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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.



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. 



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

If you have cruised before, you will know that the last formal night is a big celebration to mark the end of a fantastic holiday.

Here comes the parade of Baked Alaskas – a long-time cruising tradition.

Here comes the parade of Baked Alaskas – a long-time cruising tradition.

It is a chance for the crew to get involved too, with a spectacular parade of Baked Alaska desserts and a Champagne Waterfall. (Did you know, there are more than 750 glasses used in the Waterfall!!!)
Pacific Dawn has added its own flair to this cruising tradition by including a laser light show called Vizion.

The spectacular laser light show, Vizion, lights up Pacific Dawn’s atrium.

The spectacular laser light show, Vizion, lights up Pacific Dawn’s atrium.

Kids join in the fun as balloons fall from the ceiling.

Kids join in the fun as balloons fall from the ceiling.

Hope to see you on a cruise with us soon!
Cruise Director

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

The BeachGood evening,
Sitting here in my office with a slightly sun burned nose after a spectacular day in Nuku’Alofa. I was lucky enough to have a local friend who took us to this amazing place called D-‘Oholei Beach and Hina’s Cave.
cliff edge

The beach is surrounded by striking cliff formations and caves. The ship has an official tour that takes you there, so I got to experience this day with around 50 of our guests onboard.

A superb local lunch was served on banana bark inside one of the caves.
Banana Bark

This was followed by a local show inside the one of the bigger caves. Truly an astonishing experience well worth the sunburned nose.

Traditional Dancers
Food & Beverage Director
Thomas on the Beach

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

Passenger Services Director

Chapters Book Club Logo_FINAL

Hello cruisers!
This cruise marks a new chapter for Pacific Dawn! We are launching Chapters Book Club, P&O Cruises’ first book club at sea. Passengers will be able to get together a few times each cruise to discuss books of past and present.

Tony ParkTo celebrate Chapters, we have guest author, Tony Park, sailing on the current cruise to facilitate the sessions (from Sydney to Tonga). Tony is an Australian author who has five published books with a sixth one out in August. His latest, Silent Predator, is the focus of the book club sessions. Tony spends half the year on safari in Africa, so make sure you share a yarn or two… he has many stories to tell!
Happy Reading, see you at Chapters!
Cruise Director

Tony Park onboard Pacific Dawn – our first Chapters Book Club guest author.

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.

Passenger Services Director

Pacific Dawn welcomes the team from Channel 9’s Getaway

On Monday, while calling at Port Vila, Pacific Dawn welcomed the crew from the popular travel show, Getaway!

Staying onboard for just two nights, they had a very tight filming schedule. They were spotted filming a variety of different activities including the roaming circus performers, the Pirates of the Pacific Show, an interview with Captain David Box and beach cricket at Isle of Pines. Also, a visit was paid to the children at the three kid’s clubs – Turtle Cove, Shark Shack and the Teen Lounge.

Passengers were very excited and enthusiastic about having the TV crew onboard and grabbed a photo with presenter, Natalie at every chance. Aussies certainly don’t shy away from the camera!

It was great experience having Getaway visit, and we look forward to seeing our magnificent superliner, Pacific Dawn, feature on Australia’s most popular travel TV program.

Stay tuned, we will let you know when to tune in to watch it!

Here is a photo of Getaway Presenter Natalie Gruzlewski with Pacific Dawn’s Captain, David Box.
Natalie Gruzlewski with Pacific Dawn's Captain, David Box
Natalie chatting to passengers

Natalie chatting to passengers

Filming some table tennis action on the Lido Deck

Table tennis action on the Lido Deck

It’s a wrap! Finishing the story at Isle of Pines – just before a game of beach cricket!

Isle of Pines - filming after game of beach cricket

Cruise Director

David Pepper

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

president-of-ni-vanuatuHello again
Hope you have enjoyed our articles so far and found them an interesting insight into our world.  Nice to see so many of you are out there interacting on our Blog and getting to know each other.

On a recent cruise I had another occasion to be proud of working on the first dedicated “Superliner” out of Australian waters – we had the priveledge to sail with us, on their holidays I might add, the President of Ni-Vanuatu and his family. Ni-Vanuatu as many of you might know is the country consisting of Pacific Islands we visit almost every cruise and favourites for many.        
Wow – a head of state dignitary sailing onboard our ship, on holiday being able to relax and enjoy what we have to offer!
Apart from the usual activities that he, the first lady and their three sons were able to enjoy, we requested a get together with our Vanuatu crew onboard. We have 17 Vanuatu nationals working onboard in various positions which we are very proud.
They work tirelessly without once dropping their smiles and representing their islands from a far. Some of you may recognize them from your past travels. I certainly appreciate knowing them all by name. 
president-of-ni-vanuatu-family-and-crew1During the get together, the leader of the crew made a welcoming speech, presented a personal gift that they had purchased themselves and as a finale, they sang the Ni Vanuatu national anthem. The President responded with a speech and a gift back to the crew and his people.

We all had a chance for refreshments, to talk to the president and take pictures to remember this unique occasion.              
We remain proud of all the crew onboard the Pacific Dawn. 

Smooth seas until next time.
Hotel Director

comedy-clubG’day folks this is Dave with the latest entertainment news on the Pacific Dawn.  

I really have been very impressed during my first voyage onboard this beautiful vessel. Yes, of course the crew are amazing and so dedicated and professional but what really make this ship special are the events and activities unique to P&O Australia, for instance “the Sit Down Comedy Club” which is held in our Dome on Deck 14, the perfect late night venue.

Other really good initiatives include our Pacific Cirque Program which brings the Circus to Sea with such things as juggling, hoola hoop, spinning plates, devil stick workshops and stage shows.

pacific-cirqueThen we have our Laser Show in the Atrium which combines music with dance and a spectacular light and sound display. Hip Hop Dancing classes are extremely popular too!  The variety of entertainment onboard Pacific Dawn certainly suits the needs of all our guests.
laser-showBut the Biggest impression made on me has been by our passengers, the majority being Australians who really do have a zest for living!
This is what makes me very proud to be the Cruise Director onboard the Pacific Dawn!

Hello cyber space! Zoltina-J here with the latest entertainment news on the Pacific Dawn.

Last night we held the International crew show. This is where the crew of Pacific Dawn come out on stage and show off their hidden talents, which are many!
international-crew-showWe had crew from accommodation, food and beverage, laundry and the youth departments entertaining our passengers. The international show lounge was packed for both shows – cheering on the crew as they took to the stage!

It’s a very scary feeling stepping out of your comfort zone and into the limelight – I should know, because I do it every day. It is a daunting feeling but they took to the stage as true professionals. I was very proud!

The theatre came to life with music as the crew came out and sung wonderful love songs, showed off their culture by performing traditional dances from Indonesia and the Philippines. We even had a special guest appearance from Michael Jackson and the “Macho Men”!
crew-after-the-showThe audience loved the show and the crew lapped up the attention. It’s not every day they can show off what they do in their off time.
A big round of applause, well done to the crew of the Pacific Dawn, you made us all very proud to be working on such a wonderful ship.
Have fun everyone and we will talk again soon!

Cruise Director

Hello fellow cruise enthusiasts! My name is Zoltina-J. I am the Cruise Director on the beautiful Pacific Dawn.Originally from Manly in NSW but I currently live in the UK. Today is a glorious day at sea. The seas are calm and the sun is shining!

Last night we had a ship full of Pirates, roaming the decks, running a muck, all for the new production show “Pirates of the Pacific” starring the Pacific Entertainers and Pacific Showband.


This new production show gets the audience involved, either by going fishing, firing cannons or dressing fellow buccaneers. It was great seeing not just kids getting dressed up and into the spirit of it, but also adults of all ages.

I was asked if people get dressed up like this every cruise? This made me think how involved Australians get when it comes to theme nights and fancy dress. Its a great feeling when I see so many people getting involved either by being Pirates, Island Girls (that goes for both Men and Women) or Cowboys.

PirateI love this job as there is never a dull moment!

Remember this when you are packing for your next cruise: we have many theme nights for your chance to impress. Keep in mind the longer the cruise, the more theme nights you get!

I have to run, I need to prepare to be a Cowboy…

Talk to you again soon.

Cruise Director


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