A ONCE in a life time experience: Pacific Princess Cruise Review by bobby3334

Pacific Princess 5
Member Since 2012
649 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

A ONCE in a life time experience

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Manaus
The ship....Princess Pacific--was great. It is very small and full of character. There were only 608 passangers on board. I flew on an American carrier non stop from Miami to Manaus. Fellow passanger that used the one ATM at the airport (arrival around midnight) was rigged to clone pin and ATM and they arrived home to find their accounts empty....so they reported on cruise critic. Fortunately I used a $20 bill to get by taxi to the hotel and was able to get to bed around 2am ....Up at 8 and on the way to the ship where the hotel van dropped us and our luggage at the ship (gangplank). The driver had no idea where he was going and the 15 of us had to get back in with our luggage and they finally dropped us at the proper location about 2 blocks away where we checked in, left our luggage, and got our cruise cards without incident or wait.

The Amazon is interesting but is just a very long, very wide river...we sailed down it for about 500 miles. Jungle on all sides and More interesting to see once as were the ports. It is obvious they are not used to tourists and even the ship arranged tours were primitive as one would expect. After leaving the Amazon we stopped at the islands know as Devil's Island. The ship's tender takes us only to the Isle Royal since Devil's island is too dangerous to approach. The three French prision islands are unique and almost untouched by tourists ... they were abandoned about 1950 and were very interesting. Then on to a couple of Carib. islands which I had seen before. We had to skip Trinidad (which I had not been to) since there was no room for us....I suspect they wanted the bigger ships instead of us. Then back to Ft. Lauderdale.

The captain, Justin, was outstanding in every respect and was always mingling with the passangers - even at breakfast and lunch. A great guy!

As I said a once in a lifetime experience. Very expensive but consider the size Bobby3334 Less

Published 05/22/13
1 Helpful Vote

Cabin review: E

Actually made into a queen; I stayed in a window room although I always stay in a balacony but these were crazy expensive on this small ship so I opted for this....as expected...adequate

Port and Shore Excursions

I had been here several times....went to the beach near the pier.
Read 531 Grenada Reviews

A typical industrial city in the heart of Amazon. About a million people live here. You wouldn't know it is in the middle of the jungle unless you saw it as I did when you flew in. Actually it is on a tributary of the Amazon by a few miles.
Read 15 Manaus Reviews

Wandered the shopping district. Nice.
Read 1136 St. Lucia Reviews

Compare Prices on Pacific Princess South America Cruises

Read more Pacific Princess cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Pacific Princess Review >>

Compare Prices on Pacific Princess South America Cruises

Member Since 2012
649 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Pacific Princess deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Pacific Princess 90% Loved It

12 Night Adriatic & Aegean Connoisseur
See all Pacific Princess Deals >>