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Pacific Princess Review

Pacific Princess
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85% of cruisers loved it
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  • The line's smallest ship is a globe-trotter
  • Intimate size means fabulous service
  • Resembles a stately manor house or country inn
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Pacific Princess Overview

By Jodi Thompson, Cruise Critic Contributor
Pacific Princess, with its sister "R-class" ship, Ocean Princess, offers some of the line's more exotic itineraries in Europe, Asia and South America, including a 107-night World Cruise beginning each January from Ft. Lauderdale to Venice. The 30,277-ton, 680-passenger pair were acquired in 2002 from now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, and are by far the smallest ships in Princess' fleet.

With its dark wood and plush interiors, Pacific Princess resembles a stately manor house or country inn. The more intimate size facilitates friendliness; don't be surprised if the staff knows your name and says hello when you pass by.

Unlike Princess' larger ships, Pacific Princess does not feature a flexible dining option; there are early and late shifts at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. But the ship does feature the line's two popular alternative restaurants. Sabatini's, the signature Italian venue, asks you to choose your main entree only, and a parade of hot and cold appetizers, salads, and pastas are served automatically. The Sterling Steakhouse offers traditional favorites, focusing on top-quality steaks complemented by an international wine list. (Note: Due to the small size of the ship, the restaurants alternate the nights they are open.)

Accommodation-wise, 92 percent of the ship's cabins are outside, 75 percent of which have verandahs. There are only five categories -- Interior Double, Oceanview Double, Oceanview Double with Balcony, Mini-Suites and Owner's Suites -- but there is significant variety within the categories, so consult deck plans and cabin reviews before booking.

Evening entertainment revolves around the Cabaret Lounge, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and presents a full schedule of options, including first-run movies, live music, variety shows and more. Live piano music is available at the Casino Bar, and the adjacent casino offers table games and slot machines. Sea days may include destination-specific lectures, and classes on photography and computer technology (all are part of Princess' enrichment-focused ScholarShip@Sea program).

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Pacific Princess Member Reviews

Tahitian Cruise goldiep
This ship is old but very well maintained. We loved the spiral staircase, the wood banisters, the brass. The good: Embarking was quick and easy. Same with debarkation. A small ship means no really long waits for elevators or tables at the buffet. ... Read more
Pleasant Surprise craig3137
Hello Reviewers, My wife and I wanted to see Bora Bora and Moorea on our honeymoon, and taking a cruise was the most affordable way to accomplish this. Plus it allowed us to see the other islands. We were traveling from Toronto, and the main way to ... Read more
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Booked our flight and transfer to Tahiti thru Princess, and everything went as expected. The flight was on time and we arrived at 5:00 AM in Papeete, our pick-up to the ship was scheduled at 8:00 AM so we did have to wait a while at the airport but ... Read more
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