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Dawn Princess: Explore Australia & the South Seas
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.
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.
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.
Maximize your pool time and minimize your mealtime at one of the Dawn Princess' casual dining eateries.
- Horizon Court buffet
- La Scala Pizzeria
- Sundaes ice cream bar
- Balcony Grill (burgers, hot dogs, kebab and pies)
- Afternoon tea
- 24-hour room service
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Top highlights on this ship
- [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.