AUD $2364total per person
Mini Suite with BalconyFresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our Mini-Suites. With all the action on deck and...
Mini Suite with Balcony - Category MAMA
AUD $2,364total per person
Mini Suite with Balcony
Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our Mini-Suites. With all the action on deck and ashore, it’s nice to know there’s a cosy, clean sanctuary with your name on it, equipped with everything you need.
Mini-Suites feature all of the luxuries of a hotel room, including:
- Private balcony and spacious living area
- Floor to ceiling windows
- Bathroom with shower over bath
- Flat screen TV
- Safety deposit box
- Wardrobe with dressing area, desk with chair
- Air-conditioning with personal controls
- Priority embarkation and disembarkation
- Pillow concierge (choice of up to 6 different types of pillows)
- Welcome aboard letter from Hotel Director
- Welcome glass of sparkling wine on arrival
- Fresh fruit bowl provided in suite
- Complimentary bath robe and slippers
- Turndown service
- Complimentary shoe shine service
- Twin single beds that convert into a queen bed
- Quad rooms feature a double sofa bed
Mini Suite with Balcony - Category MA
Please note: All prices featured are per person (unless otherwise stated), and include non commission fares (taxes, fees and port expenses). Prices and availability are subject to change due to changes made by the Cruise Companies. Prices quoted are based on payments made via BPAY or bank transfer. Visa and Mastercard payments incur a 1.5% transaction fee.
Day 1Brisbane Depart: Sat, Jul 13, 2019 @ 14:00
Day 2At Sea
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Day 3Airlie Beach
Arrive: Mon, Jul 15, 2019 @ 07:00
Depart: Mon, Jul 15, 2019 @ 16:00
Day 4Yorkeys Knob
Arrive: Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 09:00
Depart: Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 18:00
Day 5Port Douglas
Arrive: Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 08:00
Depart: Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 18:00
Day 6Willis Island (Scenic Cruising)
Arrive: Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 09:00
Depart: Thu, Jul 18, 2019 @ 10:00
Day 7At Sea
Fri, Jul 19, 2019
Day 8Brisbane Arrive: Sat, Jul 20, 2019 @ 06:00
Cost Required Dining Options
Degustation | Open Dinner 6:00
For a meal that is equal parts memorable and mouth-watering, join P&O at Chef's Table.
Your evening starts with a cocktail and canapes reception hosted by the Executive Chef, followed by an exclusive tour of the galley. Once seated, the Executive Chef will introduce each course and its expertly matched wine.
It's your job to relax amongst great company and indulge as we serve up this extraordinary dining experience.
Bookings essential once onboard. Charges apply. Adults Only.
Celebrity Chef Dining | Lunch (sea days only): 11:30 – 1:00, Afternoon Tea (sea days only): 3:00 – 4:00, Dinner: 5:30 – 9:00
Celebrity chef Luke Mangan brings his reputation, talent and flare to Salt grill’s exquisite menu. This stand out restaurant brings the very best of fine dining and the finest Australian wines exclusively to P&O Cruises, all for a fraction of the price you pay on land.
One mouthful of Luke Mangan’s luscious signature dish, Salt grill crab omelette, enoki mushroom salad and miso broth, and you’ll know why this award winning Australian chef is celebrated around the world.
Seafood | Open Dinner 5:30 – 9:00
Enjoy a bounty of sumptuous seafood at P&O new venue, Shell & Bones.
Featuring crab from Queensland, blue mussels from South Australia and much more, this restaurant is set to reel in guests. Or, take a pick of items off the grill with beef short ribs and roasted chicken. Alongside, there are vegetarian options as well, with a sweet treat for all to finish.
*Pay per item.
Al Fresco Favourites | Opening times (port days): 11:00 till late, Opening times (sea days): 2:00 till late
When the weather's just too good to go inside to eat you can grab a casual meal from The Grill and enjoy it on the the top deck overlooking the pool. The selection includes a gourmet beef burger, a pulled pork burger, hot dogs, nachos, pizzas, meat pies and chips.
For a classic Aussie dining experience you can also purchase a bucket of prawns or chicken wings. What could be better than lounging by the pool, enjoying some sunshine and nourishing some morsels along with a chilled beverage.
Cost Included Dining Options
International | Open Breakfast 6:30 – 10:30, Lunch 11:30 – 2:30, Dinner 5:30 – 9:00
Eat as many plates as you can and try all the flavours of the world at The Pantry, P&O Cruises' interactive-style dining experience. You can choose from the options below.
- Curry House: Taste the flavours of the world's most exotic places at Curry House, a smorgasbord of classic curry flavours and authentic dishes.
- Mexicana: Mexican tacos filled with favorites like homemade salsas and pickles, chili, guacamole, fresh lime and cheese. Yes please!
- Kettle & Bun: Kettle & Bun is serving up freshly baked bread, expertly crafted sandwiches, great tasting salads and mouth-watering soups.
- Sugar Bar: Indulge in a sweet selection of perfectly baked cakes, flaky buttery pastries and delightful individual desserts at Sugar Bar.
- Hook's Fish & Chips: The local fish and chip shop, serving up crispy battered fish and hot chips with the perfect amount of crunch.
- STIX: Stir-fries, sizzling noodles and soups. Indulge your passion for Asia’s finest cuisines with the intriguing menu at Stix.
- Fat Cow: Vegetarians beware. At Fat Cow we're serving up the finest cuts possible to send meat lovers into a flutter.
- Nic & Toni's: Serving Mediterranean dining options with fresh seafood and pasta dishes.
*Opening times may vary due to arrival and departure times on port days
Modern Australian | Open Breakfast 7:30 – 9:30, Lunch 12:00 – 1:30, Dinner 5:00 – 9:00
The Waterfront Restaurant is a modern, stylish restaurant offering, full service, a la carte dining. You can choose from the regular menu or the ever changing range of specials, and the young ones will love the selection on the kid’s menu.
Family style share platters are popular features on the Waterfront Restaurant menu. Designed for four to six people to share, choose from platters such as Honey and lemon whole roasted chicken with bread stuffing, natural gravy, charred onions and root vegetables, or baked, rustic beef and onion pie in Shiraz sauce with roasted vegetables.
* Waterfront opens for lunch on days at sea and select port days.
Aqua Health Spa
Unwind with some rejuvenating 'you' time. At our onboard day spa you can loosen your muscles, relieve your tension and clear your mind. And we're not just talking facials and massages. Reflexology, acupuncture, men's treatments, even teeth whitening are all on the menu.
And if you're not feeling quite prepped for the poolside, we've got you covered with spray tans, body scrubs, and the full service range of a hair and beauty salon.
Aqua Health Spa Fitness is open daily though we suggest you make a booking on embarkation day for an appointment time which suits you.
Bars and Lounges
If you feel like dancing the night away The Dome is the place to be. Our DJs know just how to get the party started so make sure you wear the right shoes to burn a hole in the dance floor.
Sometimes known as the 'piano bar' because of the grand piano that is its permanent centrepiece, this bar hosts popular Mix Academy cocktail making classes during the day. In the evening, low-key musical entertainment is provided by either a solo guitarist or pianist.
At the Orient, the atmosphere is warm and the beer is frosty. This pub-style venue serves draught beer on tap, bottled ciders and craft beers. So sit back and relax with your favourite in this cosy and comfortable venue.
The Oasis Bar
It's just like it sounds - a happy, peaceful place that's all about down-time, drinks and deckchairs.
Decorated with comfy chaise lounges in an area with few columns for more open space. This onboard bar is offers a resort-style set up perfects for an afternoon drink or some well-deserved lazing around.
Lido Pool Bar
Sip the day away by the pool – you’re never going to feel so relaxed.
Take in a performance or even a game of bingo (charges apply for bingo).
This is a great spot to sit back with a snack or drink and take in all of the action and entertainment happening in the Atrium.
Conveniently located on top deck close to the pool, The Cafe serves a range of snacks and drinks ranging from coffee to cocktails.
P&O's unique Kids' Club programs have been developed with guidance from professional childhood academics, with a focus on the sorts of can't-wait-to-tell-my-friends-back-home type activities you wont find anywhere else. P&O also limit the number of children onboard each cruise to ensure everyone receives an even higher level of care and attention.
Here's just a sample of the activities on offer:
Turtle Cove (2-6yrs)
iPad activities, DUPLO Zone, Arts and Crafts, Movies and Cartoons, Talent Sohws, Theme nights, Mini Olympics, Sleepyheads storytime.
Shark Shack (7-10yrs)
iPad activities, LEGO Zone, Arts and Crafts, Movies and Cartoons, Scavenger hunts, Jewellery making, Dance lessons, Karaoke.
HQ & HQ+ (11-14 & 15-17yrs)
Stop-Motion film making, Teen jam music sessions, Sports competitions, Movies, Theme nights, Karaoke, Talent Shows, Dance Classes.
Please note: toilet trained children two and up are welcome without adult supervision and infants under two may access the centre as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian who is over the age of 18.
Night time childcare
From 10.30pm until 1am each evening, toilet trained kids three and over can hang out in the Kid’s Clubs for a nominal fee per child, per hour, with a special reduced rate per additional child. Check with Kid’s Club staff for details and prices.
Any child using the pools must be supervised by a parent /guardian at all times. For public safety reasons, children in nappies (including swim nappies) and children who are not toilet trained are not permitted in the public swimming pools and spas.
P&O Edge is not for the faint hearted. If you're up for some extra adventure, join the adrenalin junkies at P&O Edge Adventure Park.
It's Australia's largest adventure park at sea, and take it from us, it's awesome! With up to 19 exciting activities you can really get your heart pumping.
Bookings for all P&O Edge activities can be made at the P&O Edge Shop front on Deck 12 (Opposite Aqua Hut)
Pacific Dawn Sail Away Opportunity (Limited Spaces)
Be lucky enough to have this unique opportunity to stand in some of the highest places on the ship whilst sailing away from the beautiful destinations on either the Crows Nest or Pacific Dawn Sign of the Pacific Dawn. This experience also includes a glass of Bubbles or Wine.
Climb to some of the highest points on the ship. There are a range of purpose built climbs that use an auto belay system allowing you to climb over and over again up to 10 metres high off the deck.
Walk the Plank
Come up to the top decks once you are on board to Walk the Plank to the edge of the ship! Test your nerves, how far will you go? If someone in your group has been naughty, then make them Walk the Plank! Argggggh!
Pacific Dawn Sign Experience
Stand tall on our purpose built platform, directly above the Pacific Dawn Sign at the top of the ship and experience unique and spectacular views over the entire ship and ocean.
Our purpose built Low Ropes obstacle course is approx 2m off the ground. It allows you to walk, climb and crawl around our high ropes park located on deck 15. Lower than the high ropes course makes it accessible for younger children or those wanting to test the waters before tackling the High Ropes challenge.
Our purpose built obstacle course in the air. Wearing a harness and connected to a continuous belay system, you will walk, climb and crawl around our high ropes park located on the very top of the ship. Watch the ocean go by as you complete this challenging yet fun course.
Seen the clowns at the circus walk the tight rope? You can try it out for yourself on our portable adventure that can run almost anywhere on the ship. It’s a flat line that you must attempt to walk from side to the other on, great for improving your balance and a great social activity.
Ascend to the top of our purpose built structure on Deck 15 and be a real sailor looking out to sea. Get the best views and fantastic photo opportunities from the photo department. Up to 6 people can be up there together which could be a great family experience or a special moment for you and a loved one.
Climb the walls to the top of Deck 7, then across the roof and back down the other side. 4 purpose built climbs that use an auto belay system allowing you to climb over and over again.
Just like climbing but instead of going up you will traverse across our wall located on Deck 7. Perfect for those who want to try climbing but are unsure of heights. Also great for experienced climbers to improve on their technique.
Come through crew only areas to arrive at the bow of the ship. You will walk on flat surface out to the very front of the ship; and we mean the front! We’ve even built a purpose built platform to get you further forward as you re-enact the infamous Titanic moment whilst being securely fastened to the ship.
Seen the clowns at the circus walk the tight rope? You can try it out for yourself on Deck 15 in the sunshine. It’s a flat line that you must attempt to walk from side to the other on, great for improving your balance and a great social activity.
Challenge yourself on these amazing 2 wheeled vehicles. Receive an introduction on how to ride them from our Instructors and following on from this, if you choose to, you can ride our purpose built obstacle course in the open area of Deck 15.
P&O Bow Ladder Experience
Let us guide you through crew only areas to arrive exclusively at the bow of the ship. You will walk up a small ladder system to have a great photo opportunity from the photo department next the P&O Logo with the bridge in the background.
Two teams will battle it out in the Marquee Theatre on Deck 7 using our laser equipment which consists of a phaser (gun) and head band (sensors to aim at). Plan your strategies, reload your weapon and respawn to conquer the ship.
You can soar over 80m across the open decks of the ship on one of our zip lines! A unique experience at sea that is not to be missed!
How high can you jump on a trampoline? Let’s add some bungy cords and a harness into the mix, how high can you jump now? This is a purpose designed trampoline that allows participants to jump higher than ever before whilst being securely fastened to the structure.
Bosun’s Chair Swing
Swing through the Atrium or open decks just like the Cirque team on our purpose rigged swing for children.
Enjoy the views whilst you climb to the very top of the Aft funnel where you will be met by an instructor who will then guide you in Abseiling down the 10m high funnel, controlling your own descent the entire way!
Pacific Adventures has a minimum age of 6yrs on all activities. Note that to safely participate, you must also be able to correctly fit in the appropriate PPE. Children age from 6-17yrs. Adult ages from 18+
For safety reasons, weight restrictions apply to P&O Edge activities. Pacific Adventures may ask you for your weight before participating in an activity. Note, a maximum weight of 110kg on all activities. Exclusion to this is Bungy trampoline which is maximum of 90kg.
Players Bar and Casino
Add a little luck to your cruise!
There are roulette and blackjack tables, gaming lessons for beginners, poker machines and even a private poker room on Pacific Aria & Pacific Eden. We also offer a Casino Rewards program which offers a wide variety of benefits.
And on cruises of seven night or more, don't miss Ladies Evenings where you can learn how to play the fantastic variety of games on offer including Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold'em Poker. It's a friendly, informative evening that's lots of fun.
Check the Pacific Daily onboard newsletter for more information.
Entertainment - Shows and Performances
Fancy a show after dinner? Our original production shows are choreographed by a leading Australian production company, designed exclusively for P&O Cruises audiences.
Performed in the impressive two-story Marquee Theatre and with a number of different shows*.
- The Velvet Rope: The Velvet Rope is a mix of song, dance and drama set in a nightclub of the 1930s. This is a story of hope and perseverance, a lesson in not always listening to others but listening to yourself and a joyful mix of music blends linking the romance of troubled times in the 1930s with the slick music grooves of the 21st century.
- The Very Last Night Show: Based on a live to air, TV show for a live studio audience, this show is a true variety show with some design elements matching a typical late night television show.
- DisConnected: Set in an inner-city cafe, DisConnected is a thought-provoking production show that uses music and dialogue to explore the complexities of social media and technology in today's world.
- Life As We Know It: A contemporary music performance piece which reflects on aspects of human life including love, loss, fear and joy. The soundtrack includes a mix of contemporary music and the imagery reflects the emotional, reflective and entertaining moments in various phases of life. The show features the Pacific Entertainers and also the Pacific Cirque team.
- Off The Charts - A concert-style production offering a roller coaster ride through some of the musical smash hits of the naughties. Off the Charts features the cool sounds of artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift. Urban Funk, modern soul and cool pop vibes ensures it’s a high energy, feel good experience for everyone.
- Slumber - P&O beds can be a place of rest, of nurturing and revitalising. They can also be a place of struggle and torment. A place to dream, to love, to play, to escape to. This original new production has a bed as the central theme and touches on these aspects with a dream-like treatment. Featuring a broad mix of contemporary songs, Slumber is bound to be an entertaining treat for all.
*Production Shows may vary from ship to ship dependent on itineraries
There's nothing like keeping up to date with your favourite movie and sports stars on the Big Screen with the epic ocean as your backdrop.
Visible day and night, the Big Screen is a giant entertainment screen located on top deck. Here you can catch your favourite film, watch live sporting events like NRL games and participate in Big Screen fun you definitely wouldn't be able to fit in your lounge room.
Available on Pacific Pearl the state-of-the-art LED Big Screens stretch a whopping four metres high and seven metres wide while the 63,000 watt sound system ensures the audio can be heard even when the ship is at full speed.
Located on Deck 12.
Whether it’s window shopping or pure unabashed purchasing, there’s a floating marketplace to discover. You’ll find top names in fragrances, cosmetics, fashion, jewellery and accessories, plus the latest in digital cameras and equipment. And in our tax and duty free stores+, there are savings of up to 40% off the recommended retail price.
Be sure to keep an eye out for sales and special offers in Pacific Daily, the onboard newsletter.
+Tax and duty-free shopping is not available on Australian coastal cruises, except Queensland cruises featuring Willis Island.
Adult Only Activities
Sit Down Comedy Club
This adult’s only event features some of Australia's funniest stand-up comedians in a comedy club setting.
The Oasis...it's just like it sounds - a happy, peaceful place that's all about downtime, drinks and deckchairs. A child-free refuge, where the sound track is the ship's wake, the cocktails are crisp and the view is a show-stopper.
But don't take our word for it, get onboard and pull up a day bed!
Sports & Fitness
Access to the fitness centre is included in your cruise fare and it’s professionally staffed, with weight and aerobic conditioning equipment. There are also fitness classes, a sauna and steam rooms available (charges apply). Guests using the fitness centre must be 16 years or over.
Bootcamp at Sea
Bootcamp will get your pulse racing and your adrenalin pumping. Our exclusive program consists of specifically designed workouts conducted by qualified instructors. Challenge your body, strengthen your mind and build your character! To sign up visit the Fitness Centre once onboard (charges apply).
Pacific Dawn offers 1 x main pool on Deck 12 and 4 x hot tubs.
Any child using the pools must be supervised by a parent /guardian at all times. For public safety reasons, children in nappies (including swim nappies) and children who are not toilet trained are not permitted in the public swimming pools and spas.
P&O Cruises have four new themed parties you won’t be able to stop yourself from joining, not that it was ever an option.
Bring your whitest and brightest outfits to this top deck whiteout featuring a DJ, live music, performers, white body paint, white cocktails and more!
Back to School
Get a hit of nostalgia and go back to school for a night in the Dome or Connexions. Features include a giant blackboard wall, graffiti decor and even a principal handing out detention slips for the class clowns. Get back to the good old days where your biggest worry was what to have for lunch.
Get glammed up and join us on the pool deck for an afternoon of sin (Sin City, that is). This pool party will be packed with high-energy music, Vegas style cocktails and performers. Think over-the-top, high-energy vibes you can only find in Vegas.
Live the extravagant style of Gatsby in real life. This high end cocktail party will be complete with themed music, entertainment and classic cocktails.
2 x Waterslides
Ride our all new waterslides! Snaking off the ships funnels, our waterslides deliver meters of bright disco lights, sound systems and even have opaque areas that deliver a whole new level of thrill.
Our interactive waterpark is fun for the whole family. Designed for all ages, it’s a great way to cool off and spend time together.
P&O's Pacific Dawn cruise is Australia's first Superliner offering more cabins options with over 180 cabins with balconies. The Pacific Dawn also offers a greater choice in cruise ship entertainment and dining. Join Pacific Dawn to experience holiday cruises on a grand scale, book now.
- Vessel: P&O - Pacific Dawn
- Year: 1991
- Cruising speed: 20
- Kids Club: Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ and HQ+
- Onboard Currency: Australian Dollars
- Passenger Capacity: 2,020
- Refurbished: March 2017
- Tonnage: 70,285
- Vessel: P&O - Pacific Dawn
- Voltage: Australian 220v
- Year Built: 1991
- 24-Hour Room Service
- All Main Meals Included
- Art Auctions
- Dance Classes
- Duty Free Shopping
- Fitness Centre and Gym
- Guest Entertainers
- Internet Facilities
- Jogging Track
- Kids Club
- Live Music
- Medical Centre
- Themed Party Nights
- Waterpark and Waterslides
P&O - Pacific Dawn - Deck Plans
163 passengers have reviewed this ship
"First P&O cruise"
This was my first cruise on Pacific Dawn & I had no idea of what to expect. The first day was overwhelming with the amount of people moving around but is settled down on the second day after we had explored the ship. The staff are wonderful and always willing to help. Its an easy holiday if your life is hectic, Get aboard, relax, get fed, room cleaned, entertainment always happening. We found unlike most holidays were your looking for a place to eat lunch/dinner & sightseeing or things to keep you occupied a cruise is easy all you could want in one place, no driving! We will be going on another cruise this year. The Food is fantastic and plenty on offer. We enjoyed the night time Entertainment & late night movie in the show room. Bingo is a laugh. You can be around people & socialise if you feel or stay in your room relax & enjoy a movie. The staff are wonderful always happy to help. Room Staff did not stop working, your room was cleaned the moment you left, Shoes neatly in a row, clothes picked up off the floor. Easy no brainer holiday. No cash on board just swipe your cruise card pay on the day of departure.Read more
Gary W - Jan 2017
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I just spent 7 days on the Dawn it was supposed to be a relaxing cruise but myself and 50 other couples were not happy becsuse we booked the cruise out of school holidays and there were 250 children on board the majority of them not supervised we could not even use the pool because the children were in it the whole time .PO gave the children free not fair .i would like a free cruise to compensate as would the other people. The children were in the Casino at all hours of the night with no adults not good .otherwise the food entertainment crew were great.Read more
Fay R - Aug 2017
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"More to come"
I have been on the Dawn on 3 cruises total 36 nights NZ, Fiji, Vanuatu. I have found it to be the best way of spending my hard earned money for a vacation. Everything is great about this ship and cruise line. Staff are so good at looking after you no matter what. Thanks to P & O also putting together the premium drink package with my booking, makes the cruises very good value for money. Going on 4th cruise in June, can't wait to see the refurbRead more
OWEN L - Mar 2017
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"happy cruising south pacific"
My wife and I and our three children were joined by my sister in law and her daughter for this cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. We were fortunate to have good weather which made the sailing days pleasant while the sunshine made lounging around the pool relaxing. Although the buffet food was fine we opted to eat most of our meals in the restaurant where we found the service prompt, courteous and the food of good quality. In a way it was good to have means as portions rather than the (free for all) at the buffet. The entertainment was generally varied, provided at good times and of reasonable caliber. Although one of the entertainers in the night club didn't come up to scratch. The shows in the main theatre were well worth watching and entertaining. We didn't find the cost of drinks overly priced relative to bar rates in Brisbane city. Debarkation was a simple and easy affair at the end of the cruise while the Embarkation process was somewhat of a cattle crush. But we were in good spirits and once registered it was just a case of being patient to reach ones turn to get on board. All in all our cruise was very good value for the price we paid and the quality of the service, food etc that we enjoyed. I have just booked on another cruise to New Guinea with a bigger from our extended family and hope our good impressions will extend to this second adventure. ERead more
edwin s - Jan 2016
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we went on state of origin cruise in 2016 to syd would have to say it was the most enjoyable cruise we have done met some great people from both sides of the border and had plenty of friendly banter going back and forward,most meals in the plantation and dined with complete strangers each night but by the end of the night they were like old friends.only down side was the trip out to the ground for the game we struck a bus driver who did not seem to know his way round syd to well and it took nearly two hours to get there different driver going back to the dawn 55 mins.all in all great trip and doing again this year on aria hope it is just as good and meet some old friends again plus some new ones.Read more
peter garry b - Mar 2017
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Cruise code: W936
Receive up to $300 onboard credit per cabin. May not apply to all cabin categories.
- Private ensuite
- Flat screen TV for in-cabin entertainment
- In cabin safe
- Full breakfast
- Buffet or a la carte lunch menu
- Buffet or 4 course a la carte dinners
- Musical stage shows and entertainment
- Special guest entertainers
- Latest release movies (in cabin and on big screen)
- Choice of Bars and Lounges
- Fully supervised childrens programs for ages 3 to 17 years
Frequently asked questions
Cruising is such a great value holiday as your fare includes accommodations, all main meals onboard ship, onboard daytime activities, and night-time entertainment including live stage shows. One reason cruising is good value is because you'll know what most of your holiday will cost before you go. Generally your only extra onboard expenses could be your beverages (though these are sometimes included on luxury ships), optional shore excursions, personal services such as spa treatments, and any purchases at the gift and duty free shops.
All your main meals are included on a cruise. Typically for breakfast, lunch and dinner there is an a la carte option (order from a menu) or a buffet option. There is so much choice available, and the food is excellent. However, your cruise doesn't always just include these 3 main meals. You can in fact eat non-stop for 24 hours a day if you like.
Most cruise lines also offer specialty dining as an alternative option to the main restaurants. There is typically a small cover charge for this. However, the food is well worth it, and the specialty restaurants are normally smaller and more intimate than the main restaurants so they make for a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
The entertainment on board comes in many different styles and formats but is always included in the cruise fare. In the evening there are shows in the main show lounge (except small ship cruising). Typically there are two sessions a night so, depending on your dinner time, you can always catch the show. The style of these shows changes daily. Some nights it will include all of the ship’s entertainment crew with a Las Vegas style production. Other nights there may be a guest entertainer or comedian. There is something for everyone.
The entertainment doesn't stop with the nightly performances. Each night the ship provides a newsletter detailing all the activities that will take place the following day. These activities may include dance classes, arts and crafts, table tennis, live music, tournaments, trivia quizzes, recent release movies, and other deck games and deck parties. The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you like. If your idea of a holiday is sitting back with a good book, you can do that. If you like to be entertained there is no shortage of entertainment.
One of the main reasons for a cruise making such a great family holiday is the “kids club” facilities offered on board, and they are all included in your cruise fare. Typically the kids clubs are broken into 3 different age groups - 3 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years, and 13 – 17 years. In these dedicated children’s facilities they are looked after by trained staff and the facilities are open from 9am – 10pm. Parents can check their children into the “kids club” whenever it suits them. Children love these facilities as it is “their space” aboard the ship.
NB Each cruise line has limited space on board the ship for children as the kids club facilities can cater for a limited number of children, and any child booked onto a cruise has access to the kids club. If you are planning on taking a cruise during the school holidays then you need to book early as the children's space will sell out. Also, while most cruise lines have kids club facilities there are some exceptions (not common) so you should check this at time of booking.
The chances are you will not get seasick. On a cruise most people do not suffer from motion sickness. However, if you are going to get seasick then it is likely to happen in the first 24 hours. If you limit the amount of alcohol you consume and activities you do in the first 24 hours you can reduce the chance of this happening. Another thing you can do is select a midship cabin on a lower deck. A cabin in the middle of the ship (midship) will experience the least amount of movement.
There are a number of other precautions/medications you can take, and these can be purchased before you travel at a pharmacy or health shop. Otherwise you can buy them on board.
The best thing you can do if you feel seasick is visit the ship’s doctor. They can give you an injection that will give you relief from your seasickness within 30 minutes. You have planned and saved for your holiday, don't ruin it by feeling sick. Visit the doctor for the injection and get it treated straight away. If you have travel insurance then you can claim this back.
IMPORTANT: A visit to the doctor on board will cost you money so we strongly recommend you get travel insurance before you depart on your holiday.
Terms and conditions for this cruise
Frequently Asked Questions
Shore excursions are pre-organised tours & sightseeing options that you purchase on board for when your ship is in a port of call. Every ship has a “Shore Ex” desk with qualified staff who can advise you of different excursions available, what’s best to do and generally help you with information on the particular region your ship is visiting.
Shore excursions can be booked on board your ship however some cruise lines allow you to pre-book and pay for excursions online. If there is a tour you really want to do then we recommend you pre-book it as popular tours do sell out.
Shore excursions are not compulsory, you are free to go ashore and return to the ship as many times as you like.
When you go ashore it is important to note:
You must take your cruise I.D. card (ticket) as proof for re-embarking.
The city or town you are visiting may not be close to the port where the ship is docked, cruise lines normally organise shuttle buses (at a minimal charge) throughout the day to and from the city centre.
You must return to the ship at the stipulated time as the ship WILL NOT wait for late passengers.
Tour costs vary depending on the activity, itinerary and inclusions. There is always a wide variety on offer for all age groups and abilities that can start from as little as $25.
Sometimes you can book your tour, when you arrive at your port, direct from the operator at a much cheaper price. However, this comes with a buyer beware warning. The operators used by the cruise line are trusted professionals so you will not be ripped off. Also, if something goes wrong on your tour, the cruise line knows where you are and will take the necessary steps to pick you up if your vehicle has broken down. In extreme cases they will even hold the ship's departure for you if you are late returning from a tour booked through the ship. They will not wait if you go direct through the operator, as they will not know where you are.
Unlike airlines, there are no luggage restrictions on a cruise. However you need to consider that you need to store it in your cabin for your holiday. There is plenty of storage space in your cabin but if you are travelling in a quad cabin you may want to impose your own restrictions.
NB It is important to remember that airlines have different luggage restrictions, so if you are flying either pre or post cruise then you may want to keep within their allowances.
Cruise lines around the world do not all operate using the same onboard currency. The currency varies from cruise line to cruise line with the most common currency being US dollars. P&O Cruises Australia, Carnival Spirit and the Sun and Dawn Princess all use Australian dollars as their onboard currency.
Cruising is a cashless society which means when you purchase anything on board you do not pay for it in cash. When you board the ship it is like checking into a hotel, you can either give a credit card imprint or the cruise line will take a cash deposit of approximately $300. You are then given a “cruise card”. Your cruise card is your door key (on most ships), has your dinner table number on it (for traditional dining), and it is used for making any purchases aboard.
When you make a purchase with your cruise card, it is swiped and a receipt is printed that you will need to sign. The cost of the purchase is then added to your onboard account which you settle at the end of your cruise.
Many cruises on our websites come with onboard credits. This could be from a special promotion that is being run by the cruise line or because of the relationship we have with the cruise lines that allows us to select certain cruises to receive onboard credit. The amount of onboard credit does normally depend on the length of the cruise.
If your reservation receives onboard credit we will confirm this with you in writing and then your onboard account will automatically be in credit for the amount we have confirmed to you. This credit can be used towards any onboard expenditure that is charged back to your cabin. It is important to note that if you do not spend all of your onboard credit it will not be refunded to you in cash so it is best you spend it all while on board.
Tipping/gratuities are a big issue for a lot of Australasian cruise passengers as it is not our custom to reward good service in this way. What cruise passengers need to consider is that outside of Australasia, the remuneration for personnel in the service industry is quite low. Hence, to keep up a high standard, employees have the incentive of earning additional income via the tips they receive. At the end of the day, how much you tip is up to you.
The most common way cruise lines suggest tipping, is that they add a suggested amount to your daily onboard account. You can choose to keep that on your account or you can ask the purser to remove it. This suggested amount is divided out amongst your cabin steward, your dinner waiter, your assistant waiter, your wine steward, and maitre d’.
Some cruise lines ask passengers to wait until the end of the cruise and they discreetly leave an envelope in your cabin in which to place the appropriate amount. Some cruise lines state that the fare you have paid includes gratuities. Some cruise lines ask that you pre-pay the gratuities with your cruise fare prior to your holiday departure.
Again, the amount you tip is up to you (unless it is prepaid) and it isn't intended to have a negative impact on your holiday. Do what feels most comfortable to you.
The rules surrounding where you can smoke on board a cruise ship vary from cruise line to cruise line. However, none have taken steps to ban smoking completely. Most only allow smoking in designated areas on the open decks. Many have banned smoking on cabin balconies as this poses a fire risk.
Many cruise lines have rules restricting you from taking your own alcohol on board your cruise ship. If you have pre purchased duty free alcohol the ship will take it off you when you board and store it away for you. This alcohol will be delivered to your cabin the night before you disembark. The same applies if you purchase it when you are in port. Any purchases made on board will also be delivered the night before you disembark.
However, Princess Cruises will allow you to bring a bottle of wine aboard which you can drink at dinner or in your cabin.
These restrictions were put in place to create a safer environment on board your cruise ship, where people drink within a controlled drinking environment.
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