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Pacific Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Pacific Princess

12 Night Mediterranean Collection (Venice To Rome)

Sail date: June 13, 2008

Ship: Pacific Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Review summary

I ended an Alaskan cruise in Seattle with hubby and kids and then jumped a flight to meet Mom for this cruise. 9 times cruiser-43yrs old. I was expecting an older crowd on the ship. Many my age, a few children, good handful of teens to 20's, many seniors - mostly US then Brits with a few Aussies and others. Were told we had no smok. Then onboard told all rooms are cleaned but smoking in any cabin is allowed. Later found rooms clearly marked no smok. Comedian was our neighbor smoked like crazy, filling our room too as well as friends all down hallway. Itenerary was fantastik. Venice to Rome13 day. Every day but 1 new port. Cruise industry needs to learn that a 60year old today is younger today. Please give us real imersion into cultures. Educational topics on cameras and computers so basic not worth time. Same jokes heard million times over. Cruise staff dancers over the top corny to the point of insulting. Basic staff was good but manag. lacked. maitred checked out all our rears, insulting to his waiters. Did not enjoy dining room! Mostly ate at buffet where same food plus more was served. Would like to see comfort beds like holiday inn and others have done recently. These beds were hard and pillows miserable. Phone wouldn't call out to US for days but finally fixed. However all my griping aside, the itenerary was outstanding, port lecturer Hutch was EXCELLENT as was our room stewardess Naisy. Ship was well laid out and while older was beautiful and well kept. 600 passengers, but felt like 300. Never a line, embarkation! Walk on and off! Met friends we'll stay in touch with! I must be harder to please these days! One last thought, beware of laundry roon wars! We washed early on cruise, then rewashed in sink hanging in shower or porthole to dry. Do NOT miss Venice! We stayed 2 days prior at Hotel Falier walking distance to bus and train. (must cary luggage over a couple of stepped bridges) Wonderful little gem away from touristy S Marks, but easy ride to w vaporetta( both best deals around!). Heard Venice can be done in a day-so glad we didn't listen! Bascilica Roco near hotel beautiful and worth tour! When cruise ships are not in port, Venice is divine! On cruise would sail again with good itenerary, but would like to splurge on a luxury line next time.

Ports of call

Ajaccio, Corsica

3 out of 5
Wallked around. Nice market! Napolean museum

Monte Carlo, Monaco

5 out of 5
Went to Eze by bus. Very nice!

Split, Croatia

5 out of 5
Ruins are fascinating!

Portofino, Italy

5 out of 5
Absolutely gorgeous! Italian riviera puts France's to shame! Took bus to Sestri Levante. Nice shopping in any of the little towns but we went for the scenery! Don't try to rent a car or drive. Very dangerous!

Corfu, Greece

5 out of 5
Beautiful!. Skip tours and catch taxi to a beach!

Ravenna, Italy

5 out of 5
Must see mossaics. Giocomo tour guide best ever! Worth every penny!

Sorrento, Italy

5 out of 5
MUST 1st timer- Pompeii! Took but to train 15 uero with addmission! Train ends across street from entrance. Go early beat heat!

Valletta, Malta

5 out of 5
Bus to Medina...quiet quaint and beautiful!

Kotor, Montenegro

5 out of 5
ride into national park!

Messina, Sicily

5 out of 5
Taormina- gorgeous unfortunately movie festival screen blocked stupendous view!

Pros: Itenerary, passengers, buffet

Cons: entertainment, dining room, lack of nonsmoking rooms

Recommends Pacific Princess? Yes!

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