Pacific Princess Review

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Pacific Princess Overview

Pacific 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 both 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 and the Sterling Steakhouse, which offers traditional favorites and 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 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

We chose this cruise because we've wanted to do a British Isles cruise for a long time, and found this at a great price. The ship is beautiful. We love the small ships, so any opportunity to sail on a small ship, we're going for it. Embarkation ... Read more
The Pacific Princess is a small ship, one of the oldest in the fleet and it may either be perfect for you or for less than what you expect. It holds total of 670 passengers. There is one main dining room, a buffet, and two specialty restaurants ... Read more
This cruise had an array of experiences we had read about and wanted to see first hand. From the Svalbard Archipelago with the chance of seeing polar bears, to days and nights when the sun never set, to the stunningly beautiful fjords and ancient ... Read more
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