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Walk the Decks


I’m Cathy Freeman, Godmother of the Pacific Dawn. I’m really excited about a very special event I’m holding on onboard Pacific Dawn in Sydney on August 14, and I hope you can join me there.

 It’s called Walk the Decks and it marks the launch of a new P&O Cruises’ program to raise money for the Catherine Freeman Foundation, a charity I set up to give indigenous children better health and education opportunities.

Cathy Freeman and Kids on Verandah 

To join in, all you need to do is raise a minimum $100, then put on your best walking shoes and jump onboard Pacific Dawn with me.

 We’ll be doing eight laps around the decks of the ship together and then we’ll enjoy a special three-course lunch in the fantastic Palm Court Restaurant, courtesy of P&O Cruises.

 Everyone will take home a souvenir t-shirt, cap, photograph and certificate to mark the occasion, plus P&O Cruises will give away a Free Cruise to the person who raises the most money (above $500).

 There are only 100 spots available so if you want to find out more just visit

 It’s going to be great fun – hope you can make it!


Australian Olympian and Pacific Dawn Godmother

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Staff Captain Andy Willard, Chief Pilot Captain Patane, and Captain David Box

Staff Captain Andy Willard, Chief Pilot Captain Patane, and Captain David Box


Good Day everyone. My name is David Box, from Anglesey in the UK, and I recently joined the good ship Pacific Dawn as her very fortunate Captain , fulfilling a long held wish to be back  in the southern hemisphere, cruising from Sydney, Australia out into the South Pacific.

And what a pleasure it has been. I have really enjoyed the last 2 months, have met some great passengers, visited some exciting new ports  and l can assure that no Captain could wish for a finer ship or ship’s company.

We have just enjoyed a 28 day cruise out to Tahiti and her islands, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia. The Tahitian Treasures cruise  was a memorable experience and will remain as one of my favourite voyages. 

For the first time in quite a few years Staff Captain Andy Willard and myself were able to don the traditional Lavu Lavus, as presented by the Chief Pilot Captain Patane,  for our arrival and departure in the dramatic port of Pago Pago, American Samoa. They aroused much comment on board but we enjoyed the chance to participate in a local tradition.

 I look forward to welcoming you aboard Pacific Dawn during my tours of duty on board in the next year.


Hello there,

My name is Tom Green and I am the Sports Coordinator onboard Pacific Dawn. Pacific Dawn has been home since March this year and I have been working on cruise ships since October 2007. I love to travel and life at sea means I get to work and see the world at the same time – what a life!

While enjoying all the amazing food onboard our ships, it’s a great idea to stay fit and active while at sea.

Here are some great ideas to get you moving…

  • Enrol in P&O Cruises’ Bootcamp at Sea for an intense workout and great results.
  • Join me for the daily walks/runs around Deck 14.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lifts. Try walking from Deck 5 up to Deck 14 at least once a day!
  • Take part in the beach sport activities at the various South Pacific Island. We play beach cricket, volleyball and tug-of-war.
  • Pacific Dawn’s gym run fitness classes including Spin, pilates, yoga and stretch.

Bootcamp recruits stretch after an intensive workout.


Beach Volleyball at Isle of Pines.


Come and find me onboard if you would like to know what other activities are available on your cruise!


Sports Coordinator

cd-david-pepperBorn in Liverpool, England over 50 years ago I joined the “Wrong Navy” at 16, serving 24 years as a Royal Navy Physical Training Instructor. In December 2003 I joined the QM2 start up team and worked with Cunard for over five years the last three years as Cruise Director on the QE2 and QM2.

In January this year I was given the marvelous opportunity to join P&O Australia and serve on both the Pacific Sun and Pacific Dawn travelling and working in this amazing part of the world. “Lucky Davo”


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