Pacific Princess

Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:09 AM
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Pacific Princess

We are due to go on the Pacific Princess sailing from athens in september. I can't find any recent reviews & would like to hear about a recent cruise that anyone has been on on the Pacific. Any drawbacks, I just wondered how stable she would be with being a smaller ship. My husband refuses to sail on the larger cruise ships, as he says they are too inpersonal, but I worry about motion sickness!!
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 12:51 PM
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If you go to cruisecritic.com you will find reviews of ALL the ships - from cruisecritic and from passengers. The menu at the top of the page has reviews and tons of other info on cruising.
We hate the bigger ships too!
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Old Apr 22nd, 2010, 01:40 PM
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Sorry to say we cruised the Pacific Princess last April from Manaus to Ft lauderdale and I did not write a review, but I can tell you I WOULD NEVER SAIL ON IT AGAIN. Yes, you read that right. I had looked forward to sailng on the ship for quite a while and I found the ship dirty, had mechanical problems, food in the MDR was was excellent at dinner, but for lunch or breakfast it was a question of whether you would get what you ordered and we weren't alone. We felt nickled and dimned to death. In order to get coffee or a drink in the buffet area you had to go out to the AFT deck and do it yourself.. nobody walking around with coffee..and lets not talk about how disgusting that buffet area was.. Parrot Pop at one point went up to the Maitre D and asked for somebody to clean the tables.. Within minutes a crew came running...We have cruised Royal Caribbean, NCL (in the fall) and Celebrity and four of us got off the ship and said.."never again". We are not fans of mega ships and we did cruise NCL in the fall and the ship was so clean that I couldn't believe it.. they were cleaning on their hands and knees at 11:30 at night the borders in the hallway..a drop spilled in their buffet area was an insult and it was cleaned.. there was a man as you walked into the buffet and every dining area with hand sanitizer..never saw anbody on the Pacific Prncess..If you write me I'll send you to a spot where you can find a review of the ship those particular two weeks by somebody else. I can understand not being a fan of mega ships..We prefer the M class ships of Celebrity...but this very weekend.. we are going on the Celebrity Soltice for 7 days and I'll know how I feel about those ships being "impersonal".lol Cruisers have claimed that Princess and Celebrity are in the same category..NOT!!! the experience we had on the PP soured us... you are welcome to write me for more info...please... [email protected]
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Old Apr 24th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Tastes differ and no voyage is the same for each individual.We Love the Pacific Princess.Our most recent trip was to Alaska,a year ago.We did the 14 day Seattle round trip.Every thing was fine The crew was friendly, the food was good and everything was clean.We have been on many different ships,QueenMary, Seabourn,Regent,Oceania,Holland America. and the Pacific Princess compares favorably with all the others.Its size,beautiful library, and interesting ports make it a winner in our book.
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Old Apr 25th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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We took her sister ship the Tahatian P which is now the Ocean P. Motion could be an issue, esp. in churning or even choppy seas. It ws with my wife so I suggest getting an amidships cabin if possible. However your hubby is correct in that it is more personal due to its smaller passenger capacity. we also found that the food was very good too. I suppose supplying food for 700 passengers is inherently easier than for 2-3K. Good luck and calm seas. Larry
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Old Apr 25th, 2010, 07:16 PM
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We went on the Pacific Princess in November around the French Polynesian Islands of Bora Bora, Moorea etc & we couldn't fault the service, or our stateroom. We would sail on her again in a heart beat. The smaller ship makes it a lot more intimate & no we didn't suffer from motion sickness. Have a great trip.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Please write a review on your return as I will be on it one month after you ... we ahve a cabin top deck at the back and DW is worry about moton sickness as well. tried to book lower midship with no luck. Those are under the casino and the main stage area. We will be cruising east Med and we were told the sea is much calmer, unlike west Med.
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Old Apr 30th, 2010, 12:13 PM
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Thank you everyone for your varying reports & I am going to buy a few packs of sea sickness tablets & take one a day. As the Black Sea is enclosed, I am hoping that the sea remains calm! I have asked on another topic about which shore excursions anyone can recommend. We haven't been on a cruise for ten years & I was wondering whether anyone now wears proper evening dresses, or whether a summer dress would be fine?
Thank you all for any help.
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If you are asking about the dress code these days its more relaxed. Most nights will be casual so a nice summer dress is fine. On formal nights you will see evening dresses and tuxes but most folks will be dressed down a notch from this. You will even see some men w/o ties or even w/o a sports jacket.
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ESCHEW...we arrived back early this a.m. from Ft. Lauderdale.. DianeC.. be very careful of the patches as they cause side effects.. your best bet would go to a health food store and buy ginger tablets and take one as you step foot on the ship, drink mint tea if your stomach is queasy.. Eschew...the ship is to die for...if you write m e I'll tell you more as I won't start my review for another few days..It wasn't a perfect cruise but service beyond expectations.. [email protected]
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Actually the MD on the ship, who is English, told us tye patch is no longer used in Europe due to the SE's.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 02:45 AM
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Lots of interesting tips & luckily we booked it last October, so got a cabin amidships, so should be better. will have to find out about shore excursions now.
Thank you again

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