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Why Choose Pacific Princess?

  • 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 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).

Pacific Princess Gratuity

Princess Cruises automatically adds $12.95 per day to each passenger's account to cover hotel and dining service. Passengers in suites or mini-suites will be charged $13.95 per day. Gratuities apply to both adults and children.

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Pacific Princess Member Reviews

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
Absolutely loved the small ship atmosphere. Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and free of hassles. We got to know quite a few people since we would see them at several different activities. Liked the ship decor which was very ... Read more
We try to cruise Princess because overall, everything is consistent. However, on this smaller ship we did not enjoy the main restaurant as much as other ships. The big disappointment, it did not have anytime dining. The food was fine but when I ... Read more
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