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Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the ports and the fact that it docked at the destination port for two days, allowing us to spend some time there prior to heading to the airport. We did go into Rome three days earlier than the cruise so we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports and the fact that it docked at the destination port for two days, allowing us to spend some time there prior to heading to the airport. We did go into Rome three days earlier than the cruise so we could tour sites there. This particular ship was small, which allowed us to get to know others quite well that were on our same cruise. The Dining was experience was so good, because of the small size of the ship, but also because they paired us with two other couples at our table and they couldn't have picked more perfect combinations for us to dine with. The entertainment was top notch. The singers and dancers were well trained and practiced. The others that came in on certain ports to entertain us were well chosen. Comedian was great and the local talent orchestra and musicians were well done to give us a taste of the local entertainers. I would take this same cruise over and over again. The ports were amazing and the timing of at sea days with the excursion days was perfect. The bar staff took the time to get to know you, so they prepared the perfect drinks both alocoholic and non for you during the entire cruise. The cruise directors that did the trivia were fun and the late night music and piano bar were very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Ports advertised. Dining staff was wonderful as was our cabin steward. Port excursion in Kotor, Montenegro was well below Princess standards. It was advertised as a dining experience with an experience chef in a private home. It was ... Read More
Ports advertised. Dining staff was wonderful as was our cabin steward. Port excursion in Kotor, Montenegro was well below Princess standards. It was advertised as a dining experience with an experience chef in a private home. It was supposed to be a three hour tour. The food was poor and was not a meal. The food was also not presented well and would be considered a snack at the very least. The tour lasted less than two hours as well. All of this for $99.00. The port in Ravenna, Italy was 30 minutes from the town of Ravenna and if you wanted to leave the ship there was a $26.00 fee for a bus to take you to Ravenna. It appeared to be a relevently new port and offered little to do. There was very little information regarding transportation options when you left the ship at ports if you were not on a ship excursion. The staff on the Pacific Princess was very friendly and accommodating on the cruise making the time on the boat enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 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
The Itinerary was nice and the length of cruise was wonderful. The assigned seating for dining is crazy. 5:45 or 7:45 are the only options. Since this is such a small ship there are not any options for dining other than the buffet. The ... Read More
The Itinerary was nice and the length of cruise was wonderful. The assigned seating for dining is crazy. 5:45 or 7:45 are the only options. Since this is such a small ship there are not any options for dining other than the buffet. The entertainment was limited, again due to the size of the ship. So, after touring all day you had to wait, with late seating, until 9:30 to finish and try and get to sleep and ready to tour again the next day at 8:00 am. As a person in my 60’s this was difficult. So either it was eat in the dining room with the same table mates every night at 7:45 with very poor options and over cooked food OR try and have a bite to eat at an “American” dining time around 7pm in the buffet and be ready for the next port. I tend to enjoy traveling more for the locations I get to visit than playing dress up at night and staying up late. Just old I guess. The refrigerator in the room was great as I could keep food from the locations we visited. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
The ship is the smallest and oldest in the Princess fleet. After many cruises this one was somewhat disappointing. The main issue was the dining. The food and service was sub-par and not up to the standards of most other cruises we have ... Read More
The ship is the smallest and oldest in the Princess fleet. After many cruises this one was somewhat disappointing. The main issue was the dining. The food and service was sub-par and not up to the standards of most other cruises we have been on. The cabin was what I expected and did have a lot of storage. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was especially challenging to use with water leaking out every time we used the shower. We were especially disappointed that we entirely skipped one port due to weather. No substitution just a port missed. We had an unlimited drink special and were made to feel like criminals every time we asked for a drink. I think a sticker or special cup or something would be better than the stewards having to take your card to go check every time you want a drink would be much better. I specifically will not chose a trip with this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Size and destinations. Hope to find more small ship cruises. We had great food, good service. Shows much better than expected. Size of the ship permitted options that big ships can’t go to. We highly recommend THE LOVE BOAT. The ... Read More
Size and destinations. Hope to find more small ship cruises. We had great food, good service. Shows much better than expected. Size of the ship permitted options that big ships can’t go to. We highly recommend THE LOVE BOAT. The staff is awesome. Out stateroom attendant Rico was great, all our waiters including Noel, Tania, Russell, and others were very attentive and kind. The shows were better than Broadway in NY. All the activities like wine tasting, cooking class, margarita recipes, ice shaving, bingo, etc were fun and cool. The tour guides were excellent. However in Belgium, in Brussels, the tour guide was not great; she sped through too many cobblestones to rush us to buy bad chocolate when people couldn’t even walk and complained. The great chocolate was in main square, no need for all the rush 3 blocks away. She did not care. She didn’t recommend the waffles and good thing we didn’t listen to her. Anyway, all the other guides- Sofia in Honfluer, Robert Smit in Amsterdam, Katerina in Hamburg, Anita in Oslo, and more were amazing! They love what they do and it shows. Also, the matradee staff and wine tasting staff were fantastic!! I don’t even drink alcohol but now I will! Finally, the guy who introduced all the shows was so personable, friendly, funny and smart. (sorry can’t remember names) I think you need an Instagram campaign asking people to post on Instagram cool photos while on ship or tours. I think you can attract more young people because I had never heard of Princess, we usually take Royal Caribbean. They market more to a different crowd. I definitely will look into Princess again in the future, and I wish you good luck. Also your itinerary is superb; the ports are so interesting and overall you do a great job. Congrats and I hope we find another 600-700 size ship again next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We were taking a trip to London from the US and wanted to see more of the British Isles without taking several flights, driving on the opposite side of the roads or dragging luggage on trains. So a cruise out of Dover to see Jersey, Wales, ... Read More
We were taking a trip to London from the US and wanted to see more of the British Isles without taking several flights, driving on the opposite side of the roads or dragging luggage on trains. So a cruise out of Dover to see Jersey, Wales, Dublin and Edinburgh seemed to be a great solution. After spending 3 days in London, we hired a car to take us to the cruise port in Dover. We arrived pretty early at the port so the boarding area was not busy at all and we had just a few minute wait. The Pacific Princess was much smaller than any of our other 5 cruise ships so we wondered what type of guests we would see and how the small ship would compare. We really enjoyed getting to meet and be able to spend more time with new people and getting around was very easy. The weather was cool the entire 8 days so we didn't get to use the outside activities on the boat much except one afternoon when it was sunny and not too windy (but still low 60's F). We did the segment of this cruise that was 8 days from Dover back to Dover. I had one concern about the smaller ship that did not materialize. I do not handle a lot of rocking and motion very well and I was worried about the small ship as well as possible rougher seas around England, Ireland and Scotland especially as we went around the Northern tip of Scotland. But there was no issue at all. We found the ship to be very well decorated and nice even though it is fairly old. Our cabin was very functional with a nice bed and everything worked as expected. The A/C was easy to control. The TV was old but worked OK with the limited channels and we didn't stay in the room very much. The food was very good in the buffet and main dining area. Good variety and quality and on par with another Princess cruise we took as well as a Celebrity cruise. Probably a little better than Royal or Carnival. And the service was great in all dining venues. We attended the main entertainment each night and thought the quality was a little above other ships, both from the on-board dancers and singers, as well as the special guest entertainment nights. The highlights for us were the ports of call, that's why we cruise. Jersey, Wales and Dublin were all very good. We saw a lot and were able to get a little taste of local culture, people, sights and foods. And Edinburgh was our favorite stop. We had 2 full days there and we spent all the time off the ship seeing as much as possible. We would recommend the Royal Ticket to see the 3 major attractions as well as the Royal Botanical Gardens which were much nicer than I expected. This also included the 3 Hop-on Hop-Off bus lines. One minor downside was that we docked in across the river in Fife so we had to hire taxis and use the train to get back and forth from the ship to Edinburgh but it all worked out fine. We usually try to book independent excursions due to the overpricing by the cruise lines. We weren't able to find any at the small ports in Jersey and Wales so we used Princess. These were fine but a little pricey. We also had very rough seas for the return tender ride in Jersey. We were all a little white knuckled but I was happy that I survived without getting seasick. We found an independent bus tour in Dublin that included a tour of Malahide Castle as well as a stop in Howth. This was very nice and about 1/3 the cost of a similar Princess excursion. Overall we were very happy with this cruise and all the new places we were able to visit. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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" option but not ... 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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We had a group of 9 people on this cruise. One of our party picked the cruise because of the date and itinerary. The cruise greatly exceeded my expectations. Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet. The cruise ... Read More
We had a group of 9 people on this cruise. One of our party picked the cruise because of the date and itinerary. The cruise greatly exceeded my expectations. Pacific Princess is the smallest ship in the Princess fleet. The cruise reminded me of why I cruise. The ship is beautifully appointed and has nearly all of the amenities of the larger ships. It does not have the international cafe, but we did not miss it. Everywhere you went, there was adequate seating for the shows, at the buffet, in the restaurant, in the casino, the bars, by the pool, etc. For those who love the promenade deck around this ship with deck chars, this is the ship for you. Embarkation was a snap. We had priority boarding, but you didn't need it. Easy to get on. There just weren't a lot of people. Service was outstanding. If you went somewhere a couple of times, the staff remembered what you drank, whether you took cream in your coffee, etc. Every staff person I encountered was pleasant. Service in the restaurants was fast and efficient. The dining experience was also top notch. The food was better than I have experienced on the most recent two Princess cruises I took on the Regal and the Royal. I think a lot of this was because it was a smaller ship. We had three in our party who are gluten free. Their food was exactly what they wanted, every time. Even the buffet food was better than it has been on recent Princess cruises. We had dinner in the Grill one night. Again, the service and food were top notch. We got value for our $29 cover charge. The cabins were better appointed and larger than on the larger ships. We upgraded ours to a mini suite and it was the largest mini suite I have seen. Others had obstructed ocean views and interior cabins. Everyone's cabin was large and extremely nice. We all commented on how terrific the beds were. Cabin steward service was exemplary. The ship had fewer activities than on the larger ships, but there were enough, and the staff presented the shows and the games very well. The entertainment was very good. The highlight of the cruise was the Tattoo in Edinburgh. The ship docked quite a way from Edinburgh, but closer than a Holland America ship because Pacific Princess is smaller and could get into a port. We had two days in Edinburgh and took a taxi into the the city (there was also a train and bus) one day and a taxi to St. Andrews the second day. We attended the Tattoo through a Princess excursion and Princess did a great job in getting us there and back. The Tattoo was certainly something to see. We did another ship's tour in Wales, and it was also top notch. We booked an independent walking tour of Dublin, and did Jersey on our own. A word of caution, avoid Jersey pounds. One of our party used an ATM in Jersey and received Jersey pounds instead of Brutish pounds. He had a very hard time finding anyone to take them or even change them outside of Jersey. All in all, I will look for future sailings on the Pacific Princess. I think this is what the cruising experience is meant to be. I wish Princess had more ships like the Pacific Princess. Read Less
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