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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).

Pacific Princess Member Reviews

We were extremely disappointed in princess' boarding for our cruise from Papeete. After getting our boarding card with very little trouble or delay we waited in line for over an hour and a half to get on the ship. They only used one gangway (the ... Read more
Having only sailed on Princess' bigger ships, I was a bit concerned about sailing across the Pacific on the considerably smaller Pacific Princess. But I was pleasantly surprised! The ship was very stable and we had calm seas all the way. After an ... Read more
December 8 – 18, 2014 ***Papeete, Tahiti: Monday, December 8th*** Our arrival in Tahiti was at 5 AM after flying aboard Air Tahiti Nui nonstop from Los Angeles during the night; our departure was at 10:40 PM on Sunday night, December 7th. ... Read more
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