Dawn Princess Cruise Ship Profile

Ship Features, Itinerary, News, Photos, Review, Accommodations, Notable Rooms, Dining Venues, Kid's Areas, Deck Plan, Outdoor Spaces, Smoking Sections



Sailing from Sydney Australia.

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CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 99 (Aug)
2010 Rating 99 (July)
2012 Rating 97 (Apr)
2015 Rating 90 (Sep)
2016 Rating 90 (Sep)

Deck Plan

Sun Deck 15

Sports Court, Splash Pool, The Sanctuary, Windjammers Bar

Lido Deck 14

Horizon Court, Sterling Steakhouse, Balcony Grill, Oasis bar, Hot Tub, Golf Net, Movies Under the Stars, Terrace Grill

Riviera Deck 12

Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Lotus Spa, Oasis Spa, Princess Links, Riviera Pool and Hot Tubs, Sundaes Ice Cream bar, The Riviera Bar, Teen Center, Youth Center

Aloha Deck 11

Passenger Staterooms

Baja Deck 10

Passenger Staterooms

Caribe Deck 9

Passenger Staterooms

Dolphin Deck 8

Passenger Staterooms, Verdi's, Grand Casino

Promenade Deck 7

Princess Theater, Wheelhouse bar, Jammers, Magnums, Vista Lounge, Atrium Lounge, Photo Gallery

Emerald Deck 6

Duty free boutiques, Venetian dining room

Plaza Deck 5

Grand Plaza, Florentine dining room, Patisserie, passenger services

Fiesta Deck4

Medical Center

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Adults Only Area

The Sanctuary

The perfect place to take a break and indulge in a private getaway with a plush, outdoor spa-inspired setting, complete with massage cabanas, signature beverages, light meals, attentive service and personal entertainment. Serenity Stewards are on hand to provide everything from a chilled face towel and Evian water atomizers, to a menu of healthy beverages and fare. Half-day passes for The Sanctuary are available for $10 per person, for 8 am to 12:30 pm or 1 pm to 5 pm.

The Sanctuary features two outdoor private cabanas where guests can also take advantage of the exclusive Lotus Spa Services at The Sanctuary. (additional fee).

* Prices subject to change - updated Dec 2013.

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Dawn Princess

No longer in service for Princess Cruises. Dawn Princess was sold and transferred to P&O in 2017 -  Renamed the Pacific Explorer


sun princess cruise ship

Based in Australia year-round and using only Australian currency onboard, Dawn Princess offers passengers a unique experience throughout some of the most exotic destinations in the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. The Dawn Princess features a wrap-around Promenade Deck, The Sanctuary Adults-only area, two show lounges with nightly entertainment, and plenty of elegant and casual dining options from gourmet pizza to grilled steaks.

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Deck Plan Kid's Camps



Ship Class: Sun

Launched: 1997

Refurbished: June 2009

GRT: 77,000

Length:  856

Draft: 26.6

Speed: 21 Knots

Passengers: 1,998

Dawn Princess Bridge Cam


Standard Stateroom Amenities

Fresh fruit (by request), evening bed turn-down, chocolates on your pillow, complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, Waffle weave cloth bathrobes (available upon request from your stateroom steward), bottles of liquor and stateroom bar packages available for purchase at non-duty-free prices through room service or from designated bar locations, private safe and refrigerator, 110-volt, 60-cycle alternating current (AC) with standard U.S. plug fittings, and electric hair dryer.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 135-148 Sq. ft.
Ocean View 135-175 Sq. ft.
Balcony 179 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Mini-Suite 370-536 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Suite 538-695 Sq. ft. w/veranda


Interior staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, and refrigerator. Some staterooms include pullman beds for extra passengers.

Ocean View

These staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, and refrigerator. Some staterooms include pullman beds for extra passengers. Most staterooms will have a picture window, although a few may be port holes.


Balcony staterooms come standard with twin beds that convert to a queen, private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, refrigerator, and balcony with patio furniture. Some staterooms include pullman beds for extra passengers. Premium balconies are larger and some are rear-facing staterooms.


In addition to standard amenities, mini-suite passengers receive a welcome glass of champagne, two televisions, a sitting area with a sofabed, two flat-panel televisions, and a spacious closet. Some mini-suites have a pullman for a fourth passenger.

Suite Amenities:

In addition to standard amenities, suite passengers receive a DVD/CD player and free access to a DVD library, complimentary web access in the Internet Café, laundry and dry cleaning, use of the Lotus Spa® Thermal Suite (select ships), one-time free mini-bar setup, walk-in closet with a safe, soundstation with dock for iPod, two flat-panel televisions, upgraded bathroom amenities , and use of the Disembarkation Lounge. In suites with a balcony, the patio furniture accommodates up to four people.

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Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Florentine Dining Room

Traditional fixed seating restaurant with attentive service.

Venetian Dining Room

A traditional fixed seating dining restaurant with attentive service.

Horizon Court

At the forefront of 24-hour dining, the Horizon Court offers a round-the-clock venue for buffet meals or snacks. In addition, the restaurant operates a late-night bistro with a set menu and sit-down service from 10 pm to 4 am.

Balcony Grill

Burgers, hot dogs, kebabs, and more located on Lido Deck.


A Light menu.


Serving your favorite sweet treat at the Ice Cream Bar.

La Scala Pizzeria

Pick up a fresh slice of Princess' infamous pizza.

Sterling Steakhouse ($)

Premium cook-to-order aged beef and other steakhouse favorites. *$25.00 surcharge per person.

Ultimate Balcony Dining ($)

Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.
Or, opt for a breakfast which includes specialty pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon and other special treats served with a half bottle of French champagne.

Room Service

Princess provides 24-hour room service, enabling passengers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the privacy of their own staterooms or enjoying the view from their balconies. In addition to the always-available room service menu, passengers can also enjoy items from the day's main menu in their staterooms, as well as special room service-only offerings.

* Prices subject to change - updated Nov 2011

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Notable Rooms

Princess Theater

Main showroom with Broadway-style entertainment.

Vista Show Lounge

An alternative venue for comedy acts, movies and more.

Grand Casino

Play slots, cards, roulette and more.

Magnums Lounge

Cocktail Bar.


A modern night club.

Wheelhouse Bar

Nautical theme lounge serving British style food.

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Outdoor Features

Main Pool Area

Two large pools, two whirlpool spas, bandstand, and island bar.

Movies Under the Stars

Poolside HD theater. Movies and more.

Sports Deck

Basketball Court, Jogging Track, and Golf Simulators.

Lotus Pool and Lotus Spa

Located on Riviera Deck aft.

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Kids Only

Please note: To participate in the Youth Program, children must be at least 3 years old and potty trained. However, children under 3 are welcome to join in the fun if supervised by a parent at all times.

Princess Pelicans

Ages 3-12

Kids-only dance parties, movies and cartoons, ice cream and pizza parties, t-shirt coloring, pajama parties, fun fairs, and art projects.


Ages 8-12

Kids-only dinners, dance parties, movies, video games, scavenger hunts, karaoke and talent shows, sports tournaments, California Science Center workshops, Jr. CHEF @Sea, Klutz®projects, and theme nights.

Remix Teen Lounge

Ages 13-17

Teens-only dance parties, late-night movies, sports tournaments, casino night, talent shows, formal dinners, DJ workshops, PlayStation® and Wii® equipment, foosball tables and more.

No signing in or out of the club required.

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