Pacific Explorer

Former name: Dawn Princess

Pacific Explorer current position

Pacific Explorer current location is at South East Asia (coordinates 1.66518 N / 104.56233 E) cruising en route to SINGAPORE OPL. The AIS position was reported 8 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Pacific Explorer

Year built1997  /  Age: 23
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
Building costUSD 300 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorP&O Cruises Australia
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)261 m / 856 ft
Beam (width)56 m / 184 ft
Gross Tonnage77441 gt
Passengers1996 - 2395
Crew924
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks14
Cabins998
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsSea Princess, Sun Princess
Former namesDawn Princess
Christened byDora the Explorer (Nickelodeon character) for Princess Cruises
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Pacific Explorer Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice 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 Jul 30 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2021 Aug 02 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Aug 06 14 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure Brisbane
2021 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2021 Aug 27 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2021 Aug 30 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2021 Sep 10 10 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Brisbane
2021 Sep 20 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2021 Oct 01 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2021 Oct 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2021 Oct 15 8 days, round-trip Discover Vanuatu Brisbane
2021 Oct 23 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Oct 27 3 days, one-way from Brisbane to Cairns Brisbane
2021 Oct 30 10 days, round-trip Solomon Sea Islands Cairns
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
2022 Jan 31 2 days, one-way from Melbourne to Adelaide Melbourne
2022 Feb 02 16 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Adelaide
2022 Feb 18 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Adelaide
2022 Feb 21 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide
2022 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip A Taste Of Tasmania Adelaide
2022 Mar 04 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Adelaide
2022 Mar 07 10 days, round-trip Southern Discovery Adelaide
2022 Mar 17 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide
2022 Mar 21 4 days, round-trip Southern Getaway Adelaide
2022 Mar 25 3 days, round-trip 80s Adelaide
2022 Mar 28 5 days, one-way from Adelaide to Fremantle Adelaide
2022 Apr 02 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Fremantle
2022 Apr 05 4 days, round-trip Exmouth Fremantle
2022 Apr 09 12 days, round-trip Indonesian Adventure Fremantle
2022 Apr 21 4 days, round-trip Exmouth Fremantle
2022 Apr 25 12 days, one-way from Fremantle to Singapore Fremantle
2022 May 19 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Cairns Singapore
2022 Jun 02 10 days, round-trip Solomon Sea Islands Cairns
2022 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip New Guinea Island Encounter Cairns
2022 Jun 19 10 days, round-trip Solomon Sea Islands Cairns
2022 Jun 29 6 days, one-way from Cairns to Auckland Cairns
2022 Jul 05 10 days, round-trip Bounty Discovery Auckland
2022 Jul 15 8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter Auckland
2022 Jul 23 13 days, round-trip Bounty Adventure Auckland
2022 Aug 05 9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Auckland
2022 Aug 14 10 days, round-trip Tongan Discovery Auckland
2022 Aug 24 9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Auckland
2022 Sep 02 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Auckland
2022 Sep 05 10 days, round-trip Bounty Discovery Auckland
2022 Sep 15 8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter Auckland
2022 Sep 23 3 days, round-trip The Big Laugh Comedy Festival Auckland
2022 Sep 26 4 days, round-trip Picton Auckland
2022 Sep 30 9 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Auckland
2022 Oct 09 8 days, round-trip Fiji Encounter Auckland
2022 Oct 17 4 days, round-trip Picton Auckland
2022 Oct 21 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Auckland
2022 Oct 24 10 days, round-trip Bounty Discovery Auckland
2022 Nov 03 8 days, round-trip Kiwi Explorer Auckland
2022 Nov 11 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Auckland
2022 Nov 14 10 days, round-trip Bounty Discovery Auckland
2022 Nov 24 3 days, round-trip 80s Auckland

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 (now Pacific Adventure) and Star Princess (now Pacific Encounter).

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 Explorer cruise ship (Dawn Princess)

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.

The inaugural cruise for PandO Australia departed from Sydney NSW on June 22 (2017). The vessel was a replacement for Pacific Pearl, sold to CMV and renamed Columbus.

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.

Cabins

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.

Pacific Explorer cruise ship (Dawn Princess)

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.

Pacific Explorer cruise ship (Dawn Princess)

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.

Dawn Princess cruise ship (Pacific Explorer)

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 / TimePort
22 JunDeparting from Sydney, NSW, Australia
25 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Noumea, New Caledonia
26 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
27 Jun 08:00 - 18:00Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
28 Jun 08:00 - 17:00Mystery Island, Vanuatu
29 Jun 08:00 - 16:00Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
02 JulArriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia

4 nights / 5 days (Inaugural short-break cruise (roundtrip to Moreton Island) - prices from AUD 580 pp

Date / TimePort
17 SepDeparting from Sydney, NSW Australia
19 Sep 08:00 - 20:00Moreton Island, Queensland Australia
21 SepArriving 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 / TimePort
21 SepDeparting from Sydney, NSW Australia
24 SepArriving 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 / TimePort
29 AprDeparting from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
02 May 07:00 - 19:00Cairns, Queensland, Australia
04 May 07:00 - 16:00Alotau, Papua New Guinea
07 May 13:00 - 20:00Darwin, NT Australia
10 May 11:00 - 22:00Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia
13 May 10:00 - 17:00Geraldton, Western Australia
14 MayArriving in Fremantle, Western Australia

Repositioning from Australia to Asia for the refurbishment.

Date / TimePort
14 MayDeparting from Fremantle, Western Australia
18 May 07:00 - 17:00Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
21 May 08:00 - 19:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
22 May 08:00 - 21:00Pulau Penang Island, Malaysia
23 May 08:00 - 18:00Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia
24 May 08:00 - 18:00Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand
26 MayArriving in Singapore

Dawn Princess review

Dawn Princess itinerary program was based on Australia and New Zealand itineraries departing from Sydney, Fremantle, and Melbourne.

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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