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48 Princess Pacific Princess Senior Cruise Reviews

Pacífic Princess is the smallest ship in the entire Princess fleet. It’s size allows passengers to meet others and form new friends, on a first name basis! The relaxing ambience means it is unlikely to be pushed by other passengers, ... Read More
Pacífic Princess is the smallest ship in the entire Princess fleet. It’s size allows passengers to meet others and form new friends, on a first name basis! The relaxing ambience means it is unlikely to be pushed by other passengers, which is an awesome feeling. The nightly entertainment is outstanding and the Cruisetone group, consisting of two men, who play jazz and other tunes is captivating. There are activities throughout the day, at times it’s hard to decide which one to attend. The captain is a young super tall man who hails from Italy. He’s so gracious with the passengers and comes out daily at breakfast to say hello, surveilling the ship as he’s walking about. This was a 12 day Mediterranean cruise, 9 days in port. Personally, I’ve learned to enjoy the sea days more than the port days. I made two ports additional sea days. The ADA inside cabin, 4035, is a quiet room with no neighbors. There was never any noise from the Medical Center which neighbors this cabin. The only downside of this room was the small size and placement of the TV and the size of the refrigerator. I would have loved it if they would have mounted the TV on the wall opposite of the bed. It is offset of the bed and odd to view at the angle it’s mounted at. The closet area where the refrigerator was at was odd, because of the head from the refrigerator nothing could be placed on top of it. It’s a small refrigerator that I wish could be larger... as if I could bring more snacks to put inside of it. There are so many relaxing pool chaise lounges available, with nobody dragging them or saving them for others. There are large pool towels and blankets available should anyone need one. I noticed new teak sofa type furniture, pillows and a coffee table have been added in the grill area. I loved sitting there to hear the outside band play poolside. The gym literally had nobody working out so it was awesome to have the space to oneself. The jogging/walking track seldom had anyone using it. The ping pong table gets a lot of use, mainly if there is anyone less than 30 years old onboard playing. The internet could use some beefing up with their satellite system. It was completely down for close to 1.5 days. Most of the time it was consistently slow. It has not been converted to the Medallion Net. I’m wondering if it ever will be! As an Elite loyalty passenger, I got 250 free internet minutes plus I used my husband’s 250 free minutes. LOL The Pacific Princess is known for older passengers cruising, occasionally, there are a handful of kids, maybe because parents failed to investigate what types of children activities/play areas were available before they booked the cruise... there are none available, nor any babysitters. It’s the only ship where Princess doesn’t provide children’s activities/play areas nor services. The food choices are good, as well as the quality and taste. A passenger is easily spoiled by their awesome staff, who are hard workers, always ready to help make your cruise the best you’ve ever had. I doubt anyone lost any weight while onboard. It’s my fourth cruise on the Pacific Princess in the last 18 months. Needless to say, it’s my favorite ship. I’ll be back onboard two more time within the next six months. Definitely for the World Cruise in 2020! I’m saddened that the Pacific Princess will not be doing the World Cruises as of 2021. I hope that Princess reconsiders and puts it back on this intimate cruising ship. I’ve cruised on many other Princess ships but none can compete with the cruising experience of the Pacific Princess! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
It is a bit concerning to take a small ship across the North Sea and North Atlantic. We have crushed the route on a big ship, but how would it be on a small ship. The answer is it was great. The small ship allowed us to quickly move ... Read More
It is a bit concerning to take a small ship across the North Sea and North Atlantic. We have crushed the route on a big ship, but how would it be on a small ship. The answer is it was great. The small ship allowed us to quickly move around the ship. No long lines and no waiting for elevators. The Pacific Princess ha a very friendly and efficient staff. Our embarkment at Dover went flawlessly. Quick and efficient. We got settled in, explores the ship and were ready to sail before the muster drill. This itinerary was almost perfect. A day at sea to begin with. Stavanger and then another sea day to Iceland. 4 ports around Iceland and then 2 days back to Norway. 4 ports in Norway and then a sea day back to Dover.The sea days allowed us to rest after the great ports. The ship was pleasant, but somewhat outdated. The small size presented problems for the Production Shows. They were well presented, but the venue did not provide good views of the shows. Occasionally, I felt that there wasn't much to do, but that may be ok. I was pleased with the quality of the performers. There were only two singers in the shows, but they were both outstanding. Our cabin was smaller than we were used to and had little storage. The bathroom was about the same size as usual, but was not organized as well as the newer ships. The main dining room only had traditional dining, but that is my preference anyway. The staff was well trained and efficient. I enjoyed the dining experience, but some of my companions felt the menu was too limited. The staff was more than willing to accommodate when requested. The disembarkment at Dover was quick and easy. A most pleasant experience. 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
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
I chose this cruise because it went to Iceland and Greenland, plus Ireland and Scotland. My travel companion booked this cruise first and I decided to join her. I was very happy with the itinerary and booked a shore excursion in each port. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it went to Iceland and Greenland, plus Ireland and Scotland. My travel companion booked this cruise first and I decided to join her. I was very happy with the itinerary and booked a shore excursion in each port. The shore excursions were very helpful in learning about the ports of call. I especially enjoyed the substitute stop in the Faroe Islands. The highlights of my shore excursions were Blarney Castle, Edinborough Castle and the Tattoo. Princess did a great job of getting us to and from the Tattoo. I was very happy to achieve Platinum level and enjoyed my 250 minutes of free internet service, a great way to stay in touch. I enjoyed my cabin with an ocean view window. My cabin steward Theresa was terrific, she did a great job of always attending to my cabin when I was out for meals. My meals in the dining room were excellent. I also enjoyed the buffet on level 9. I enjoyed the talks on the ports of call, found them very helpful. My embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. I would definitely cruise with Princess again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Picked this cruise because I wanted to transit the Panama Canal to celebrate my 70th birthday. Everything was just perfect with one glaring exception. I booked one of the 6 Owner's Suites which are all located at the very stern of ... Read More
Picked this cruise because I wanted to transit the Panama Canal to celebrate my 70th birthday. Everything was just perfect with one glaring exception. I booked one of the 6 Owner's Suites which are all located at the very stern of the boat. I purchased Princess' Premium Unlimited Internet Package for an additional $199. The signal strength in our cabin at the stern of the boat was so poor as to be nonexistent. If I took my Ipad to a public area a midship on the boat the internet worked OK (not particularly high speed). If I tried to log on in my cabin either I got no connection or if it connected the signal would be dropped after a few minutes. If you need to stay in touch with the outside world DO NOT book a suite at the rear of the Pacific Princess. Food was better than I expected, especially in the specialty restaurants ($29 P/P upcharge). The public rooms are quite nice and remind you of the luxury liners of the past. The staff on board were all very friendly and knowledgeable. They really strive to make you feel special and they go the "extra mile" to make sure you are enjoying your experience. The boat is quite small (650 passengers) so you get to know almost everyone. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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 itinerary included Malta and a few ports we had not seen. Also we are Princess Platinum and that includes a few perks such as 250 minutes of internet time. We also liked the idea of a smaller ship with fewer ... Read More
We chose this cruise because itinerary included Malta and a few ports we had not seen. Also we are Princess Platinum and that includes a few perks such as 250 minutes of internet time. We also liked the idea of a smaller ship with fewer than 700 passengers. However, we were disappointed in the overall condition of the ship. Cabin was too small and worn out. It is not up to date by current standards. Bathroom was not adequate and even hair dryer was old, had only one speed. Water in shower ran hot and then cold without changing temperature. Ship should be taken out of service or completely overhauled. Ship only has fixed dining which is not a good option unless you are traveling with friends and or family. We would never take this ship again or advise anyone else to do so. Small is nice, but it's not everything. Entertainment was good considering size of ship, but there is no real theater, only a big lounge and it's difficult to see unless you're in the front row. Shore excursions are far too expensive. Arrange your own if possible. Also, Pacific Princess was in terrible location at Malta. Big ships were on correct side of port. We had to take a terrible ferry to get to Valletta side. In Monte Carlo we had to tender and other ships did not. They said it was because we couldn't dock there which is a lie because we docked there before on a big ship. Princess seems to always get worst location. I guess they don't want to pay for better spot. We would not have done this cruise if we had known what we know now. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
EMARKATION;- Embarkation went very smoothly without a hint of a queue and in fact we were allowed on the ship earlier than expected. Once onboard we were permitted access to staterooms on the understanding that they may not be quite ... Read More
EMARKATION;- Embarkation went very smoothly without a hint of a queue and in fact we were allowed on the ship earlier than expected. Once onboard we were permitted access to staterooms on the understanding that they may not be quite ready, though ours was. THE SHIP;- The ship is easy to navigate being a small ship and the decor is pleasant - much better than the Princess website photos suggest. With so few people on board (roughly 650) you don’t queue for anything and there is always a seat available whether in a bar, the theatre or a sun bed. Although we didn’t experience any very rough seas, the ship is nonetheless very stable and we felt little or no motion. It was very well maintained although we found cleaning to be lacking in public spaces e.g. mirrors and windows left dirty and no toilet attendants. The gym is small but adequate. Entertainment is limited and poor and apart from one occasion there was no entertainment poolside. Despite it’s small size it’s disappointing that it doesn’t always take advantage of the docking closest to the city centre. The downsides of the ship being small are that some of the facilities that you might expect or enjoy are missing e.g. movies under the stars or an outside evening bar. We also found the ship to be way too quiet (we called it the Marie Celeste!) as after 9pm you struggled to find another soul on board on some evenings. This was possibly because many had been on board for 111 days and I guess there’s only so much partying you can do. Also the average age was quite mature - I’d estimate late 60’s / early 70’s. It was impossible to get a drink or something to eat after 11pm unless you ordered room service. I suppose they’re not going to keep venues open if the majority are tucked up in bed. STATEROOM;- Our stateroom was very good (Club Class mini-suite) with lots of space, plenty of storage and lots of coat hangers. There was an abundance of mirrors including 2 full length. The bed was super comfortable. The air conditioning was very efficient if a little noisy at times (note it isn’t possible to turn it off). Although we were 2 decks down, we experienced disturbance from the running track as a very heavy footed runner thumped their way round the track between 5am and 6am every morning. The bathroom is adequate with a plentiful supply of toiletries. There is no separate shower - it’s over the bathtub. The hairdryer is not suitable for styling hair. DINING;- The food is generally of a good standard both in the buffet and the main dining room. We didn’t feel it necessary eat in either of the speciality restaurants. There was always plenty of choice and service was mostly prompt, SERVICE;- We found service throughout the ship to be somewhat lacklustre (with the exception of 2 or 3 standouts). We didn’t ever meet our stateroom steward although he did a good job of keeping the room clean and tidy. I was never once addressed by my name and often had to go to the bar myself as the wait staff were busy chatting to one another. Even when they noticed me at the bar, they didn’t offer to bring the drinks back to the table for me. CLIENTELLE / DRESS CODE;- Although officially there were 3 formal nights on this cruise you would never have realised it. We wore tuxedos / long gowns on those nights and still dressed up on the other nights albeit less formally. The vast majority did not adhere to the published dress code. We even saw people wearing baseball caps in the main dining room on the formal nights! Men wore shorts and t shirts on the non-formal nights. I don’t wish to be rude or offensive but honestly some looked like they were going gardening ;-/ I imagine people didn’t bother to dress for the evening as they went straight back to their staterooms after dinner. Most of the passengers were from USA (approx 80%) with the rest from UK, Australia and a small minority from other countries. DRINKS PACKAGE;- We chose to purchase a drinks package but on this ship it doesn’t represent value for money as bars close relatively early. CLUB CLASS;- I question the value of Club Class on this particular ship. Priority emarkation is of no real value as there are so few people on board there are no queues anyway. Club class dining meant a small section of the main dining room being allocated. Expedited seating was largely adhered to although we did have to wait on one occasion. There was no table side food preparation. ‘Special menu options’ meant one extra dish being offered although often you had to ask what it was and then the description might be so vague that you were completely uninspired e.g. ‘it’s fish’. Evening canapés were none existent. So really we paid for club class for 2 half bottles of wine. ITINERARY;- Very good itinerary although owing to late arrival in Amsterdam for reasons outside of Princess’s control, we ended up with just a few hours there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I choose this boat because it was smaller and not as many people but it was the old Love boat and it said that it had been refurnished but the old bathrooms were the same as many years ago you had to step up into the bathroom. The cabin ... Read More
I choose this boat because it was smaller and not as many people but it was the old Love boat and it said that it had been refurnished but the old bathrooms were the same as many years ago you had to step up into the bathroom. The cabin crew were fabulous, dining was fair do not go to the main dining room for breakfast you can not get what you asked for simple omelet. We went on the Flam Railway excursion it was disastrous one guide for approx 120 people on 3 different carriages guide had to go from one carriage to another. never counted guests until the last leg on bus, could have lost anybody as changed at station. When got on the Flam railway and got into the cabin we were told the porter came out and YELLED that we had to get out of those seats and find others they were the seats we were told to take but he YELLED again get out, have never been spoken to like that on an excursion Seems to be very class conscious on how many cruises you have had with them even to the dining room had different color tablecloths for the elite. Activities during the day you can have so many times throwing of bean bags as an activity At bingo the guests which were the nosiest one picked the games you played the caller lacked personality. when on a cruise we never miss a bingo session and were very disappointed Embarkation and disembarkation were good Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The embarkation was very swift and smooth. The room staff was brilliant in personality and service throughout the cruise. The trip in general was good however we found issue in relation to a number of the excursions provided by the ... Read More
The embarkation was very swift and smooth. The room staff was brilliant in personality and service throughout the cruise. The trip in general was good however we found issue in relation to a number of the excursions provided by the cruise line. They did not cater for the mobility impaired patrons as well and other cruise lines do. On the tour they are left to their own devices. One shore excursion involved 3 carriages of passengers and only 1 (ONE) guide was supplied. Incorrect information was provided. There appeared to be a large emphasis in the promotion of further cruises and appeared to go overboard at times. We found that ship notices/announcements were available to the cabin however the TV had to be on a certain channel and by the time the TV was turned on or able to be changed to that channel the message was completed and missed. Disembarkation from the ship at Dover was very swift and clean Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Visit to Iceland was on my bucket list. Other ports were attractive too but sadly we didn’t get to them. Weather was main problem. Gym on ship was bad and I’m a big gym fan. Some of the staff were less accommodating than the norm for ... Read More
Visit to Iceland was on my bucket list. Other ports were attractive too but sadly we didn’t get to them. Weather was main problem. Gym on ship was bad and I’m a big gym fan. Some of the staff were less accommodating than the norm for Princess. We had to chnage our clocks five times which was expected but would have preferred to do it at Noon as have done on other cruises rather than overnight. The cruise staff for entertainment were goood but not as friendly/funny maybe due to fact most of them were also dancers. Dining room menu was short on vegetable selection, food was repeated ... I don’t eat meat so like a better fish selection. Service was excellent t however and we had best waiter and assistant wIter. Buffet food was good, fruit selection excellent. It was a shame weather was bad and few opportunities to eat outside. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this trip because of the itinerary which, because of high seas and storm Hector, was not all it could have been. We missed three ports and substituted one with a $250 credit for all three missed ports. Considering the ship did ... Read More
We chose this trip because of the itinerary which, because of high seas and storm Hector, was not all it could have been. We missed three ports and substituted one with a $250 credit for all three missed ports. Considering the ship did not have to pay port fees for these missed stops and the two in Scotland were especially important to many on board, we felt this was a very small credit. Also, while ship upkeep seemed fine, carpets were bumps in certain places, especially in the dining area and Club Lounge, which could be quite dangerous. Crew was fantastic, as usual, but food was subpar from what we have experienced on Princess ships in the past. Fewer selections in main dining room and more esoteric, although staples were offered every day (My husband got sick of salmon and he loves it!) and we went to Specialty Dining many times and ate upstairs as well, which is not usual for us. Entertainment was first rate for the most part, especially the guest lecturers=as were Shore Excursions (we took two, another break from past practice). As I said, very good with some caveats, but not excellent! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate both Jerry's 78th birthday and our anniversary. It was perfect! Once again, we enjoyed our mini-suite and Club Class and met some wonderful people. The waiters went out of their way to ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate both Jerry's 78th birthday and our anniversary. It was perfect! Once again, we enjoyed our mini-suite and Club Class and met some wonderful people. The waiters went out of their way to accommodate our somewhat unique dining choices, and Oscar, the maitre d' was always cheerful and funny. He told us some hilarious jokes and was better than one of the comics. Josko was our head waiter, and he was nice enough to have the sugar-free, mango cheesecake made for me when I whined about not having it for over a week. He also made sure we had gluten-free rolls and asparagus and broccoli until it started coming out of my ears. The entertainers were some of the best we've ever seen, and Ian, the guest speaker, was excellent. I loved going to Sarah's Zumba every sea day. She is the assistance cruise director and a permanent member of the Pacific staff so I hope to see her again. Jerry and I enjoyed all of the dance classes, both line and ballroom, taught by Tash who was a member of the dance group. She is an excellent dancer, and we're hoping to see her again too. We got a kick out of the unique personality of the Cruise Director. His name is Peter Tredgett, and Paul Chandler-Burns (over favorite cruise director) trained him. 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 chose this cruise because of the amount of sea days! Floating on the blue pacific is heavenly! The entertainment was great and the food was too! But the ocean wins the prize for the best of all! The ship was the smallest I have ever ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the amount of sea days! Floating on the blue pacific is heavenly! The entertainment was great and the food was too! But the ocean wins the prize for the best of all! The ship was the smallest I have ever ridden on. I liked it because I could get around easy. It was fun getting to know people because there were not so many. I have some knee trouble so needed to take the elevators and on this ship the elevators were usually empty!! I took advantage of the spa and had many treatments to help my knee. i felt like the spa personnel were friendly and very helpful. We enjoyed the gym too. I do not eat in the main dining room much as most guests do. We like to dine at different times so the buffet is more convenient for us most of the time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I have sailed aboard the Princess before and found it to be a really relaxing experience. The atmosphere is friendly. The crew is very helpful in many ways such as greeting you by name when going to dinner or nearing your cabin. The gym is ... Read More
I have sailed aboard the Princess before and found it to be a really relaxing experience. The atmosphere is friendly. The crew is very helpful in many ways such as greeting you by name when going to dinner or nearing your cabin. The gym is not crowded and getting a workout can be done in a short time. The view from the gym is up high and forward so you can see the sea life during your time in there. My nine dining partners were a mixed set of people. Most of them had cruised before and were very knowledgeable. For the most part they were friendly and cheerful (with a couple of spats). The British pub was a chance to eat some foods from fish and chips to a ploughmans lunch drink a proper Guiness. I enjoyed singing in the Pop choir. The Princess singers and dancers were very good but put on not nearly enough shows. The other performers were not to my taste. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Pacific Princess ,1st time on this small ship , but have enjoyed cruises on Oceania and Azamara . Ship has nice ambience and a warm and welcoming staff , some features are showing their age ,with some recent renovations . She has a loyal ... Read More
Pacific Princess ,1st time on this small ship , but have enjoyed cruises on Oceania and Azamara . Ship has nice ambience and a warm and welcoming staff , some features are showing their age ,with some recent renovations . She has a loyal following among staff and guests. Very good itinerary , sailing from Venice ( overnight) Croatia , Kotor , Greek Islands , Naples , Rome , 2 ports in Sicily , Barcelona , and Canary Islands make for a very interesting cruise . Very good production shows , guest entertainers along with guest lecturers help past the time . A relatively small ship . an easy walk fore to aft , never a line for anything , she has a loyal following among guests and staff . On this size ship , we were always encountering officers , staff and entertainment staff , a more intimate setting for such a long voyage . Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This is our favorite ship... we have sailed the small ships now for 5 times. These ships are small and intimate. You get to know most everyone when you sail. Cabins are very nice, in fact the square shape of the mini suites is ... Read More
This is our favorite ship... we have sailed the small ships now for 5 times. These ships are small and intimate. You get to know most everyone when you sail. Cabins are very nice, in fact the square shape of the mini suites is different and leaves you with a spacious feeling. All the cabins feel upscale and different from most cabins. The appointments are nice and all leave you with the feeling of old school luxury. The library is truly special. it is all mahogany and comfort with wing chairs and "real" books on the shelves. There is a pretend fireplace and brings much warmth to the room. It is a great place to work a jigsaw puzzle or read a book. All the staff are nice and because of the small number of passengers, they all seem to know you. We hope that Princess keeps this last small ship and will continue to sail on her. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and ... Read More
This was our first cruise on a smaller ship and our first to this region. Embarkation was easy and fast, probably because we boarded later due to the long drive from London. Our inside cabin was spacious and had a lot of closet and shelf space, more than other ships. We were midship and it was easy to get around, even for my handicapped husband. Dining was delicious and our servers were polite and charming. Entertainment was varied and pleasing. Without a big theatre with a stage, the performers were up close and personal. They were all friendly and happy to interact with the audience. Because of my husband's disability, we were offered special treatment; stickers for tours were delivered to our room saving him a walk to the lounge and he was given front seats on the busses. We loved the small ship experience. No lines for elevators, shows or purchases. The bathroom shower was bigger than most with lots of storage in the bathroom. The only thing I missed were onboard activities like book club, fashion show and pop choir. We usually toured in the morning and napped until dinner, although the large, lovely library was a favorite place to relax and read, especially on rainy days. We would definitely go on this ship again, perhaps to anther location. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Cruising on Pacific Princess was as wonderful as our friends had told us! The Captain and all the crew ensured everyone had a fantastic time. Our cabin attendant, Eduardo was hardworking and ensured the cabin was perfect when we ... Read More
Cruising on Pacific Princess was as wonderful as our friends had told us! The Captain and all the crew ensured everyone had a fantastic time. Our cabin attendant, Eduardo was hardworking and ensured the cabin was perfect when we returned from a day out. It was a pleasure seeing his smiling face. We chose second sitting, 7.45pm, for dinner in the dining room. It was perfect timing for us as we didn't need to rush when returning from an excursion. The meals were very good with plenty of variety. The desserts a delicious treat! Our waiter, Samsuri and wine steward, Javin were attentive, professional, friendly and helpful when choosing our meal. We looked forward to seeing them each evening. Sat at a table for 8 but there was always only 6 of us as one couple never turned up. Buffet breakfast and buffet lunch, free seating, was excellent with a wide variety of choices. If we had an early morning excursion, we enjoyed breakfast in the cabin. Ports of call were all wonderful but St. Petersburg was fantastic! A magnificent cruise that we can highly recommend and one we will remember for ever. Being a smaller ship, it was easy to meet people and make friends. There were shows on board but we preferred relaxing after dinner in the piano bar listening to entertainer, Austin Ray who played the piano and sang songs from a long list of popular songs. Austin is a wonderful entertainer. We very much look forward to one day cruising on Pacific Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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
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