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7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We just completed our third voyage on the Pacific Princess. Almost three months total sailing on this vessel. But this one was different, in that we booked our first full suite after over 600 days of sailing and had Club Class Dining. By ... Read More
We just completed our third voyage on the Pacific Princess. Almost three months total sailing on this vessel. But this one was different, in that we booked our first full suite after over 600 days of sailing and had Club Class Dining. By far our greatest cruise ever from a cabin and dining standpoint. Other aspects of the cruise were good to very good but the cabin and dining made this an excellent cruise experience overall. As before, we really liked the ship and the crew, from the Captain on down. The main dining room (MDR) folks are exceptional. The high point for us on our two previous cruises on the Pacific Princess is that the main dining room service and cuisine had restored our faith in the MDRs. However, this time the Club Class dining at dinner and lunch as well as the suite breakfasts every morning we received in the Sabatini's restaurant on deck 10, elevated this experience to an entirely new high for us. Between receiving this quality meal service and having an "Owners Suite" the voyage resembled a fantasy of high seas travel in the days of yore, which many can only dream of nowadays. Going up to the quiet Sabatini's restaurant in the morning and sitting at a table for two next to floor to ceiling windows providing a panoramic view of the sea was something we didn't expect. The cabin was much larger than I had imagined it would be as well as the huge balcony in the stern, which overlooked the ship's wake. Not only that, a portion of the balcony was on the port corner so one could see forward on the port side as well as everything off the stern on the starboard side. We had booked this cabin due to my wife's sister being with us on the first segment, we wanted her to have her own toilet. This is the only Princess ship which has a half bathroom as well as a full sized one in the suites; we discovered too, that very few other cruise line's ships offer this option. Pictures on the walls in the suite even had individual lighting over the frames. Room service personnel and our steward, Teddy, were the best we have had throughout our cruising days. We certainly appreciate the loyalty perk(s) for free internet and laundry. The internet speed for me is satisfactory and reliable and wife loves the care, reliability and quality of the laundry and cleaning service. The two main hot tubes on the pool deck were great and I used them a lot, sometimes twice a day. Due to our suite status the huge forward hot tub as well as the steam room and sauna in the Lotus Spa area were also available to us for no extra charge. The pool deck on this ship doesn't have chair hogs and I never ran into a time when there wasn't ample fresh towels awaiting at numerous locations. The vessel is very well maintained and the crew is constantly scraping, painting and keeping the ship in tip-top condition. Often I'm not certain what the pre and post cruise hotels cost as we like to use the cruise line transfers and hotel package(s) which are lumped together price wise. Normally I believe the entire package is reasonable----this time it was no different. Having cruise line folk meeting us has really come in handy in the past when things got confused the day before embarkation due lost airline luggage or other problems. Nothing more comforting than to have an agent at a strange airport with a sign and your name. The ship's library is the best and largest there is. Truly a library designed for exploration cruises. The buffet is very good, food wise, service wise and table wise. They even change things around in a portion of it late in the afternoon, making for a more formal section with table cloths, flowers and wine glasses. This buffet has ample seating which gets constrained only when inclement weather forces everybody off the outdoor seating areas, which has even a larger number of tables than inside. There has been some discussion over the quality of Princess Pizzas recently. Not true, on the Pacific Princess anyway. However, due to our suite status we didn't visit the buffet as much as usual this voyage. Cabin T.V.s work great and programming good. Certainly appreciate my favorite news channel MSNBC being available with a good signal all the time. I recall the days when we had no other choice for news but-----LOL. Sure did like the large flat screen TV in a cabinet in the main living room of the suite. No complaints over embarkations and disembarkations. All handled well and luggage arrived in the cabins timely. We took a lot of shore excursions this time. We had 16 ports to do that in. Typically we never go the independent route on shore excursions but use those provided by the cruise line. All were very good. The only exception was on the disembarkation excursion at Port Everglades where the weather was beautiful and warm. Our flight for Alaska didn't leave until 6:30 PM so once again we took an inland coastal waterway and city tour to kill time. Guide on the coach was real knowledgeable about the area but too poor a speaker, or the PA system was not good, for most of us to hear him. Folks were really complaining about this, which he acknowledged and would talk louder for about 30 seconds then go back to endless mumbling. Guide on the boat though, showing us the haunts of the rich and famous in the area, was really good. We certainly appreciate the loyalty perk(s) for free internet and laundry. The internet speed for me is satisfactory and reliable and wife loves the care, reliability and quality of the laundry and cleaning service. I do like the enrichment lecturers that Princess provides, like naturalists, biologists, area historians and geography experts. One of my favorite features of a cruise. On our last cruise though, L.A. to Sydney, in January, this aspect was bad, i.e. to Hawaii--none, after which I thought they would bring someone on board at Honolulu but didn't. However, at Pago Pago they did bring on two New Zealanders who were pretty good, too bad for us though, as this occurred two thirds of the way through that cruise. However, on this cruise they had two excellent lecturers. I really enjoyed their presentations. One was David Sisler who began after Rome and prior to that, from Venice to Rome, was a fellow who did mostly upcoming port history lecturers but unfortunately I can't remember his name, however he was good. Platinum & Elite Lounge----Princess has changed their format here from what they used to provide. Now they offer a selection of eight different alcohol drinks which they apparently came up with as substitutes for the more traditional drinks they used to offer for $5.00 per. They now charge $6.50 for these new concoctions. On our last cruise in January we gave them a chance. Went three times and tried three different drinks each, most of the time we didn't finish the drinks due to not liking them. Their hors d'oeuvre offerings were still pretty good but the only way we would want to take time to attend is by purchasing their old traditional drinks for the full price. I wanted to try this out again, this cruise, to see if there was any improvement, but from the looks of their menu selections I wasn't optimistic, to be fair though, due to the free canapes we received in the suite every evening before dinner, we simply didn't make it to the lounge. The gym is in an excellent location. I use it every sea day. I previously thought it was too small for the number of guests wanting to use it. But this time that wasn't the case, plenty of ellipticals and treadmills to go around. The gym doors open at 7:00 PM. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We loved the smaller ship experience which only had 670 people on board. We made many friends because you see them often at dining areas, entertainment areas and on excursions. The staff is very attentive because there are less people ... Read More
We loved the smaller ship experience which only had 670 people on board. We made many friends because you see them often at dining areas, entertainment areas and on excursions. The staff is very attentive because there are less people to take care of. We sailed to Greece and Southern Italy and the ports were marvelous. We only took one cruise excursion because we find taking private tours with other people we meet on cruise critic is far less expensive and much more fun. If you only have two or three other couples on your excursion you don't waste as much time waiting for the excursion to start or waiting for people to reboard the bus after a scenic stop or restroom break. The ship is smaller and so it is able to get into smaller ports without the need for a tender. We had a cabin on floor 7 which meant we were only two floors from the main dining area and two floors from the buffet. We were able to avoid the elevators for almost all of the trip. Even the couple times we used them, they were never busy. The food was very good and the staff were excellent. We loved our balcony and used it every morning for breakfast and for a glass of wine before dinner. Here are the only issues I saw with the ship. There were a few areas on the ship that I smelled a sewer smell. I am quite picky and have a keen sense of smell so this probably will not bother some people. There were some issues with the public restrooms that my husband did not like. He stated they were sometimes not clean. The ship did not have as many activities for families but our cruise had very few children on it and catered to an older crowd. We actually liked this. The ship could not go to Sibenik becasue of the weather and this was a great disappointment to us. We would definately go on another cruise on the Pacific Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose the cruise because it traveled to places we had never been. Bad time of year so storms changed travel destinations often. It was a rerouting cruise so prices were pretty good. Food was average but service was good. Even though ... Read More
We chose the cruise because it traveled to places we had never been. Bad time of year so storms changed travel destinations often. It was a rerouting cruise so prices were pretty good. Food was average but service was good. Even though Princess had arranged our airfare, they forgot about us so we were stuck at 1:30AM on a dock in Venice with no one to meet us. Police had to alert the ship. So tired we missed our day in Venice. Entertainment shows were OK. Some of the lectures were great but one had uninteresting subjects. Of course, that is very personal - others might disagree. Shore excursions were generally overpriced. One included a boat sightseeing ride. Boat was secretly canceled - ship knew about it - but did not alert us - so pretty much wasted an entire day with only an overpriced bus ride on Corfu. Princess did refund 25% of the fee but no apology. Rhodes, Sicily, Gibraltar, Madeira and Bermuda were well worth the money. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I had heard many good things about Princess Cruise Line and I found the right itinerary and dates. Reality, a little disappointing. The Pacific Princess (a.k.a. reborn "Love Boat") is a small ship carrying 600+ passengers. ... Read More
I had heard many good things about Princess Cruise Line and I found the right itinerary and dates. Reality, a little disappointing. The Pacific Princess (a.k.a. reborn "Love Boat") is a small ship carrying 600+ passengers. Overall the ship is very nice. Few venues, public rooms elegantly appointed: Library reading room a la "Downton Abby-esque". I sailed on a back to back from Venice to Fort Lauderdale. Cabin on the first segment (6062) nice and comfortable and pleasant although Bathroom needlessly small and tight (One needs to step out to change ones mind). Second segment cabin (7033) the same. Main dinning room very nice: service excellent food nicely presented but a bit bland and sometimes insipid for my taste. Very disappointed with the food offering at the Panorama Café buffet. Breakfast & Lunch never very appetizing and I can eat most anything. Poor and limited selection and looked as if it was out far too long, perhaps because it is a small venue. The entertainment was nice, a few excellent others not so much. It was none the less enjoyable. Staff service, in all venues and areas, was very pleasant and attentive, no complaints. Although we skipped 3 ports, due to weather, the Ports and tours offered were very nice and well prepared and staffed. Price, not bad. Crossing the Atlantic was wonderful, 8 days. The sea was extraordinarily calm and pleasant weather: I enjoy sea days. The entertainment staff did a nice job keeping all entertained that wanted to be entertained. Good job!! I May, I'll be on the Regal, I will see how that goes. Hopefully better. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise primarily because of the destinations, but also because the Pacific Princess is a "Small Ship". This cruise had a total passenger load of 700 which meant that you could actually meet other passengers. ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of the destinations, but also because the Pacific Princess is a "Small Ship". This cruise had a total passenger load of 700 which meant that you could actually meet other passengers. Entertainment was quite good with some diversity. We always had the feeling that the crew acted as a team and enjoyed their work. We did miss two ports due to weather, but the bridge crew were honest and up front as to the reasons and different entertainment options were made available. Embarcation and dis embarcation were very efficient. We were on board the ship less than 30 minutes after we arrived at the terminal. The busses were available on our arrival in Rome port and in less than two hours we were at the airport. They even had staff at the airport to meet our bus and lend assistance if needed. All in all a great cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We cruised on the Ocean Princess before it was sold, and we loved it. Although we enjoy the larger Princess ships, the Ocean Princess was far more intimate. When we saw this cruise itinerary, with Pacific Princess (it's sister ship) ... Read More
We cruised on the Ocean Princess before it was sold, and we loved it. Although we enjoy the larger Princess ships, the Ocean Princess was far more intimate. When we saw this cruise itinerary, with Pacific Princess (it's sister ship) we were excited. The itinerary was port intensive, with most ports new to us. The cruise turned out to be all we hoped for and more. Pacific Princess had come out of dry dock this year, and the mattress and bedding were all new. We may buy one of the mattresses for our home; our sleep was so good. We can only rave about this cruise. All was very good to exceptional. Our captain determined that the seas were going to be too rough for us to get to Kotor, and he managed to get us an extra day in Dubrovnik. Instead of spending a day at sea, we had another day in port, and a gorgeous one at that. We did need to skip Khios due to the rough sea, but since the trip was so port intensive, it was not that great a loss. We have another cruise booked on one of the larger Princess ships for next summer, but we'd rather be on the Pacific Princess and we may make a switch. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We just got back from a cruise round trip from Venice to Croatia and Greece on the Pacific Princess (Nov. 11 - 23). I liked the smaller size (we had done the Regal Princess before) - you get to know people better and you can access some ... Read More
We just got back from a cruise round trip from Venice to Croatia and Greece on the Pacific Princess (Nov. 11 - 23). I liked the smaller size (we had done the Regal Princess before) - you get to know people better and you can access some of the ports the larger ships can't. Plus we were never more than about 2 decks from anything we wanted to get to. There was rarely a wait for the elevators and the buffet wasn't packed the way I had experienced on the Regal Princess. The whole ship has a nice intimate feel. Because it was smaller, embarkation and disembarkation were painless. Shore excursions were well run. The staff was extremely hard working -- we had a great cabin steward and excellent waiters in the dining room. The only thing I really missed was the International Café - I had gotten hooked on their pastries and specialty tea drinks. As a matter of fact, I had bought a coffee card because I enjoyed the tea so much. Found out the Pacific Princess only had coffee drinks - bummer. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We enjoyed the rear facing balcony cabin.The room Steward was good the waiters were excellent.T\Rebecca the assistant waiter form Serbia always kept my glass full and was very friendly. I tipped her extra over the auto tips.The food in ... Read More
We enjoyed the rear facing balcony cabin.The room Steward was good the waiters were excellent.T\Rebecca the assistant waiter form Serbia always kept my glass full and was very friendly. I tipped her extra over the auto tips.The food in the dining room was very good with the exception of the unpounded Veal Scallopini which we had to send back as it was so tough. Normally this is a good dish to order,.Also the rock fish was very mushy. I would avoid these two choices.The steaks were better than the last cruise, though my wife thought the Rib eye was a bit tough.The Pizza was terrible and tasted like cardboard. This seemds to have been the case for a while, so I would avoid it. Not sure why this would be. We found the buffet generally good, with the exception of the ice cream which obviously had melted and been refrozen. You can tell when ice cream is crunchy that this is the case.The usually had lemonaide, with the exception of one day when we were told the standard reply"There is none on the ship". Very disapointed in the lack of strawberries or other berries on the ship. This has been the case the past two cruises. Not sure if this is a new cut back but not happy about this. The filet Mignon in the Steak House was excellent as was the Onion Soup and the scallop appetizer. What wasn't good was the cold baked potato and the non creamed spinach. The waiters were agonizingly slow. After two hours we left, skipping desert. Only 5 tables filled that night. Hard to understand.Aslo tedious descriptions of the food which were boring and unnecessary. The entertainment was top notch. excellent Violinist , comedian ,ventriloquist and Princess dancers.easy to get a seat on this small ship. You could come at the last minute, unlike the mega ships where you have to get there a half hour before the show. Bingo only draws 25 people so I won three times and came away with $200.00. The normally silliness connected with Bingo seemed to be gone, although the numbers were called agonizingly slow. We booked allot of ships tours since we had alot of onboard credit.Most were good, except Rhodes where the guide really could understand no English. WE missed one port due to wind, always a disapointment but luckily it was not one of the ports we had most wanted to visit Lesbos, Greece. We docked in Venice when all you could see was fog. amazing job by the captain as Costa did not dock and their passengers were disembarked 150 miles away causing most to miss their flights( Many were in the Marriot Courtyard with us} Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We like the "smaller" ships -- this one had about 600 or so passengers. We opted to upgrade to the "mini suite" and that was a good use of funds, although the ordinary balcony rooms also looked good. The mini suite gave ... Read More
We like the "smaller" ships -- this one had about 600 or so passengers. We opted to upgrade to the "mini suite" and that was a good use of funds, although the ordinary balcony rooms also looked good. The mini suite gave us plenty of room. The food was great and plentiful, of course. The excursions were all well-done. We were Venice to Croatia to Greece and back. We got in 5 days early to explore Venice. We actually could have used another day there -- so much to see and do. But besides that, some of our travelers had weather delays so they missed the embarkation and had to be flown to several cities before catching up with our ship, several days later. Note -- GO IN A DAY OR SO EARLY ON AN INTERNATIONAL CRUISE! Besides ensuring you won't miss the boat, you'll settle in from any jet lag! Venice was so easy to get around -- we took a Vaporetto from the airport and it was a short walk to our hotel. Then an easy boat ride to the Cruise area. Princess did not offer any excursion to Venice so if you want to see this great city, go early. We would definitely recommend this ship and this itinerary. Got to see 3 cities in Croatia, Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykanos in Greece, and Kotor in Montenegro. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Ports. Ports. Ports. The Pacific Princess is a small ship that can visit smaller ports that larger ships can only tender. That part of it we really liked. We didn't like being confined to our cabin during Tropical Storm Arlene ... Read More
Ports. Ports. Ports. The Pacific Princess is a small ship that can visit smaller ports that larger ships can only tender. That part of it we really liked. We didn't like being confined to our cabin during Tropical Storm Arlene because of 15-20 foot waves. The PP I believe has stabilizers. They must be 3 feet long. People were being seriously injured because of the rough seas. I fell, hitting my head, and pulling muscles in our cabin when the ship lurched violently (add that to being sick for 3 days). A 18 day cruise turned into a 13 day one. The entertainment was mediocre with the exception of the dancers (who left the ship in Fort Lauderdale). Best dancers we had ever seen. Everything else was oh-hum. One comic was gross and we walked out. Another used sexual references that we thought we inappropriate. The tenor was excellent. The mentalist was entertaining even though he only had 3 effects I believe in his act. Food was very good in the dining room and the buffet. Princess made the buffet into a 'bistro' on sea days that had pretty limited offerings. I did not like it after the 2nd or 3rd time we used it. The desserts were outstanding. The presentation and selection in the buffet when we had one was very good. Our waiter and his assistant in the dining room were excellent. The personnel on the ship were great. Great, friendly, helpful service with just a few exceptions. One of the best cabin stewards we ever had. The ship is in dire need of a refurbishing. It is scheduled for one I understand. There isn't a chair on the ship that has a firm bottom. Lots of dings, rust, and fading paint everywhere. Carpet is dated and faded. Kind of depressing. During one show a light fixture fell out of the ceiling. Our cabin, a balcony one, was very, very small. Mattress was shot. Linens were adequate. There are few 'American' outlets to plug a computer into anywhere on the ship. The size of the ship is perfect however. Instead of walking for 20 minutes to get anywhere, everything is a short hike away from any cabin just about. The library if it had better chairs would be a delight to hang out in. Internet was adequate except that it could not be accessed very well in our cabin. We learned 3 days before the end of the cruise that it helped get service if we propped the cabin door open. Terrible. Met people who didn't understand that their free internet service extended to both people in a cabin. Sad. Disembarkation was perfect. The best we ever saw. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My husband and I enjoy repositioning cruises, and we picked this itinerary because the port of calls were unique and more appealing than most bigger ship itineraries. We are frequent cruisers on Princess, but have never cruised on a ... Read More
My husband and I enjoy repositioning cruises, and we picked this itinerary because the port of calls were unique and more appealing than most bigger ship itineraries. We are frequent cruisers on Princess, but have never cruised on a small Princess cruise ship like Pacific Princess. At first, we were concerned that we would be bored with a stretch of 6 days at sea, on a small ship. Our fears were soon overcome, as we enjoyed the many activities, superior entertainment, and fabulous food, made available on this ship. We joined up with the Pacific Princess in Venice, Italy, and with the help of the Princess staff, booked our overseas flight through their EZ Aire Program, and saved hundreds of dollars on airfare. We embarked at 1:00 pm, and were the only passengers in the Terminal ! Needless to say, there were no lines, and no waiting. We walked right on board. Pacific Princess is a classy older ship, who will soon go into Dry Dock for upgrades. Our segment of the cruise was part of a World Cruise, and most of the passengers were cruising for 111 days.It was quite different to be in a small environment where most of the passengers already knew each other. It did create a cozy environment, though. Everything from the personal attention we received, to all the activities we enjoyed, to the port calls themselves, was super!! We especially enjoyed the "Top Notch" variety of entertainment, some of which was Broadway quality. This was a great cruise, and we left with many wonderful memories. Disembarkation took about 10 minutes, from the time we cleared the ship, until we went through Customs. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The ship was an excellent ship with excellent accommodations, elegant interiors. Our cabin was spacious with a large bathroom. The room and the king sized bed had top quality appointments and comforts. The food and drink were of ... Read More
The ship was an excellent ship with excellent accommodations, elegant interiors. Our cabin was spacious with a large bathroom. The room and the king sized bed had top quality appointments and comforts. The food and drink were of excellent quality and represented fresh local cuisine and regional wines. During our week the shore excursions were very well planned and the local and expert guides, including art historians, were well informed and provided informative and insightful background for our experiences. We spent a day in Venice before our embarkation and we used Venice Limousine Rent company in Venice for a transfer from our hotel downtown Venice to the cruise port and also this service was excellent and all went very smooth... nice and almost new vehicle Mercedes brand, very clean, driver with an excellent english and great courtesy, really appreciated. They arranged for us the boat from the hotel to the place where was waiting for us the driver Domnik He helped us with the luggage and he was extremely kind. Recommended to everyone Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We really enjoyed the itinerary; especially with the overnight in Venice to start the trip. We really enjoyed our ports of call: Koper, Slovenia, Kotor, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Corfu and Rhodes, Greece, Naples and Sicily, Italy. A ... Read More
We really enjoyed the itinerary; especially with the overnight in Venice to start the trip. We really enjoyed our ports of call: Koper, Slovenia, Kotor, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Corfu and Rhodes, Greece, Naples and Sicily, Italy. A highlight of our trip was the Corfu walking food tour (3+ hours, 64 euro each...https://corfuwalkingtours.com/product/corfu-walking-food-tours/) as our guide provided a historical narrative to the highlights of town and the best of the island's Greek food. We were a group of 7 and it ended up being more cost effective for us to go through Princess for a private van and driver for the Naples port. We were happy with our decision as we were able to dictate our day as we chose instead of being on a coach with 40 other people. Embarkation and disembarkation were really smooth processes. With the Pacific being Princess's smallest ship, we expected there to be fewer things to do which ended up being the case but we did not care as we had so many port days on this trip. The staff were spot on, like always, and out of the other Princess ships I'd been on (Coral and Emerald), the Pacific had the best food quality and variety. Entertainment exceeded our expectations. The dance/production team were pretty spot on and we really enjoyed a guest musician, Phillip Browne, from the UK. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
Pacific Princess is a great little ship and we have travelled on her before. Great crew but I have to say the worst Cruise Director that we have come across on any of the Princess ships. Also the entertainment on the leg from Venice to ... Read More
Pacific Princess is a great little ship and we have travelled on her before. Great crew but I have to say the worst Cruise Director that we have come across on any of the Princess ships. Also the entertainment on the leg from Venice to Rome was way below Princess normal standard, although has picked up on this leg. Captain has done a great job and has at all times kept everybody informed as to what is going on. Dining has been great as has the general service throughout the ship. Yes we had a bit of rough weather and missed a couple o ports as a result but the replacement ports were good especially Funchal. Shore excursion have been good in the main with a couple of "duds" only. Still think it is a great ship and Princess a great line so we will be back although maybe find a different Cruise Director. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
This was actually a Mediterranean and a Trans Atlantic. We spent a month on the Pacific Princess, a TA---started in Venice, did the Balkans, Greece, Italy, Spain Gibraltar, Madeira, Bermuda and then Florida. For us we passed the 600 total ... Read More
This was actually a Mediterranean and a Trans Atlantic. We spent a month on the Pacific Princess, a TA---started in Venice, did the Balkans, Greece, Italy, Spain Gibraltar, Madeira, Bermuda and then Florida. For us we passed the 600 total days of sailing landmark on this cruise. Excellent ship, confirms my preference for the smaller vessels. We both agree we like ships this size best, doubtful if we do much cruising in the future if all we have are the gigantic's to choose from. Princess may sell this one as it is much smaller than anything else in their fleet. They are really keeping it up nicely though, don't know if that is because they want to sell or what, they are still booking it through 2018 however. A most enjoyable cruise over all. Good going Princess. Although this cruise occurred very late in the season, basically a repositioning 29 day cruise from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, it was jazzed up with extra ports and a romantic name attached "Mediterranean Grand Adventure". Some though, booked it as two "Back to Backs" or only took one segment. EXCELLENT-- ---The ship--The smallest in the Princess fleet, a little over 30,000 gross tons with approximately 650 guests. In my opinion, more staff per guest, more space per guest and much less pushing and shoving than we have seen in quite some time on the high seas, plus much more quality and personal service. The ship is well taken care of, in fact I thought our cabin, 8000, must have recently been refurbished as it was in perfect condition and the heating-A/C system worked like it should. Crew members are constantly chipping away old paint and renewing woodwork everywhere. I saw no patches of rust anywhere. This "Pacific Princess" was one of the three, out of eight, relatively new "R" ships Princess acquired after the Renaissance Line went under around 2000 (R-3). These vessels are still all in service but Princess has only this one left now. It is too bad that Renaissance didn't have stern thrusters installed when these were manufactured as those would eliminate a few difficulties and need for tugs, even though they do have "Becker Rudders", when getting into tight ports under severe wind conditions. ---Our stateroom was a mini-suite and one of the finest if not the finest we have had. A five by fifteen foot balcony with drapes that, when pulled back, presented the spacious living area with a huge picture window. Very quiet location forward on Deck 8. The bathroom was not large but average by today's standard dimensions, the shower was in the tub, however, the vanity cabinets were more than ample and each had cupboard doors with mirrors on them which we haven't seen for a while, so all one's cosmetics, etc. aren't sitting out in the open ready to fall off the trays. The closets, at first, appeared to be a little short on space, however that wasn't the case, true, they aren't walk in, but they handled all our stuff easily and I had two tuxes and wife had the equivalent fine dress for our five formal nights. Nice refrigerator and an excellent room steward who had the fridge constantly full of fresh ice, perhaps one of the best if not the best room Stewart (Ginno) we have had in over 600 days of sailing. Balcony---In addition to being quite large the balcony has a teak top rail and three bars below it instead of plexiglas or some other barrier. Plexiglas often is clouded due to scratching, UVs, or covered with salt crust and or water spray, so you actually have to stand at the railing in order to get a decent, not distorted, view of the ocean below. Not with these railings though, as you can sit in your deck chair or your cabin and enjoy a clear view, this is the same type of railings the ships of yore had. ---The library on this vessel is outstanding. The largest and quietest we have ever seen on any ship. Truly a library for a vessel engaging in lengthy exploratory voyages. ---Thank you Princess for the free laundry and free dry cleaning. We used it all the time, very good, prompt and no rationing. First time I have ever had creases in my cargo pocket Wranglers. VERY GOOD--- ---The main dining room "Club Restaurant" was very good, the first time I've been able to give a MDR an "A" rating in a long time. Didn't start out that way though. When we first booked we were # 24 on the wait list for a table for two at 6:00 PM. About 4.5 months before sailing we reached "confirmed" status in that category, however, there was caveat small print language that indicated the table for two wasn't a certainty. When we boarded we discovered instead, our seating was at 5:30 PM and we were at a table for eight. This ship only offers traditional dinner seating, we always use anytime dining as traditional times are way too late or too early, but anytime dining on other ships is usually a mess as well, since the waiter and kitchen staffs aren't adequate and the lines for anytime dining are usually over 30 minutes long as everybody wants to eat around 6:00 PM, it seems, and guests in those lines are usually not of good temperament. On recent cruises we have began taking dinner in the extra charge Specialties or other venues rather than the MDR. If we go early we miss one of the best aspects of cruising, the "Sail Away" times. It also pinches us time wise on long shore excursion days and also limits our time to enjoy our Elite lounge special price cocktail and free Ore' hors d'oeuvres time, beginning at 5:00 PM. So this time, at the start, we made due without going to the MDR the first 13 days of the voyage. Dinner during that period was at--Ultimate balcony dining (1), (Thanksgiving), Sabatini's, extra charge (1), Sterling Steakhouse, extra charge (1), Buffet-(Panorama Buffet) (10). Hey, we were still happy, sort of, as the buffet on the Pacific Princess is much better than that on the larger ships and not near as crowded. Plus, we weren't rushed and were enjoying the rest of the voyage. But after our visit to Rome and thanks to Maitre d', Oscar Perego he got us set up at a table for two in the MDR, with seating anytime between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. From that point on eating in the MDR was like the days of yore. Good wine service, good meals, great waiters and atmosphere in a not over crowded dining room. We then ate dinner in the MDR most of the rest of the cruise (15), Sabatini's, extra charge (1). ---The Internet worked pretty good everywhere we voyaged. It slowed a bit in the afternoons sometimes as more logged on, but I had no trouble loading and sending 7 or 8 Face Book pictures with each of my posts outlining our journey for family and friends back home. Fortunately, due Elite status, we received 1000 free Internet minutes (between the two of us) and 800 more at a very low rate, for the entire cruise. The internet cafe is quite large for the size of this vessel and the manager is congenial, knowledgeable and usually available. Right next door is the card room with 4 large tables, (The card room is right above our cabin, how's that for quiet?) where one with a laptop can get better and faster signals than in many cabins. ---Captain Domenico Lubrano was a real great and safe seafarer. In addition, he has excellent demeanor and went out of his way to keep us informed as to what was going on. He even speculated far in advance as to changes that might have to take place due weather, etc. We had a few pretty rough days, one day and two nights in the eastern Mediterranean and at least two real choppy days in the Atlantic. Some long time cruising guests were displeased, even got sea sick, but we've seen worse seas, after all, a TA on winter solistice? ---Princess still has formal nights, we had five this cruise, we love them. I understand a lot of the other lines are doing away with formal to satisfy the preference of the average cruiser today, consequently confusion and anarchy in dress practices is causing degradation in the quality of the cruise experience for many. ---Ample deck chairs available all the time. No battles over "chair hoggers" on this ship. ---Two of my best liked experiences on board are watching the "Sail Away's" and the Enrichment lectures. Both have been good this voyage. Of course, during the first two week segment it was almost impossible to have viable enrichment lectures since we were ashore about every day. There was some decent destination lectures squeezed in though. It is well worth one's while to take in a destination lecture before arriving at the port. However, during the second segment the enrichment lectures were excellent and on point with respect to our sailing across the Atlantic. Provided by an historian, David Sisler, who got into the theme of the voyage with lectures dealing with the spice trade, world navigators, points of ocean geography and pirates. I understand some of the majors are doing away with enrichment lectures. That would be terrible, when we sail to the remote areas of the globe there is nothing like having somebody knowledgeable about history, geography, naturalism, provide a series of lectures pertinent to the part of the world in which the voyage takes place. GOOD--- ---I like the theatre on this vessel (Cabaret Lounge). We had previously quit attending showband dance productions and other individual entertainment shows, since the theatres in the newer vessels are a nightmare due the long rows located too close to each other where early arrivals take the closest seats to the too few isles, leaving other guests to try and squeeze by as many as a dozen who fail to stand up and let you by. So, this was the first cruise out of the past five cruises where we attended such events and really liked it. On the first segment a singer named Philip Brown from Britain had a three octave voice and could really sing, he did a stint one time there with the theatre in the "Lion King". I watched both his performances and loved them. The Pacific Princess Dancers deserve extra credit. I have heard some of the mega-ships on other lines even give tickets out for extra charge productions, ugh, I don't know if they assign seats or not. ---There are three hot tubs on this ship. Two of normal size and design on the pool deck on each side of the main swimming pool. One very large excellent one just below the bridge and available for extra charge. To gain access to the big tub one must go through the "Lotus Spa" area. Along side this hot tub are Lotus Spa provided extra comfort reclining deck chairs and lemon water refreshments. My wife negotiated some sort of deal for a 29 day Lotus Spa package wherein we got access to this hot tub and the two steam rooms in the men's and women's dressing areas. When the large tub was down for maintenance I used the smaller public ones which were never over crowded and most of the time I was by myself in them. My wife used the steam room all the time and I love the hot tub. Plenty of towels available at every location. ---The television was adequate but it sure would be nice to have a larger one like the new ships have with a large selection of on demand movies to chose from. Comprehensive TV news programing was very good, especially MSNBC and BBC---reception was available for each channel 99% of the time near the Continent but sporadic at best in mid-Atlantic and even non-existent for more than three days there. ---Buffet-(Panorama Buffet) was a lot more enjoyable on this ship than on the larger ones. Not near as crowded, hardly ever had a difficult time finding a table at lunch and at dinner there was always many empty tables. On warmer days there was a lot of outdoor seating, particularly on the fantail immediately aft of the buffet. In addition, the food and service was a lot better, there were more staff per guest and the quality of meals superior. Fresh squeezed orange juice every morning, all you want. ---In general, the average passenger on this vessel was much more congenial than those we run into on larger vessels, in particular those involving short cruise segments. Courteous conversations all the time, no arrogant political mouthing off anywhere that I witnessed. During meals when sitting with others we always found good and interesting companions to talk with. However, we still had our share of the pushing and shoving type that gives cruising a bad name. For instance, those with no mobility issues who sneak ahead before excursions are called in order to get on the coaches first and gobble up the front row seats. If and when we somehow end up in a front row seat I can't live with myself as I watch others with canes and crutches limp their way to the far back seats. ---First time in quite a few cruises there was plenty of staircases and the elevators not jammed packed all the time ---Shore excursions. We took only ship sponsored shore excursions. We purchased 18 of them this voyage, but one port was canceled, so 17. The shore excursion office did an excellent job of keeping track of individual excursions, for instance, in addition to the one canceled there was a substitution for it which also had to be canceled due wind, there was also another port substituted for another which did take place, so, changes had to be made which must have been difficult and confusing for the staff to do. All of our knowledgeable guides spoke English well, I could understand everyone of them. Some excursions were better than others and some were somewhat repetitive for us as we had taken similar excursions years ago when on other cruises, but all in all they were very good, not one bad in the lot. Buses were well maintained and modern, some were even brand new. Since we had never been in the Balkan states before excursions there probably stood out more than others. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the Balkans and the quality of excursions. They have a lot to offer and I expect that the cruise industry well take advantage of this in the future. One very good one was where the Postojna Caves were included in Slovenia (Koper). Even though we had taken gondola rides before in Venice, this time we took a night ride and it was memorable. ---For the first time in many cruises the Captain and staff kept us well apprised of what the ship was doing, where we were and what was ahead. They did this by having a marine navigation chart (This is the first marine navigation chart we have seen posted in our last 6 cruises) posted on the pool deck along with weather forecasts, etc. Also the ships TV had three channels devoted to weather, sea conditions, current location of the vessel, speed and heading. All this in addition to the Captain's frequent announcements and updates. ---We booked our Venice hotel with Princess, for two nights before getting on board our ship, once on board we had a third night in Venice before sailing late the next afternoon. We also booked transfers from the airport to the hotel and hotel to ship (Sure is nice to have a Princess representative waiting for you with a sign when you get off the aircraft, additionally, on our recent Princess cruises we have immediately been provided transport to our hotel, sometimes by limo, no more waiting in a bus with a crowd of others for a few stragglers on late arriving flights). On disembarkation day we also had ship to airport via a Princess shore excursion. The Cron Plaza Quarto D'altino hotel has to be about the cleanest if not the cleanest hotel we have ever stayed in. Our room was fairly large and immaculate, we liked it a lot. It is on the outskirts of Venice on the mainland, about 7 miles from the cruise ship pier. I'm not certain how much we paid but it was a lot, since our transfers to and from the ship are cranked into that charge. We had to be wait listed by Princess before they could get the hotel to guarantee our second night. This was off season too, and it certainly did not appear to be near full during our stay. One guy told me he made reservations directly with the hotel for $126.00 per night which is probably half what we paid per night. If one is planning to go into Venice during the day this hotel location is ideal since it is a 3 minute walk to the train pickup. The hotel is located in a residential area so the only places to eat are at the hotel. The dining room is good, the cuisine mediocre. The bar is pretty reasonable and offers a variety of dining choices. The bar will also sell you canned sodas you can take to your room. There is one ice machine on the 3rd floor just down the hall from our room (the hotel has only three floors). The liquor in the hotel refrigerator set up is very limited so bring your own liquor and mix. We ate dinner at both. Part of the Princess hotel package included two full buffet style breakfasts at the hotel in the dining room, which were pretty good. The hotel doesn't exchange currencies and tell you that you have to go into downtown Venice to do that. So, my two mistakes were not bringing some Euros and not bringing an adopter for our US 120 volt AC laptop battery charger from European 220 volt. Wi-fi in the room is free and very good. The TV is also excellent with hundreds of different channels, but we could find only two in English, CNN International and CNBC International. In summary, we would book the hotel again but would prefer a better rate. The hotel did serve our purpose in that we were relaxed and anxious to board our ship beginning a month long cruise. NEEDS IMPROVEMENT--- ---Specialty Restaurants.---Actually, good in most respects, however, definite slippage in meal quality there over the last couple of years or so, on the larger vessels they do a better job. Plenty of good waiter staff as service is very prompt and kitchen staff not understaffed either, so that isn't the problem. However, overall quality not up to what it has been. Not really worth the $29.00 per person extra charge anymore. MDR has the Specialties beat on this ship, that is if you can get into the MDR at a decent time. There are two main Specialties, "Sabatini's" and the "Sterling Steakhouse". The kitchen and wait staff for both are the same but the dining areas are in different locations, albeit close together. Both have excellent ocean views from most tables. Don't be misled though, they are never both open at the same time. The Steakhouse is apparently more popular than Sabatini's so they open the Steakhouse for three consecutive days then two days for Sabatini's. We like Sabatini's best. ---Fitness Center---Excellent location for workouts, Deck 9, with wonderful vistas. Downer is that it is in need of more equipment. In particular, at least two more elliptical's and one or more treadmills. Treadmills and elliptical's have notices on them requesting guests to limit their workouts on each to 20 minutes during busy periods. Doesn't work, many guests are not disciplined enough to honor this requirement. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
This is definitely our favorite Princess Ship because of it's size and the small number of passengers. Embarkation in Venice was extremely quick and easy. We were staying at a small hotel for a couple days before the cruise ... Read More
This is definitely our favorite Princess Ship because of it's size and the small number of passengers. Embarkation in Venice was extremely quick and easy. We were staying at a small hotel for a couple days before the cruise began. We took the Valporetta to Santa Lucia station, walked over the bridge, took the people mover to the port and basically walked right on the ship about noon. Originally the itinerary had an overnight in Istanbul. However due to all the recent issues, Montenegro and Rhodes were substituted. We could not have been happier with the new ports as we had not been to either. I was a little concerned traveling this late in the season, but we generally had beautiful weather. We did encounter some rough weather and had 1 port first rerouted and then cancelled. We took a few shore excursions and especially enjoyed a day tours of Corfu and Taormina in Sicily. The food and entertainment were very good and consistent with all the Princess Cruises we have taken. We had a fantastic time and look forward to our next Princess Cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
The cabin was totally outdated. There needs to be better accommodations when you have a third person in the room. Paying $2900. and sleeping on a generic pullout is unacceptable. There was not enough onboard activities. Two ports were ... Read More
The cabin was totally outdated. There needs to be better accommodations when you have a third person in the room. Paying $2900. and sleeping on a generic pullout is unacceptable. There was not enough onboard activities. Two ports were cancelled due to weather (understandable), but there was really nothing added for entertainment. Only seen the cruise director a handful of times. Even though it was fall, the pool should be open and the Hot tubs should be useable. The water in the hot tubs was luke warm at best.I, as well as several other guests, asked for the temp. to be turned up but nothing was ever done. The staff at the excursion center was not friendly. I cancelled over $1500. worth of excursions because of their attitude. I spent over a $1000. at the Spa, on services and products. They would not give me a break on price, even with the coupon that was offered because the treatments were not booked all at once.Not taking into consideration that I pre-booked the first one before boarding.The massage therapist was not very skilled. Food was a huge disappointment. Ending up getting late seating for diner because of my late booking. I requested a table for three and was given one for six. Had to dine with three obnoxious women. I only went to about half of the meals.They were drunk and argued most of the time.Love Princess, just not this one.Destinations were great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
To visit Dubrovnic and Greek ports on a small ship. The Princess line was very liberal with their wine policies. They allowed you to bring a bottle of wine each to your cabin free and bottles to dinner for only a $15 charge. The waiters ... Read More
To visit Dubrovnic and Greek ports on a small ship. The Princess line was very liberal with their wine policies. They allowed you to bring a bottle of wine each to your cabin free and bottles to dinner for only a $15 charge. The waiters often did not charge you for this. The small ship experience was much better then the large ones as you got more personal service from waiters to cabin staff. The cruise in and out of Venice also made for an easy addition to the holiday. Hotels near the docks were very inexpensive and could be done by yourself to avoid the cruise line excessive charges. There is also a very cheap shuttle service from the airport that takes you right to the docks and back to the airport which is also far cheaper than that provided by Princess. Take any cruise on the Pacific Princess that they offer, you will not be sorry. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We've sailed on over 26 cruises with PRINCESS. This was our first on the small Pacific Princess. It was very easy to get around the ship and the entire staff was friendly & approachable; it's perfect for cruisers who like a ... Read More
We've sailed on over 26 cruises with PRINCESS. This was our first on the small Pacific Princess. It was very easy to get around the ship and the entire staff was friendly & approachable; it's perfect for cruisers who like a 'family' feel. We chose this cruise for the itinerary & used PRINCESS for all our shore excursions, which were excellent and reasonably priced. Our stateroom was a standard balcony. The bed was comfortable and there was enough storage space. The bathroom door was noisy, the shower stall needs replaced and the bathroom in general needs a scrub. The dinning staff and the food was excellent in the dinning room and the buffet. There was a 'glitch' on this particular cruise; but, PRINCESS took excellent care of us throughout the entire experience. Overall a great cruise. We've sailed many times on other cruise lines, but always come back to PRINCESS for the value. Read Less
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