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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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Member Since 2016
1 review
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0 helpful votes
This was our third cruise with Princess, having sailed before on the Coral Princess and Island Princess. We chose this cruise because of its destinations and also that it starts and returns to Dover, which is fairly easy for us to start ... Read more
Member Since 2006
1 review
27 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We departed from Dover. Embarkation was very smooth--we just walked right on. I loved the smaller ship. People were very friendly and there was more opportunity to meet people. We had a balcony cabin and it was good. The bead was ... Read more
Member Since 2010
1 review
51 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Captain JP was excellent in dealing with weather conditions. Food was creative. Furniture in the Pacific lounge was worn, crew was very friendly and pleasing to work with. Internet is still overpriced. I was told that web changes are ... Read more
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