The Pacific Dawn has arrived in Brisbane, fresh from her multimillion dollar refurbishment.
After spending two weeks in Singapore, she has some spectacular new features for Queenslanders.
The ship now has two new slides, both around 80 metres long. One slide is transparent so spectators can watch guests shoot through its twists and turns. While the other multi-coloured slide has music pumping from start to finish.
Also part of the refurbishment is the addition of P&O’s first virtual reality activity at sea from Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia.
One thing guests won’t miss is the new livery of the Pacific Dawn. Emblazoned across the hull of the ship is the iconic Australian emblem, the Southern Cross. Also in addition, are 3,000 new pieces of new and reupholstered furniture and 1,500 pieces of art and accessories.
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.
For the foodies, guests can try The Pantry which has already been so popular on P&O’s other ships. The Pantry is an international market place which has nine food outlets offering different types of cuisines. This includes the Mediterranean-inspired Nic and Toni’s and seafood restaurant Shell & Bones.
Meanwhile some of the ship’s key public spaces – including the atrium, Charlie’s cafe, The Orient and the Promenade Bar – have been redesigned to mirror the contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet in recent years.
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 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.
Fares on the refurbished Pacific Dawn include a seven-night Pacific Island Hopper departing Brisbane on April 1, 2017 starting from $749* per person quad share.
Cruise Passenger will on the Pacific Dawn alter this month. Look out for our review.