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  • The Pantry

  • Salt Grill

  • Shell & Bones

  • HQ

  • HQ+

  • Shark Shack Kids Club

  • Turtle Cove Kids Club

  • Waterpark

  • Waterslides

  • Main Pool

  • Crows Nest

  • High Ropes

  • Pacific Dawn Sign Experience

  • Walk the Plank

  • Atrium Bar

  • The Dome

  • The Oasis

  • Life as we Know it

  • Shopping

P&O - Pacific Dawn - P&O Cruises

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P&O - Pacific Dawn itinerary and upcoming sailing dates
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P&O - Pacific Dawn Overview

Designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Pacific Dawn cruise ship joined the P&O fleet in 2008 after sailing for several years as the Regal Princess. Since joining P&O, this beautiful vessel has quickly become a firm favourite, with her fun-loving and relaxed atmosphere making for wonderful holidays at sea.

Specs: Pacific Dawn at a glance
The Pacific Dawn is a medium-sized vessel, weighing 70,285 tonnes, measuring 811 feet in length and spanning 11 decks. She can accommodate 2,020 passengers and 700 crew members. Her maximum cruise speed is 22.5 knots.

Inside Pacific Dawn
As soon as you step on board the Pacific Dawn it's impossible to escape that feel-good holiday feeling. The atmosphere is friendly, fun and welcoming, with attentive crew on hand to make sure you enjoy every moment at sea.

Thanks to an extensive refurbishment in March 2017, the public spaces and cabins have a fresh and contemporary feel. During this upgrade waterslides and are waterpark were added to the Pacific Dawn, as well as many other features.

Entertainment: things to do on Pacific Dawn
You'll find most traditional cruise activities onboard the Pacific Dawn, such as trivia, pool games and enrichment classes, however where this ship really stands out is in its action and adventure offerings.

The Edge outdoor adventure park was recently added and is home to fun features such as a flying fox, rock climbing/abseiling facilities, high ropes and much, much more. All of the activities at the park are designed to get your heart pumping while at the same time offering impressive views of the ocean - what a way to spend the day!

At nighttime things are no less fun, with production shows, live music and dance parties all adding to the ship's happy-go-lucky atmosphere. Relaxed, low-key activities are also available day and night, from chilling out by the pool to watching films or reading in the library.

Pacific Dawn food and restaurants
P&O is renowned for using fresh, local ingredients to create innovative, mouthwatering menus, and the restaurants on board the Pacific Dawn are no exception. Whether you're in the mood for a casual snack or fine dining, one thing is for certain; the food will be of a premium quality.

Home to a formal dining room, the pantry and several specialty restaurants, as well as a range of low-key lunch venues, there's no shortage of spots to delight your taste buds on the Pacific Dawn. With this much choice comes the challenge of deciding what to try first! Don't worry, the friendly staff are never far away with recommendations, and their excellent service makes your dining experience that much better.

Destinations: Pacific Dawn itineraries
The Pacific Dawn spends most of her time exploring destinations along Australia's East Coast from her home port of Brisbane. She also makes trips to the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. The shore excursions available will of course depend on your chosen itinerary, but you can expect a good variety of activities to suit all interests. Some popular examples include a tour of Alotau Town in Papua New Guinea, snorkeling in Vanuatu and visiting Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Cabins on board the Pacific Dawn
Whether you are cruising with friends, family or on your own, there's a Pacific Dawn cabin or suite to suit your needs. Take your pick from one of 795 rooms, starting at modest inside cabins and going up to spacious suites.

All staterooms are tastefully decorated with blue colours and wooden finishings and come with individual air conditioning, ample storage space and a flat screen television. Suites offer more space and luxury, with guests enjoying nice touches such as a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod dock and complimentary laundry services.

Food and Dining
Dining included in your Pacific Dawn ticket:

  • Waterfront Restaurant: a la carte
  • The Pantry; a variety of food-markets to choose from
  • The Grill: poolside BBQ

Specialty dining (not included in your cruise fare):

  • Salt Grill: delicious menus designed by celebrity chef Luke Mangan
  • Luna: Asian cuisine
  • Chef's Table: intimate dining presented by the ship's executive chef
  • The Cafe: specialty coffees, chocolates and more
  • Shell & Bones:  seafood and good meats


Pacific Dawn by day
From fast-paced action and adventure activities to sipping cocktails by the pool, there's something for everyone on board the Pacific Dawn. If staying active appeals, you'll find no shortage of fun at the Edge outdoor adventure park, complete with high ropes, zip lines and other adrenalin-pumping activities.

If you'd prefer to enjoy a low-key holiday, you'll love public spaces like the library and Aqua Spa. A selection of organised seminars and competitions are also available each day - be sure to check the Pacific Daily for more information (this useful schedule is delivered to your cabin each morning).

Pacific Dawn pools, spas and fitness facilities
There are two pools on board the Pacific Dawn. Both located on Deck 12, one is family-friendly while the other is adults-only. There are several jacuzzi's in this area, as well as the Lido Pool Bar, which serves delicious cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. You'll also find plenty of space to relax with a good book - the area was given a makeover in early 2015, with new hammocks and furniture installed.
In 2017 Pacific Dawn installed the Waterpark where the Kids can play with interactive water features. Or embrace the fun with Waterslides found on Deck 14.

Relaxing by the pool is a great way to de-stress, but to take your holiday to the next level you'll want to make a visit to the Aqua Spa. Here you'll find a beauty salon, as well as several treatment rooms offering massages, facials and other pamper packages.

If keeping fit on board is important to you, the fitness centre is located near the spa and is equipped with modern cardio machines and free weights.

Pacific Dawn nightlife
Nighttime entertainment takes the fun, playful atmosphere on board the Pacific Dawn to a whole new level. Highlights included themed parties, movies and sports games on the big screen, spectacular production shows at the Marquee Theatre, dancing at the Dome nightclub and much more.

The themed nights are especially great fun, with guests obligingly participating by donning costumes. These nights vary from sailing to sailing, so be sure to consult your cruise schedule to see whether any are booked for your cruise.

Pacific Dawn for families
The P&O Kids Clubs make cruising fun for the whole family. Catering for children aged 2 to 17, these clubs are extremely well-organised and run by experienced youth staff.

Kids are separated into four different groups, each with age-appropriate activities to ensure everyone is well-entertained: Turtle Cove for ages 2 to 6, Shark Shack for ages 7 to 10, HQ for ages 11 to 14 and HQ+ for ages 15 to 17.

Tweens and teens tend to be relatively self-sufficient, happy to entertain themselves with video games and movies, while the younger ones participate in organised activities such as arts and crafts.

The kid's programmes begin after breakfast and run until 10.30pm each evening, with breaks for dinner time. After 10.30pm, group babysitting is available for a small charge. 

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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Balcony Cabin

Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room, it’s the best way to enjoy all the comfort of our onboard rooms and all the beauty of living on the ocean. With all the action on deck and ashore, it’s nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it that’s equipped with everything you need.

Balcony rooms feature all of the luxuries of a hotel room including:

  • Private balcony with outdoor furniture~
  • Private ensuite, shower only
  • Flat screen TV
  • Telephone
  • Wardrobe, desk with chair
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air-conditioning with personal controls
  • Fridge - excluding Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden
  • 24-hour room service*
  • Bathrobe and slippers*

*Charges apply

Please note: Some balconies are metal fronted instead of Glass.


  • Twin single beds that convert into a queen bed
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Cost Included Dining Options

Waterfront Restaurant

The Waterfront Restaurant is a modern, stylish restaurant offering, full service, a la carte dining. You can choose from the regular menu or the ever changing range of specials, and the young ones will love the selection on the kid’s menu.

Family style share platters are popular features on the Waterfront Restaurant menu. Designed for four to six people to share, choose from platters such as Honey and lemon whole roasted chicken with bread stuffing, natural gravy, charred onions and root vegetables, or baked, rustic beef and onion pie in Shiraz sauce with roasted vegetables.

Located on Deck 7.

The Pantry

Eat as many plates as you can and try all the flavours of the world at The Pantry, P&O Cruises' interactive-style dining experience. You can choose from the options below.

  • Curry House: Taste the flavours of the world's most exotic places at Curry House, a smorgasbord of classic curry flavours and authentic dishes.
  • Mexicana: Mexican tacos filled with favorites like homemade salsas and pickles, chili, guacamole, fresh lime and cheese. Yes please!
  • Kettle & Bun: Kettle & Bun is serving up freshly baked bread, expertly crafted sandwiches, great tasting salads and mouth-watering soups.
  • Sugar Bar: Indulge in a sweet selection of perfectly baked cakes, flaky buttery pastries and delightful individual desserts at Sugar Bar.
  • Hook's Fish & Chips: The local fish and chip shop, serving up crispy battered fish and hot chips with the perfect amount of crunch.
  • STIX: Stir-fries, sizzling noodles and soups. Indulge your passion for Asia’s finest cuisines with the intriguing menu at Stix.
  • Fat Cow: Vegetarians beware. At Fat Cow we're serving up the finest cuts possible to send meat lovers into a flutter.
  • Nic & Toni's: Serving Mediterranean dining options with fresh seafood and pasta dishes.

Located on Deck 12.

Cost Required Dining Options

The Cafe

Calling all chocoholics! When you are craving a chocolate fix while onboard a visit to The Cafe will hit the spot. Try the warm chocolate volcano with a melting heart of pure chocolate or the freshly baked Belgian waffles, served with chocolate sauce of course.

Open from early in the morning until late at night and located on deck 12 right near the pool, The Cafe is the perfect spot to grab a quick snack, coffee or cocktail.

Located on Deck 12. Pay per item.

Shell & Bones

Enjoy a bounty of sumptuous seafood at our new venue, Shell & Bones.

Featuring crab from Queensland, blue mussels from South Australia and much more, this restaurant is set to reel in guests. Or, take a pick of items off the grill with beef short ribs and roasted chicken. Alongside, there are vegetarian options as well, with a sweet treat for all to finish.

Located on Deck 12. Pay per item.

Salt Grill by Luke Mangan

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan brings his reputation, talent and flare to Salt grill’s exquisite menu. This stand out restaurant brings the very best of fine dining and the finest Australian wines exclusively to P&O Cruises, all for a fraction of the price you pay on land.

One mouthful of Luke Mangan’s luscious signature dish, Salt grill crab omelette, enoki mushroom salad and miso broth, and you’ll know why this award winning Australian chef is celebrated around the world.

Surcharge of AUD $49.00 per person applies (3 course Evening Meal), AUD $35 for Lunch (sea days only) or AUD $20.00 per person for High Tea.

Chef's Table

For a meal that is equal parts memorable and mouth-watering, join us at Chef's Table.

Your evening starts with a cocktail and canapes reception hosted by the Executive Chef, followed by an exclusive tour of the galley. Once seated, the Executive Chef will introduce each course and its expertly matched wine.

It's your job to relax amongst great company and indulge as we serve up this extraordinary dining experience.

Located in the Waterfront Restaurant on Deck 7. Bookings essential once onboard. Charges apply. Adults Only.

The Grill

When the weather's just too good to go inside to eat you can grab a casual meal from The Grill and enjoy it on the the top deck overlooking the pool. The selection includes a gourmet beef burger, a pulled pork burger, hot dogs, nachos, pizzas, meat pies and chips.

For a classic Aussie dining experience you can also purchase a bucket of prawns or chicken wings. What could be better than lounging by the pool, enjoying some sunshine and nourishing some morsels along with a chilled beverage.

Located on Deck 12.

New Zealand Natural Ice Cream 

Why stop at one scoop? Try all your favourite flavours onboard at New Zealand Natural ice cream. 

Located on Deck 12.

Room Service

You can also order from our 24-hour room service menu.

Charges apply.


Aqua Health Spa on the Pacific Dawn

Aqua Health Spa

Unwind with some rejuvenating 'you' time. At our onboard day spa you can loosen your muscles, relieve your tension and clear your mind. And we're not just talking facials and massages.  Reflexology, acupuncture, men's treatments, even teeth whitening are all on the menu.

And if you're not feeling quite prepped for the poolside, we've got you covered with spray tans, body scrubs, and the full service range of a hair and beauty salon.

Aqua Health Spa Fitness is open daily though we suggest you make a booking on embarkation day for an appointment time which suits you.

Charges apply.