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The Pacific Princess is a small ship, one of the oldest in the fleet and it may either be perfect for you or for less than what you expect. It holds total of 670 passengers. There is one main dining room, a buffet, and two specialty restaurants (one Italian, one steakhouse, each with a $29 extra charge). It has a very small casino, one showroom, a pool, a spa and what is probably the prettiest library on a cruise ship. The library has an arched and painted ceiling and a faux fireplace. It's a lovely and relaxing room and I've never seen one like it on another ship. There is also an internet café and a card room. The ship has somewhat narrow passages, two sets of elevators/stairways and a two story, small atrium. The decor is more elaborate or old world than many other ships we have sailed on. There is lots of wood paneling and brass. This is due, in part, to the fact that it was previously a Renaissance Cruise ship, an upscale boutique cruise line no longer in business. Our standard balcony cabin is laid out exactly like many of the other Princess ships. The bathroom is definitely the smallest we have ever had. I would estimate it is approximately 3 feet by 6 feet including the shower and toilet areas. In general everything in the ship is in good condition with very few signs of needing maintenance. The ship never seemed crowded except in the buffet on days when there were early excursions into town and everyone wanted to have breakfast at the same time. There is no large tiered showroom with a stage. The production shows are presented in a lounge with a small stage just big enough for the four piece band. The dancing and singing takes place on a flat floor in front of that stage. There were four production shows during the cruise with a slightly smaller number of dancers and singers owing to the smaller staging area. There were also four shows at night given by locals brought on board who displayed their talent in singing, dancing and playing the music of that area. Other shows included an opera/pop singer, a comedian/magician and a singer/piano player/contortionist. The main dining room is on the aft portion of the ship with windows along the sides and stretching entirely across the back. We were lucky to get a large window table. As you enter the dining room through the Club Bar, you pass many smaller, square tables in straight rows which seem less private and relaxing because of the spacing. I would have been disappointed to sit in that area. Dining room service was polite and generally efficient. We did feel that the attitude of the staff for the most part has declined since gratuities are automatically added to your cabin account. There seems no incentive to work harder than is necessary. We were never greeted by name by either our waiter or even our cabin steward. There are only two shops on board: one with general merchandise and a jewelry shop. The food has been generally good. Nothing is over the top but there were no dishes to really complaining about. There are two US electrical outlets over the desk and to European outlets over the desk. There is also one US electrical outlet in back of the TV which can be reached file a small shelf. All of this makes for an intimate ship with many areas to relax, watch the scenery and relax. Most impressive on our cruise (14 day British Isles, August 2016) was the captain, Domenico Lubrana Lavadera. He was personable and made sure that the passenger safety and comfort came first. The itinerary called for a visit to Galway on the western coast of Ireland but would have taken us into the face of an approaching storm. The captain gave a ½ hour presentation one evening complete with weather maps to explain his decision to remain on the western side of Ireland out of the worst of the storm and substitute a stop in Belfast for the Galway cancellation. A selection of shore excursions was soon available for Belfast. Throughout the rest of the cruise, he continued to update us on what to expect as far as possible rough seas and how long they might last. He was never wrong. Overall, I would be happy to sail on the Pacific Princess again.

Intimate, old-world ship

Pacific Princess Cruise Review by wandwall

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The Pacific Princess is a small ship, one of the oldest in the fleet and it may either be perfect for you or for less than what you expect. It holds total of 670 passengers. There is one main dining room, a buffet, and two specialty restaurants (one Italian, one steakhouse, each with a $29 extra charge). It has a very small casino, one showroom, a pool, a spa and what is probably the prettiest library on a cruise ship. The library has an arched and painted ceiling and a faux fireplace. It's a lovely and relaxing room and I've never seen one like it on another ship. There is also an internet café and a card room.

The ship has somewhat narrow passages, two sets of elevators/stairways and a two story, small atrium. The decor is more elaborate or old world than many other ships we have sailed on. There is lots of wood paneling and brass. This is due, in part, to the fact that it was previously a Renaissance Cruise ship, an upscale boutique cruise line no longer in business. Our standard balcony cabin is laid out exactly like many of the other Princess ships. The bathroom is definitely the smallest we have ever had. I would estimate it is approximately 3 feet by 6 feet including the shower and toilet areas. In general everything in the ship is in good condition with very few signs of needing maintenance.

The ship never seemed crowded except in the buffet on days when there were early excursions into town and everyone wanted to have breakfast at the same time. There is no large tiered showroom with a stage. The production shows are presented in a lounge with a small stage just big enough for the four piece band. The dancing and singing takes place on a flat floor in front of that stage. There were four production shows during the cruise with a slightly smaller number of dancers and singers owing to the smaller staging area. There were also four shows at night given by locals brought on board who displayed their talent in singing, dancing and playing the music of that area. Other shows included an opera/pop singer, a comedian/magician and a singer/piano player/contortionist.

The main dining room is on the aft portion of the ship with windows along the sides and stretching entirely across the back. We were lucky to get a large window table. As you enter the dining room through the Club Bar, you pass many smaller, square tables in straight rows which seem less private and relaxing because of the spacing. I would have been disappointed to sit in that area.

Dining room service was polite and generally efficient. We did feel that the attitude of the staff for the most part has declined since gratuities are automatically added to your cabin account. There seems no incentive to work harder than is necessary. We were never greeted by name by either our waiter or even our cabin steward.

There are only two shops on board: one with general merchandise and a jewelry shop. The food has been generally good. Nothing is over the top but there were no dishes to really complaining about. There are two US electrical outlets over the desk and to European outlets over the desk. There is also one US electrical outlet in back of the TV which can be reached file a small shelf. All of this makes for an intimate ship with many areas to relax, watch the scenery and relax.

Most impressive on our cruise (14 day British Isles, August 2016) was the captain, Domenico Lubrana Lavadera. He was personable and made sure that the passenger safety and comfort came first. The itinerary called for a visit to Galway on the western coast of Ireland but would have taken us into the face of an approaching storm. The captain gave a ½ hour presentation one evening complete with weather maps to explain his decision to remain on the western side of Ireland out of the worst of the storm and substitute a stop in Belfast for the Galway cancellation. A selection of shore excursions was soon available for Belfast. Throughout the rest of the cruise, he continued to update us on what to expect as far as possible rough seas and how long they might last. He was never wrong.

Overall, I would be happy to sail on the Pacific Princess again.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BD 7022
Typical Princess balcony cabin with beds/night stands/refrigerator/desk/sofa/tv/ small closet with drawers and small but adequate hanging closet. Bathroom is compact -- perhaps 3'x6' total including shower with curtain. Two chairs and a small table on the balcony.
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