Dawn Princess

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For the ship that sailed as "Dawn Princess" 1988–1993, see RMS Sylvania.
MS Dawn Princess, Akaroa Harbour, 2013.JPG
Dawn Princess in Akaroa Harbour, New Zealand, 2013.
Name: Dawn Princess
Owner: Carnival plc
Operator: Princess Cruises
Port of registry:
Route: Australia and New Zealand
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$300 million
Yard number: Monfalcone 5955
Launched: 11 July 1996
Maiden voyage: 10 May 1997
Refit: June 2009
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2]
General characteristics
Class and type: Sun-class cruise ship
Length: 856 ft (261 m)
Beam: 105.6 ft (32.2 m)
Draught: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Decks: 10 passenger decks
Deck clearance: 3.208 m (10.52 ft)
Installed power: 46,080 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric; two shafts
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 1,998 passengers
Crew: 924
Notes: [1][3]

Dawn Princess is a Sun-class cruise ship built by Fincantieri, Italy, in 1997 and operated by Princess Cruises. The ship features eight restaurants, four swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, seven lounges and bars, and two children centres. Some restaurants offer “anytime dining” where passengers can dine with whom they want, when they want. She is the sister ship to Sun Princess, P&O's Oceana (former Ocean Princess) and Sea Princess.

Princess Cruises[edit]

Ports of call[edit]

Dawn Princess was targeted to replace Pacific Princess, sailing Australian waters between October 2006 and March 2007, to become the largest ship ever to be based in Australia, but these plans were eventually replaced by Sun Princess as well as being served by Pacific Dawn (previously christened Regal Princess). Dawn Princess is now in Australia as of September 24, 2008, beginning its run with a 28-day itinerary circumnavigating Australia, after a month serving Hawaii, Tahiti, and the South Pacific.[4] From this point on, Dawn Princess will remain in Australia permanently sailing from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth alongside Sun Princess.


In June 2009, Dawn Princess was dry-docked in Brisbane, Australia, for refurbishment. During the refit, a Movies Under the Stars screen was added to the main pool area, making Dawn Princess the tenth ship in the Princess fleet to offer this feature. Another addition was the Sanctuary, an adults-only private sunbathing area at the front of the ship, as well as a refurbishment of the photo gallery and maintenance of other public rooms.[5]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 31 October 2011, it was announced that a technical fault in the propulsion system caused the ship to sail at reduced speed, what would cause a delay in the departure of its next cruise scheduled to depart from Sydney on 1 November 2011. This fault was not deemed to compromise safety of passengers and crew.[citation needed]

P&O Cruises Australia[edit]

On October 7, 2015, Carnival announced that the Dawn Princess would be transferred to its Australian subsidiary P&O Cruises Australia as the Pacific Explorer in May 2017. With the transfer, the Pacific Explorer will become the flagship of the P&O Australia fleet.[6]


Dawn Princess in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 
Dawn Princess in Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska, USA. Taken in 2006 from the Sun Princess 


  1. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Dawn Princess". VesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3. 
  3. ^ Ward, Douglas (2008). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. London: Berlitz. pp. 335–336. ISBN 978-981-268-564-3. 
  4. ^ "Princess Cruises : Australia Coastal". Princess.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Dawn Princess Drydock". Flickr.com. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Dawn Princess to be Transferred to P&O Australia - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Cruise Industry News. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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