I’ve never been on a cruise but that doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to.
On the weekend I had the unexpected opportunity to fly to Brisbane and tour the Pacific Dawn.
The Pacific Dawn is part of the P&O fleet and is a three and a half-star to four star cruise ship that travels from Brisbane to New Zealand or around the Pacific Islands or up to Far North Queensland and back to Brisbane again.
The ship takes around 2000 passengers and they were all disembarking when we squeezed past them for a tour that allowed us access to all areas of the ship (except the Bridge) between one cruise finishing and another one starting. I wasn’t expecting much from a three and a half-star ship but I was pleasantly surprised.
Celebrity chef Luke Mangan has opened a restaurant on the ship named Salt. For a total cost of $40.00 diners can order whatever their preference from the menu. Drinks are extra but this is certainly great value for money.
The ship has a number of swimming pools with this being the main pool.
Here I am in the adults only area. What a great place to recline.
The cabins are more roomy than I was expecting. Here is a standard cabin with a window.
The hallways are really long. Really long. I would advise bringing comfortable shoes.
There are a number of suites on board with balconies. They are very spacious with generous bathrooms.
The ship has a large theatre with a variety of entertainment. I noticed that wherever you sat in this theatre, you would have a fabulous view of the stage.
In the centre of the atrium is a waterfall. When we were having our tour of this part of the ship we saw contractors coming through to set up Christmas decorations on the ship.
It’s a shame the duty-free wasn’t open – just think of the possibilities!
And there’s a piano bar.
There are several places to dine on the ship and this is the a la carte restaurant.
And before our tour was finished, embarkation had commenced and we saw all the new passengers arriving on board for their two-week cruise to New Zealand. Our time to disembark had arrived and I couldn’t help but be envious of the 2000 passengers who clearly were off on an adventure to have an amazing experience for the next 14 nights.
Pacific Dawn offers an affordable cruising experience. There is a variety of cruise destinations to choose from. Holidays are generally around seven to 10 days.
I disembarked, took a taxi to the airport and caught a plane home. All the while wondering how those on the Pacific Dawn were enjoying themselves.