new venues are Waterfront Restaurant, Angelo’s (Italian), Dragon Lady (Asian), The Pantry (buffet restaurant / international marketplace with 9 fresh food outlets). The new bar The Bonded Store serves signature cocktails via partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co (2014-founded in Sydney NSW), with themed whisky- and gin-making classes and tasting events.
Follows the complete list of Pacific Explorer restaurants and food bars.
- The ship has 2 specialty restaurants / at a fee - Dragon Lady (Asian) and Angelo's (Italian).
- Waterfront Restaurant (main dining room, complimentary)
- The Pantry (buffet restaurant/marketplace with 9 fresh food outlets, international cuisine, complimentary) on MS Pacific Explorer is extended and includes a 9th food outlet named "Nic and Toni’s" ((Mediterranean cuisine).
- Luke’s Grill (fast-casual dining / poolside grill by Australian chef Luke Mangan) overlooks the main pool area
- Cellar Room (winery), Chef’s Table (specialty)
- 400 Gradi (Neapolitan pizzeria by chef Johnny Di Francesco)
- The Bonded Store (bar with signature cocktails menu via a partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co, themed whisky- and gin-making classes and tasting events)
- New Zealand Natural Ice Cream (outdoor bar / complimentary)
- New for a P&O AU cruise ship dining venues is "Lobster and Burger" (a poolside bar serving seafood rolls, premium beef and pulled pork burgers) and "The Black Circus" (supper club with cabaret-style live entertainment).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Pacific Explorer passengers can enjoy thrilling waterslides, kids waterpark, extreme sports park and barefoot bowls on the ship's top deck. Popular leisure and relaxation options are a day spa, cabana-style pool area, a total of 4 pools and 5 jacuzzis, live music and shows. All ages enjoy the adventures of P&OEdge program with a climbing course and a zip line across the top deck.
Follows the complete list of Pacific Explorer ship's lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Grand Atrium (4-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and served by lobby Bar/Charlie's Bar offering specialty coffees, pastries, desserts, also wine and liquor)
- Atrium Boutiques/shopping arcade
- Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop; Photo Studio
- Internet Cafe / Card Room; Library
- The Marquee Theater (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
- Blue Room (disco nightclub)
- HQ & HQ+ (has a large dance floor and DJ programming in the evenings). Here are also hosted daily karaoke, game shows, art auctions, various classes.
- Casino (with slot machines and gambling tables, served with drinks by its own bar). It was revamped during 2017 refurbishment and now includes modern poker machines with large curved screens. Texas Hold'em tournaments and Pokies tournaments are held here.
- Black Circus Lounge and Bar (live entertainment lounge with a dedicated stage for performances by guest comedians, singers, illusionists)
- Explorer Hotel / Summer Pub (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
- Elemis Day Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (separate Aerobics Studio)
- Big Screen (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Kids & Teen Centers Turtle Cove & Shark Shack; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playground areas
- Sun Deck (adult-only open-air top-deck area)
- The Oasis (adults-only aft deck)
- Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football)
- Shuffleboard, Golf Net, mini golf course, barefoot lawn bowling green
- The ship's Aqua Park is P&O Cruises' ever first water park with slides. Its 2 waterslides stretch over 80 m (260 ft) and features LED lights, sound effects, several twists, and turns. The park has a separate shaded area for kids, equipped with a dumping bucket and oversized water toys.
- P&OEdge Adventure Park (outdoor sporting facility). Also on the top deck (aft) is located the ship's bowling green court for games of barefoot bowls.
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Pacific Explorer has the longest and wildest waterslides found on an Australian-based cruise liner. Each of the slides stretches over 80 m (260 ft). During the drydock in Singapore, the P&OEdge Adventure Park (top-deck outdoor sporting facility) was installed. Decors of all onboard public spaces and venues (including Atrium, bars, lounges, restaurants) were changed. Ship's Captain is Roger Bilton.
In March 2017, P&O Australia confirmed the company's exclusive partnership with the Sydney-based "Archie Rose Distilling Co". The Pacific Explorer ship became fleet's first liner with the new Archie Rose Bar. Part of the new premium cocktail bar is "The Bonded Store", where all cocktails are with Archie Rose spirits. There are also hosted gin making and whisky masterclasses.
On July 2, 2017, at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal was held ship's christening ceremony lead by godmother Dora the Explorer (fictional / Nickelodeon character). At the naming ceremony, Dora was joined by many Nickelodeon friends, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Skye / PAW Patrol). The "bottle smashing" part of the ceremony involved a papier-mache champagne bottle and the ship in front of the funnel. Dora was handed over a large stick, with which she smashed open the bottle and green goo spurted out and covered Sture Myrmell (P&O Australia's President). Before the naming ceremony, kids onboard enjoyed a Welcome Party where they met their Nickelodeon heroes.
In June 2018, P&O Australia launched on Pacific Explorer "The Big Laugh" onboard show program - advertised as "the biggest comedy festival at sea". The program included all 14 stand-up comedy celebrities performing a total of 36 shipboard live shows (combined over 33 hours live performances). The program started with the 4-day roundtrip Sydney cruise to Moreton Island (departure June 20). "The Big Laugh" program comprised of all 72 comedy-themed cruises in 2018-2019.
Pacific Explorer refurbishment 2020 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 ship's theatres and several public spaces were renovated, new cabin categories and games activities for families were introduced. The project also 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 specialty restaurant for lunch and dinner but continues to operate as poolside food bar for premium burgers and seafood dishes (take-away option).
- A new games arcade was added. 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 refurbishment 2017 review
Before entering the P&O Australia's fleet, the liner underwent a multi-million drydock refit and refurbishment (May 30 - June 9) by Sembcorp Marine (Singapore). As Dawn Princess, the vessel was last refurbished in 2016 May.
Deckplan changes following the refit included:
- (deck 5) Florentine Restaurant was transformed into the 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 over 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, installing more than 3,000 units of new furniture and around 1,200 pieces of artwork. The hull was adorned the P&O Australia's new Southern Cross livery, introduced on Pacific Dawn (now CMV Amy Johnson) 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).
Inaugural cruise itineraries 2017
Follows the list of all departures from Sydney NSW during Pacific Explorer's inaugural cruise itinerary program in 2017:
- The "Inaugural Cruise" from Sydney started on June 22, 2017 - 10-night "Melanesian Discovery", round-trip to New Caledonia (Noumea, Lifou), Vanuatu (Vila, Mystery Island), New Caledonia (Isle of Pines).
- 3-night Cruises to Nowhere from Sydney were scheduled for July 28 (2017), August 4 (2017), September 21 (2017), October 28 92017), November 10 and 17 (2017), December 14 and 27 (2017).
- 4-night "Sunshine Coast" Queensland cruises to Mooloolaba were scheduled for 2017 - July 31, August 26.
- 4-night "Moreton Island" Queensland cruises to Moreton Island were scheduled for 2017 - September 17, October 31, November 13 and 30,
- 5-night "Australian Open Tennis" cruise round-trip from Sydney to Melbourne (Jan 21, 8am-8pm) is on January 19, 2018.
- 7-night "Southern Barrier Reef Discovery" (to Mooloolaba, Gladstone, Moreton Island) is on August 19, 2017.
- 8-night "Getaway To Mare" New Caledonia itineraries (to Noumea, Mare, Isle of Pines) were scheduled for 2017 - July 2, July 20, September 9, October 4, December 30 (New Years 2017).
- 10-night "Barrier Reef Discovery" cruise to Queensland (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Brisbane) is on August 30, 2017.
- 10-night "Melanesian Discovery"New Caledonia and Vanuatu itineraries (to Noumea, Lifou, Vila, Mystery Island, Isle of Pines) were scheduled for 2017 - July 10, September 24, November 20, December 4 and 17 (Christmas 2017).
- 12-night "Best Of The Pacific" New Caledonia and Vanuatu itineraries (to Champagne Bay, Vila, Mystery Island, Mare, Noumea) is on August 7, 2017.
- 16-night "Bounty Adventure" (to Norfolk Island, Nuku'alofa Tonga, Vava'u Tonga, Suva Fiji, Port Denarau Fiji, Dravuni Fiji, Mare New Caledonia) is on October 12, 2017.
Next table shows the ship's inaugural cruise (itinerary June 22 - July 2, 10-days, themed "Discover Vanuatu") as ports of call sequence and port times. Prices started from AUD 880 pp (double-occupancy inside cabin rates).
|Date / Time||Port|
|22 Jun||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|25 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|26 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Lifou Island, New Caledonia|
|27 Jun 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|29 Jun 08:00 - 16:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|02 Jul||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
4 nights / 5 days (Inaugural short-break cruise (roundtrip to Moreton Island) - prices from AUD 580 pp
|Date / Time||Port|
|17 Sep||Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia|
|19 Sep 08:00 - 20:00||Moreton Island, Queensland Australia|
|21 Sep||Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia|
On September 21, 2017, was the 3 nights / 4 days Inaugural "cruise to nowhere" from Sydney (themed "Food and Wine") - prices started from AUD 400 pp.
|Date / Time||Port|
|21 Sep||Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia|
|24 Sep||Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia|
Pacific Explorer's Cruise to Nowhere deals are on specially themed Australian roundtrip itineraries 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 inclusive of all special activities and themed entertainment on the ship, including classes and workshops, lectures, presentations, guest performances, theme parties.
Dawn Princess ship
- Cabin grades number: 25
- Dining Rooms: Florentine, Venetian
- Restaurants and food bars: Sterling (steakhouse), Horizon Court (buffet), La Scala (Pizzeria), Balcony Grill
- Lounges & Bars: Theatre, Atrium, Vista, Jammers (nightclub), La Patisserie (lobby), Wheelhouse, Windjammers, Magnums, poolside bars
- Adult retreat areas (The Sanctuary), Oasis & Lotus Spa, Basketball court, Swimming Pools (3 - Lotus Spa pool, Riviera pool, Kid's splash pool), Gym, Jacuzzis (4), Shuffleboard, Golf simulator, "Movies Under The Stars" (outdoor theatre), ship around promenade (deck 7).
- The Princess Dawn ship is from the line's Sun-class series (oldest). Her Princess sisters are Sea and Sun.
- Princess Cruises Dawn ship was constructed in 1997 by the Italian company Fincantieri. The christening ceremony was held in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) on the 8th of May, 1997. The vessel has a long list of godparents. These are Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell, Jill Whelan and Lauren Tewes - all-stars of the 1970s-1980s TV series "The Love Boat". The naming ceremony was the first time to gather all artists, since TV series ended in 1986, and they had not met for about 10 years. Love Boat had 9 successful seasons and the ceremony was a brilliant occasion to recall the old times. All actors were dressed in their original Love Boat costumes and burst out a real media explosion when appeared on stage for the joint christening of Dawn Princess.
- In 2009, Dawn Princess was repositioned in the South Pacific Ocean for cruises around Australia and New Zealand.
- In 2017, Dawn Princess was transferred to the fleet of P&O Cruises Australia (Carnival Corp brand) - after 20 years of service for Princess. P&O Australia received in Fall 2015 two ships from Holland America Line (also a Carnival Corp brand) - MS Ryndam (renamed Pacific Aria) and MS Statendam (renamed Pacific Eden).
Dawn Princess' last cruise was on May 14, 2017 - the 12-day repositioning itinerary from Australia to Asia (Fremantle to Singapore). Next, you can see the relocation cruise (May 14 - 26), as well as the ship's last Australian "Princess itinerary" (15-day Brisbane to Fremantle, April 29 - May 14) as ports sequences and times.
|Date / Time||Port|
|29 Apr||Departing from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
|02 May 07:00 - 19:00||Cairns, Queensland, Australia|
|04 May 07:00 - 16:00||Alotau, Papua New Guinea|
|07 May 13:00 - 20:00||Darwin, NT Australia|
|10 May 11:00 - 22:00||Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia|
|13 May 10:00 - 17:00||Geraldton, Western Australia|
|14 May||Arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia|
Repositioning from Australia to Asia for the refurbishment.
|Date / Time||Port|
|14 May||Departing from Fremantle, Western Australia|
|18 May 07:00 - 17:00||Benoa, Bali, Indonesia|
|21 May 08:00 - 19:00||Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|22 May 08:00 - 21:00||Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia|
|23 May 08:00 - 18:00||Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia|
|24 May 08:00 - 18:00||Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand|
|26 May||Arriving in Singapore|
Dawn Princess review
The 77,441-ton, 1,950-passenger Dawn Princess ship was constantly based in Australia. It offered itineraries in Australia-New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Hawaii, as well as World Cruises. Onboard prices were in AUD, Vegemite replaces peanut butter at breakfast, and the fitness center runs classes like "legs, bums, and tums". As opposed to other Princess ships, Dawn was far more intimate. This also meant that facilities are neither as large nor as well equipped as those on the fleet's newer vessels.
The size is particularly felt in the Horizon Court buffet restaurant (where options are not as varied as in other lido buffets), the cramped workout room and the teen lounge. On the other side, having 2 show lounges was a good way to give passengers more entertainment opportunities every night. Princess really utilized the onboard space with a wide diversity of onboard activities, everything from ceramics to dance classes, game tournaments to computer workshops.
The Florentine and Venetian Dining Rooms aboard Dawn Princess are virtually identical, differing only in their decor color and in the exquisite murals depicting Florence and Venice. Both rooms contain etched glass panels and lovely wood, creating a feeling of intimate dining. The food preparation is of very good quality, beautifully presented and varied. Vegetarian selections are excellent, desserts - superb. A good selection of healthy items is provided every night. Waiters are friendly and helpful. The popular dining venue, Horizon Court, is open 24 hours a day. Horizon Court is situated one deck above ship's swimming area. The buffet is tiny by new-ship standards but offers excellent breakfast options from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., along with an abundance of fruits and bread, and European specialties.
Follows the complete list of Dawn Princess restaurants and food bars.
- Florentine Restaurant (dinner only, aft Dining Room, with 2 fixed seatings - 5:45 and 7:45 p.m.)
- Venetian Restaurant (aft Dining Room open for Breakfast 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m., with 2 fixed Dinner seatings- at 5:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.)
- La Scala Pizzeria (complimentary)
- Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary)
- Sterling Steakhouse (specialty restaurant)
- Balcony Grill Bar (fast food bar, complimentary).
Dawn Princess daytime offerings include all the cruise standards: trivia, art auctions, board, and card games, cocktail-making demos. However, Princess also provides a variety of themed "@Sea" events. Computers@Sea is the main, teaching photo editing, beginning computer and even movie making. Common Interest@Sea features social get-togethers by profession, interests or lifestyle. Ballroom@Sea classes teach passengers to dance. Scholarship@Sea offers educational lectures on diverse topics as astronomy, destination information, bridge play. There are also @Sea events for games, ceramics, scrapbooking and book discussions. A special offering is Dawn's Ultimate Ship Tour, taking guests behind the scenes onboard to places like the bridge, galley, backstage of the theater, funnel and engine control room. The 3-hour tour costs AUD175 and participants receive a luxurious bathrobe, personalized stationery, official chef's jacket and a framed photo with the captain.
Follows the complete list of Dawn Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- The Grand Piazza Atrium (4-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
- La Patisserie Bar (offers specialty coffees, desserts, pastries, wine, liquor)
- Atrium Boutiques (Regatta Shop)
- Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
- Internet Cafe (24-hour), Card Room
- Princess Dawn Theatre (musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
- Jammers Disco & Nightclub
- Princess Dawn Grand Casino
- Vista Lounge & Bar
- Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
- Magnums Bar (wine bar); Sundaes Bar; Oasis Bar
- Dawn’s Oasis Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
- Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
- Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
- The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area); Riviera Pool area
- Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football)
- Shuffleboard, Golf Net, Princess Links mini golf course,
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