My wife and I have over 20 cruises with with Princess so, as we are running out of options with their large ships,we decided to try one of the small ships. We are both early 60's, still working and from the 'it pays to patronise' school so we stick with Princess as they have everything we are looking for in a cruise and they look after us. We embarked in Rome which always goes smoothly with Princess transfer, despite being tired after the overnite flight from North America.
The Pacific Princess has only 650 psg compared with 1900 and up on their other ships. No big atrium here with all the activity that goes with it.Most of the activity seems to revolve around the dining areas. Shops, casino and photo gallery all there but way less busy and much smaller presence. Still has specialty restaurants (steak or Italian)but they are on alternate nites. Tried them both as we always do and they were both up there with the best we have ever had. The dining areas are way more traditional with lots of wood and lower ceilings making them way more cosy. We always enjoy Princess food but on this ship it seemed just that little bit better. Maybe serving 600 instead 0f 2000+ makes it easier to serve different things?
This cruise was pretty port intensive so not much time to relax if you want to get out and explore. The ports were great but watch out for store closures for large part of the afternoon in Italy.(they know how to live)Montenegro/Croatia and Malta were huge pleasant surprises. To sum up we really enjoyed our trip and the Pacific Princess and are booked on this ship for its 'surprise' trip into the Caribbean in Jan.as it's dry dock was cancelled.We saw a few Blue cards (first trip with Princess)on the ship but would recommend you try the larger Princess ships first to really enjoy what Princess has to offer.