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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and shelf space, more than other ships. We were midship and it was easy to get around, even for my handicapped husband. Dining was delicious and our servers were polite and charming. Entertainment was varied and pleasing. Without a big theatre with a stage, the performers were up close and personal. They were all friendly and happy to interact with the audience. Because of my husband's disability, we were offered special treatment; stickers for tours were delivered to our room saving him a walk to the lounge and he was given front seats on the busses. We loved the small ship experience. No lines for elevators, shows or purchases. The bathroom shower was bigger than most with lots of storage in the bathroom. The only thing I missed were onboard activities like book club, fashion show and pop choir. We usually toured in the morning and napped until dinner, although the large, lovely library was a favorite place to relax and read, especially on rainy days. We would definitely go on this ship again, perhaps to anther location. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Loved the itinerary with lots of ports of call on a 14 day cruise from Dover and back. The countries in the Baltic were wonderful to visit. Our favorite cities we visited were Saint Petersburg, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The three and a ... Read More
Loved the itinerary with lots of ports of call on a 14 day cruise from Dover and back. The countries in the Baltic were wonderful to visit. Our favorite cities we visited were Saint Petersburg, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The three and a half hour sail up the channel into and out of Stockholm was beautiful and memorable. The Pacific Princess is our favorite ship to cruise on . We love the small ship 600 passengers vs the large ships with over 2000 passengers. The crew is truly the best on the Pacific Princess. The crew gets to know you and treats you as a person not just a passenger. Also we were able to really get to know many of the passengers during our cruise because of the smaller number of people. Part of our trip was sailing thru the Kiel canal which only smaller ships can sail thru. Also we were able to dock closer to most of the cities we visited because of the smaller size of the Pacific Princess. We will have memories for a lifetime from this cruise, truly special. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Cruising on Pacific Princess was as wonderful as our friends had told us! The Captain and all the crew ensured everyone had a fantastic time. Our cabin attendant, Eduardo was hardworking and ensured the cabin was perfect when we ... Read More
Cruising on Pacific Princess was as wonderful as our friends had told us! The Captain and all the crew ensured everyone had a fantastic time. Our cabin attendant, Eduardo was hardworking and ensured the cabin was perfect when we returned from a day out. It was a pleasure seeing his smiling face. We chose second sitting, 7.45pm, for dinner in the dining room. It was perfect timing for us as we didn't need to rush when returning from an excursion. The meals were very good with plenty of variety. The desserts a delicious treat! Our waiter, Samsuri and wine steward, Javin were attentive, professional, friendly and helpful when choosing our meal. We looked forward to seeing them each evening. Sat at a table for 8 but there was always only 6 of us as one couple never turned up. Buffet breakfast and buffet lunch, free seating, was excellent with a wide variety of choices. If we had an early morning excursion, we enjoyed breakfast in the cabin. Ports of call were all wonderful but St. Petersburg was fantastic! A magnificent cruise that we can highly recommend and one we will remember for ever. Being a smaller ship, it was easy to meet people and make friends. There were shows on board but we preferred relaxing after dinner in the piano bar listening to entertainer, Austin Ray who played the piano and sang songs from a long list of popular songs. Austin is a wonderful entertainer. We very much look forward to one day cruising on Pacific Princess again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have travelled on bigger Princess ships, but this was our first time on the Pacific Princess. We chose to go on her for her itinerary to the Baltic and her ports of call. We were favourably impressed. We had the fastest check in of any ... Read More
We have travelled on bigger Princess ships, but this was our first time on the Pacific Princess. We chose to go on her for her itinerary to the Baltic and her ports of call. We were favourably impressed. We had the fastest check in of any Princess cruise ever and they let us board when we got there rather than have us sit in a huge hall and wait for the Elite to board. That was a huge bonus as far as we were concerned and we were advised to go have lunch which was superb while our cabin was made ready. Everything was explained promptly and clearly including packages and dining arrangements. We were able to request a table for 2 from the Maitre de who advised us that he would try for the next night which he did as promised. Again this kind service set an excellent start to our cruise. Our waiters in our first sitting Javin and Samsura were efficient , friendly and considerate. They made us feel very welcome and relaxed. The food was tasty with a good variety and I was able to ask for smaller serves which they accommodated. Again another first. We loved the ambience of the library with its leather chairs and reading nooks. This was the best library we have ever seen. It was based on an honesty system with a variety of novels. It also had games and reference books. Reggie in the Pacific Lounge was outstanding. Her ready smile and quick friendly service added to the holiday feel and we often spent time there reading, playing cards and trying to do Dylan's Trivia challenges. The Dominic Duo's music was great as well. If only I could have danced!! The other bonus of the Pacific Princess was where she docked which because of her smaller size was often so close to the town centres that we were able just to walk on and walk off. In Helsinki she docked right next to the markets! Would we sail with her again ? Definitely! The Captain JP was excellent and we looked forward to his daily updates. His commentary through the Kiel Canal added to our enjoyment. A crew crew and fabulous services. We did not miss the art auctions at all. The new beds and furniture were great. The only change we would suggest would be to have a normal chair with a back instead of the small vanity chair which did not give us any support when sitting at the desk. A small proble. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
There were a group of 8 of us on this sailing roundtrip from Dover. After spending a night in Dover to explore the castle we had a very easy time at the terminal checking in and getting on the ship. We seemed to have missed the crowds. ... Read More
There were a group of 8 of us on this sailing roundtrip from Dover. After spending a night in Dover to explore the castle we had a very easy time at the terminal checking in and getting on the ship. We seemed to have missed the crowds. Once onboard it was easy to find our cabin since we had just been on Pacific Princess the previous fall. The ship was refurbished since that sailing and the upgrades were a very nice improvement. Bedding was better but all in our group thought the duvet was much too thick making it far too hot. We asked for something lighter but for a duvet that was the only option. We opted for a blanket but that ended up being a hassle so we just cranked the cooling down at night to sleep. Service by our room steward was very good. No complaints on his service at all. Whenever we asked for something it was done. 6 of us are not that into eating in the formal dining room so we ate at the buffet throughout the cruise. Here I thought that there was room for improvement. Food was good with moments of greatness. Bacon was far too salty most days at breakfast and always stuck together so it was a chore to just get the number of pieces you wanted. Butter was always hard making it impossible to spread on toast or rolls. Some days it was hard to get someone to clear your dirty dishes after having your salad or appetizer. That clearing of dishes often seemed to be an issue for our group and resulted in having to put them on the next table or on a cart ourselves. The servers never seemed to have an issue offering drinks over and over though. At breakfast there was a female omelette maker (couldn't see her name tag to personally acknowledge her) but no one make an omelette with more love than her!! It was like a work of art when she was done. In several ports In Iceland and one in Oban, Scotland we did excursions with Princess and in other ports private tours for just our group. We enjoyed both but I do have to say small group tours just go far more smoothly and at a quicker pace. In regard to the entertainment we didn't go that often but when we did we enjoyed it. Guest lecturers were enjoyable as well. Went in person a few times but often just watched the recorded version in our room. Internet service was pretty good considering our locations at times. One of the people in our group signed out but it seemed to sign her right back in and when she discovered there were no minutes left the internet café person rectified that for her with no questions asked. Disembarkation was delayed a bit at Dover due to a technical malfunction at the pier but they caught up with themselves quite quickly and we got off the ship right at the time we expected. I would definitely go back on Pacific Princess. Certainly a different experience than on one of the larger Princess ships but for me it isn't necessarily about the ship but more about the itinerary. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The Pacific Princess has lots going for it--great entertainment,fewer crowds.I wish they had suites for handicapped passengers,but the crew on Pacific Princess is top rate! The entertainment was fantastic-I can honestly say that each ... Read More
The Pacific Princess has lots going for it--great entertainment,fewer crowds.I wish they had suites for handicapped passengers,but the crew on Pacific Princess is top rate! The entertainment was fantastic-I can honestly say that each night was exceptional. The service was great,as always. I truly love this ship and its culture! We have cruised Holland America to compare,but found the service lacking,so we returned to Princess. We had 8 ports on this cruise,with plenty of excursions from which to choose,even for those with walking difficulties.Princess made sure to save bus seats for those who are disabled. This was our 20thcruise with Princess.We booked a Baltic cruise for 2018 and would have booked on the Pacific Princess if they had accessible suites. I did not find the spa worth the prices. Also,too many promotions--save paper!!!!! The culture on the Pacific Princess,among the crew,makes this ship a real charm worth experiencing! I miss it already! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
The Ocean Princess (R4-1999) was a favourite of ours until they sold her to Oceana and she was renamed Sirena, but Princess Cruises brought Pacific Princess (R3-1999) over to replace her role and we found her just as charming. We live ... Read More
The Ocean Princess (R4-1999) was a favourite of ours until they sold her to Oceana and she was renamed Sirena, but Princess Cruises brought Pacific Princess (R3-1999) over to replace her role and we found her just as charming. We live in Essex so traveled to Dover by car and didn't use any pre or post cruise hotels. We used Port Parking who are very efficient and reasonably in price. You can park on the dock, which is very convenient, but is a little more expensive and can be bad for your car if there is a storm. We are Platinum level and so boarding was quick and easy, but they have it well organized at Dover with a snack bar, Tannoy announcements of progress, comfortable seating and plenty of room. The itinerary was the main attraction for this cruise, besides trying the Pacific for the first time. We love Iceland (we were there in June too) and we have always gone via the North Sea so to go via the Irish sea with visits to Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool and Oban was just too tempting. There was no wind when we left Dover so the sea was the flattest I have ever seen it, but this did mean we could not see France due to the sea fog. By the time we had got to the Irish Sea it had freshened up a bit and the ship did roll and toss but it was never bad. My wife suffers when it is really rough and she never did need any pills. Bags were out once or twice, there were the occasional white horses but you could always walk down the corridors without looking too drunk. Our impression of the ship is that she is just like the Ocean was, spookily similar in layout, slight differences in decor, but with the same helpful friendly crew. The design is well thought out with plenty of seating in lounges, plenty of places for photography from the ship, shelter on some decks from the wind and enough variety in layout to keep it interesting but not so much that you get lost. Some cruise ships we have been on are more like cross channel ferries, this feels like a real cruise liner. Our cabin (6031) was well laid out, plenty of drawer and cupboard space, the settee was a little small (it could seat two thin ones, but we had to take turns) but there was a second chair. The mattress sloped at the edges, so if you strayed too near the edge you could slide out of bed, but it was a Queen size bed so it could be avoided. Our cabin was quiet (we have had noisy neighbours before) but we chose this one as it has only one neighbour (lifeboats on the other side). There are four of these cabins on deck 6, two at the front and two at the back. The forward ones are handy for the Show Lounge, the aft ones are handy for the Main Restaurant. The balcony had a small table and two loungers. I was told by Princess that all their ships have US 110v only, but this is not true. Certainly the Pacific Princess has both US 110V and continental 220V. We were able to run three USB chargers with no problem. There were plenty of onboard activities. We went to an Astronomy lecture but didn't attend any more as we have both studied this at University level, it was fine for the ordinary cruiser though. We attend the Glockenspiel classes (5) which we thoroughly enjoyed, they have done Ukuleles, Penny Whistles and Tin Pans on other cruises. We also attended several of the trivia sessions when we were not ashore and won two of them. We had two Brits and two Aussies in our team; another two USA or Canadian would have been ideal. We didn't go to any shows or use the bars. We used the main dining room most of the time which is fixed seating in two sittings. The staff are efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and the food is good. We never take the comprehensive drinks package which we think is extortionate, but we took the wine package. They have four; 7 bottles or 10 bottles and silver (up to $35) or gold (up to $45). They have a good range of wines which are expensive if you compare with what you can pay in a supermarket, but reasonable compared to restaurant prices. The only problem we found was they have a limited number of tables for two. We needed this for two reasons, noisy Americans who have to talk so that the whole room can hear, and passengers who insist on having every course and then talking instead of eating. As the waiters like to synchronise the courses it can take an age if you are only having one course. The Panorama buffet is an alternative to the main dining, the food is often the same, sometimes you can get extras like Biscuits and Gravy (it is fun watching Brits put butter and jam on the biscuits thinking they are scones). We found previously it could be difficult getting a seat in the Panorama, but it was no problem this time. There are two specialty restaurants; Sabatinis and the Steak House but we did not use these. We have tried Sabatinis on the Ocean Princess and found it rather filling. They seem to have a new procedure for excursions when you dock; meet on the pier at your coach. Tender ports are still run from the Show Lounge so that the tenders can be scheduled and to avoid congestion at the boarding pontoon. The organised excursion were good, though maybe a bit expensive compared to Fred Oulsen say. We had one excursion canceled due to lack of interest, but this is down to the other passengers, not the cruise line. Disembarkation was painless compared to CMV. We could pick our slot (independent travel with platinum) and chose 8:30 but were allocated 8:00. We didn't have to vacate our cabins until 8:00 so could have breakfast first. Dover port had trouble with the automatic gangway which delayed start of disembarkation but by the time they got to us they had caught up. Apart from a 15 minute delay at the Dartford Crossing due to an accident further up the M25 we had an uneventful journey home. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and have put down a future cruise deposit, hopefully they will have a round Britain cruise in 2019 (we already have 3 cruises for 2018). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This cruise unfortunately was a big mistake for me. I wanted to take a 13 year old grandson on a cruise of the British Isles and the dates of this cruise as well as the fact that it was only eight days was great. However, I did not ... Read More
This cruise unfortunately was a big mistake for me. I wanted to take a 13 year old grandson on a cruise of the British Isles and the dates of this cruise as well as the fact that it was only eight days was great. However, I did not realize in advance that for a teenager it is all about the ship and its activities for teens rather than the itinerary. Further, the highlight was going to be Londonderry as my grandson's family name stems from there. I NEVER EVER imagined that the ship could not dock there. I know that cruise tickets always have that disclaimer. However, adults can handle it much better than teens. To further his dissappointment the excursion that we took in Edinburgh was a total disaster and consequently he did not really see that city either On the other side, my husband and I have cruised extensively and the ship and service are much more important to us than the ports ( we are in our seventies) For us the ship was perfect. I have never had such a smooth embarkation nor have I ever enjoyed the entertainment so much. ( Because there is no theater per se there were no poor imitations of Broadway). Rather there was a great review of Burt Bacharach songs and some good karaoke and a fantastic Beatles sing a long Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this cruise because it stopped overnight for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also because it was scheduled to stop at one of the Channel Islands, Jersey. Unfortunately, the ship experienced mechanical problems causing it to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it stopped overnight for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and also because it was scheduled to stop at one of the Channel Islands, Jersey. Unfortunately, the ship experienced mechanical problems causing it to lose power completely at the dock in Dover just as it was scheduled to sail. After about three hours, the crew got the ship functioning on its emergency generator for essential items only, such as toilets and sinks, but it took approximately 2 more hours before power was fully restored. As a result of the problem, we did not sail until past midnight. We could not make the first port (Jersey) at all due to the delay, and the lack of power meant that there was no hot dinner the first night (just sandwiches in the buffet). It was the only time we have ever gone to bed hungry on a cruise. The cruise line reimbursed the passengers $150 each, which was, frankly, inadequate for such a severe problem and schedule deviation that was not due to weather or some other act of God. We were very disappointed to miss seeing Jersey. The ship itself is old and showing its age. Although some things have been upgraded (carpets, some of the furniture, beds) everywhere we went we saw items visibly in need of maintenance, from torn or non-functioning curtains in public areas to broken hinges on the closet doors. This was the third Princess ship on which my spouse and I have sailed, and it was just not up to the standards of the rest of the Princess fleet. That being said, the bedding was very comfortable. Our mini-suite was spacious, the most-spacious non-suite cabin we have ever had on any cruise line. The entertainment was very good, and we especially enjoyed the comedian, the magician and the nightly pianist/singer, Austin Raye, who was the best of his kind that we have ever seen on a cruise. The food was good but not outstanding. We did take advantage of the Ultimate Balcony Dinner experience, which was one of the best meals we had on the ship. Both embarkation and disembarkation in Dover were a breeze, no doubt due to the small ship size. There was virtually no waiting at either end. We took only one of the ship's excursions, in Waterford, to visit Kilkenny Castle and the Waterford factory. The tour was quite good. We did not care for Dublin, which we found to be a hard city for tourists to negotiate, with attractions spread out too far apart for walking, and horrendous traffic everywhere we went. It took nearly an hour to drive in either direction via courtesy shuttle from the ship to the downtown area and back. This made our productive time in Dublin short. In Edinburgh, we followed the advice we got on one of the boards on Cruisecritic, and disembarked overnight to stay at The Witchery Hotel, and to attend the spectacular Military Tattoo. We bought out tickets for the Tattoo on the Internet well in advance (the previous fall), and made our hotel and meal arrangements in Edinburgh on our own, all at a considerable savings over similar tickets offered by the cruise line. If you are planning to attend the Tattoo, we recommend paying extra to sit under cover in the Royal Gallery, as the weather in Edinburgh is very unpredictable, and rain is almost a daily occurrence. Note that for a fee, you can join the Friends of the Tattoo society, and the tickets will be made available to you first, before they go on sale to the general public. The Witchery Hotel is extremely convenient to the Tattoo venue (just 50 yards away and within the security enclosure), and the rooms are each unique, sumptuously decorated and spectacular (although not handicapped accessible, if this is an issue, which it was not for us). A wonderful breakfast was included as part of this memorable stay. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose Pacific Princess due to the itinerary of 2 days in Scotland with an excursion to St Andrews the home of golf. We found embarkation to be smooth and easy. We quickly found our way to a lovely lounge for a drink. Our luggage arrived ... Read More
We chose Pacific Princess due to the itinerary of 2 days in Scotland with an excursion to St Andrews the home of golf. We found embarkation to be smooth and easy. We quickly found our way to a lovely lounge for a drink. Our luggage arrived quickly. Right after muster the lights went out and originally we all thought it was part of the muster drill, but it was a power failure. The Captain kept us all well informed. The Buffet offered cold sandwiches, salads etc and once the power came back on much much later the Buffet put out a full hot service. Remarkable! Unfortunately we had to miss our first port of call at Jersey, but we were compensated nicely.We were in a Club Class Mini Suite with an all inclusive beverage package. I highly recommend both. The all inclusive beverage package included cappuccino which I took advantage of daily. This ship has some of the most amazing crew I have seen. 5 stars to all of them. I enjoyed the food in the dining room, as did my husband. Sabitini's was good. We signed up for the Chef's Table which was amazing, worth the price and then some.Club class dining is a small area within the main dining room with its own dedicated waiters. They offered daily specials and some meals were prepared specifically by the chef for Club Class diners. Entertainment was good for a small ship. The Club Class Mini Suite cabin has ample drawer and closet space- the most I've seen on any other ship. The bed was comfortable. Internet is HORRIBLE. There is no more to say about that. I heard some people asked for and received refunds. Shore excursions were ok. We took advantage of them in Waterford and Scotland. We did the Hop on Hop off Bus in Dublin. I wish we had more time time Dublin. The reason I gave this cruise 4 stars instead of 5 is due to the distance from the cruise ports to the city. Most were an hour away which certainly cuts into excursion time and in Rosyth you had to take a shuttle from the pier to the bus station which took you to the train station to get into Edinburgh. We did not do the Tattoo however those who did said they enjoyed it very much, but it was cold in the stands. The city tour of Edinburgh was delightful as was the National Museum and Edinburgh Castle. St Andrews was the best tour. My husband was able to walk on the old course and have his picture taken on the stone bridge at the 18th hole. We stopped later and had a pint at Greyfrias in town before heading back to the bus for our return to the ship.I feel we had good value for the excursions we took. Disembarkation was as smooth as embarkation. Pacific Princess is my favorite ship right now. Surpassing Celebrity X. I would certainly recommend this small ship experience to all. Read Less
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