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Pacific Dawn Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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10 day PNG cruise

Pacific Dawn Cruise Review by drich1962

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  • Sail Date: Feb 2020
  • Destination: the South Pacific

The cruise in general was very good and we were happy with the entertainment, activities and food - our cabin staff worked very hard and so did the cruise director. Due the corona virus we missed 2 ports which was dissappointing and P&O said that we were not going to be offered any compensation which I was not happy about. Many other passengers had received room credits in the past when these have happened with P&O (I can only assume that carnival is not making any money at the moment so they are being tight). Even a $50 credit would have kept me happy. There are signs that the ship needs work - our bathroom floor was uneven and needed regrouting which they did during the cruise but they did a quick and nasty job. The pantry floor is taped down in many places with yellow and black tape as it needs replacing - not a good look. They ask at the end of the cruise what you think of the ship condition - i said not very good. They have sold the ship so they are doing minimum maintenance by the look of it - only a minor issue really but just not a good look for their brand.

We found plenty of activities on board and there are 3 free gym classes per day which we enjoyed.

The pantry food was fine with a good choice for a buffet - sometimes the food is not warm enough but just ask for hotter food.

We went to the waterfront most nights and were very happy with the choice and service. Some people complain online that they dont get enough food - just ask for more as you can order as many entrees, mains and desserts as you like.

PNG was very interesting for the 3 ports that we stopped at. We just did our own thing and didnt book any tours from the ship.

There was a academic on board who gave seminars on PNG - very interesting.

Things to watch put for - not much shade at the back of the pantry or in the adults only area. Lots of things that they try and sell you with some very dubious claims made in the health seminars that they want you to then buy a product or service - be careful with these.

We had great value for money as we spent little on the ship as we dont need the booze package or photos, clothes, jewelery etc tht they try to sell you. We even went without the internet which was a nice break.

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