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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

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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Jcorr
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I am a first time cruiser so the thought of flying half way around the world to get on a ship for 17 days did NOT interest me at all but as this was to be a family reunion for my husbands family I nervously went along. Wow ....that was ... Read more
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MePlus4
Member Since 2014
1 review
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took this trip over Christmas and New Year's from San Pedro, CA to Ft. Laud, FLa. It was great! We had two cabins, 7050 and 7053 - fantastically placed, interior, midship cabins. The ship is the smallest we have sailed so far, but we ... Read more
Dididi
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
188 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We wanted to see the Panama Canal but had to work around the school calendar. Our choices for a full transit voyage were the Island Princess (15 nights) or the Pacific Princess (17 nights). We had been on the Pacific Princess before and ... Read more

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