Amazon Experience: Pacific Princess Cruise Review by ian67
Overall Member Rating
Destination: South America
We knew More Pacific Princess was a small ship and had only 580 passengers on board. Facilities match the size and are more than adequate. Service standards compare well with Celebrity which we know best and the special efforts for Xmas and New Year were very good.
On-board entertainment was as expected for the size of ship and the small scale shows more than adequate. The Cruise Director was somewhat reserved until he got on stage. The Italian Captain and Welsh Staff Captain were very visible. The Captain's briefings were humorous and welcome.
Food in both the buffet was generally good and sometimes excellent with special attention paid to Xmas and New Year. The Executive Chef was very visible even singing in the Christmas Concert and New Year Deck Party. We dined in Sabatini's once and also the Steakhouse. We preferred the latter although Sabatini's had its own appeal.
PORTS - Manaus - we took the Amazon Village tour and journey to Meeting of the Waters. Well run and satisfying. Boca de Villaria is a small village that the ship visits and we brought books and pens for the small school. Tourism is doing some good here. Santarem is a significant city and unfortunately our forest tour was cancelled as the roads had been washed out in the past week. We visited Devil's Island on Xmas morning and were lucky to have a day suitable for tendering - not often the case. Fascinating island for a short visit. We visited the following islands in the Caribbean - Tobago was pretty average; St Lucia was interesting; Dominica was fascinating. The final island call was St Barts where tendering had to be suspended because of a bad swell for several hours - so a very short trip to a very expensive island!
Speaking of expense clearly tours and drinks etc billed in dollars have become much more expensive of late thanks to the sickly pound. We just did not think about it -or tried not to!
In summary we had a memorable cruise and would heartily recommend the Pacific Princess and the itinerary (memories of the charter flight have been erased!) The mix of passengers was memorable and without exception everyone we met was as happy as us. Flights home on American airlines - Miami-Boston- London worked well with no delays. Less
Cabin review: 8062
8062 - Mini suite - really a large cabin but has a good size bath. As almost at stern some sea movement. Very quiet and very private balcony of good size.
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