How recent? We were on her a year and a half ago. She and her sister (the Tahitian) remain our favorite ships in the fleet. With all the drak heavy wood, she is reminiscentof the ships of yesteryear. I do know that she is still dealing with the old menus, does not have Chef's Table, Anytime dining or lots of alternative dining.
However, the cabins are bigger than on a normal Princess ship, we like the smaller, more accessible size of the ship and getting to really know the crew and our fellow passengers. We were on her for 16 days and never regretted a moment of it.
If you have specific questions (or would like photos), let me know!
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
We spent 32 days on the Pacifc Princess in May 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed the smaller ship.(670 passengers) We were on the repositioning cruise from Sydney, Australia to Hawaii and would have stayed the additional 10 days into Vancouver if we hadn't had problems come up at home. With fewer people on board, we got to know many of the people as we ran into one another quite regularly. And the staff certainly got to know more people as well. It was also nice to not have a mile long hike to get to various places on the ship. We ate in the main dining room the first half of the cruise and had delightful 6 tablemates, 2 Aussie couples and one couple from NZ. The second half of the cruise (our Down Under friends all bailed in Tahiti) we mostly ate at the alternative options. The food was always outstanding no matter where we chose to eat.
The Italian alternative (Sabatini's) was incredible- we ate there twice. It was more of an experience than just a meal! (I can suggest that you order your entree FIRST and then proceed with the rest- it is a LOT of food!) They were even kind enough to send our desserts to our room as there was no way I could eat another bite! And with the in-room refrigerator- I got to enjoy those desserts for several days!
Our dream cruise is now the 2009 World cruise on either the Pacific Princess or her sister ship, the Tahitian Princess. Now we just have to win the lottery!! I am spoiled for life by the more intimate setting and will never be able to afford the high end versions.
We sailed recently on the Tahitian, a sister of the Pacific, and think the Pacific will be perfect for the Med. The small size makes disembarkation smooth and fast, even when tendering, which should be great for a port packed itinerary. With only about 650 passengers you won't overwhelm the small ports either. The only drawback that we found with this class of ship is that it has a show lounge instead of a showroom with tiered seating. That means you need to be in front or near the front for the best sight lines.
I have been on a few Princess ships, Star Princess, Regal Princess, Emerald Princess, Diamond Princess, Sun Princess and the glorious PACIFIC PRINCESS - Pacific Theatre Cruise - Sydney to Osaka - 21 days -April/May 2006.
She is my favourite ship, only 650 passengers, the shows are in the Vista lounge aft, it is difficult to see the stage from the back rows. Food was great as was the staff. Not the big crowds for tendering, embarking and disembarking. Much more friendly than the bigger ships. The main dining room only had 2 fixed sittings, no anytime, but that is not unusual now, just got off the Sun Princess it has only two fixed sittings whilst operating from Australia. The Pacific Princess did have the buffet and the Italian restaurants. It does not have dry cleaning facilities, only laundry, but thats no big deal.
I just love those old Renaissance ships. I am sure you will too, happy cruising.
Cheers..Les the boy from OZ !
Princess Elite Cruiser
195 cruise days with Sitmar, P&O and Princess
All over the world !