P&O Cruises to refit Pacific Dawn in February 2017

The vessel will relaunch from drydock in March 2017 with features never before seen on a Queensland-based ship
P&O Cruises to refit Pacific Dawn in February 2017

By Rebecca Gibson |

P&O Cruises Australia is to carry out an extensive multimillion-dollar refit on its Brisbane-based ship Pacific Dawn in February 2017.

The 2,000-guest ship, which will relaunch from drydock in March 2017, will be outfitted with a host of new features never before seen on a Queensland-based ship. This will include a waterpark with two waterslides, an interactive children’s play area, while various public spaces will be redesigned, such as the atrium, Charlie’s, The Orient and the Promenade Bar, and the Dome nightclub, which will offer more live music than before.


Pacific Dawn’s buffet will be replaced with The Pantry, an international market place of fresh food outlets which will replace the traditional ship buffet. In addition to the tried and tested outlets that have made the dining concept popular on other ships, Pacific Dawn’s Pantry will include a new Mediterranean-inspired offering called Nic and Toni’s.

“With the new waterpark, dining options and a refreshed interior design, we’re creating a great new look for Pacific Dawn which will combine some fun innovations with the winning features of our existing ships,” said Sture Myrmell, P&O Cruises president. “There’s no question that Queenslanders love holidaying at sea with P&O, so we’re very excited that our Brisbane guests will soon be able to enjoy a stylish new look Pacific Dawn as part of their cruise holiday experience, alongside one of our latest ships, Pacific Aria.”

The refit comes as P&O prepares for its biggest year of Queensland cruising, with two ships sailing from Brisbane year round. Between them, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria will offer a record 108 cruises to travellers in 2017 – up from 98 cruises this year.

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