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Fun cruising on P&O’s Pacific Dawn

What it’s all about

Having a good time!  I cruised aboard P&O’s Pacific Dawn with my mum, dad, brother and sister in law from Brisbane up the Queensland coast calling into the ports of Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas.  We all had a great time together, and it certainly is a cruise for all ages.

Unforgettable highlights

Firstly, Cairns and our shore excursion to Kuranda.  We took the Gondola up, over and through the rain forest – it was spectacular, the scenery was amazing and there is even a Kauri there!  The township of Kuranda is lovely, it was a nice stop for lunch and a look around the shops before boarding the train for the journey back – just sit back and look out the window, there were some amazing waterfalls.

Secondly, Port Douglas, not only because it was my birthday (I’m not telling you how young I am!) but it was such a lovely place to wander through.  Four Mile Beach looked so inviting despite the crocodile and stinger warnings, I did have a little paddle and the water was nice and warm.  I would certainly go back as there is so much to see and do around this area that it needs a holiday all of its own.

And lastly, P&O for taking such excellent care of us.  The staff were brilliant and there was always something going on so you could do as much or as little as you wanted.  Plus unpacking once is the best!

Insider tips

  • Take a lanyard for your cruise card (YOU Manukau provides these for all our cruise clients)
  • If you like to drink get the beverage package
  • Great for multi-generational family holidays, there is something for everyone of all ages onboard
  • At the back of the Pacific Dawn there is an area called the Oasis which is only for adults aged 18 years and over, there are two Jacuzzis and a bar located here
  • Gratuities/tips are not included and are not expected but budget even just a little something as the staff are so friendly that in my opinion they deserve an extra bonus (envelopes can be found onboard)
  • It was a bit rocky so if you get even a little sea sick go prepared.  And always a good idea to have hand sanitizer with you, there is plenty around the ship but no one wants to get sick on their holiday

Suits a traveller who

Wants to have fun, as I’ve said above there is something suitable for all ages.

There are smart casual evenings, cocktail nights and themed nights too so you can go all out or if you don’t like dressing up then that’s okay too – at the end of the day it’s your well-deserved holiday so do what you feel like.

The variety of public areas and entertainment onboard was excellent.  We loved the music trivia quiz (my brother was exceptionally good at this), the fun games they played on the High School Night, a band called the Lazy Leis were so entertaining, dancing the night away on White Night and the Gatsby evening plus the Bon Voyage night at the end was great too.

Travel essentials

A good, positive, fun attitude – you’re there for a good time, not a long time, so enjoy it to the maximum.  Everything is pretty much included in your cruise cost so why not try to see and do it all.

Plus of course the usual sunscreen, hat, camera, etc.  You don’t need to take a beach/pool towel, these are in your cabin.

Be aware

If it’s wet and/or rocky while sailing the outdoor waterpark and slides will be closed.  (I should have done the water slides at the start as on the way back they had to remain closed due to the weather conditions).

The three ports we visited you had to tender to shore so for the elderly or people that require assistance it was a little bit tricky getting on/off the tender but not impossible.