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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.


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.


Well I must say I have had a wonderful experience “Down Under” as Cruise Director of Pacific Sun and Pacific Dawn and I now look forward to a nice vacation starting in Sydney for a few days and then with my family in the United Kingdom.
David Pepper Cruise Director

I will take many happy memories with me after my first contract with P&O Australia – mainly how positive the Australian and New Zealand passengers are and how they enjoy life to the full A great experience!
Well that’s it I’m off now and when I return I will be talking about how our England Cricket Team won the Ashes this summer in the UK. Thank You Australia for a great few months.

David Pepper
Cruise Director

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”

thomas-fpfbBorn in Beautiful Stockholm Sweden, lives in Sunny California. In charge of the Food & Beverage Operation onboard and a team of 330 crew members of PD.

Worked on the most famous Ocean Liner, World’s biggest Ocean Liner and Australia’s First Super Liner.

Have had the fantastic opportunity to work with what I love the most for the last 10 years – Wine, Food and Travelling.


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