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5 Princess Pacific Princess Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western

With the help of a travel agent we discovered the Princess British isles cruise for Sept,2019 on the Pacific Princess. The 650 guest ship was perfect. Big enough to offer great resources, small enough to be easily accessible. We ... Read More
With the help of a travel agent we discovered the Princess British isles cruise for Sept,2019 on the Pacific Princess. The 650 guest ship was perfect. Big enough to offer great resources, small enough to be easily accessible. We were fortunate to have terrific weather and smooth seas even over the Orkneys atop Scotland Princess gave a reasonable a la Carte rate, even tho there were continual extra costs. Many such as over priced tours, drinks on board and internet to name three were avoidable. The staff were terrific exhibiting a sincere and customer focused attitude. The entertainment was way above what we expected from other reviews. We ( and other reviewers ) can often be critical, so this is a true compliment. Irish and scotch shows were great. Nick Page of London’s Le Mis fame was an incredible final show. The ship band and dancers were also terrific as was the comedian, magician and other solo artists. We had 13 stops in 15 days all of which were negotiated by a safety conscious crew. One downside was occasional inconvenient access to city centers for those not on a Princess tours especially Edinburg. However there were easily accessible local tours, hop on off busses,(Dublin) local trains (Holyhead) and interesting walks (Edinburg) among others. We took three Princess tours to Lands end in Cornwall, to the standing stones in the Orkney’s and the bus thru London which were well guided tho overpriced. Food was plentiful, well prepared and efficiently and sweetly served in the buffet and regular dining room. We tried one dinner in one of the two special cover charged Dining rooms which while ok was not worth the extra cost. The exercise room was comparable to a Planet fitness gym. We avoided the costly spa and other similar services My T-Mobile phone gave me free and good internet access near and ashore vs the costly Princess plans. We ignored the small casino, and jewelry store as did most it seemed. we travelled with our adult son and spouse which was fun. A sept cruise avoided lots of annoying kids! In summary it was a terrific first cruise, great itinerary, super staff and smartly negotiated by us to be reasonably priced. The great weather made it a total success We chose a lower level cabin which was comfortable, nicely furnished and very stable. I’d do that again vs the overpriced higher levels. We used it largely to sleep in the very comfortable bed and consume some liquors purchased in cities. We purchased our own air travel at a discount and avoided the over priced Princess pre tour hotels. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First time on a ship this small. I quite liked the ability to walk anywhere on the ship within 1.5 minutes. However, the smaller scale does significantly limit the entertainment options. The stuff the do on board was bingo, knitting, ... Read More
First time on a ship this small. I quite liked the ability to walk anywhere on the ship within 1.5 minutes. However, the smaller scale does significantly limit the entertainment options. The stuff the do on board was bingo, knitting, wine tasting or soduko...; Evening entertainment had a mediocre skill level vs the bigger ships. There were no kid activities offered. The staff remember you and you quickly remember the other passengers. We had a club class mini suite, room 8035. It was quite spacious, and offered a queen bed and queen (I think) sofa bed. I wish there was an upper bunk... The deck was good size too, easily fitting a couple loungers or a table and a couple chairs twice... It was convenient only being 1 floor below the buffet and a few floors above the dining room, so we never used room service. I liked that they were willing to exchange our cc wine bottles for a few cans of Coke. Dining was fairly standard Princess food. A couple of the days the menus did not offer much to get excited about, but all other days did. For cc instead of getting in the normal queue, you move to the left, skirting by the bar outside the dining room, and then simply walk straight in the cc dining section, no waiting in line. Each night had 2 menu item not on the menu, one prepared table side and one from the chef. Kind of a nice touch. Wish they offered those awesome chocolate desserts more than a couple nights. Also wish they added cherries jubilee back on the menu. We did thoroughly enjoy the cold fruit soups and frequent souffles. We missed Wales on the itinerary due to weather, but I did not mind missing a port given how intense the daily porting schedule was. We did a full day excursion everywhere else other than in Edinburgh. We did the military tattoo in Edinburgh and wished they offered a tour connected to that excursion given the price was 5X the tattoo ticket value or more. Regarding the tattoo, it was pretty cool if you like bagpipes and drummers and there isn't a bad seat in the house.I think the seats near the front add value only to get you out in a timely fashion, when you are in the nose bleed section you have to wait for everyone in front of you to exit first which takes forever. Also be prepared for long line for the restrooms. The shopping on board sucked, nothing local to buy. In fact they had more Australia/New Zealand goods than anything. Most of our excursions consumed the entire time at port, so we had little time to shop for souvenirs, which made me wish for on board shopping (for the first time ever). The app was great and we liked being able to text each other for free, but wished the app notified you when you got a new message so you didn't have to check it all the time. We didn't need to pay for wifi given we were at or near land almost everyday, simply used the Verizon TravelPass. I plan to look for other small ships when planning port intensive cruises. They would not be good for many sea days unless you simply like to nap and are not taking kids like we tend to do. Overall, this was a great cruise, seeing many areas of the world not typically traveled. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a group of 9 people on this cruise. One of our party picked the cruise because of the date and itinerary. The cruise greatly exceeded my expectations. Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet. The cruise ... Read More
We had a group of 9 people on this cruise. One of our party picked the cruise because of the date and itinerary. The cruise greatly exceeded my expectations. Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet. The cruise reminded me of why I cruise. The ship is beautifully appointed and has nearly all of the amenities of the larger ships. It does not have the international cafe, but we did not miss it. Everywhere you went, there was adequate seating for the shows, at the buffet, in the restaurant, in the casino, the bars, by the pool, etc. For those who love the promenade deck around this ship with deck chars, this is the ship for you. Embarkation was a snap. We had priority boarding, but you didn't need it. Easy to get on. There just weren't a lot of people. Service was outstanding. If you went somewhere a couple of times, the staff remembered what you drank, whether you took cream in your coffee, etc. Every staff person I encountered was pleasant. Service in the restaurants was fast and efficient. The dining experience was also top notch. The food was better than I have experienced on the most recent two Princess cruises I took on the Regal and the Royal. I think a lot of this was because it was a smaller ship. We had three in our party who are gluten free. Their food was exactly what they wanted, every time. Even the buffet food was better than it has been on recent Princess cruises. We had dinner in the Grill one night. Again, the service and food were top notch. We got value for our $29 cover charge. The cabins were better appointed and larger than on the larger ships. We upgraded ours to a mini suite and it was the largest mini suite I have seen. Others had obstructed ocean views and interior cabins. Everyone's cabin was large and extremely nice. We all commented on how terrific the beds were. Cabin steward service was exemplary. The ship had fewer activities than on the larger ships, but there were enough, and the staff presented the shows and the games very well. The entertainment was very good. The highlight of the cruise was the Tattoo in Edinburgh. The ship docked quite a way from Edinburgh, but closer than a Holland America ship because Pacific Princess is smaller and could get into a port. We had two days in Edinburgh and took a taxi into the the city (there was also a train and bus) one day and a taxi to St. Andrews the second day. We attended the Tattoo through a Princess excursion and Princess did a great job in getting us there and back. The Tattoo was certainly something to see. We did another ship's tour in Wales, and it was also top notch. We booked an independent walking tour of Dublin, and did Jersey on our own. A word of caution, avoid Jersey pounds. One of our party used an ATM in Jersey and received Jersey pounds instead of Brutish pounds. He had a very hard time finding anyone to take them or even change them outside of Jersey. All in all, I will look for future sailings on the Pacific Princess. I think this is what the cruising experience is meant to be. I wish Princess had more ships like the Pacific Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This cruise unfortunately was a big mistake for me. I wanted to take a 13 year old grandson on a cruise of the British Isles and the dates of this cruise as well as the fact that it was only eight days was great. However, I did not ... Read More
This cruise unfortunately was a big mistake for me. I wanted to take a 13 year old grandson on a cruise of the British Isles and the dates of this cruise as well as the fact that it was only eight days was great. However, I did not realize in advance that for a teenager it is all about the ship and its activities for teens rather than the itinerary. Further, the highlight was going to be Londonderry as my grandson's family name stems from there. I NEVER EVER imagined that the ship could not dock there. I know that cruise tickets always have that disclaimer. However, adults can handle it much better than teens. To further his dissappointment the excursion that we took in Edinburgh was a total disaster and consequently he did not really see that city either On the other side, my husband and I have cruised extensively and the ship and service are much more important to us than the ports ( we are in our seventies) For us the ship was perfect. I have never had such a smooth embarkation nor have I ever enjoyed the entertainment so much. ( Because there is no theater per se there were no poor imitations of Broadway). Rather there was a great review of Burt Bacharach songs and some good karaoke and a fantastic Beatles sing a long Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We wanted to see Iceland and take my son's family away for a special birthday celebration. We had two grandkids 9 and 11. It would be their first trip to Europe and London seemed to be a great place to start. The Grosvenor House ... Read More
We wanted to see Iceland and take my son's family away for a special birthday celebration. We had two grandkids 9 and 11. It would be their first trip to Europe and London seemed to be a great place to start. The Grosvenor House through Princess was a good choice. Even though it was pricey, it had a great location and the staff was very accommodating. I did change rooms three times in order to get one larger than a closet ( they were very nice). Transfers through Princess were not great. My son came in three days early and was picked up in a timely manner but our ride was 45 minutes late. We sat exhausted after an all night flight waiting. Not a good start. The bus to the ship crawled to Dover taking over two hours for the last six miles. The Pacific Princess is a sweet little ship. We were on the Ocean Princess a few years ago in Tahiti and loved it. The Pacific Princess buffet was stretched to the limit in the cold weather as no one wanted to eat outside and there just aren't enough seats inside. The ship just came out of dry dock. All soft materials, carpet, drapes, upholstery and beds and bedding were spanking new. But woodwork and chipped sinks were not replaced. We have been on Oceania and Regent and were very familiar with the ship. It is very easy to get around, no waits at the elevator, people very friendly as you saw them constantly. The dancers double as social staff. ( The dancing and singing shows were terrific) The entertainment by and large was much better than expected. The club class means you eat in a roped off area with grey table cloths instead of white. You can walk right in when there is long line but the food isn't any better. We were in a club class mini suite. It is a very centrally located, comfortably large room with a bathtub. The TV is tiny and the ship does not have the on demand movies available on the Regal or Royal. The internet is god awful. Princess should be ashamed. We got better service on a whale watching boat in the middle of nowhere. The two ports in Scotland turned out to be pretty good. We always take Princess excursions so we don't have to worry about being left behind. Loved the Shetland ponies and Loved the Castle with the Falconry display in Scrabster. What a fabulous show. The Iceland ports were all the same. Vast vistas, lonely farms, a wildest that made me sad. Boiling pools. We did see lots of puffins on our first stop but no whales. Norway is beautiful especially Bergen. You shouldn't take a tour in Bergen, just walk into town ( ten minutes) and visit the shops and fish market. Lots of fun. I was worried that the kids wouldn't have enough to do on such a small ship but it was fine between bingo ( a fortune) and the kids club and ping pong and the excursions. It was not my favorite trip. The water was unusually calm but the best part was I won the slot tournament and got a spot in the big tournament on the Regal in October. We are going! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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