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31 Princess Pacific Princess Romantic Cruise Reviews

Our British Isles Cruise was wonderful! The ship, the excursions and believe it or not the weather were all great! The Pacific Princess is a wonderful small ship. I wanted a balcony, but had to go with a porthole. I didn't think I ... Read More
Our British Isles Cruise was wonderful! The ship, the excursions and believe it or not the weather were all great! The Pacific Princess is a wonderful small ship. I wanted a balcony, but had to go with a porthole. I didn't think I could enjoy being on the lowest deck with only a porthole, but the room was lovely. It was quiet with very little motion. The only bad side was that you could only use the Aft elevators and stairs, otherwise you were in the crew's quarters. I did accidentally visit the crew a few times before I got the floor plan straight! The food was great. I only had a couple of items that were only good. We made friends with our table mates and many others on the ship since it was small. Our main interest was to see the beautiful countryside and culture. Jersey - great tour to Mont Orgueil Castle and Gorey. Our bus guide was great and our castle guide was amazing.The castle was great, a little scary on the stairs. I was worried about the steep walk but it wasn’t bad with a hiking stick. We enjoyed time on our own after the tour. Be careful if paying for something, you might get change in Jersey money. My husband enjoyed a Liberation beer at a local pub. One of my favorite days! Portland - we went on a private tour with Daren Gapper @ Dorset Day Tours. He was great! The weather was a bit windy and wet in the beginning, but cleared. Check out Daren, you won't be disappointed.We covered so much territory Wonderful day! Cornwall - Ship Excursion Land's End and Scenic Drive, I was a little disappointed in this excursion although our guide was full of information. I tried to find a private excursion but they were all very long and expensive. Waterford - Ship excursion Rural Ireland and Jerpoint Abbey. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed this excursion. I thought with it being short, we would have some time for exploring the town. I wasn't interested in the glass factory so really didn't enjoy wandering the town. I should have done more research before we left. Also, the shuttle to town was $20 round trip. Waterford - Rural Ireland and Jerpoint Abbey: the abbey was very interesting with an excellent guide. The excursion was over at 12:30. You can’t walk to anything from the port but they had a shuttle for $10 one way. Unless you want to visit the Waterford Glass, there wasn’t very interesting shopping. Llanfair. Holyhead, Wales - Ship excursion, Conwy Castle & Llanfair PG. We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. The castle was interesting and the little town was colorful. We enjoyed some Welsh beer at the Blue Bell Pub. Dublin - Dublin & Glendalough ship excursion. So many choices, but I really wanted to see the countryside. Our guide was very informative and the countryside was beautiful. We had a lovely lunch at Avoca and were able to shop for woolens, very expensive. I have to say I was a bit disappointed because there was not time allowed to see the lakes! Although it was a good tour, I wish I could have booked a private tour for Dublin. Belfast - Giant's Causeway and Antrim Coast ship excursion. This was another favorite day. Our guide was full of history and a bit of blarney, making it a fun day. The countryside was gorgeous.. Portree (Isle of Skye) - Private excursion with GoSkye. Unfortunately, it was a bit foggy so the views weren't as great as they could have been. It was a good excursion, beautiful countryside, waterfalls, cliffs and heather, a distillery, and 3 rainbows! Portree is a tender port. We found a bank at the top of the stairs from the tender that had an ATM with a great rate for changing dollars to pounds. Orkney Islands - Private tour, Orkney Island Tour. Very nice even though the weather was cold, windy and wet! We saw lots of standing stones, Hairy cows, hairy pigs, Italian Chapel, Maeshowe, and more. We saw everything the ship tour did plus more and cheaper. The only change I would make other than the weather is the timing. We had purchased a tour to Maeshowe online ahead of time for 3 o'clock. We only had 15 minutes to spare getting back to the ship. Edinburgh - private tour with Duncan McNab. Absolutely wonderful. Duncan broke his leg so we had a different guide. It turned out that she was an Outlander fan so she included a few tidbits from the show (A quick look at Lallybroch and McKensie castle). We saw castles, beautiful countryside, a distillery and much more. Newcastle - Private tour to Hadrians Wall. Very interesting, but I would have preferred less wall and more local culture. We made 3 stops to see the wall. The first 2 were great, but by the 3rd, I was ready for something else. The only complaint I would have for the ship, is too little shopping. It only has 2 shops which is fine, but the merchandise didn't reflect the ports. They had Caribbean t-shirts and Russian dolls, I don't understand the philosophy. The drawings for jewelry were always at 7:30 which was our dinner time and you had to be present to win. Also, if you play Mahjong, they have the tiles but be sure to take a current card. Otherwise, I loved it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We loved the itinerary of visiting all the different ports in a two week period. The service on board was fantastic and the overall experience exceeded our expectations!! The Pacific Princess is a smaller cruise ship so we were able to get ... Read More
We loved the itinerary of visiting all the different ports in a two week period. The service on board was fantastic and the overall experience exceeded our expectations!! The Pacific Princess is a smaller cruise ship so we were able to get into ports that other larger ones couldn't. The British Isles, Ireland, Scotland and Wales were incredible places to visit. So green and beautiful. We only had 2 days of light misty rain so, the decision to go in September was wise and beneficial. Each port was exciting and memorable. The passengers on board were very friendly and engaging. The staff and entertainment on board sealed the deal, they put an exclamation point on an incredible journey filled with friendship, laughter and many unforgettable experiences!! Princess Cruise, YOU DELIVERED!! Having worked for the Ritz Carlton for 13 years, I've had the opportunity and experience to see quality. Princess Cruises THANKS for the attention to detail, personalized service, and exceeding our expectations to make our 25th Wedding Anniversary truly special. JOB WELL DONE!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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
Absolutely great cruise. The crew and staff on the Pacific Princess was outstanding. The accommodations were great and the itinerary was everything we hope it would be. Every port was beyond our expectations. The tours had excellent guides ... Read More
Absolutely great cruise. The crew and staff on the Pacific Princess was outstanding. The accommodations were great and the itinerary was everything we hope it would be. Every port was beyond our expectations. The tours had excellent guides and transportation. The information shared about each location visited was well done. Many ports gave us the opportunity to walk the towns and cities before or after our organized tours. This was an added bonus. Particularly enjoyed the fjord tours in Norway. They were spectacular. The dining on board the Pacific Princess was ideal. Also the ship has recently been refurbished to the decor was beautiful and comfortable. We would highly recommend a cruise on this ship. We added a third week to our cruise and also did the British Isles. This was a great decision. We love to do this cruise again. We can't say enough about the staff on board ship. All were gracious and made our trip very special and personal. Take a cruise on the Pacific Princess. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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
We really enjoyed the Pacific Princess, it is definitely our favorite Princess ship. The ship size is perfect. It's small and intimate and there was never a wait for anything. Embarking was easy, disembarking was easy, tendering was ... Read More
We really enjoyed the Pacific Princess, it is definitely our favorite Princess ship. The ship size is perfect. It's small and intimate and there was never a wait for anything. Embarking was easy, disembarking was easy, tendering was easy. It never takes long to get anywhere. The ship has recently been refurbished and it feels new. Service onboard was fantastic, as well as the food. The only down side to a small ship is less onboard activities. However, that does not matter to us since we tend to choose port-intensive itineraries and spend all of our time on the ship just relaxing. For those not familiar with Princess, be aware that it is a slow and calm atmosphere. We were the youngest people on the ship at 32 and 45 years of age. We have no problem with this and made plenty of new friends with different generations. I almost did not want to write this review because I'd love to keep the ship all to myself and not let everyone else know what they're missing. We can't wait for our next Pacific Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise just 2 weeks after returning from a land trip to France. We went online and instead of choosing a cruise for 2019, we chose this 29 Night Mediterranean cruise from Venice to Ft Lauderdale because our Princess agent ... Read More
We chose this cruise just 2 weeks after returning from a land trip to France. We went online and instead of choosing a cruise for 2019, we chose this 29 Night Mediterranean cruise from Venice to Ft Lauderdale because our Princess agent found us a great, super low one-way air fare to take us from Orlando nonstop to Frankfurt then nonstop to Venice with only a 3 hour layover. After being booked for one month, Princess offered us an upscale to a mini suite from a balcony on this sold-out cruise, and we accepted. Embarkation - We were the only ship for the cruise terminal, as November is low season in Venice. Very easy. Cabin- 8009 was just gorgeous. We used both US and European outlets as we brought our adapters, there are 4 outlets at the huge desk/dresser. The lamps each have USB ports at the bedside. We took an 18 foot regular extension cord and definitely used it as we settled in to 4 weeks at sea. Our cabin was the most spacious, and is comparable to HAL's Oosterdam signature suite we stayed in Nov 2016. The cabins had been totally refurbished in 2017 and looked like new to us. The room was at least 15 feet wide at the balcony, so we had lots of room and seating to invite other guests to visit with us after dinner etc. Dining was the greatest as far as food is concerned comparing it to the Veendam (which is 2nd place, and other yearly cruises since 2013 on HAL, Princess, and Scylla River cruises. Our 2 servers were excellent, and I enjoyed the 2 wine tastings that were offered by our waiters for afternoon diversion on sea days. The other cool thing, unknown if serendipitous or planning on their part, but we were assigned to a table of 8, and 3 of us women were raised in California, 3 of us were born within 12 months of each other, and our men were all within 10 years of each other. We got along great for 29 nights! Excursions - Our private train ticket plan from Civitavecchia to Rome was cancelled due to some problem, so our excursion lady suggested Orvieto as I didn't want to go on a long bus ride to Rome. Orvieto is a place NOT TO MISS! That tour was fantastic! We also bought wine and olive oil and its great too. The other wonderful excursion was to Seville and we were on our own there but it is an easy, beautiful city that has all the initial great cathedrals and palaces located within 0.25 mile and very near our departure point. On our own, as we met nice people at lunch, and at dinner, we did venture out and rented taxis (negotiated first and split the fare) in Naples, Catania, Athens, Santa Cruz de Tenerife instead of relying on Hop On/Hop Off bus lines. In ports of Athens and Naples, the Archaeological Museums tours were not offered as excursions by Princess and we thought these 2 were among the best in world (including the Louvre and British Museums). The taxi driver in Athens made a new negotiation when we arrived at the Athens Museum and proposed we keep him for other sites and he would drop us off at a wonderful open air restaurant in the Plaka, and we accepted. He waited from us the whole time - with driving about 30+ miles roundtrip in traffic - about 5 hours total (4 of us split the fare plus tips totally about 75 Euros per couple). Wonderful day in Athens! The taxi driver in Naples took us to the Via Duomo (avenue) and dropped us off at the Naples Cathedral/Basilica. It was breathtaking, and we decided to use our feet to take us the 3/4 mile to Archeological Museum (with all the riches and treasures from Herculeneum and Pompeii that was turned over to the Duke of Naples when found over 200 years ago). We then walked downhill on the Via Toledo from the museum, and its an easy walk to the ship but about an hour if you don't stop to shop and eat. I think the itinerary was great, especially for first time travelers, and we were 2nd time travelers except to 6 new ports. We stayed 3 nights in Venice before the cruise. Stayed at Allogia Barbaria which is only 200 feet from the vaporetto stop on the Alilaguna blue line from Marco Polo airport. Then when we left the B&B for the ship, we took the Alilaguna direct to the ship. We didn't have to go through the People Mover or Piazzale Roma, etc. It was easy as we didn't have to lug suitcases over bridges and lots of cobblestones, but was able to visit Venice easily us - an older couple. We want to go again to Venice, and stay a whole week before leaving. Venice in November is quiet. Never colder at night than 50 F. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports and the fact that it docked at the destination port for two days, allowing us to spend some time there prior to heading to the airport. We did go into Rome three days earlier than the cruise so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports and the fact that it docked at the destination port for two days, allowing us to spend some time there prior to heading to the airport. We did go into Rome three days earlier than the cruise so we could tour sites there. This particular ship was small, which allowed us to get to know others quite well that were on our same cruise. The Dining was experience was so good, because of the small size of the ship, but also because they paired us with two other couples at our table and they couldn't have picked more perfect combinations for us to dine with. The entertainment was top notch. The singers and dancers were well trained and practiced. The others that came in on certain ports to entertain us were well chosen. Comedian was great and the local talent orchestra and musicians were well done to give us a taste of the local entertainers. I would take this same cruise over and over again. The ports were amazing and the timing of at sea days with the excursion days was perfect. The bar staff took the time to get to know you, so they prepared the perfect drinks both alocoholic and non for you during the entire cruise. The cruise directors that did the trivia were fun and the late night music and piano bar were very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This small ship is big enough and if it's going to your destination of choice then I think it's a done deal. We chose the late dining option with 3 other couples and made great friends. I liked the "sip and sail" ... Read More
This small ship is big enough and if it's going to your destination of choice then I think it's a done deal. We chose the late dining option with 3 other couples and made great friends. I liked the "sip and sail" option but not because of the endless alcohol but because you could have what ever beverage you wanted anytime. But I suppose that "sip and sail" option is for early bookers such as we happened to be. As per usual the excursions were not used as you could get much better deal elsewhere . We would gladly rebook if the destinations matched, but I'm not a cruiser as this was my first sea cruise ever. I loved that this was the Love Boat. It even looked like it a bit like it too. I thought the pizza/hot dog/ burger kiosk was lame and wouldn't recommend it unless you were in severe calorie deficit which would be quite unlikely. My favourite place for a drink was outside of the Panorama Buffet as the views were super. The upper floor library had reasonable views and looked stately; but I never used it for reading. it never seemed busy. We did do a non buffet breakfast once and found again that meeting people was the real advantage of it. The service staff at the restaurants and rooms were always pleasant Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and small ship cruising experience. We have been on a few cruises on ex Renaissance ships and know these well, but a first time for us with Princess. The itinerary was great despite losing 3 ports due ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and small ship cruising experience. We have been on a few cruises on ex Renaissance ships and know these well, but a first time for us with Princess. The itinerary was great despite losing 3 ports due to weather issues (Belfast was added). Some may complain that Princess only provided $250/person but we found it to be fair compared to other lines policies (see my Oceania review...) We were very pleased with the quality of the service. Everybody was very nice and helpful. The food at the Club Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. We expected 3 star dining from this large cruise line and we rate it closer to 4 stars. Panorama buffet was OK and the poolside grill was very good despite limited selections. Princess offers wine packages although they do not communicate it on their website or even told us they did not offer it when we called they said we can only get $60/day beverage packages. Ask your waiter for the 7 bottle or 11 bottle cards, it provides a saving of about 25%. We only took 5 excursions but most were pretty good and reasonably priced (all things being relative...say if you compare with Celebrity or Oceania) We love small ships but this one needs TLC. Some areas have been refreshed, some not. Rooms refurbished (very nice). Balconies are bad (see cabin review). Public spaces are a bit of a mix. By far the worse is the Pacific lounge which is the large observation lounge on deck 11 forward. The view forward is 50% blocked by permanently pulled down blinds, orchestra stage and big plastic plants. To top it off the decor is seventies vintage tahiti decor with seventies vintage furniture. If a good observation lounge is a priority you may want to book a different ship. Enrichment lectures were all done by a gentleman fixated with 1950s american pop culture and completely unrelated to our journey to Iceland, Norway and the arctic circle. Overall a great itinerary, great service and a pleasant culinary experience, but the ship needs updating. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My Mom booked it for our birthdays. Here is what you should know about this ship and her crew: everything is clean all the time. Dining was super fantastic, delicious. My husband took the tour of the galleys and he SAW how they do it! ... Read More
My Mom booked it for our birthdays. Here is what you should know about this ship and her crew: everything is clean all the time. Dining was super fantastic, delicious. My husband took the tour of the galleys and he SAW how they do it! There is a fabulous library on board augmented by Andrew the assistant cruise director. He comes up with more fun stuff to do than even I could! The bars are all well-staffed with knowledgeable people who know their own drink menus so well they can offer suggestions at any moment. If you are in doubt about a great libation, visit Mary Jane at the poolside bar or head to the Club Bar or Casino Bar. There are two additional Lounges as well that accompany the entertainment venues just for convenience. There is no such thing as being bored or involuntarily idle on the Pacific Princess. I did not take advantage of the shore excursions, nor did I choose to excercise as much as I should have which I am sure is why I was not able to give excellent ratings in these categories. You should also know I did the cruise two times in a row. Our first Captain, Captain Slight, steered us away from a potentially very hazardous wind storm that came through some mountain passes. He advised us to declutter our cabins and secure breakables and spillables. The ‘worst’ of it passed in the wee hours and we all seem to have slept through it! Our next Captain saw us through the first hurricane of the season which passed far to the northwest of our course. The officers are clearly well trained and knowledgeable. Passenger safety and service are the number one concerns of every member of the crew on board this ship. The passenger crew ratio is about 2:1, and every crew member has YOU in mind every moment he or she is on duty. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We love this small ship and usually like to leave home during the holiday season. We had a bit of weather and missed the port in Cadiz. We have done this crossing many times at this time of year and I feel 8 straight sea days is too much, ... Read More
We love this small ship and usually like to leave home during the holiday season. We had a bit of weather and missed the port in Cadiz. We have done this crossing many times at this time of year and I feel 8 straight sea days is too much, The other cruises stopped some where else like Morocco, Azores, Tunisia or the Caribbean to break up the crossing. It was nice to have Sammy as the cruise director. We had a Club Class cabin, which I have to say really did not do much for us. We had a special dining area, but could not bring friends and the food was the same except for a special dish made by the head waiter. A couple were really good, but most just OK, one was disgusting. The other Club Class benefit is you get more pillows and two half bottles of wine and priority boarding. We are Elite so really did not do much for us. The are trying to copy Celebrity "Aqua Class" but missed the mark.We got to go to a couple of special "Wine lunches" where the Chef made a lunch with wine pairings. The food was excellent and it was a great event, don't think that they are common, but if you get a chance ever DO IT. So we know the chef can cook, but their is only so much you can do with the ingredients Princess provides and we have seen the quality go down over the years. This ship will always be our favorite, very intimate and relaxed. Easy to make friends. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet with only around 650 passengers. This was our first time to sail on a small ship and maybe our last. With a few notable exceptions, it seemed like we were sailing with a ... Read More
The Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet with only around 650 passengers. This was our first time to sail on a small ship and maybe our last. With a few notable exceptions, it seemed like we were sailing with a second or third rate crew. Princess must have their first teamers on the larger ships and use their smallest ship as a training ground. Service, entertainment and the quality of food was nowhere close to what we experienced on the Regal Princess last year. The Spa Director Radu was plain rude and obnoxious and his staff mostly inexperienced. Service and food in the Main Dining Room were well below par. However, the food in the specialty restaurants and grill was above average and service there was great. Breakfast in Sabatini's each morning was especially rewarding. All of the waiters in the lounge areas were pleasant and tried to remember your name. Lindsay, the future sales consultant/Concierge was spectacular and helped us with our disembarkation plans. Also, our cabin steward did a great job. The entertainment was sparse and below par and very few passengers showed up. The best things about the trip were the large suite, the itinerary and no kids! Split, Santorini, Rhodes, Athens, Mykonos and especially Dubrovnik were all spectacular ports. Stopping in Lesvos was a major blunder because the seas were too rough to launch the tenders to shore. Also, Rijecka was a big waste of time. At least Princess had the good sense to stay in Santorini until 8 pm, which gave us plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the cliffs of the caldera. Overall, it was an average cruise. I will stick to the midsize Princess ships from now on for better food, service and entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise as the timing worked and we were keen to see Crotia. Hadn't sailed on Princess for a while so after a disappointing cruise with Celebrity we decided to travel with Princess and were not disappointed. ... Read More
We chose this cruise as the timing worked and we were keen to see Crotia. Hadn't sailed on Princess for a while so after a disappointing cruise with Celebrity we decided to travel with Princess and were not disappointed. Embarkation/Disembarkation was flawless and so very quick. We flew into Venice and got the Princess transfer by coach straight to the ship. Some of those who were less mobile did find it a bit of a trek to the coach but if you found that a trek not sure this itinerary is for you. We found the food to be very good, always plenty of choice and I found it hard to make a selection as there were so many excellent food choices. Oscar the Maitre D' is THE BEST on the ocean, he accommodated our requirements and was a great host each evening. Ports - We did our own thing (walking around town) at Split, Siracusa, Kotor and Sibinek - all beautiful easy walking towns and a very short distance from where we docked. Villefranche was a tender ride in and easy to walk round but in October was quiet and not a huge amount to see or do, next time would venture into Nice/Monaco. In Naples we went on an excursion to Pompeii and in Livorno we went to Lucca - would highly recommend both. We loved this small but perfectly formed ship which as a big ship cruiser I was very nervous about but loved it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Embarcation and Disembarcation were flawless. The meals were only average, and we discovered that there was a 'club plan' that offered 'suite' guest a separate menu, even though they might be sitting at the next table. ... Read More
Embarcation and Disembarcation were flawless. The meals were only average, and we discovered that there was a 'club plan' that offered 'suite' guest a separate menu, even though they might be sitting at the next table. The entertainment hit a high spot with the performance of "Branden & James" on our cruise. The rest of the entertainment seemed dated--most of the songs were from the 50s or earlier. We would have loved something a little more recent..."Mamma Mia", or "Phantom", or something similar. The room service was good, although our room steward seemed to 'forget' to leave a breakfast menu every night. We called a couple of times, then took a few off his cart--problem solved! The ports were wonderful, with the exception of Korcula. While pleasant enough, it was small, and very redundant to other similar ports. In Naples, we rode down the Amalfi coast, and in Catania, we climbed Mt. Etna, taking the lift and 4x4 as high as you could go. Corfu was wonderful--we made it to the Achillion Palace, and the Old Fortress--it was as nice a port as you could ask for. In Rhodes, make sure to see the Acropolis in Lindos. In Chios, do yourself a favor and go see the old ruins in Anavatos. The ship is small, by Princess standards. This was nice, in that, it made it easy to transverse, and impossible to get lost. Nice size ship, and I would take it again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Loved the itinerary with lots of ports of call on a 14 day cruise from Dover and back. The countries in the Baltic were wonderful to visit. Our favorite cities we visited were Saint Petersburg, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The three and a ... Read More
Loved the itinerary with lots of ports of call on a 14 day cruise from Dover and back. The countries in the Baltic were wonderful to visit. Our favorite cities we visited were Saint Petersburg, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The three and a half hour sail up the channel into and out of Stockholm was beautiful and memorable. The Pacific Princess is our favorite ship to cruise on . We love the small ship 600 passengers vs the large ships with over 2000 passengers. The crew is truly the best on the Pacific Princess. The crew gets to know you and treats you as a person not just a passenger. Also we were able to really get to know many of the passengers during our cruise because of the smaller number of people. Part of our trip was sailing thru the Kiel canal which only smaller ships can sail thru. Also we were able to dock closer to most of the cities we visited because of the smaller size of the Pacific Princess. We will have memories for a lifetime from this cruise, truly special. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We arrived 3 days early in London before our cruise. We took a Big Bus Tour and their night tour & visited Kensington Palace. We also took a tour of Paris through Premium Tours, a really long day but worth it, I really recommend this ... Read More
We arrived 3 days early in London before our cruise. We took a Big Bus Tour and their night tour & visited Kensington Palace. We also took a tour of Paris through Premium Tours, a really long day but worth it, I really recommend this tour company. Embarkation & Disembarkation was the best I had every been through, We pretty much walked on the ship. We had a little bit of a problem before we left, air in the fuel line, and we missed our first port, but we were compensated very nicely so no problems there. The rain was hit and miss but that's pretty much par for the course in the British Isles. We had a balcony cabin 7020, very nice cabin, roomy, plenty of storage space, big balcony and the bathroom wasn't bad for a small ship. The dining room was worth going to every night. We had wonderful wait staff, the food was beautifully prepared and we were welcomed with a smile every night. In Waterford we took the Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal tour, very nice tour. In Dublin we took the Guinness tour, no where near enough time there, I would book it on my own next time. In Edinburgh I booked Iconic tours to take us to Stirling country-Will was a superb guide and I totally recommend Iconic tours. Our ship was delayed and Will still managed to hit all of the places we wanted to go to, then dropped us off for the Military Tattoo. If you every get the chance to go to the Military Tattoo, book you tickets early through the Tattoo and get a taxi to and from the ship, it's cheaper. The second day in Edinburgh we took the big tour of Edinburgh through Princess, Yacht, Edinburgh Castle & city drive, it too was a great tour. The Pacific Princess is a beautiful ship, easy to find where you are going and a lot smoother than most larger ships I've been on. If I get the chance I'd bee back on her in a heart beat. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
This was my first cruise on a smaller ship. It was our 40th anniversary and we wanted to visit Venice and ports in the Adriatic Sea. The itinerary was excellent. The weather did not co-operate though. Our best investment was the $3 rain ... Read More
This was my first cruise on a smaller ship. It was our 40th anniversary and we wanted to visit Venice and ports in the Adriatic Sea. The itinerary was excellent. The weather did not co-operate though. Our best investment was the $3 rain ponchos that we bought as soon as the ship sailed. Kotor Montenegro was a lovely new port that we visited. We travelled up 29 switchbacks up and down the mountain to visit other places in Montenegro. Lovely scenery. However sailing out of Kotor we had a huge thunderstorm and a small tornado. That was interesting to watch. It didn't really affect our trip though. Then coming into Nice the weather kicked up a powerful wind and our ship hit the breakwater rocks and unfortunately suffered damage that could not be repaired. Our ship made it into the port however the water had to be turned off. We headed out on our excursion to Monaco and returned at 4:30 to find out that we had to pack our bags as the ship could not continue. Princess arranged for our hotel in Nice and we were bussed there. It was a 5 star hotel. The next morning we were organized into busses and driven to Barcelona and checked into another hotel. We spent 8 1/2 hours on the bus but it was a lovely day and the drive had spectacular scenery. Our bus had only 10 passengers so we were well spread out and comfortable. Our hotel in Barcelona was another 5 star hotel. The next morning we were taxied to the airport. The Princess staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They took care of all the expenses other than our meals which we had to submit to head office for reimbursement. Two days after arriving home we received a 50% refund of our cruise and we are also receiving a credit towards another cruise to be booked by December 31, 2017. We have nothing but good things to say about the way they handled a difficult situation. Now for critique of the ship itself. Because of the size of the ship it is more intimate. It is also easier to get around. We were on the 7th deck. The 5th deck had the entertainment and dining room. The 9th deck had the buffet, pool and spa. So we took the stairs a lot. Two flights up or down was just the right amount of exercise. It also seemed to free up the elevators as you hardly had to wait for any if you took them. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Our room was adequate. It stated that we were getting a Queen bed but it looked more like a King. The closet had plenty of hangers and there were plenty of drawers as well. The dining experience was a little less than I expected. The menu wasn't that great some of the nights. We were so close to Italy that I thought we would have had more Italian dishes. Don't get me wrong. The food was good but there was no WOW factor. I am sure that the specialty restaurants had the WOW factor. We had the first seating that was at 5:30 pm. Interestingly enough there were several times on this itinerary that dining was open seating. If we got into port later and stayed later we had the open seating. The breakfast buffet seemed to have the same thing every day. There was a lot of variety though. I thought the Danish weren't as flakey as usual so I thought they might have been heat and serve. All in all though, this was a very good cruise. The smaller ship does not have the extravaganza shows, there is no International café but there is enough to do on the ship if you choose to and when you go to Europe there is so much to do on shore that many consider the ship as a floating B&B. I would recommend this ship to a couple. There isn't much on the ship for young people though. Although the ship is used for World Cruises I think I would go stir crazy if I had more than 1 sea day at a time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was the official 50th anniversary cruise for Princess. They called it a throw-back but I didn't anything like what cruising was even 30 years ago. I was a little disappointed but still had a great time and was glad I had booked ... Read More
This was the official 50th anniversary cruise for Princess. They called it a throw-back but I didn't anything like what cruising was even 30 years ago. I was a little disappointed but still had a great time and was glad I had booked this cruise. I love the Pacific Princess. It had some short-comings such as poor sight lines in the show lounge during shows and not all the activities (no MUTS) the larger ships have but I didn't miss those. The ship is very easy to get around. There was never a long wait for an elevator. There is no anytime dining on the ship unless you want to eat in the buffet or whichever specialty restaurant is open that day (Sabatini's one day and the Steakhouse another day). We ate in the steakhouse one night and the food was excellent. Our steaks were so tender and delicious as was everything else they served. In the main dining room we had 1st sitting and the service we had was very good. However, the food was not up to the standard I expected for a small ship. We used the buffet mostly on port days for lunch. There was a wonderful lunch in the main dining room for cruise critic members. A special cake was served and a special pasta that was delicious. Entertainment was very good. We had entertainers of the year on board such as Miguel Washington, Josh Willingham and a few others. The cast of the Love Boat was on board--Gavin McLeod, Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, and Bernie Kopell and we got to meet them. Jack Jones was on board and he sang the Love Boat theme song that he did for the tv show. There were some fairly new movies shown on board such as Mr. Holmes, The Martian and a couple of others. The singers and dancers were one of the best teams we have seen in a while. They really seemed to enjoy doing the shows and meeting with the passengers. It was so easy getting on and off the ship because of its size. Embarkation went quickly and disembarkation was only a few minutes late because of computer problems with immigration/customs. But it didn't take long to find our luggage and get to our transportation. In tender ports we were supposed to get tickets but by the time we went ashore we were taken straight to a tender and had no wait. I didn't take this cruise for the ports although Puerto Vallarta and Loreta were very beautiful. Mazatlan and La Paz were okay but I could have done without Manzanillo and Cabo San Lucas. There was a free shuttle that took passengers into La Paz and we had to use a shuttle in Mazatlan from the ship to the terminal building. We took a taxi to the market in Mazatlan for $6.00 each way. Puerto Vallarta had a mall and Walmart right across the street from the pier and a small market. There were no shore excursions from the ship that appealed to us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Princess cruises made our first cruise experience so perfect that we're already thinking of doing it again. Everything was so systematically done from the embarkation to the disembarkation day. We really had a hassle-free vacation ... Read More
Princess cruises made our first cruise experience so perfect that we're already thinking of doing it again. Everything was so systematically done from the embarkation to the disembarkation day. We really had a hassle-free vacation but what we loved most was the warmth and kindness of the ship's crew members. Everyone made us feel so comfortable while maintaining a high level of professionalism. They are so quick and efficient too and the food was always very good. There were just enough activities so no one gets bored. The ship is a little old but very well maintained and we loved the classy ancient look of the interior, it was like being taken back in time. I would definitely recommend cruising with Pacific Princess to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY Flying to Tahiti and Papeete What a long day or was it two days? Started out at 1pm with a regional flight to Denver on Wednesday. Then Denver to LAX arriving at 4:30pm. Walked 8 minutes from terminal 7 to ... Read More
WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY Flying to Tahiti and Papeete What a long day or was it two days? Started out at 1pm with a regional flight to Denver on Wednesday. Then Denver to LAX arriving at 4:30pm. Walked 8 minutes from terminal 7 to International terminal to find sleeping bodies with huge luggage scattered along walls of lobby. Some in chairs, most were on the floor. The departure ticketing gates do not open until just hours before the flights. So we found a spot in a secluded corner (around the elevators) away from crying children and snoring adults. There has got to be a better way! Air Tahiti Nui opened early (sign said 7:30pm). It was around 6:30pm when we re-checked the counters. The attendant was friendly and efficient. We were invited to the International Lounge on the 6th floor. We first ate at one of the many fast food places. $16 for a burger and salad. $12 for Chow Mein, chicken and vegs. Both were good. The International lounge had food (had we known), liquor, soda, snacks and comfortable chairs. We were in business class on the flight, so the seats reclined. Pillows, a thin comforter, and toiletries were provided. 8 hours later (Thursday 5am) we arrived to a singing group welcoming us to Papeete’s airport. After getting luggage and going through customs we were greeted by a smiley and friendly Princess rep. They took our luggage and informed us to be back in 3 hours for the excursion/transfer to the ship (7:30am). We sat in metal chairs and watched the sun come up. At 7am the bus loaded. I guess everyone was anxious to “get going”. The excursion tour of the island was very nice. Evon and Evette were our driver and tour guide. She was very funny. We drove to Jardin Botanical Garden, about 60 km and turned around. Evette pointed out every church, school, beach, fence or interesting building along the way. We stopped at the black sand beach, fern caves, waterfall, marae, and botanical garden. We then drove through a little bit of Papette downtown. A little bit is all you need to see. Arriving at the boat the Princess staff directed us from station to station. The longest wait was to climb up the ramp onto the boat where your photo is taken for security. We ate lunch at the Panoramic buffet. There was fish, scallops, pasta, salads, which were good. The ham was excellent along with the desserts. Drinks were served with a smile. We walked around Papeete to the Tourist Information building, the Market, The Viara. I bought a Vini Sim card for Internet and Phone Service. The only place I could use the Internet card was the post office with their computers. The phone card ended up being a SCAM. They lied to me. It could only be used with a local cell phone. RIP OFF! We found the people of the town cold and unfriendly. Even after I bought a few things, no one said thank you. The staff at the Toursist Bureau weren’t friendly either. IT was just four people sitting at the their desks. Didn’t talk to us. Didn’t ask if we had questions or needed assistance. Nothing, they just sat there. We found that weird. The pareos are from Indonesia, NOT Tahiti, and every store at the Market sold the same stuff. All crap from somewhere else. The craved wood was NOT local. Cheap t-shirts, lei necklaces, and not a great selection for NICE gifts. It was dusty, junky, and yucky. The streets were hard to walk on. Cracks, uneven pavement, changing levels that you could easily trip, dirty, and crowded. We couldn’t wait to get back on board the ship. Our cabin steward, Chai, was friendly and gave us ice and fresh robes. Our shore excursion tickets were waiting for us also. Our bags arrived around 4pm. We unpacked, finding plenty of hangars and drawer/closet space. We ate dinner at the buffet. First thing I saw was a sweet pineapple drink – delicious. Chicago round of beef, great spinach, carrots, and potatoes, and papaya fish. Wonderful taramiso ice cream and mango cheesecake. We couldn’t wait to go to sleep. FRIDAY Papeete We took the 4WD excursion to Papenoo Valley and Waterfall. We met at the end of the pier at 7:50am. That was much easier that wating to be called in the ship’s lounge. We wore swim suits under clothes and reef walkers (sandals). WE brought towels, hats, sun block, insect repellant. We left the dock on time with 6 passengers in the back of a covered truck. We drove through busy downtown Papeete, around the coast then turned inland. Beautiful valley of high rock walls with tiny waterfalls floating down to the river, which you drive along. We stopped to take photos a couple of times. Twice at larger waterfalls, an ancient marae, and a beautiful river, where we swam in the stream. A beautiful excursion. We lunched with people we met on the excursion. The meat loaf was good. Again, a good selection of rice/Asian meals. There is always cheese and luncheon meat, fruits, three different pre-made sandwiches, 2 soups, 2 ice creams with toppings, custards, cookies. Muster Station Drill was much more organized than other ships we have been on. The Captain even came on and gave us a safety talk. That was nice. Dinner tonight at the buffet had pork roast. Great Asian noodles and fresh shrimp. The hazelnut mousse was good. But the dining room was very empty. 99% must go to the formal dining room. It is not our thing to sit around for 2 hours for a meal, so the buffet worked out great for us. They offer the same entrees as the dining room, so we aren’t missing anything. It was nice to sit by the window and watch Moorea pass by. It was very quiet and relaxing. The wait staff is very efficient, polite, and friendly. SATURDAY Huahine We took our own excursion with Marc’s Moto Picnic. They could probably charge more; it was that good. We had a wonderful day. There were a couple of different tours going out from the pier with Marc’s. Marc and his assistants were organized and had it all under control. We were put on a smaller boat with 12 passengers, each with your own seat (with back). The first stop after a beautiful boat ride was to fairly shallow area about 50 feet from the shore. There were lots of hidden creatures swimming around coral heads in beautiful clear water. Next we toured a couple of lagoons on the way to a pearl farm in the middle of the bay. The tour was very interesting. We felt it could have been a quicker stop. We then did a drift snorkel. What a wonderful experience. Floating above the coral at about 1 knots. It felt much quicker! Just a short boat drive away was lunch on a beautiful tree lined beach. Right on the edge of the big, blue ocean, crashing over the protective reef. Lunch was prepared right in front of us. Tasty grilled striped marlin with Marc’s homemade tomato garlic salsa. Safron rice with raisins was my favorite. Grilled chicken, salad and plenty to drink. The local juice was fantastic. Dessert was local – I mean right there on that island local grown fruits. Watermelon, pineapple, sweet bananas, and cantelope. The entire lunch was cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful. BUT the best part was the flush toilets on this secluded island. There was even a fresh water shower to use after a day of snorkeling. That is a very nice touch! The entertainers sang the ENTIRE time we were there. They never took a break! It was a very enjoyable day!! It was a quick ten minute boat ride back to the pier to catch a tender back to the boat. SUNDAY At Sea MONDAY Rangiroa Lagoon Snorkel Excursion. The BEST snorkel I have ever been on – NOT the prettiest, just the best. The coral is nothing to look at but the amount and variety of sealife was fantastic. We saw Trumpet fish, Surgeon fish, Queen Angel, black tip Reef Sharks, Triggerfish, Emperor Angelfish, Parrotfish, Unicornfish and numerousWrasses. Two sharks were swimming RIGHT at me, but then turned away at about 25-30 feet. It seemed much closer! WE probably saw about 10 to 15 sharks, mostly swimming right on top of the reef, in about 10-15 feet of water. My highlight was a 8 to 10 foot Yellow Margin Moray Eel free swimming through the coral heads. I followed it for about 2 minutes until it swam into a cavern in the bottom of the coral. About 12 inches of its tail was still hanging out. After the snorkel we boated out to see the dolphins catching waves and riding them into the pass. A very enjoyable experience. Top Dive Rangiora After taking a tender to the pier, Top Dive picks you up in a van and drives to their shop. It took about 5 minutes to get there. Finished the paperwork, got the equipment I needed, they gave us the dive profile for the first dive. They had all the equipment loaded in their boat. They handled all that themselves. There was one guide for 3 to 4 divers. We fell backwards out of the boat to start the dive. We dove the pass. We saw huge Blue Clams, schools of Moorish Idols, Triggerfish, Napolean Wrasses, Parrotfish, and a Turtle. When the dive was done, the Divemaster inflated a Dive Sausage and the Zodiak boat located us for pick up. Lunch was in a shack on the beach. My Divemaster said he’d be back at 2pm for the second dive. He never showed up. At 2pm a large French group got their dive briefing, got on the baot and left. So the guy who runs the place, Nicolas Barnard, says I missed the boat. Claudio never showed up. No one gave me a dive briefing. No one directed me to a boat. They called the boat back. The second dive went further out of the pass and east to Shark Wall. We saw dozens of sharks, schools of thousands of fish, eels, Moorish Idols. We dove the entire pass and came up on the other side of the island. For the second dive (after saying their was equipment on the boat) my BC was too small, there was not enough weight, and no regard for my personal dive profile. Diving is all about safety. They did not have my safety as a concern on this dive. I am not impressed with their organization or operation. The water was beautiful and the sea life fantastic, but will not dive with them again. TUESDAY At Sea WEDNESDAY Tahaa Tahaa Drift Snorkel Excursion This was WILD! Well organized at the pier (Terminal). There were two boats with 12 persons each. We drove for about 30 minutes to the pass. They anchored in about 12” of water in a sandy part of the area. We walked to the beach and then across the island to the starting point. It took about 5 minutes. Reef walkers or sandals are a MUST! You enter the water at the end of the path and put your fins on. The guide takes your reef walkers/sandals and puts them in a bag to float along with him. You enter one at a time about 10 feet apart from the person in front of you. And away you go. No need to paddle, the current takes you. You do need to steer, and follow the person in front of you as well as the deeper path in the pass. Those that didn’t follow the guide suffered the consequences with coral cuts on their knees, and I don’t know how, their elbows and arms. By the time the current eases you are ready to get out. Some went and did it again. Some enjoyed the view and the warm water near the beach. The second time we did a different cut in the pass; a little further out. It was much better. The current wasn’t as strong and it was a little deeper. We gathered around a soft coral and watched “Nemo”, a clownfish swim with his family. Afterwards they served fresh fruit and cared for the wounded. This was a very nice excursion. 4WD Crater, Motus, Marae, Vanilla Plantation Excursion We also did a 4WD Crater Excursion that afternoon. There was enough time to shower, change clothes, eat lunch between two excursions, but we walk fast. Cathy and her sister pick you up in their 4 WD vehicles. They were wonderful guides and their island is beautiful. We drove around the East side of the island and then through the center over hillsides and through rivers. The information on vanilla was amazing! The most sacred marae in Tahiti was nice to see. What history and a beautiful spot. They had local fruit for us to try. Along the way Cathy spotted fresh pineapple ready to eat. She shared one with us at the marae stop too. It was the best pineapple we had ever had (even better than Hawaii’s!). There was also local papaya, bananas, and mango. All fantastic! There was fresh, chilled coconuts and vanilla for purchase. They were GREAT hostesses! THURSDAY Bora Bora Day 1 We rented a EuroCar to drive around the island. What was supposed to be leisurely drive turned out to be a dangerous vehicle rental that ended in 1 hours time. The seatbelt/harness in the Bugster couldn’t be adjusted. The mirrors did not stay in place to be able to see behind you. We tried to return it but no one was at the rental shack. We tried later in the afternoon and were told to come back one more time as the two people at the shack just stared at us. By 2pm we finally got to talk with someone, who told us there was nothing he could do except rent us another POS car. There was no time to use the car so we asked for a partial credit, as we did not use it the entire day. He was rude and said he already had our payment. We are taking it up with our credit card. FRIDAY Bora Bora 2nd day Snorkel and Stingray Excursion We took the morning excursion with Moana Adventures. The catamaran is large with bench seats facing forward. There were large stairs to get in and out of the water. What a special place. It really isn’t a snorkel at the stingray location. YOU STAND up in 2 to 4 feet of water just wearing your reefwalkers/sandals in a sandy reef about 30 minutes from shore. A couple boats were already there feeding the rays and sharks. It was a fairly windy day so the waves would hit you if you weren’t watching. But it is such a unique experience to be able to touch the stingrays and view a shark within a few feet from where you stand. The barbs have been removed from the rays. The stingrays arrive immediately and stuck around the entire hour we were there. You could touch, kiss, swim with, take pictures with and pictures of the sea life as close as you wanted to get. At one point I counted 10 rays in one spot. It was amazing! The second snorkel stop was called Coral Garden. We were about a quarter mile from the fringing reef with huge waves constantly crashing over. The current was strong and seas choppy so I declined going in, but people said it was beautiful. On board the Captain served delicious local juices. (Later on Moorea we will visit the plantation where it is processed) A must see adventure!! Top Dive Bora Bora Top Dive was on time for pick up. There were a couple people from the boat that went with them. Everything was ready to go on the boat. There were 2 Divemasters for 5 divers. We were surprised there were no depth gauges. The Divemasters were very professional and friendly. They switched the BC’s on the boat for the second dive. The boats were well designed but tight with 10 divers. Spectacular sea life. Jurald was good about checking you air gauge under water. SATURDAY Moorea Dr. Poole’s Whale Watch and Dolphin Cruise The PhD was arrogant, but the Captain and Spotter were terrific! We went out beyond the barrier reef and right away spotted a baby whale (or as I was corrected a calf) and its mother. The mother surfaced in 12 to 15 minute intervals as she was resting. It was very exciting! At one point Michael Poole stood in front of me. I tapped him on the back and said I was a paying customer and could he please sit down. One side of the boat is supposed to sit while the other side can stand. He informed me that he paid plenty and would not. What they heck does that mean? When the other whale surfaced VERY CLOSE to the back of the boat he ran back and got in front of everyone’s photo, so he could get take a picture. So most in the boat saw his back, not the whale. Most questions were answered after he made sure that you knew your question was stupid. He ate an apple in front of everyone as he talked on our way out of the bay. (I felt that was rude) He did go row by row and asked where you were from. That was nice, BUT, he then proceeded to have a comment about each home town. Like, how he’s been there, who he knows, and sometimes strange comments like Is there a highway that goes through San Antonio? I guess he is trying to be more friendly or warm. He came off as weird and not comfortable around people. Why not just say, Welcome, Glad you’re here. We don’t need to be impressed that you know important people around the world. We went into calmer waters of the bay. We never saw, and they tried hard, to spot any dolphins. We stopped in the middle of Cook’s Bay and took photos of anyone who wanted a terrific background to a group shot. It was very scenic. The whales are worth it, you just need to tune out the egomaniacal PhD. The boat left Moorea around 5pm and arrived Papeete at 7:30pm. Some disembarked that evening for late night flights. We disembarked, on our own at 7am, caught a ferry back to Moorea for a 5 night stay at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort. It has a 5 star location, but is a 3.5 star hotel. Would NOT recommend that hotel to anyone. GENERAL Boat Comments We liked the smaller boat. Nothing was really missing, except less walking to and from. It took us half the time to get on and around the boat compared to the Sapphire or Ruby Princess. It didn’t sway any differently and we were in some high winds and swells for some crossing. The boat ran on time. We arrived when we were suppose, shows started on time, etc. The entire Pacific Princess staff was friendly and helpful. They always greeted us in the halls or back on the boat was met with a “welcome back” or “Did you enjoy your day?” I would like to see in the safety drill (when all are present) a lesson on how to close your stateroom door without slamming. Hard to believe your neighbors can’t figure out how to hold the door and pull it shut so it doesn’t SLAM shut. We would also like to see a larger TV and more selection of channels. The Love Boat all day? Really? Remember to fill out the recognition forms to recognize a crew member. Everyone are nice, but some more than others. It means something to them. We had no complaint with the food. Even on theme night; if you didn’t want any of the German entrees they would have 2 fish dishes, seafood, and you could always get cheeses, salad, pizza or go to the BBQ grill for hamburgers, bratz, or hot dogs with fries. You never left hungry. My favorite foods were the chilled papaya and apple cider cream soup and the cream cheese brownies. For lunch there was always cheese, luncheon meats, multiple cold salads, pre-made sandwiches, jello, as well as warm vegs, meat and fish, pasta made to order, 2 hot soups,, rolls galore, at least 6 cakes, puddings, tarts and 2 flavored ice creams of the day. The staff was ALWAYS friendly, helpful and courteous. Internet: I bought a 100 minute package ($69) from the boat as none of our devices worked. No real free Wi-Fi, the Vini cards I bought were a rip off, etc. I wouldn’t complain about the SLOW speed until I noticed it took more than 2 minutes to get connected to my Gmail account, and I type fast. That’s 20 minutes in a 10 day cruise that I did not get minutes I paid for. The Internet Manager on the boat said that the Tahiti cruises get twice as many signing up for an Internet package than any other itinerary. It’s the only thing that worked. So be wary of how may minutes you might need and how many just to connect. The Internet room always had plenty of computers available. You CAN connect from your stateroom, or most places on the boat. I just felt I could type faster with a keyboard then from my cell phone. The stateroom was clean and never felt cramped. There was plenty of closet space, hangars, drawers and shelves for our stuff for the 10 days. The shower and toiletries were adequate. Shows: We did not frequent the night shows. The culinary presentation with the Chefs was good. The tour of the kitchen was amazing. I couldn’t believe how clean the entire kitchen was. They serve 3,000 meals a day. Amazing! I did go to BINGO a couple times. The final $1,500 prize money was hard to resist. We found they start on time and are organized. The Captain was on hand. We saw him just about every day. His afternoon briefings were fun to listen to. His sense of humor… priceless! It sounds like he loves what he does and cares about every passenger’s safety. Photos: We would have bought more photos but the backgrounds (in the ports) weren’t as nice as they could have been. We didn’t want people behind us, where they could have been a spectacular view of the islands. We really had a great time on the cruise! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We very much wanted to see French Polynesia. As we live in the Vancouver area we were thrilled to find a cruise that embarked from our home port and took us first to the Hawaiian Islands and then down to the French Polynesian Islands. ... Read More
We very much wanted to see French Polynesia. As we live in the Vancouver area we were thrilled to find a cruise that embarked from our home port and took us first to the Hawaiian Islands and then down to the French Polynesian Islands. Embarkation was a breeze - the entire process took less than 15 minutes. We were allowed into our cabin right away. The Deck 7 forward cabin, while a wee bit dated, was great. It was quite large (important for a 23 day cruise) and everything worked perfectly. Our room attendant was excellent! The Pacific Princess is a very small cruise ship - compared to all other ships we've been on over the years. It only takes a maximum of 680 passengers. Over the course of a long voyage, you really do get to know a large percentage of your fellow travelers. We can honestly say that the small ship did not become claustrophobic - despite being onboard for over 3 weeks. The ship's interior spaces are quite elegant and take you back to an earlier era of cruising. Wood, brass, and other classic decorating touches are found throughout the ship. We are not fans of the crazy-coloured loud decorating style found on many ships these days. On the Pacific Princess, every public space is old-world luxurious and calming. The food was great - particularly in the large common dining room (the Club Restaurant) and the speciality restaurants (Sabatini's and the Stirling Steakhouse). The Panorama Buffet was just ok for dinner - but the buffet breakfasts and the mid-afternoon treats and pastries were wonderful. The entertainment for the 23 days at sea was primarily provided by a small crew of incredibly talented and VERY hardworking singers and dancers and musicians. A few "headliner" acts were brought on-board from time to time to spice things up. We loved the entertainment...and all of the entertainment staff who did double duty throughout the cruise working every day and night to ensure that everyone had lots of fun! Speaking of the staff...on a long cruise like this, you really do get to know everyone. We can say, without exception, that every single crew member went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us. We were treated exceptionally ...every day ...by everyone. We have been on quite a few cruises and we can say that this particular crew was uniformly exceptional. Travelling to Hawaii and Polynesia for 23 days on a small elegant cruse ship staffed by people who became our friends is a memory we will never forget. Each island we visited was extraordinary. The people we met and the excursions we took were fantastic. We swam with turtles, sharks, sting rays, and uncountable numbers of exotic colourful fish. We saw wonderful locales. And we ate amazing local foods. We were lucky too - as the weather was almost always perfect. However we did learn that it almost always rains in Hilo :) One last thing - HUGE KUDOS to Princess for how we and our fellow travellers were accommodated on the last day of the cruise. On that day we arrived early in the morning in Papeete with most of us departing Tahiti on a 11 pm flight. Princess allowed us to keep our stuff onboard and to use pretty much all of the ship's amenities right up to 9pm when the airport busses arrived. This was a real blessing and made what could have been a logistically challenging final day - an enjoyable breeze! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We have cruised with Princess twice in the past and have enjoyed those cruises. We stayed 3 days in Barcelona before the cruise and loved the city. Would recommend that. We signed up for 8 excursions in 12 days , might not do that ... Read More
We have cruised with Princess twice in the past and have enjoyed those cruises. We stayed 3 days in Barcelona before the cruise and loved the city. Would recommend that. We signed up for 8 excursions in 12 days , might not do that again. It was a lot of work but very interesting. The tour guides used by Princess were all excellent. The cruise ended in Venice and we stayed 4 days there. We found Venice to be crowded and very commercialized. The romantic gondola ride was not so romantic with 3 couples crowded in to the Gondola. We should have checked this out better. Highly recommended the private water taxi tour. It was.pricey at $200 for an hour but it truly was worth it. We stayed at the Monaco Grand Canal which was very close to Saint Marks square. They had breakfast on the canal included each morning. Watching all the coming and going on the canal was very interesting. Read Less
Sail Date September 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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