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Pacífic Princess is the smallest ship in the entire Princess fleet. It’s size allows passengers to meet others and form new friends, on a first name basis! The relaxing ambience means it is unlikely to be pushed by other passengers, ... Read More
Pacífic Princess is the smallest ship in the entire Princess fleet. It’s size allows passengers to meet others and form new friends, on a first name basis! The relaxing ambience means it is unlikely to be pushed by other passengers, which is an awesome feeling. The nightly entertainment is outstanding and the Cruisetone group, consisting of two men, who play jazz and other tunes is captivating. There are activities throughout the day, at times it’s hard to decide which one to attend. The captain is a young super tall man who hails from Italy. He’s so gracious with the passengers and comes out daily at breakfast to say hello, surveilling the ship as he’s walking about. This was a 12 day Mediterranean cruise, 9 days in port. Personally, I’ve learned to enjoy the sea days more than the port days. I made two ports additional sea days. The ADA inside cabin, 4035, is a quiet room with no neighbors. There was never any noise from the Medical Center which neighbors this cabin. The only downside of this room was the small size and placement of the TV and the size of the refrigerator. I would have loved it if they would have mounted the TV on the wall opposite of the bed. It is offset of the bed and odd to view at the angle it’s mounted at. The closet area where the refrigerator was at was odd, because of the head from the refrigerator nothing could be placed on top of it. It’s a small refrigerator that I wish could be larger... as if I could bring more snacks to put inside of it. There are so many relaxing pool chaise lounges available, with nobody dragging them or saving them for others. There are large pool towels and blankets available should anyone need one. I noticed new teak sofa type furniture, pillows and a coffee table have been added in the grill area. I loved sitting there to hear the outside band play poolside. The gym literally had nobody working out so it was awesome to have the space to oneself. The jogging/walking track seldom had anyone using it. The ping pong table gets a lot of use, mainly if there is anyone less than 30 years old onboard playing. The internet could use some beefing up with their satellite system. It was completely down for close to 1.5 days. Most of the time it was consistently slow. It has not been converted to the Medallion Net. I’m wondering if it ever will be! As an Elite loyalty passenger, I got 250 free internet minutes plus I used my husband’s 250 free minutes. LOL The Pacific Princess is known for older passengers cruising, occasionally, there are a handful of kids, maybe because parents failed to investigate what types of children activities/play areas were available before they booked the cruise... there are none available, nor any babysitters. It’s the only ship where Princess doesn’t provide children’s activities/play areas nor services. The food choices are good, as well as the quality and taste. A passenger is easily spoiled by their awesome staff, who are hard workers, always ready to help make your cruise the best you’ve ever had. I doubt anyone lost any weight while onboard. It’s my fourth cruise on the Pacific Princess in the last 18 months. Needless to say, it’s my favorite ship. I’ll be back onboard two more time within the next six months. Definitely for the World Cruise in 2020! I’m saddened that the Pacific Princess will not be doing the World Cruises as of 2021. I hope that Princess reconsiders and puts it back on this intimate cruising ship. I’ve cruised on many other Princess ships but none can compete with the cruising experience of the Pacific Princess! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Pacific Princess is the smallest of the Princess fleet, with a capacity of only 670 passengers. When I booked, all the suites were sold out, so I booked a mini-suite, which was later upgraded to Club Class. Right after I paid the fare, we ... Read More
Pacific Princess is the smallest of the Princess fleet, with a capacity of only 670 passengers. When I booked, all the suites were sold out, so I booked a mini-suite, which was later upgraded to Club Class. Right after I paid the fare, we were upsold a forward suite (#7005, Marquesas Suite). I'm always aft, but I love those suite perks, so I jumped on it. This was the largest suite I've ever seen and had a bath and a half, with a wall of closet space, along with all the usual suite perks like that sumptuous Sabatini breakfast. Interestingly enough even though she is very tiny, Pacific Princess never felt crowded, but because she is so small, it was easier for my elderly mother to get around. The food and staff on this ship are amazing, and the maitre d' came by our table at every meal to make sure everything was going well. Chef Giuseppe was the brains behind the original Chefs Table Experience years ago, and we were thrilled to experience Chef's Table with him. This was a great cruise with a great itinerary that we would absolutely do again, no questions asked! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Background information My husband and I are in our 80s, and I use a small mobility scooter to help me get around. This was his first cruise on Princess and 16th cruise on commercial cruise ships (he was in the Navy for 20 years so he ... Read More
Background information My husband and I are in our 80s, and I use a small mobility scooter to help me get around. This was his first cruise on Princess and 16th cruise on commercial cruise ships (he was in the Navy for 20 years so he has been on other cruises) and my third Princess cruise and my 29th cruise overall. I booked this cruise primarily to visit four ports that we had not been to before. Since there were nine ports in a row with no sea days, this was a very strenuous cruise Because we have both had melanomas, we do not visit the beaches. What we generally do in port is our hobby of cemetery documentation (taking photos of gravestones and adding them to a database). Embarkation - We drove down from Maryland to the Florida and stayed with our daughter in Miami before and after the cruise. Embarkation was very quick and we could get to our cabin right away. Our suitcases arrived before the drill (which was held in the dining room.) Ship: The ship was a lovely small ship. We did not miss the climbing wall/water slides or the International cafe or the large casino, or any of the extras that larger ships have and we also did not miss the crowds or waiting for the elevator. There was a lovely quiet library. The internet was quite good for a ship. The bow camera was excellent. The captain gave a briefing each noon and each night but his accent was such that Bob couldn't understand (or even hear) him at all. There were some minor deficiencies - the Princess Patter was not proofread well so it was not always accurate. In particular the first day, there was a list of formal nights, and they left one out. The thresholds, both inside the ship and to the deck were raised enough that it made a wheelchair or scooter ride over them uncomfortable. I would have liked to be able to go completely around the promenade deck, but it was only a short section on each side and much of it was blocked off when we were at a tender port. Neither of the ATMs worked. There is a laundry but it needs tokens and the token machine will take your money and not give you the tokens so you have to come down to the desk to get tokens. Activities: We did trivia and had a good time with that. It was nice that the people running the trivia were also performers at night. They do a scrumptious afternoon tea in the main dining room. New Years Day they had a big brunch buffet in the main dining room. I got to swim in the pool once before they drained it. They announced the draining in the Patter, but not that they had refilled it. The port lecturer was an old man with a heavy accent. He was not only hard to understand but he was confused - he mixed up the port excursions and had them at the wrong ports. We went to the first lecture and never went again. Service was very good everywhere. Our cabin steward did a good job and was able to find me a smaller pillow. The man in the internet cafe was very helpful. There were four tender ports and the personnel helping us were quite experienced and did a very good job. But no one ever offered to help me get my food in the Panorama Buffet. My husband had to help me get something to eat (I can't easily run the scooter and hold a plate) Dining: The Panorama buffet was too small for there to be a good selection of food. We ate there when we were in port, but if you lingered too long, the ice cream section was packed up and disappeared. Sometimes the labels on the food were wrong. My husband went up once at dinner and said the selections were lame, and there wasn't a lot at breakfast either. In the main dining room, we had a nice table at dinner but we were always the last to leave because the service was a bit slow. The food was good as a rule. There were some dishes that I actively disliked (the way Princess does Brunswick stew for instance). But there were some that I really liked - I had the Chicken and leek pot pie a la Curtis Stone twice. We had two huge lobster tails at the second formal night but the next night the lobster tails were tiny. Bob had what was called chilled pea soup, and it was not chilled, it was hot (which he preferred). The clear soups tended to be a bit too salty for me. The cream soups were served in a glass, but now they no longer give you straws to drink them with. The eggs at breakfast were variable - sometimes a poached egg would be almost hard boiled and sometimes they were almost not cooked. Port & shore excursions: I did not take any Princess excursions because they were either too strenuous or they were canceled (in St Barts) or they were full (Virgin Gorda) St Barts: We had been to St Barts before and rented a car, but the roads are so narrow and twisty that we had a hard time actually getting to the places we wanted to see. The excursions in St Barts were all cancelled because it was Christmas day. I thought (correctly) that I might have trouble getting a taxi. So I booked a taxi driver through the internet and we had a very nice tour for 150 euros. Antigua: We had been to Antigua twice and had done the usual tours, so we just went down to the dispatcher and asked to hire a cab for a couple of hours - this cost $200.00 Terre-de-Haut: This was tender port which we had not visited before. Terre de Haut is a very tiny island. It is less than two and a half square miles. It has most of the population of the archipelago, but this population is less than 2000 souls. We took the tender in and spent some time watching the activity here. The place is a magnet for French tourists who want to spend time at the beach. Martinique: None of the excursions would take my scooter, so I booked an excursion for the two of us through Expedia. Very expensive, but very satisfactory. Tobago: We went on a tour of the island booked through another Cruise Critics member. This was a six or seven tour of the island in a small bus, lunch and ice cream for $80 each. It was a nice tour and we got a lot of good information about the island and saw quite a few things, but I booked it without realizing how long it was - we really do not have the energy to do more than about a five hour tour. Bob was in the back of the bus and there were so many hairpin turns that he said he was about to get car sick. Barbados: We spent a week in Barbados in 1996 and also been there four times on a cruise ship. The one thing I really wanted to see there was St. Nicholas Abbey which we visited in 1996 but has been closed on subsequent visits. I wanted to go back there because they showed old home movies taken in the 1930s and I wanted to see them again. The film is listed by the Barbados Tourism Authority as one of the "Seven Wonders of Barbados". St. Nicholas Abbey is not a religious institution. It has always been a sugarcane plantation house. The great house, built in 1658, is one of just three Jacobean style mansions remaining in the Western Hemisphere. (The others are Bacon's Castle in Virginia and Drax Hall Great House in Barbados.) So I went out to the dispatcher and asked her if I could go there and to a church for $100. We got a taxi and not only saw St. Nicholas Abbey and went to St Philip-the-Less Church, but we also got to see the Morgan Mill and some chattel houses. Bequia: This was another new port for us. Bequia is the largest island of the Grenadines (part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) at 7 square miles. Another tender port. After the first fiasco, I had stopped listing to the port talks. But I did go to the official Bequia website and I had seen the maps. So I knew that things were compact in Port Elizabeth and I just scootered down the main street to St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church where we got to listen to a man singing and look at the church and cemetery. Then we took the tender back to the ship. Dominica: We have been here twice before so all I had in mind to do was to visit the Catholic cemetery and take some photos. It was close enough to the ship that Bob could walk and I could go by scooter. Virgin Gorda: In 1997, we visited the Bath's in Virgin Gorda, and I would have liked to go again but even in 1997 I had trouble with the steps and could not do the Devil's Bay trail. I really would have liked to go back to the Baths and get some better photos. But since the excursion was full, that was not a possibility. So we took a tender in and got a taxi. The scooter had a problem yesterday and Bob wanted to get some stuff to fix it so we visited three hardware stores and a couple of cemeteries and had a nice morning for $70.00 Disembarkation: The information on disembarkation was a little misleading (the information given us said that it might take four hours. It took 10 minutes. Summary: A strenuous trip on a nice small ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We did not choose this cruise for ourselves. Our cruise-loving family chose it for us, then they cancelled at the last minute. We are so glad to have gone anyway! We were probably the youngest people on the boat who weren't there ... Read More
We did not choose this cruise for ourselves. Our cruise-loving family chose it for us, then they cancelled at the last minute. We are so glad to have gone anyway! We were probably the youngest people on the boat who weren't there with their parents or grandparents, and given that DH is a happy introvert, it was for the best. I was able to be my social butterfly self with all the other passengers and he was perfectly happy to sit off on his own. At the same time he got a chance to actually engage with our tablemates and other passengers in a meaningful way if he chose. LOVE this ship! We were on a port-intensive, 14-day Cruise through the Southern Caribbean. Four of our ports were accessed by tender, and one of them was just too choppy for me to head out on. My knee failed me on the third island, and the response was absolutely fantastic. I've never had to use ships medical before, but the team on our ship was attentive, and thorough. Thanks to the ease of navigating around the ship, and the next few ports, I was able to do everything I originally planned on doing while on crutches. It was amazing!!!! The entertainment staff on this ship does dual duty as both the Cruise Director's staff and the singers and dancers, and they are fun! They put on a good show and then turn around and do some mean trivia. If you're into all of the wild bells and whistles found on so many other ships, this one doesn't have them. They have uncrowded spaces, elevators without lines, lots and lots of lounge chairs on the deck, the love boat vibe, and plenty of down time to relax. There were two children on our cruise. They were sweet, and one was too young to notice that there was no entertainment for her. The other was well-entertained by his parents. We said it many times on our cruise, and we'll say it here too: We're deathly afraid we've spoiled ourselves for the future cruises because we really enjoyed the small ship so much. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The embarkation was very swift and smooth. The room staff was brilliant in personality and service throughout the cruise. The trip in general was good however we found issue in relation to a number of the excursions provided by the ... Read More
The embarkation was very swift and smooth. The room staff was brilliant in personality and service throughout the cruise. The trip in general was good however we found issue in relation to a number of the excursions provided by the cruise line. They did not cater for the mobility impaired patrons as well and other cruise lines do. On the tour they are left to their own devices. One shore excursion involved 3 carriages of passengers and only 1 (ONE) guide was supplied. Incorrect information was provided. There appeared to be a large emphasis in the promotion of further cruises and appeared to go overboard at times. We found that ship notices/announcements were available to the cabin however the TV had to be on a certain channel and by the time the TV was turned on or able to be changed to that channel the message was completed and missed. Disembarkation from the ship at Dover was very swift and clean Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and shelf space, more than other ships. We were midship and it was easy to get around, even for my handicapped husband. Dining was delicious and our servers were polite and charming. Entertainment was varied and pleasing. Without a big theatre with a stage, the performers were up close and personal. They were all friendly and happy to interact with the audience. Because of my husband's disability, we were offered special treatment; stickers for tours were delivered to our room saving him a walk to the lounge and he was given front seats on the busses. We loved the small ship experience. No lines for elevators, shows or purchases. The bathroom shower was bigger than most with lots of storage in the bathroom. The only thing I missed were onboard activities like book club, fashion show and pop choir. We usually toured in the morning and napped until dinner, although the large, lovely library was a favorite place to relax and read, especially on rainy days. We would definitely go on this ship again, perhaps to anther location. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our third trip on Pacific and staff better than ever. Absolutely one of our best cruises - of over 90 on Princess and some 140 total. The size is wonderful, never any crowds at any time. Staff knows your wants and meets them almost ... Read More
Our third trip on Pacific and staff better than ever. Absolutely one of our best cruises - of over 90 on Princess and some 140 total. The size is wonderful, never any crowds at any time. Staff knows your wants and meets them almost immediately. Just out of dry dock and all carpets drapes etc New as well as the new princess bed that was wonderful as well. A bit more movement than the larger ships but you get used to it. Absolutely top drawer in all respects. Normally we don't eat in the dining room but second seating was half empty so waiter had us out in half hour which we loved. Did not miss any shows, dancing etc. dining captain very accommodating and allowed us to come in 45 min late which accommodated our schedule. Room steward the best, waiter top notch. Could use more activities on sea days and entertainment variety was a little less than expected. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Although I know this was going to be very special because it was the 50th Anniversary Cruise....filled with elites, cast members from the T.V. show and special entertainment [folks who had won best this and best that], it was going to be ... Read More
Although I know this was going to be very special because it was the 50th Anniversary Cruise....filled with elites, cast members from the T.V. show and special entertainment [folks who had won best this and best that], it was going to be my very first Princess cruise onboard a ship with fewer than 1,000 passengers onboard. I've been cruising since 1985 and sailed for 10 days onboard the beautiful Sun Viking to the Caribbean. It was a small ship and my very first experience with cruising. I fell in love with the sea and sailing on her. I started with Royal Caribbean but have chosen Princess as the years have gone by! The port in L.A. was so easy....drop off luggage, find a parking space [I live in the San Fernando Valley] a 50 minute drive away. Walk across the street to the Port entrance with the delightfully cheery Princess employee's to welcome and direct you. I will NEVER get tired of being treated well by them. What I love most about driving to the pier is that you can see the ship docked at it's berth and the goose bumps start at my feet and travel to the back of my neck as the ship comes into view. I can see flags flying and the very top deck with the promise of the week or two ahead filled with sun and fun. With the Pacific Princess there is none of this......You CAN'T see the ship behind the buildings.....what an eerie feeling....have they left without me? NO! She's there. She's just so much smaller than I've ever seen at this pier before. From the Diamond, Golden, Star, Crown and all the rest.....this is the first time the ship is smaller than the building she's anchored next to! I checked in within 20 minutes of dropping the luggage, parking and walking to the registration desk. There was another bit of a wait [15 minutes] until we could actually start to board. Walking onto this ship, showing my key card and getting into the elevator was the easiest I've ever experienced on boarding a ship. The crew welcomes you and asks where your stateroom is so that they can direct you to the front or back of the ship. As you step inside the ship you get the feeling of entering into a time warp. There's dark woods, wrought-iron railings, large stair cases.......sort of Titanic-like. She's friendly and welcoming.....like visiting a Great Aunt's home, who's lived there forever and taken great care of her environs. I entered my Stateroom. The furnishings were fresh, old feeling, but fresh and clean. The woods were dark and there were doors on the closets [just like at home.] I had a veranda stateroom, not huge, not so small that I felt like the walls were closing-in, it felt "just right!" I met my Steward; a nice young man "Andre", he had a clipboard and asked if there was anything special that I would like. I told him that I liked the bed separated, although there was only me and my Service Dog in the cabin, I don't like the feeling of a big bed in a small room. I think separating the bed gives the room a larger feel. He said he would do that when I went to dinner. I also like a top sheet on my bed [between me and the duvet.] I had early traditional dining and he said he'd take care of it later. He proved to be a lovely person who always greeted me with a friendly "good morning" each and every day. I found that there was NEVER a long line ANYWHERE onboard this ship. How delightful it was to ALWAYS be able to catch an elevator, to always be able to go where I wanted to go without the feeling of maddening crowds everywhere and to be able to go to the buffet and find a table to sit at.......that was really nice!!! I'm really beginning to like the small ship experience. It's so easy to figure this ship out and to find everything so easily. I really liked that feeling. Our cruise director was Sammi. She is a hoot! That's the only way I can explain her best. She puts her heart and soul into her job and shows you that she really likes what she's doing. The Hotel Director, the Dancers, the Staff in total were wonderful and helpful. When you travel through life with a Service Dog it's not always easy for the folks you encounter. There's potty box's, extra towels, needs and necessities that MUST be met and EVERYONE onboard this ship [except for the occasional server who just had to whistle at him] treated my dog with the utmost respect. Thank you Pacific Princess for your professionalism and kindness! The buffet and dining room staff are top notch. They work very hard to please and although there were a few glitches in the food area.......it was obvious at some points that they were understaffed and our server was doing "double-duty!" I know what it's like to work to the max and do the very best I can do.......they did just that! I loved the entertainment.......It's so different to be at the same level as the entertainers and to literally have them almost in your lap and even more interesting to watch how they manage to not knock your drink off your table at those high kicks. They were wonderful and I felt totally entertained at the end of each show. Having the Love Boat cast onboard with us was an extra special treat. To hear Jack Jones sing the Love Boat song in person is pure fun and joy! They were ALL gracious and lovely to share their time with us, some of them for the entire 2 weeks. I must admit, this cruise was totally going to be about the ship and not the ports. I walked off and back on without ever going on any excursions. Sometimes the cruising experience is just about the ship, the ocean, the entertainment and the food! And, because Princess was celebrating it's 50th year, I knew I'd love every minute onboard! The seas coming up the Baja coast were over-the-top rough and this small ship certainly showed her sea worthiness. Disembarkation was a breeze......so easy....again, no long lines and big smiles and thank you's from the lovely crew and staff! Getting the luggage, Immigration, getting my car could not have gone easier for me. Remember, I'm alone with a 95lb Service Dog in tow. With a Porter to help me, I could handle the luggage, the dog and get the car by myself. For any woman who's traveling by herself, there are lots of people all around to help and assist you at every turn. I can't wait until I can board another small ship and have that same experience all over again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We chose this cruise because we love Princess lines and also to check out the "small ship experience" prior to booking a higher end cruise line with smaller vessels and the big bucks. We loved EVERYTHING about our experience ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love Princess lines and also to check out the "small ship experience" prior to booking a higher end cruise line with smaller vessels and the big bucks. We loved EVERYTHING about our experience with the Pacific P., as it felt as though we were in a floating intimate Inn. What stands out the most in summary: the library. Stunning and the pictures posted and Princess's website do not do this incredible library justice. Next, the level of personalized service and happy personnel ! The only downside: the size of their pool and only 1 pool. However, I am a lap and swimmer girl - and I still made that pool work just fine. Also this Princess ship attracts a quieter crowd which we love. I hope Princess has another Pacific P. pacific coastal shorty again because we'd be on it to enjoy the experience over again. I would highly recommend the Pacific and Princess ! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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