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  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Dawn-Princess-Ketchikan-Alaska - Dawn Princess in Sitka Alaska, operating tenders (small ships to ferry passengers).
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Dawn-Princess-Puerto-Vallarta-Mexico - Dawn Princess in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • international-cafe-princess-cruises.jpg - Creative chocolate desserts served in the International Cafe on your Princess sailing.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • Dawn-Princess-Ketchikan-Alaska - Dawn Princess in Sitka Alaska, operating tenders (small ships to ferry passengers).
  • Sydney-Opera-House-Princess-Cruises - Head Down Under to take in the Sydney Opera House and other memorable landmarks. Princess Cruises offers travel options throughout Australia and Asia.
  • dawn-princess-in-akaroa-new-zealand.jpg - Dawn Princess in Akaroa, New Zealand.
  • Dawn-Princess-Puerto-Vallarta-Mexico - Dawn Princess in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Dawn Princess: Explore Australia & the South Seas

Have you sailed on Dawn Princess? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Based in Australia year-round and using only Australian currency onboard, Dawn Princess offers passengers a unique experience through Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The Princess Cruises vessel is tinged with Australian touches, from Vegemite with breakfast and the Australian performers who take the stage. The Dawn Princess is a one-of-a-kind experience for those who are looking for a change of scenery and culture from the typical American cruise.

Who will like sailing on Dawn Princess

Although the cruise tends to attract more seniors, there are also families who enjoy the Dawn Princess during more active cruising seasons. The majority of passengers are based in Australia, as it is the ship's permanent docking place.

Where Dawn Princess sails

Home port: Sydney

Destinations: Dawn Princess sails to Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific islands and Asia. Tasmania, anyone?

Here's a 2-minute video from Princess about cruises to Australia and New Zealand.

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Dining

Traditional

Dawn Princess offers two dining rooms in the cruise tradition, with traditional dining at the same times for each meal. Both the Florentine Dining Room and the Venetian Dining Room feature attentive service provided by your own waiter throughout the cruise.

Specialty restaurants

Princess Cruises' restaurants are always in big demand, and options aboard the Dawn Princess are no exception. The Sterling Steakhouse, voted one of the Best Cruise Ship Steakhouses by USA Today, as well as the Ultimate Balcony Dining serve up exquisite local specialties and gourmet favorites. Reservations are recommended. 

Casual fare

Maximize your pool time and minimize your mealtime at one of the Dawn Princess' casual dining eateries. 

  • Horizon Court buffet
  • La Scala Pizzeria
  • Patisserie
  • Sundaes ice cream bar
  • Balcony Grill (burgers, hot dogs, kebab and pies)
  • Afternoon tea
  • 24-hour room service
Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
Courtesy of Princess CruisesBringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.

Activities

The @Sea program offers plenty of enrichment programs on board, ranging from [email protected] to [email protected], offering a variety of enrichment programs. The Ultimate Sea Tour is an extra cost, but you'll be able to see all the parts of the ship that keep it working, from backstage at the theaters to the funnel and engine control room.

Family

Like most Princess Cruises, there are multiple programs for children, from Princess Pelicans (ages three to seven) and Shockwaves (ages eight to 12) to Remix (ages 13 to 17). There are video games, arts and crafts, karaoke, pizza parties and more for all ages.

Entertainment

The Princess Theater has 550 seats and offers a huge stage for a variety of productions. The Vista Lounge offers a more traditional stage for cruises, offering cabaret performances and movies. Princess' traditional Movies Under the Stars takes place whenever the deck isn't being used for another event.

Jammers Bar offers a nightclub vibe, and the Wheelhouse bar is more of a nautical theme. There are also plenty of other lounges to partake of if you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. Either way, karaoke is very popular on the ship, and there are multiple nights for it. Everyone is encouraged to sing, whether or not you have a great voice. 

Staterooms

Staterooms are put into different categories based on size and amenities as well as the location on the cruise ship.

All staterooms have a bathroom with a shower, terry cloth bathrobes, hairdryers, phone, refrigerator, satellite TV, multichannel music system, private safes and twin beds that convert to queen size.

Shopping

There are plenty of deals on designer clothing and gifts, including Lladro, Swarovski, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama, Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Fossil — all up to 30% off. And on top of it, the boutiques are duty-free.

Dress code

Although there are several formal nights, the dress on the cruise is casual. However, no beach wear, frayed jeans, shorts or baseball caps are allowed.

Fun facts

In 1997, all six original Love Boat cast members — Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie) and Jill Whelan (Vicki) — reunited for the first time in more than a decade to christen Dawn Princess in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Your take

Have you sailed on Dawn Princess? What are your tips, what were the highlights? We'd love to know! Please share in the comments or write your own article or review.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Sydney Opera House
  • Where: Dawn Princess

  • What: Suite
  • Where: Dawn Princess

  • What: Balcony stateroom
  • Where: Dawn Princess
  • [email protected] offers educational lectures for passengers.
  • Karaoke is referred to as "scary-o-kee," and all passengers are encouraged to sing.
  • Australian theme gives a new cultural perspective to travelers.
  • Movies Under the Stars offers a new view of movies.

Top dining options on board

Main dining

  • Style: Gourmet
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

International Cafe

  • Style: International
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Balcony Dinner

  • Style: Gourmet
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

1,998 Passengers [?]
900 Crew
10 Decks
1997 Maiden voyage
108,865 Tonnage [?]
857 Length in feet
105 Width in feet (max beam)
2009 REFURBISHED

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