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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I have sailed aboard the Princess before and found it to be a really relaxing experience. The atmosphere is friendly. The crew is very helpful in many ways such as greeting you by name when going to dinner or nearing your cabin. The gym is ... Read More
I have sailed aboard the Princess before and found it to be a really relaxing experience. The atmosphere is friendly. The crew is very helpful in many ways such as greeting you by name when going to dinner or nearing your cabin. The gym is not crowded and getting a workout can be done in a short time. The view from the gym is up high and forward so you can see the sea life during your time in there. My nine dining partners were a mixed set of people. Most of them had cruised before and were very knowledgeable. For the most part they were friendly and cheerful (with a couple of spats). The British pub was a chance to eat some foods from fish and chips to a ploughmans lunch drink a proper Guiness. I enjoyed singing in the Pop choir. The Princess singers and dancers were very good but put on not nearly enough shows. The other performers were not to my taste. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Pacific Princess is our favorite Princess ship: small, beautifully decorated, easy to get everywhere including embark and disembark. Princess celebrated the holidays in elegant, intimate style. The food was very good especially ... Read More
Pacific Princess is our favorite Princess ship: small, beautifully decorated, easy to get everywhere including embark and disembark. Princess celebrated the holidays in elegant, intimate style. The food was very good especially Christmas Day Buffet which was overwhelming in quality and quantity! We enjoyed all the entertainment, service was fine and any requests we had were handled promptly. Ports were enjoyable, especially horse riding in Dominican Republic and snorkeling on many of the islands. We especially enjoyed St. Lucia because of its lush beauty and the independent tour we took with COSOL...in 7 hours we saw much of the island, snorkeled in a reserve ( best of the trip), rode a speedboat, had mudbath, swam in a waterfall, ate local food all day, drank local beer and rum (soft drinks and water, too...the bar truck followed us!). Fantastic! Iles des Saints was also lovely: very few tourists, tidy small town, good snorkeling, interesting fort. Hoping for a repeat this year! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I Chose this cruise for two reasons, I had always wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing, and I wanted a smaller ship. All my previous cruises were on much larger ships. Plus i have had great experiences with Princess in the past. The ... Read More
I Chose this cruise for two reasons, I had always wanted to do a Trans Atlantic Crossing, and I wanted a smaller ship. All my previous cruises were on much larger ships. Plus i have had great experiences with Princess in the past. The staff was great. Although it is embarrassing that they have been briefed on who has ordered the drink plan, and they keep an eye on you. The ship is old, and it shows, but the staff makes up for it. Would NOT recommend this cruise for Transatlantic Crossing, due to its size, after two days and a cruise director who needs to retire, I needed a few more spaces to walk around in. You can NOT be anonymous on this ship. The rooms are basic, and clearly if you look at seams in bathroom, they keep applying quick filler for cracks, in my cabin it was chipping off and falling on floor- just was not quite sure what it was at the beginning. Staff was great. However Effie Manger very kurt and rude. Lost a big sale do to his attitude. On other ships Effie managers have been great. Don't expect a lot of whizz bang from this ship, or educational classes, as they advertise for other ships. If you are looking to just read, relax, and go across the Atlantic, this is the ship of for you. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Pacific Princess ,1st time on this small ship , but have enjoyed cruises on Oceania and Azamara . Ship has nice ambience and a warm and welcoming staff , some features are showing their age ,with some recent renovations . She has a loyal ... Read More
Pacific Princess ,1st time on this small ship , but have enjoyed cruises on Oceania and Azamara . Ship has nice ambience and a warm and welcoming staff , some features are showing their age ,with some recent renovations . She has a loyal following among staff and guests. Very good itinerary , sailing from Venice ( overnight) Croatia , Kotor , Greek Islands , Naples , Rome , 2 ports in Sicily , Barcelona , and Canary Islands make for a very interesting cruise . Very good production shows , guest entertainers along with guest lecturers help past the time . A relatively small ship . an easy walk fore to aft , never a line for anything , she has a loyal following among guests and staff . On this size ship , we were always encountering officers , staff and entertainment staff , a more intimate setting for such a long voyage . Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
We love this small ship and usually like to leave home during the holiday season. We had a bit of weather and missed the port in Cadiz. We have done this crossing many times at this time of year and I feel 8 straight sea days is too much, ... Read More
We love this small ship and usually like to leave home during the holiday season. We had a bit of weather and missed the port in Cadiz. We have done this crossing many times at this time of year and I feel 8 straight sea days is too much, The other cruises stopped some where else like Morocco, Azores, Tunisia or the Caribbean to break up the crossing. It was nice to have Sammy as the cruise director. We had a Club Class cabin, which I have to say really did not do much for us. We had a special dining area, but could not bring friends and the food was the same except for a special dish made by the head waiter. A couple were really good, but most just OK, one was disgusting. The other Club Class benefit is you get more pillows and two half bottles of wine and priority boarding. We are Elite so really did not do much for us. The are trying to copy Celebrity "Aqua Class" but missed the mark.We got to go to a couple of special "Wine lunches" where the Chef made a lunch with wine pairings. The food was excellent and it was a great event, don't think that they are common, but if you get a chance ever DO IT. So we know the chef can cook, but their is only so much you can do with the ingredients Princess provides and we have seen the quality go down over the years. This ship will always be our favorite, very intimate and relaxed. Easy to make friends. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Venice to Rome 12 nights (23NOV to 5Dec2017) back-to-back Rome to Fort Lauderdale 17 nights (5Dec-22Dec2017). To enjoy a long cruise, you must prepare how you wish to spend the many sea days (here included 8 transatlantic sea days). ... Read More
Venice to Rome 12 nights (23NOV to 5Dec2017) back-to-back Rome to Fort Lauderdale 17 nights (5Dec-22Dec2017). To enjoy a long cruise, you must prepare how you wish to spend the many sea days (here included 8 transatlantic sea days). While there was a multitude of activities that I did not do, I participated many activities offered by the fabulous team under the direction of Sammie Baker, our Cruise Director. I was never bored as I had brought my own crochet projects, attended every performance of the Cast Dancers and Singers, and my favourite guest performer, Diane Cousins, took dance lessons by Sarah and Dillon, did arts & crafts with Brendan (Cast Dancer from New Zealand), watched the Culinary Competition and Galley Tour, watched the Virtual Bridge Tour Presentation, and most worthwhile, attended the nine Astronomy Enrichment Lectures presented by Dr. Rhodri Evans. I loved the majority of my breakfasts and lunches in the Deck 9 Buffet, unfortunately my dinners in the Club Restaurant were inconsistent and I did have several sub-par dinners. Service was generally good. We took a few very good shore excursions, but we mainly explored on our own, and took taxis and public transportation. We were in Naples twice, and we're very surprised that Princess did not offer an excursion to Caserta Palace, which is a must see heritage site rivalling Versailles (and only 35 km north of Naples). One minor complaint: I did not enjoy my foot mud bath and massage because she spent the whole 45 minutes trying to up sell products so it was not relaxing at all. Deck 3 Cabin 3015 mid-ship. Had abundant closets and shelves for two women. Love seat sofa very convenient. Vanity desk with chair. Mini-fridge. Twin beds felt narrower than normal. Porthole was not obstructed (OV is porthole). We were very happy to be on Deck 3, in winter (Dec) in Mediterranean had 4 days of rough seas (Captain ordered porthole closed). Those in higher decks felt the waves more. We missed 3 Mediterranean ports due to storms. Once we sailed out of the Mediterranean, got to Tenerife, and into the transatlantic crossing, it was very smooth sailing, and every day was sunny and warm towards Fort Lauderdale. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The small ship experience provides a close relationship with staff. You get to know them and it is a family. I am not sure I would repeat the small ship, missed the international cafe!! The entertainment is close and personal, providing ... Read More
The small ship experience provides a close relationship with staff. You get to know them and it is a family. I am not sure I would repeat the small ship, missed the international cafe!! The entertainment is close and personal, providing an enjoyable experience, very different than the larger ships.The pool area has nice double loungers and thick cushions. The ship is beautiful and reminds me of the old school ships; wood everywhere. We had three rough days before ever hitting the Atlantic. It was like a ghost town on the ship. The staff was out and about ensuring that passengers were all doing ok. One dining room with two sittings. Lotus Spa - great bamboo massages. Has a steam room - use it. We were on the 7th deck - mid-ship little forward. Has closet with doors and drawers behind doors.....all encased in wood. Typical cruise ship bath. Had a loveseat in the room which was nice. It is a pull out for a third passenger. We found a regular outlet under the TV, nice find in addition to the one on the desk area. As we walked from our room aft....we hit a nasty musty smell. So glad we were not in those rooms. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Princess has so many satisfied passengers. We have cruised about 20 times, and always found cruisers who raved about Princess. So we decided to check it out for ourselves. This was a B2B Med/TA cruise.We weren't worried about the smallness ... Read More
Princess has so many satisfied passengers. We have cruised about 20 times, and always found cruisers who raved about Princess. So we decided to check it out for ourselves. This was a B2B Med/TA cruise.We weren't worried about the smallness of the ship-we are perfectly happy amusing ourselves. We were excited about the ports, new and old, and looking forward to the 8 sea days at the end. Embarkation was easy. The ship was in Venice for two days. When we water taxi'ed out to it, no one else was in line. We got checked in and onboard quickly. Our cabin, a mini suite, was quite nice.We were hungry and decided to get burgers at the BBQ Grill on the pool deck. The burgers were awful. The meat was gristly and greasy and the buns stale. It was Thanksgiving so at dinner we ordered the turkey. Again, the meat disappointed. it was more like a Swanson tv dinner than a roast turkey. The veggies and dessert were good though. The next day when Mr S ordered the jerk chicken and the meat was dry and tasteless we began wondering if we were going to become vegetarians for the rest of the trip. This unevenness in the quality of the food continued for 29 days. Soups on the buffet were uniformly excellent, but the set up made it very hard to serve yourself. We were kind of stunned, in fact, at the self service on the buffet. Many items were hard to reach or involved hot serving utensils, and it was hard to get anyone to help. Just not enough staff. it is a small ship so a small buffet with less choices than we are used to. In the dining room and the buffet food temperature was an issue. We were very fortunate with our table mates in the dining room. this made the forced early dining time of 5:30 more bearable. Why is any ship still not allowing anytime dining? Hard to figure. By the way I would not waste my money booking Club Class on this ship. The cruisers who elected that were seated in a group of tables at the entrance to the dining room, meaning they were scrutinized by everyone and their brother as people paraded in to dinner. Some of their food was prepared at a little induction cooktop that was just after the maitre'd station. Not very appetizing. I would have thought they would have placed the Club Class area in a quiet corner, not adjacent to the thundering herds. Trivia was more lame then usual, as the cruise director staff apparently was made to use an out of date source book for the questions. Not sure why cruise ships can't get this right, but Princess' trivia was worse than usual. An exception were the trivias conducted by Robbie, who was the stand out star of the Cruise Director's staff. We don't go to the shows but we do listen to the music. Midway through the cruise the good duo was transferred to another ship and a lesser duo with a very limited repertoire brought on board. The cruise director seemed to enjoy concocting entertainments that revolved around her. We were not amused and steered clear. Numerous cruisers including us had issues-most minor-with things on the ship, and the surprise was how these things were handled. We were treated very disrespectfully and often blamed. One group of experiences Princess cruisers was given the bum's rush out of the dining room due to an impending muster drill. Being passengers in transit they were not required to participate, but the maitre'd, told them to "Just get out". This whole experience was a mess and I dearly hope there never needs to be a real evacuation of the ship. The crew is clearly unprepared. We had an issue with our prepaid drink package. Basically, they refused to honor the terms of it, said they did not have to honor what was on the internet, said that they had changed it after we bought it, etc. We never got this resolved as I became tired of dealing with it. We also made a steakhouse reservation for my birthday which they lost. When we showed up there were many empty tables, and they finally, begrudgingly, seated us, but not after blaming us and accusing us of having made the reservation for the wrong day. It was really quite extraordinary. We met so many great people on the cruise, many of whom were very frequent Princess cruisers, we don't know how to explain the way so many people were treated so poorly except to conclude that there is a major middle management problem on the ship. Lower echelon staff were generally good to great. Some of them confided they were going to try to transfer to different ships. The ship had recently gone thru a refurbishment and much of the public furniture was new and very nice. Our mini suite had new things also, and we liked it a lot. Exceptions were the balcony furniture which was kind of ratty, and the products in the bathroom. I ended up buying products in the spa at the half off sale. The paper products in the bathroom were also rough and low end. We had to skip several ports due to bad weather. The captain did do a nice thing for the first port we skipped, which was Kotor (Montenegro). they stayed in Dubrovnik an extra day and offered a bus tour of Kotor. We appreciated that a lot. For those who do not like the motion of the ocean I would not recommend this small ship. We had several days of rough seas, and some of the passengers really suffered. We were ok with it but glad when we escaped into smooth seas and warm temps on the crossing. A big pet peeve for me was the laundry. I hated the laundromat, very tight and confined and filled with hostile people arguing over the dryers. I was surprised that there was no option of a bag of laundry for $20 or so like most cruises have. I will never again spend my vacation worrying about laundry. Princess, you have many fans, but you also have problems on the Pacific. Fix it, it is too nice a ship and your loyal fans too great a group to have to put up with the disrespectful treatment dished out on this cruise. In the meantime, we are going back to Holland America for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I had heard many good things about Princess Cruise Line and I found the right itinerary and dates. Reality, a little disappointing. The Pacific Princess (a.k.a. reborn "Love Boat") is a small ship carrying 600+ passengers. ... Read More
I had heard many good things about Princess Cruise Line and I found the right itinerary and dates. Reality, a little disappointing. The Pacific Princess (a.k.a. reborn "Love Boat") is a small ship carrying 600+ passengers. Overall the ship is very nice. Few venues, public rooms elegantly appointed: Library reading room a la "Downton Abby-esque". I sailed on a back to back from Venice to Fort Lauderdale. Cabin on the first segment (6062) nice and comfortable and pleasant although Bathroom needlessly small and tight (One needs to step out to change ones mind). Second segment cabin (7033) the same. Main dinning room very nice: service excellent food nicely presented but a bit bland and sometimes insipid for my taste. Very disappointed with the food offering at the Panorama Café buffet. Breakfast & Lunch never very appetizing and I can eat most anything. Poor and limited selection and looked as if it was out far too long, perhaps because it is a small venue. The entertainment was nice, a few excellent others not so much. It was none the less enjoyable. Staff service, in all venues and areas, was very pleasant and attentive, no complaints. Although we skipped 3 ports, due to weather, the Ports and tours offered were very nice and well prepared and staffed. Price, not bad. Crossing the Atlantic was wonderful, 8 days. The sea was extraordinarily calm and pleasant weather: I enjoy sea days. The entertainment staff did a nice job keeping all entertained that wanted to be entertained. Good job!! I May, I'll be on the Regal, I will see how that goes. Hopefully better. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
This is our favorite ship... we have sailed the small ships now for 5 times. These ships are small and intimate. You get to know most everyone when you sail. Cabins are very nice, in fact the square shape of the mini suites is ... Read More
This is our favorite ship... we have sailed the small ships now for 5 times. These ships are small and intimate. You get to know most everyone when you sail. Cabins are very nice, in fact the square shape of the mini suites is different and leaves you with a spacious feeling. All the cabins feel upscale and different from most cabins. The appointments are nice and all leave you with the feeling of old school luxury. The library is truly special. it is all mahogany and comfort with wing chairs and "real" books on the shelves. There is a pretend fireplace and brings much warmth to the room. It is a great place to work a jigsaw puzzle or read a book. All the staff are nice and because of the small number of passengers, they all seem to know you. We hope that Princess keeps this last small ship and will continue to sail on her. Read Less
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