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7 Princess Pacific Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior 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
Chose cruise for itinerary (Scotland stops and Military Tattoo). Ocean view room only option as booked late. Room OK but a bit dark. Had fantastic wait staff, very good entertainment, even if the soprano singer did not sing but ... Read More
Chose cruise for itinerary (Scotland stops and Military Tattoo). Ocean view room only option as booked late. Room OK but a bit dark. Had fantastic wait staff, very good entertainment, even if the soprano singer did not sing but screeched. Ship had good public spaces, lounges, library. Only took one excursion, the trip to Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. They were excellent in explaining how to get to venue and well marked how to return to the bus. Did not book other excursions because they would be force marches and my mother uses a walker. The two guest entertainers were very good, especially the singer Matt Cairns. Embarkation and Disembarkation as smooth as possible. The buffet dining selections were basically the same every day especially at breakfast. Was a good and bad thing. Have taken more than 10+ cruises and I would book again with Princess. Did not travel with children. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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
The Ocean Princess (R4-1999) was a favourite of ours until they sold her to Oceana and she was renamed Sirena, but Princess Cruises brought Pacific Princess (R3-1999) over to replace her role and we found her just as charming. We live ... Read More
The Ocean Princess (R4-1999) was a favourite of ours until they sold her to Oceana and she was renamed Sirena, but Princess Cruises brought Pacific Princess (R3-1999) over to replace her role and we found her just as charming. We live in Essex so traveled to Dover by car and didn't use any pre or post cruise hotels. We used Port Parking who are very efficient and reasonably in price. You can park on the dock, which is very convenient, but is a little more expensive and can be bad for your car if there is a storm. We are Platinum level and so boarding was quick and easy, but they have it well organized at Dover with a snack bar, Tannoy announcements of progress, comfortable seating and plenty of room. The itinerary was the main attraction for this cruise, besides trying the Pacific for the first time. We love Iceland (we were there in June too) and we have always gone via the North Sea so to go via the Irish sea with visits to Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool and Oban was just too tempting. There was no wind when we left Dover so the sea was the flattest I have ever seen it, but this did mean we could not see France due to the sea fog. By the time we had got to the Irish Sea it had freshened up a bit and the ship did roll and toss but it was never bad. My wife suffers when it is really rough and she never did need any pills. Bags were out once or twice, there were the occasional white horses but you could always walk down the corridors without looking too drunk. Our impression of the ship is that she is just like the Ocean was, spookily similar in layout, slight differences in decor, but with the same helpful friendly crew. The design is well thought out with plenty of seating in lounges, plenty of places for photography from the ship, shelter on some decks from the wind and enough variety in layout to keep it interesting but not so much that you get lost. Some cruise ships we have been on are more like cross channel ferries, this feels like a real cruise liner. Our cabin (6031) was well laid out, plenty of drawer and cupboard space, the settee was a little small (it could seat two thin ones, but we had to take turns) but there was a second chair. The mattress sloped at the edges, so if you strayed too near the edge you could slide out of bed, but it was a Queen size bed so it could be avoided. Our cabin was quiet (we have had noisy neighbours before) but we chose this one as it has only one neighbour (lifeboats on the other side). There are four of these cabins on deck 6, two at the front and two at the back. The forward ones are handy for the Show Lounge, the aft ones are handy for the Main Restaurant. The balcony had a small table and two loungers. I was told by Princess that all their ships have US 110v only, but this is not true. Certainly the Pacific Princess has both US 110V and continental 220V. We were able to run three USB chargers with no problem. There were plenty of onboard activities. We went to an Astronomy lecture but didn't attend any more as we have both studied this at University level, it was fine for the ordinary cruiser though. We attend the Glockenspiel classes (5) which we thoroughly enjoyed, they have done Ukuleles, Penny Whistles and Tin Pans on other cruises. We also attended several of the trivia sessions when we were not ashore and won two of them. We had two Brits and two Aussies in our team; another two USA or Canadian would have been ideal. We didn't go to any shows or use the bars. We used the main dining room most of the time which is fixed seating in two sittings. The staff are efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and the food is good. We never take the comprehensive drinks package which we think is extortionate, but we took the wine package. They have four; 7 bottles or 10 bottles and silver (up to $35) or gold (up to $45). They have a good range of wines which are expensive if you compare with what you can pay in a supermarket, but reasonable compared to restaurant prices. The only problem we found was they have a limited number of tables for two. We needed this for two reasons, noisy Americans who have to talk so that the whole room can hear, and passengers who insist on having every course and then talking instead of eating. As the waiters like to synchronise the courses it can take an age if you are only having one course. The Panorama buffet is an alternative to the main dining, the food is often the same, sometimes you can get extras like Biscuits and Gravy (it is fun watching Brits put butter and jam on the biscuits thinking they are scones). We found previously it could be difficult getting a seat in the Panorama, but it was no problem this time. There are two specialty restaurants; Sabatinis and the Steak House but we did not use these. We have tried Sabatinis on the Ocean Princess and found it rather filling. They seem to have a new procedure for excursions when you dock; meet on the pier at your coach. Tender ports are still run from the Show Lounge so that the tenders can be scheduled and to avoid congestion at the boarding pontoon. The organised excursion were good, though maybe a bit expensive compared to Fred Oulsen say. We had one excursion canceled due to lack of interest, but this is down to the other passengers, not the cruise line. Disembarkation was painless compared to CMV. We could pick our slot (independent travel with platinum) and chose 8:30 but were allocated 8:00. We didn't have to vacate our cabins until 8:00 so could have breakfast first. Dover port had trouble with the automatic gangway which delayed start of disembarkation but by the time they got to us they had caught up. Apart from a 15 minute delay at the Dartford Crossing due to an accident further up the M25 we had an uneventful journey home. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and have put down a future cruise deposit, hopefully they will have a round Britain cruise in 2019 (we already have 3 cruises for 2018). Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our third cruise with Princess, having sailed before on the Coral Princess and Island Princess. We chose this cruise because of its destinations and also that it starts and returns to Dover, which is fairly easy for us to start ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Princess, having sailed before on the Coral Princess and Island Princess. We chose this cruise because of its destinations and also that it starts and returns to Dover, which is fairly easy for us to start and end at. Embarkation and disembarkation were lightning fast. Ship - smaller than what we were used to, we were expecting the cabin to be small, but it turned out to be fine, with adequate storage space and hangars. The shower is a better design than that found on other ships. From previous reviews, we expected the ship to be showing its age, but this was not the case, everything being well-worn but comfortable. We had a few issues with the safe in the cabin, which had an intermittent fault. Dining - this ship has fixed dining times with a fixed table, a choice of either first or second sitting, we found the early session too early and the late session too late for us. So we only ate there once, the rest of the time using the Panorama Buffet, which was much more flexible, and offered a wide choice of options. The Buffet is nice because one can sit outside on the stern deck if the weather permits. We did eat at one of the Speciality Restaurants on one occasion, but found it to be too formal for our liking. Service - No complaints here Entertainment and Activities - was all excellent, especially the dancers at the shows, good mix of other entertainment. The best act was Kyle Esplin, the piano man, what great shows he performed. Only one act was a bit poor. Ports and Shore excursions - these were well thought out and went off without a hitch. The one at Grundarfjordur was not quite up to Princess standard, had a late start, old uncomfortable bus with dodgy gears, and driver went AWOL for awhile during one of the stops.................... The ships tender was used at 2 ports, all very efficient and well organized. Cabin - was on 7th deck mid-ships, we could not have chosen better for a good location. Itinerary - the weather was generally good, but the captain made a well thought out call to miss Eid fjord and stay an extra day in Reykjavik due to bad weather, which was most welcome, as we ended up with a day to explore on our own. The only issue with Reykjavik was that the ship docked far from the centre of town and the "old" harbour. So it was necessary to use a bus at $8 per (short) ride. Apparently this was not the fault of Princess, but in all other ports free shuttles were available. WiFi - worked well, but a bit pricy - Boris was in charge and really helpful in setting everything up. Most destinations had free WiFi on the landing docks. Value for Money - this is a relatively expensive cruise when compared to other options, not sure why. Iceland and Norway were very expensive by our standards. Destination Guide - was fantastic and knowledgeable, gave great talks, cracked me up every time with his humorous approach ......... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Our main reason for choosing this cruise was the Military Tattoo, but it was so much more. We loved the villages we visited and the Fjords are spectacular, Geiranger was our favorite destination. When we walked out on deck that ... Read More
Our main reason for choosing this cruise was the Military Tattoo, but it was so much more. We loved the villages we visited and the Fjords are spectacular, Geiranger was our favorite destination. When we walked out on deck that morning and saw all the waterfalls, I immediately sent my husband back for the camera so we have great pictures of the 7 Sisters waterfall, The Twins and The Suitor Falls and many others that weren't named. I have made a 40-minute DVD of our pictures. Our dinner companions from Minnesota/Arizona and a couple from South Hampton were so friendly that we really looked forward to each evening to share the day's excursions. We were traveling with another couple and the 8 of us got together often. We enjoyed our waiter, assistant and especially Petros our headwaiter who arranged for all 4 couples to get warm, fresh oatmeal raisin cookies In our cabin because they never had enough at the buffet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The Pacific Princess is the smallest, 670 passenger, ship at Princess. That is our favorite size ship. We booked a mini-suite cabin 8002 that had plenty of room, especially closet and storage space. Food quality was above average with no ... Read More
The Pacific Princess is the smallest, 670 passenger, ship at Princess. That is our favorite size ship. We booked a mini-suite cabin 8002 that had plenty of room, especially closet and storage space. Food quality was above average with no open-dining option. The waiter and his assistant were efficient, but not overly friendly. Otherwise service was above average. We found the dance/ song show was excellent for such a small ship. There were only two sea days out of 14, but the weather was horrendous as we suffered through two low-pressure fronts and 25' waves. The trip to Galway via west coast of Ireland was cancelled as we sailed up the east coast to Belfast instead. It rained in Waterford, Belfast, Derry, Ullapool, and Edinburgh. The crown excursion was for the Edinburgh Tattoo, but that involved 4 hours of heavy rain. Excursions were well organized and not too expensive; although in Ullapool the Knacht Craig tour was too difficult for many passengers (but I enjoyed it). Our all-day tour to Colloden in Invergorden was cancelled as bad weather caused a late arrival. We were able to hire a taxi for that tour. My major problem was with outside shuttle service as we often were berthed in remote areas. The excursion briefings were all online. The Captain gave frequent updates on the weather and his corrections. The fitness instructor was awol and a replacement showed up on DAY 6. The ports were all exciting and a reason why we selected this voyage. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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