Islands of the Pacific Theater
Pacific Princess Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)
Ship: Pacific Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 years ago
Review SummaryThe Pacific Princess, a former Renaissance ship, is much more compact than the rest of the Princess fleet. She has, now, two sister ships in the fleet, all holding just over 650 passengers. A beautiful and well-designed ship, Pacific Princess is large enough to offer lots of choices of activities and public spaces, without being overwhelming.
Our 21 day cruise, to the sites of combat in the WWII Pacific Theater had many sea days, which were full to the brim with lectures, group discussions and other activities and options such as in-room period films, documentaries, and replays of lectures.
The cruise was one of the most moving experiences I've ever had, visiting the sites of WWII battles with a large number of veterans and/or their children. There were two lovely wreath laying ceremonies during the cruise - one in the Coral Sea and the other at Iwo Jima, and a very moving memorial service at the American Memorial Park in Saipan where veterans and their family members were honored with a certificate of thanks and a medallion presented by the governor.
The ports were a little to a lot out of the ordinary, and the people we encountered were not much accustomed to cruise ships calling, so some of the port excursions were less than slickly done, but more than made up for that with genuine welcome and sincerity.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
The ship otherwise is in good repair, well maintained, and very attractive, although some fellow passengers did complain about the lack of shopping space.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Theme based lectures and activities
Cons: Lack of Personal Choice dining option