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Pacific Princess - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Princess bucked the trend when it picked up the relatively diminutive Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess after the demise of their original owner, Renaissance Cruises. Rather clubby in character, they offer the Princess experience on a more personal scale. With just 680 passengers aboard, they carry only a fraction of the number you’d expect to find on a typical megaship.

Pacific Princess Public Rooms
Ambiance onboard has been compared to a European boutique hotel and with good reason: The Pacific Princess is clubby, sedate, and relaxing. Décor is best described as Old World with classical touches like fluted columns, Oriental-inspired carpeting, and paintings with gilded frames. Most noteworthy is the ship’s library, appointed in a traditional English manner with wood paneling, simulated fireplace and trompe loeil skylight. Other public rooms include a forward-looking observation lounge, cabaret-style main lounge, casino that’s somewhat on the small side, card room, internet center, and the rather social Club Bar for pre-dinner drinks.

Out on deck there’s a full-service spa and fitness center plus a centrally located pool and hot tub area. Activities on the Pacific Princess are mainly of the traditional cruise kind: shuffleboard, jogging, and golf driving. But these ships aren’t about a hubbub of activity, they’re more for leisurely days at sea and time spent ashore in intriguing ports of call; in fact, the Pacific Princess tends to be deployed on some of Princess Cruises’ more far-ranging and exotic itineraries, including the occasional World Cruise stretching more than 100 days.

Pacific Princess Dining Options
Despite its smaller size—weighing in at only 30,000 gross tons—the Pacific Princess manages to have a respectable variety in dining venues. There’s a single-deck main dining room plus two alternative restaurants: Sabatini’s trattoria for Italian fare and Sterling Steakhouse for meat-eaters, open for dinner on alternating nights; both are rather intimate spaces, seating fewer than 100 passengers at a time. There’s also a buffet restaurant with pizzeria and barbecue for more casual dining, plus of course the customary pool grill out on deck.

Cabins aboard Pacific Princess
Cabins continue the European touch into the passenger quarters, although with a slightly more modern tinge to the décor. Most are standard outside cabins, 70 percent with private balconies. The Pacific Princess adds a deck of mini-suites to the cabin mix, giving it a bit more choices in accommodations than its otherwise nearly identical sister the Ocean Princess. The Pacific Princess also offers the ultimate in small-ship accommodations: 10 Owner’s Suites located above the bow and the stern, measuring 700 to 900 square feet.

Pacific Princess in Sorrento, Italy Ship Information
Pacific Princess belongs to Princess Cruises' Pacific Class of cruise ships. The ship cruises on long voyages to worldwide ports-of-call. Though intimate in size, the ship features more than 200 balcony cabins and several dining options.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1999 ♦ Ship's Class: Pacific Class ♦ Year Refurbished 2005 ♦ Country of Registry Bermuda ♦ Tonnage 30,277 ♦ Length 594 ft - 181 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 680 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 802 ♦ Passenger Decks 9 ♦ Officers and Crew 373 ♦ Officer's Nationality British and Italian ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 334 ♦ Suites with Balcony 62 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 170 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 76 ♦ Inside 26 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 5 ♦ Princess Cruises introduced the concept of affordable private balconies on modern cruise ships. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦ Optional Open Seating - "Princess Anytime Dining" allows you to be seated any time the main dining room is open ♦ Formal Nights ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Sabatini's, Sterling Steakhouse ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge ♦ Casino ♦ Disco/Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pool ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Golf Practice Cage

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Youth Staff

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Medical Center