Pacific Dawn - P&O Cruises Australia
Fact File - Pacific Dawn
Vessel: Pacific Dawn
Cruise line: P&O Cruises
Star Rating: 3
Max passenger capacity: 2,050
Total crew: 696
Cabins: 795 passenger cabins, including 134 outside cabins with private balcony
Entered service: 1991
Facilities: The Dome entertainment area; casino, jogging track; two pools; four Jacuzzis; library; six restaurants; two cafs/patisseries; four bars/lounges; show lounge; internet caf; duty free shopping; medical centre; gym and health spa.
Regal Princess has formally been transferred to the sister line company P&O Australia, which ends its sixteen-year relationship with the famous Princess Cruises. After the transfer, the ship was then renamed to Pacific Dawn at the Sydney Harbor on the 8th of November in a ceremony where Cathy Freeman the Olympic gold medalist came in to serve as godmother.
The Pacific Dawn is a huge ship and weighs 70,000 tons and has a max capacity of 2050 passengers which also includes 630 crew members. Pacific Dawn is currently the largest ship in P&O’s fleet even though it was previously among the Princess’ smaller ships. The ship offers trips to exotic ports such as the Wala Island, Noumea, and Isle of Pines.
Around 30% of the outside cabins of the ship feature verandahs, spa which is buried in the bowels of the vessel and just one restaurant which is probably one of its biggest drawbacks. Prior to the ship’s take over by P&O Australia the Pacific Dawn had undergone an expensive multimillion dollar overhaul project in Singapore. Some of the upgrades to the ship include: improvements to the sun deck, LCD televisions, inclusion of facilities for kids and teens, but probably the biggest addition has been of the front and top dome of the ship.
Apart from the two formal nights, the dress code is mostly casual. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and golf shirts are mostly worn during the day. The mood is predominantly fun and energetic probably because of the high number of youngsters the ship attracts.