Anzac DawnWelcome to the Blog and my chance to keep you up to date with events taking place on board Pacific Dawn.

Most recently saw us commemorating ANZAC Day and, as in previous years, we held our own Dawn Memorial Service on board. This was attended by Captain Lorenzo Paoletti, his Senior Officers and Crew as well as Servicemen, Ex Servicemen and fellow passengers, to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I and all those who died and served in military operations for the country.
Anzac ServiceThe service was conducted by Reverend Dr. Russ McKinnon and began with the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems, beautifully sung by Entertainment Staff, Bobbi Walters (New Zealand), Bret Saunders (New Zealand) and Kyle (Australian), who is part of our Pacific Cirque duo. Following this, various ANZAC Day readings and prayers were read by both staff and passengers. As the sun began to rise over the Pacific Ocean, Kyle played the traditional Last Post and the wreath placed over the side of the ship by the Captain and Ex Servicemen.
Wreath at seaAs always, it is an emotional event but also a chance for people from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds to unite and remember those who so bravely fought for our freedom. From a personal point of view, being an Ex Serviceman myself, it was an honour for me to march with the Ex Servicemen and Servicemen on board at the start of the ceremony as well as representing part of the ship’s company, all of whom put so much thought and effort into the service to make it a sensitive, successful occasion. I know it was much appreciated by all the passengers and servicemen who attended. Lest we forget …

Cruise Director
David Pepper