MS Pacific Explorer

P&O Cruises Australia Offers Itinerary of Cruises
Former Names:  Dawn Princess

Pacific Explorer is a large but nicely profiled ship that has a warm intimate feel yet a wide range of spacious public rooms. The four deck high atrium lobby and the use of a lot of glass on the upper decks provides light and space to the ship interiors.  Pacific Explorer passengers tend to be Fun loving mixed ages and Mainly from Australia & New Zealand. When all cabins have double occupancy, the ship provides a space ratio of 38.8 tons per passenger and a crew to passenger ratio of one for every 2.2 passengers. At full capacity the space ratio is 34.1 tons per passenger and the crew ratio is one to 2.5 passengers.
Size Large
Built 1997
Refit 2016
Tonnage 77441
Passengers (Min/Max) 1998/2272
Crew 900
Officers British/Italian
Total  999
The cabins are medium sized but well designed and equipped with plenty of storage space and a fridge. Bathrooms are compact with a reasonable size shower. Over one third of cabins are outside and 40% have a private balcony. 
Balcony  410
Ocean View  193
Inside  396
Single  0
Cabin Details Cabins Deckplans
Pools Out/In  3/0
On the sports deck you can enjoy a jogging track, tennis, basketball, volleyball and golf. There is a gym, aerobics and an extensive spa featuring many alternative health therapies. Two of the four pools are rather small.
Jacuzzis  6
Fitness Centre  Yes
Sauna  Yes
Steam Room  Yes
Deck Space  Good
The two dining rooms (Florentine and Venetian) are non smoking, multi-tier and quite intimate. Food, presentation and service is reasonably good. There are 3 informal venues for eating including the Horizon Buffet (24 hrs) , pizzeria and Balcony Grill. Main Dining Rooms  2
Sittings  2
Non Smoking  Yes
Alternative Dining  3
There is a good amount of open deck space and a wide wraparound promenade deck. Entertainment is provided by two showrooms, (Princess Theatre, Vista Lounge) one a theatre the other a cabaret room and three other venues for dancing.  Show Lounges 2
Cinema Yes
Library Yes
Casino Yes
Casual and comfortable during the day. Evenings range from smart casual (shirt & trousers) to informal (jacket and tie for gentlemen and casual elegance for ladies). Formal evenings require a suit or dinner jacket for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.
Allow £3.50 per passenger day for cabin and restaurant staff. 15% will automatically be added on all drinks and beauty treatments.
Wheelchair cabins 22
Wheelchair access is very good.  Hoists are not provided and passengers will need to bring their own.
Lifts 11
The rating for children is Good. There is a fully supervised children's centre for 3-17 year olds including doll house, play area, splash pool, computer/video games room and teen discos. 

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