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Pacific Explorer Ship Details

Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer

Offering year-round cruises from Sydney to the South Pacific as well as some short break cruises coming in 2017! Pacific Explorer will be the newest addition to the P&O fleet with new features on board including a completely revamped pool area, entertainment lounge, bare foot bowling green as well as a new array of unique small bars. Whatever holiday you are trying to achieve Pacific Explorer will be there to suit every style of holiday.


A little history

Pacific Explorer, previously the Dawn Princess, was redesigned during 2016 to be part of the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, which is now at a total of 6 ships. Built by Fincantieri, the Italian ship building company in 1996 with her maiden voyage being in May of 1997. Pacific Explorer has now been completely revamped with a multi-million dollar refurbishment for its release in 2017, with fresh designs reflecting the best of modern Australian cruising.


Ship's design

Spacious, elegant and modern. The Pacific Explorer is coming in at 260 meters long, with 11 guest decks and a passenger capacity of 1998 guests. She weighs in at 77,441 gross tonnage making it quite a significant addition to the P&O fleet.  Pacific Explorer's décor will reflect modern Australia, combining elegance with relaxed comfort to create the striking contemporary look which has become a trademark of the P&O fleet.


On board Pacific Explorer


Pacific Explorer offers a great selection of staterooms. The majority come with twin beds that can be switched into a queen bed as required.

Whichever stateroom you choose, you are guaranteed all the amenities you'd expect while cruising including: air conditioning with personal controls, television, hair dryer, safety deposit box, telephone and fridge.

With regards to service, room stewards clean the staterooms during the day and early evening while you embark on other adventures and gourmet delights on the ship.


P&O Adventure Park

The popular P&O Edge Adventure Park will feature activities such as a flying fox, while those seeking a more relaxed pace will be able to head to the back deck for a cruisey game of barefoot bowls.


Kids only

Pacific Explorer has three on board children's zones packed with the coolest ways to entertain little ones through to teenagers. There are four supervised, age-specific Kid's Clubs: Turtle Cove for ages 3-6, Shark Shack for ages 7-10, HQ for ages 11-14, and HQ+ for the older kids aged 15-17. Younger children are entertained with educational games, toys, and other fun activities under full supervision. Older children aged 11-17 have their own lounge, where they can immerse themselves in the latest gaming technologies, music and films. They can also create their own short films and form music bands for special competitions.

After a full day of fun activities, your little ankle-biters can wind down with the Sleepyheads Storytime, a nightly event in Turtle Cove featuring a mix of traditional and new release stories plus a goodnight song.

While private in-room or one-on-one babysitting services are not provided, Turtle Cove and Shark Shack provide a group child minding service from 10.30pm to 1.00am for an extra charge. Well worth it for a kid-free night out!



Pacific Explorer offers plenty of entertainment for its passengers, whether it be catching an early or late show, getting involved with the fun of Live Music on board, or heading to one of the activities provided by the ships entertainment staff in which can be found in your daily planner each day.


Food Glorious Food

Continuing P&O's food revolution, Pacific Explorer will offer some tantalising new dining concepts, including The Black Circus, a supper club venue offering delicious food served with a side of cabaret-style entertainment. The Waterfront is the main restaurant, with options for Angelo's, serving contemporary Italian cuisine as well as the Dragon Lady dining venue offering Asian Cuisine.

Best of all, Pacific Explorer features P&O Cruises' first ever celebrity chef restaurant at sea - Salt grill by Luke Mangan. Simply book a table to dine on the celebrity chef's mouth-watering creations in an intimate setting.


Everyday Conveniences

Pacific Explorer has everything you need to cruise, leaving you without a worry in the world. You will also find a launderette and medical centre, manned by registered doctors and nurses. The centre provides medical help during scheduled clinic times, and 24/7 for medical emergencies.

If it's shopping you crave, Pacific Explorer offers fantastic shopping venues where you can browse and buy clothing, souvenirs, designer brands, P&O memorabilia, electronic items (including digital cameras), jewelry, beauty products, and the usual duty-free products such as perfume, alcohol and tobacco.


Staying connected

Internet access is available on all P&O Cruises ships, and Pacific Explorer is no exception. Stay in contact with friends and family back on shore via the on board internet cafe.

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