P&O Cruises Pacific Dawn newly refurbished in 2017

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The Pacific Dawn arrived home in Brisbane early in the morning on March 16, 2017 from her amazing multi week refurbishment in Singapore, which saw her turned into a new class of ship!

Pacific Dawn returns to her homeport, Brisbane from Singapore on March 16

It took a team of 700 contractors spending over 100,000 hours transforming the ship whilst she was in Drydock, with the installation of more than 18,000 square metres of carpet, being almost enough to carpet all four-exhibition halls at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Other additions to the 70,285-tonne ship include more than 3,000 pieces of new and reupholstered furniture, more than 1,500 pieces of art and accessories and more than 500 new pieces of signage.

In addition the two huge new waterslides took almost 40 days to construct offsite and being completed and fitted onboard the ship, with the final installation and testing occurring whilst the Pacific Dawn returned to Brisbane.

What is New onboard the Pacific Dawn:

Meanwhile some of the ship’s key public spaces were completely transformed, including the atrium, Charlie’s cafe, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, as they have been redesigned to mirror the contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet in recent years as found on the popular Pacific Aria and Eden.

Interior Photo Album:


As you arrive onboard you will be met by the elegant all new Atrium


The all new Orient Bar has the feel of the “Ocean Bar” on the amazing Pacific Aria and Eden


The Promenade Lounge and Bar has that slight touch of the Blue Room



Above & below: Above we see the starboard entrance to elegant The Dome

located atop the ship, whilst below are two further images of this fine venue



Just like on the Pacific Aria, Art is a big feature on the new Pacific Dawn


Here we see The Dome’s Bar and dance floor, which will become the nightclub and disco late at night!

P&O President Sture Myrmell said the refurbished Pacific Dawn was the next step in the evolution of P&O’s modern Australian holiday offering, designed to deliver good times in a stylish yet relaxed setting.

“Pacific Dawn not only features the new look and feel which has been so popular on our latest ships, Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, she also provides a taste of what’s to come on our next ship Pacific Explorer, which debuts in June. We think she’ll be a real winner and we can’t wait to welcome guests onboard,” Mr Myrmell said.

The stylish Pacific Dawn is seen sailing off the Queensland Coast as she heads for Brisbane

The refit comes at the start of P&O’s biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to holidaymakers this year, up from 98 cruises in 2016.

According to the latest statistics, Queensland is the second biggest source market for Australian cruisers with more than 280,000 Queenslanders cruising in 2015, up almost 30 per cent on the previous year. During the 2015-16 financial years cruising contributed an estimated $976 million to Queensland’s economy.

The All-New Pantry and the “Shell & Bones”:

Pacific Dawn’s guests can now also enjoy a range of other new features on the ship including The Pantry, an international market place of nine fresh food outlets which replaces the traditional ship buffet. Among its offerings are the popular Pan-Asian “StiX,” and the new addition, the Mediterranean-inspired “Nic and Toni’s.”

Here we see just one of the food-Court venues “StiX



Above & below: here are three views of the seating in the Pantry!



In addition to the Pantry, there is the amazing revolutionary Seafood Restaurant, “Shell & Bones,” which is located aft of the Pantry, and in the evening, “Shell & Bones” becomes an optional dining venue with an amazing Menu at a most reasonable cost

As part of the refurbishment, the 2,000-guest Pacific Dawn has become the very first ship in the fleet to wear the Cruise Line’s striking new livery featuring the Southern Cross, a national symbol in both Australia and New Zealand.

The all new Southern Cross bow of the Pacific Dawn, as she is seen returning to Brisbane from Singapore

The New Waterpark, Slides, & Teenage Clubs:

P&O Cruises’ guests can now slip and slide their way to the Pacific onboard Pacific Dawn, which features the wildest and longest waterslides on an Australian cruise ship. The two new slides, both around 80 metres long, form the centrepiece of a massive refurbishment of the Brisbane-based superliner which has taken place over a number of weeks in Singapore.

One slide is transparent so that spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns, while the other slide is multi-coloured, with music pumping through it to give guests a high impact ride to the bottom.


Above & below: Here we see just one of the Waterpark Slides & the happy end result of a slide ride


Other additions include a Waterpark and P&O’s first virtual reality activity at sea from Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia.


Above & below: The exciting new Water & Splash Park


In the teenage clubs, HQ and HQ+, the entertainment has gone to a whole new level with the cruise line’s new virtual reality experience, featuring a range of popular Sony PS4 titles including Tearaway Unfolded, Gravity Rush 2 and Ratchet & Clank as part of the exclusive partnership with Sony.


The activities on the Pacific Dawn continue with the “P&O EDGE Adventure Park.” Do you feel like being a Pirate at sea? Then come and Walk the Plank.


When you reach the end of the plank you will turn around and lean back, what for? A photograph of course!


Why not go climbing up the decks or the forward section of the ship, or a rock, but a real rock, but just as much fun, if not more!

And you can take a flight over the ship, but not in a plane, as you will be the flyer, for you will take to the air and fly over the decks of the ship on the long Flying Fox. The Pacific Dawn offers, fun and activities for the younger ones and those a little older, as well as those who feel youthful and adventurous!

Take a ride over the decks it is quite a sight, as well as some great ocean views!

In Conclusion:

The new look Pacific Dawn has so much to offer and she has a vast variety of cruises available, be it to the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, Cruising the Queensland Coast as well as other specialty and shorter cruises. No matter which cruise you will undertake, you will discover, as I have found out having cruised on the Pacific Aria out of Brisbane that the food has been outstanding, the pantry is simply a vast improvement on that old stylebuffet, for there is abetter choice of food, and it is hot and fresh! In addition the new “Shell & Bones” will be available free at lunch, but it become a specialty dining venue for diner at an optional cost, but expect something like Singapore Crab, and other amazing seafood dishes, and even some of the finest beef menus!

The bright and looking Pacific Dawn returns to Brisbane and she will

give countless thousands of Queenslanders a vacation to remember!

Available now is a comprehensive Deck Plan of the newly refitted Pacific Dawn. Just CLICK HERE and a pdf file will open, which you can enlarge to suit your needs.

Bon Voyage!

Reuben Goossens.

Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer & Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer.

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping & Cruise Industry in 1960.


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