Big ship vs small ship: Pacific Princess Cruise Review by babs02

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Big ship vs small ship

Sail Date: July 2010
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Venice
Being our first cruise on a small ship we weren't sure what to expect.

Although it was a smaller ship at times it felt no smaller than the larger ships, apart from the fact that we had less stairs to climb up to the pool deck. With only one pool we did find it was overcrowded on sea days, especially with the large amount of children on board.

We also had traditional dining, whereas we would usually opt for anytime dining. The dining staff were brilliant we got to know them all from the maitre'd and head waiter down to the drinks waiters. This was definitely an advantage as they got used to what we liked to eat and drink.

My dd did miss the icecream parlour, although icecream was served in the buffet at 3pm in the afternoon. We were happy to see that the barbecue advertised was equivalent to the grill on the larger ships.

Entertainment was disappointing, whether this was because we were on the Holy Land cruise and 1/3 of passengers were off the More ship for 2 nights of the cruise we had 3 entertainers in the cabaret lounge, for the entire voyage. Kaitlyn Carr a Scottish singer & Ricky Jay comedian were brilliant. The rest of the time the Princess dancers and singers were the evening entertainment. Unfortunately, the choreography of the production shows wasn't very good and the content of the shows were disappointing. There was Sammy Goldstein in the casino lounge, pianist & singer who my dd thoroughly enjoyed and a duo also performed here. There was a group in the Pacific lounge. Unfortunately, due to the love of strobe lighting in the Pacific lounge by the staff we were unable to spend much time here. There was a large library with all types of books, puzzles & games for use. You could also swap your paperback books here as well.

my other dd missed MUTS which would have been welcomed with the lack of alternative entertainment

Due to the lack of childrens facilities I was surprised how many children were on board, some of which unfortunately were unruly.

The cabins were decently sized we particularly liked the sofa in the room. Prefer the walk in wardrobes on the larger ships as when the door to the wardrobe was open you couldn't come in the main cabin door or in/out the bathroom. The shower curtain was a pain prefer the door on the larger ships.

This ship overall was in good condition with lovely decor.

Unfortunately my dd accidentally fell and fractured her wrist in Kusadesi she was taken to hospital for an operation and was unable to finish the cruise. Luckily this was on the last day. Princess aftercare was fantastic and they kept in constant contact with her during her stay in Turkey. The ship medical staff were brilliant keeping us informed of the situation, after making arrangements for her to be taken to the hospital and arranging aid assistance. Princess did a brilliant job. Less

Published 08/17/10

Cabin review: BD6063 Balcony

Quiet room 1 floor down to dining room 3 floors up to pool deck/buffet.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We did private tours in Egypt for Port Said & Alexandria. Our guide in Egypt booked with Ramses was brilliant he was a qualified Egyptologist and was very informative and worth every penny. Would highly recommend them.

We did the museum and Giza pyramids from Port Said

In Alexandria we visited Pompeiis pillars, the catacombs the lighthouse and the library (didn't realise that the library was modern and new)

In Kusadesi we arranged for Sameyeli Travel to arrange transport to the water park which was very clean and good with some great slides although a few queues for some of the rides. With a deep large pool to swim in. Would recommend this if you want a more chilled out day. The water park was about 15 minute drive from the port.

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