Pacific Dawn Tour helps out in Canterbury

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 |
The Pacific Dawn, alongside at the Port of Tauranga on the 31st of March, hosted 84 visitors as a fundraising effort for the victims of the Canterbury earthquake. The group purchased tickets to take a tour on the ship and get a taste of the luxury of cruising, as well as doing some good- the entire cost of the ticket was donated to the Red Cross.

Photo by Miles Goodhew via Flickr Creative Commons

The guests were given lunch and shown the public facilities of the 11-deck, 245 metre long ship, as well as a peek into some of the cabins. These types of tours are rare due to security reason, P&O's New Zealand Manager Shannon Currie told

"We receive many requests from people wanting to have a look around our ships while they are in port, but unfortunately for operational reasons it isn’t usually possible. This is due to security concerns, particularly post 9/11"

He said that the response to the opportunity was fantastic, and it was a pity that they could not do it more often as it would encourage more people to book a cruise. One of the tour group remarked

"It was an opportunity that you don’t get often and I think they should do it more often because it would help people decide to take a trip on one."

The Dawn Princess offers a jogging track, 9 bars and lounges, superb restaurants, whirlpool spas, library, duty-free shopping, medical centre and a gym and health spa. With a first-hand look at those facilities, it's a fair bet that some of the tour group will be back on board for a cruise in the future!

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