We have booked a cruise aboard the PACIFIC PRINCESS to BERMUDA in July 2002 for our 25th Anniversary. This will be our second cruise. Our first was aboard the REGAL EMPRESS last year for our anniversary, where we had a verandah cabin. We seem to be attracted to the older ships, and wanted to experience the "Love Boat" before she leaves the fleet.
The cabin that we booked on the PACIFIC PRINCESS is a mini-suite on the promenade deck. We hope that we won't be disappointed. After having the experience of the private balcony on the REGAL EMPRESS, we wanted the same aboard the PACIFIC PRINCESS. Having learned there aren't any balconies at all, we thought the addition of having "butler" service in the mini-suite would be "fun". Now we learn that PRINCESS has cancelled their butler service on all their vessels. Now it seems that there aren't any "special amenities" with the booking of the mini-suite. Please correct us if we have been led to the wrong assumption.
After reading through the archived messages on this site, it seems that everyone who has sailed aboard the PACIFIC PRINCESS is enamoured with her...saying the service, entertainment, and food are more than terrific. I know we'll just enjoy being on the ship that made the T.V. series so popular...especially since we won't be able to do it again after this year.
So, in short, please share your memories of your PACIFIC PRINCESS BERMUDA cruise experiences with us. What were your favorite places on the ship...any particular nooks and crannies that we might overlook or miss altogether? If any of you have stayed in the mini-suite...how did you like it. Did you feel that the windows on to the promenade deck compromise your privacy and/or daylight?
We're a bit confused about the "meals" offered on the PACIFIC PRINCESS...we realize that there is a on-deck buffet for breakfast & lunch, along with dining in the restaurant. Our confusion lies in the area of the "midnight buffet"...does the PACIFIC PRINCESS have a midnight buffet. Also is the room service selection well-rounded and not simply continental breakfast or sandwiches?
We are very interested in seeing the MARITIME MUSEUM at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Is there an excursion which allows ample time to be spent at the museum, or is it just a momentary stop in a string of stops to take in many sights?
We'd also like to take advantage of some ballroom dance lessons we've been taking. How is the "couples" dancing aboard the ship?
That's enough questions for now...we're sure to have more in the future. Thanks in advance for all your recollections and advice. We are avidly looking forward to this trip!
Deb & Kerry