(5:45 p.m. EDT) -- Following a two-week multimillion-dollar dry dock, Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess has set sail with improved decor and restaurant spaces, as well as a revitalized atrium and pool deck, new Club-Class mini-suites.
The Club-Class mini-suites feature elevated mini-suite status with perks like access to a reserved dining area, expanded menu options and priority embarkation and disembarkation.
All cabins have received the line's signature Princess Luxury Beds and new linens, as well as new carpeting, headboards, draperies, lighting and USB port for charging electronics. Suites have also gotten new sleeper sofas, desks, lounge chairs and dining room sets.
Additionally, the ship's atrium boasts light colors reminiscent of swanky New York City hotels, and the pool deck's new garden theme draws Art Deco inspiration from South Beach hotels, featuring new tiling and refinished teak.
Restaurants also got a facelift. The Sterling Steakhouse is modeled after the historic steakhouses of Chicago, showcasing rich, comfortable furniture and black-and-white photos of movie stars. Sabatini's, Princess' Italian eatery, is now more modern Italian, with new furniture, paint and carpeting, as well as a dedicated waiting area just outside. The Club Restaurant main dining room features dark woods offset by light colors and pops of jewel tones in the new furniture and carpeting. Finally, the Panorama buffet has gotten all new soft furnishings and continues to offer alfresco dining.
Pacific Princess set sail June 9 on a voyage from Fort Lauderdale to London. The ship will offer a selection of European itineraries through December before departing on a 111-night world cruise from Los Angeles in January.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor