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Simon in the tunnels

Hi Everyone

 The Hotel Director’s role encompasses all aspects of the Hotel Operation.  In order to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness on the ship it is sometimes necessary to get into some strange places.  Sometimes a screw-driver is required to dismantle pieces of equipment to check that they are thouroughly clean. 

The problem today was how do you check that the kids climbing frame in the Turtle Cove is perfectly cleaned and sanatised.  Well, there is only one way, get in it. 

 

Simon on the playmat

After climbing nets, squeeezing through holes, crawling down tubes and sliding down slides I am pleased to report that the area was spotless. 

Simon on the slide

I wonder if the night cleaners have as much fun cleaning it as I had inspecting it?

I’m sorry some of the photos are a litle fuzzy, but I was more focused on the inspection, and generally enjoying myself.

Simon

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Chapters Book Club

Hello book lovers!

For the months of July & August we’ll be discussing the following books on board:

The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest by Graeme Lay

Silent Predator by Tony Park

New books for September, October & November will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Happy reading. 

 

Chapters Book Club

It can be a bit daunting, as a writer, to think that there are groups of people sitting around in someone’s living room picking your book apart in a book club.  So it was with a mixed sense of excitement and trepidation that I accepted a kind offer by P&O Cruises to speak at the first-ever meeting of Chapters Book Club, on board Pacific Dawn.

I was probably the only person on the ship who was thankful that the weather for our second sea day on our cruise to Tahiti was cold and wet, as this was the day the cruise director chose to kick off the book club.

To my great relief about 60 passengers showed up and listened to me talk about my five novels, Far Horizon, Zambezi, African Sky, Safari, and my latest book, Silent Predator.  Silent Predator was the book nominated for discussion during the ship-board book club during this cruise.

I love meeting and talking to people who are as into books as I am, and a few of the passengers who came along have also tried their hand at writing or have a project on the go.

Tony Park with Chapters Book Club fan, Fay.

Tony Park with Chapters Book Club fan, Fay.

To me, the greatest impediments to writing a book are time and place – that is, having enough time and the right place to allow you to take on the task of getting about 120,000 words down on paper.   All my books are set in Africa and what works for me is to spend six months of each year in the African bush, where I do my research and writing on-location, and draw on the natural beauty of the continent for my inspiration.

I was thrilled to learn, when chatting to people from the audience, that one of the ladies who came along was actually finishing off a draft of a novel on the cruise, tapping away on her laptop in her cabin.  Like I always tell people, if you’re not writing because you enjoy it – in this woman’s case it was part of her holiday – then you’re probably doing it for the wrong reasons.

Have you ever thought of writing a book?  If you have, I reckon a long cruise is a perfect place to write – loads of time and no shortage of peace, quiet, and inspiration all at the same time.

Tony Park
Guest author for Chapters Book Club

Hi Everyone

I have just returned from the Cherry Blossom re-union in the Bengal Bar.  What a fantastic party and so brilliant to see so many friends who traveled with us around Asia last year.
Cherry Blossom Reunion 1Cherry Blossom Reunion 2

I think we have approximately one hundred ex blossomers on here at the moment and talking with my counterpart,  Jane, on the Pacific Sun I believe there are currently another thirty on there.  For those of you who traveled with us on that cruise you will not be surprised to learn that there was much laughter as we discussed the tea bag hoarders and the prune shortage.
Cherry Blossom Reunion 3Cherry Blossom Reunion 4

The party was a huge success and it was very moving when P&O received a standing ovation from the passengers for arranging the event.  This really is cruising at its best.
Cherry Blossom Reunion 5Cherry Blossom Reunion 6

Simon
Passenger Services Director

Noumea Port

Bonjour Monsieur et Madame Blog!

I am pleased to tell you that this morning we arrived in Noumea and, despite the slightly overcast weather this afternoon, the passengers have had a fantastic day.

The beautiful port of Noumea was our first stop on this 28 day cruise and as it was Sunday the harbour was busy with a flotilla of small pleasure craft weaving their way between the luxury yachts and our superliner.

Noumean welcoming committeeTri colore flies on Pacific Dawn

Staytuned to the blog as I expect this cruise will turn up some interesting stories as we cruise Tonga, Fiji and Tahiiti.

I’m now off for some local cheese, a glass of vin rouge and a lovely freshly baked baguette!

Bon appetit and au revoir.

Simon
Passenger Services Director

PD CrewHi Everyone

My first blog as Passenger Services Director on the Pacific Dawn and there is no shortage of news.

I am sure many of you followed the story of our last cruise to Queensland and back.  On arrival in Sydney we were given a clean bill of health and commended by the NSW health official who had been sailing with us.

Our passenger feedback was overwhelmingly positive and supported by fantastic comments, including:

“We had a wonderful time. P&O Cruises could not have done more to look after us. We haven’t stopped raving and will be booking again.”

“I was unconcerned by the drama, I think I feel better now than when I got on. I’ve been lying in the sun, it was beautiful. Everyone just partied on. That’s what we’re supposed to do on a cruise ship isn’t it?”

“If you had to be quarantined somewhere I couldn’t have thought of a better place… because we got fed, the drinks tasted the same and the staff were fantastic. The majority of people onboard had a good time. They’re obviously disappointed that we missed out on our ports of call, but it was a fantastic trip.”

I know many of you were concerned about our hardworking Pacific Dawn crew during the cruise.  On Monday night, all crew were personally thanked by our CEO Ann Sherry and Captain Box. The Captain, the doctor and I then hosted a BBQ on the outside deck and put on an amazing Asian buffet for all crew. 
PD Captain & Crew Crew then relaxed with a disco held in the Dome.

Dome nightclub

A well deserved moment of relaxation for everyone before we started preparing for our 28 day “Pearls of the Pacific” cruise.

Captain & Bar StaffCaptain & the Bar staff

Speak to you again soon.

Simon
Passenger Services Director

PSD Simon TromanHi to all Bloggers! I recently joined Pacific Dawn in the exciting role as Hotel Director.

Born in the United Kingdom, I joined my first ship, the original Pacific Princess (also known as The Love Boat), in October 1987 in Marseilles France.

I joined Pacific Dawn on 5 May 2009 and what really stands out about P&O Cruises are our fantastic Australian and New Zealand passengers who make my job a pleasure, and secondly the crew – the friendliest I have ever worked with!

With a team of dedicated colleagues I head up a department that offers you Food and Beverage, Accommodation, Entertainment, Medical Services, Casino, Boutiques, Photography , Shore Excursions, Spa Services, Laundry,  Art, logistics, banking administration and many other facilities.

I look forward to meeting you onboard Pacific Dawn soon.

Simon

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