I was on the Love Boat about a month ago with my family. It was our first cruise and it was wonderful! I have to admit that at first I was a little disappointed that it was the ONLY ship we could go on because it was the only one that fit our schedule & our budget. There were 10 of us ranging in ages from 8 to 70 and we had to plan around school schedules so the kids could join us to celebrate Dad's 70th birthday. But I was pleasantly surprised.
The small-sized ship offered alot of opportunities to get to know other passengers and we bumped into several of the performers so we got a chance to talk to them as well. It was really great! The cruise staff was amazing. The cruise director, Chris Nichol, is really fabulous--a man of many talents, he could sing, he could dance, he could tell really bad jokes... And it was amazing how well the dancers managed on the small stage. If you got to the Carousel Lounge early, you could be seated so close that you can reach out & touch the performers!
Of course our friends told us about the astronomical amounts of food served on a cruise and we weren't disappointed. The wait staff was very attentive and got to know our likes & dislikes very quickly. We went to the first seating which was good because it gave us plenty of time to digest our dinner and still go for the midnight buffet. The kids often even went to the buffet on the Lido Deck after the sit down meal, just to see what was being served...but of course they managed to eat something while they were there!
I could go on and on. I am definitely hooked on cruising. And the terrific all-around service on the Pacific Princess will make me want to try the other ships on the Princess Line before trying her competitors.