Pacific Princess Cruise Review by series02
- Sail Date: December 2012
- Destination: Transatlantic
The Pacific princess is a small ship with excellent sailing capabilities. The ship has a great feel when in bad weather which makes it very comfortable and very little engine noise and vibration so that sailing on it is a pleasure. The rooms while adequate are small by modern standards, but does have a sofa, king bed and makeup area. We usually pick only two types of cabins. For crossing an ocean the lower the better and as much in the center of the ship as possible. Cabin 4026 was perfect for this crossing. Very little engine noise, with little rocking or rolling. Recommend this room highly. It is an ocean view room without a balcony. Perfect for crossing the ocean where there is nothing to see and the weather does not allow for seating outside. On previous trips on this type of ships we have had a balcony which is nice when island hopping in good weather. This is out fifth ocean crossing (third in late fall) and now firmly believe the ocean view is better for the Transatlantic. The ship has more than enough room for anything you would want to do yet has a nice homely feel about it. I little more room would be nice for game playing. The ship has a huge amount of wasted space when the two extra money restaurants are located on the tenth floor. One of the restaurants should be closed and the space returned to the passengers.
The food: the quality of the food on Princess has certainly dropped over the years to a new low with the new menu. The Chef on this ship did an excellent job of preparing extremely tasty food with what he had, but what he had was not much, unless you consider mac and cheese or chile a dinner choice. Almost every dish was covered with sauces which did a great job of covering the poor quality of the cuts of meats, or the very monotonous large shrimp served every night. Steaks are now so thin it is impossible to get rare beef, so it served medium with sauce. Tasty without a doubt but too Denny's style. My wife and I do not normally eat at the Buffet but when we tried it the food was well prepared but once again cheap. An example the very excellent deli sandwiches with salamis and european hams have disappeared in favor of tuna salad and turkey. Everywhere on the ship they seen to have forgotten how to make Eggs Benedict with fresh sauce and soft poached eggs. The buffets are better than the one prepared in the dinning room which are almost inedible.
Please do not get me wrong if this is your first cruise you are going to love the food, if you cruised five years ago you are in for a great disappointment. Will this stop me from cruising, No, but is it as great as it was, sadly no.
Service as usual on any Princess ship was great. I do not know who does their training but in every aspect the service on a Princess ship is greatly above any other line we have cruised on, including the very expensive variety.
Entertainment: Very good overall but Princess needs to change their production numbers. We have seen them all before. This company did an excellent job of presenting very tired material. The dancers danced with energy and there voices were excellent but if I never see "Motown" or "Lets Dance" again it will be to soon. All the comedians were great and our only wish is that they stayed longer. One problem on this ship was that there was nothing to do after 9:30. We could go to the Piano bar but he did not perform every night, and for some reason the dance area upstairs was used for trivia instead of dancing. It would be nice if they showed a movie at night. This was only done once for the 18 days and it was full so everybody must have thought the same way.
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