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Old December 22nd, 2008, 12:20 PM
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We just booked an Amazon cruise on the Pacific Princess. Have only sailed Celebrity (with the exception of one Carnival) and am pretty excited about this.

Anyone have any feedback regarding Princess vs. Celebrity - or even mid-size ship vs. the small?

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We travelled the Amazon on Oceania Regatta and just returned from Ecuador via the Royal Princess. These and the Oceania Insignia which we have also sailed are all sister ships in class and very much alike and very much enjoyed. There is an elegance in decor and ambiance that the mid to big ships do not have. They are perfect in size for the Amazon and we are sure you will enjoy the Pacific as much as our many friends have.

The Pacific Princess, as with Oceania, has open seating for dinner, which the Royal Princess does not. But as we enjoy both all three ships were excellent and we wonder if we will ever be happy with the big ships again.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 02:26 PM
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Ron n Jon for the feedback. You've given me much to consider from our previous posts in the GL forum, as well as this most recent post.

We were informed that the Pacific Princess does not have open dining, and are waitlisted for a table for 2, in the main dining. Hoping that they will accommodate us.

Appreciate your candid feedback. Maybe one of these cruises we will meet in person. Thanks!
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The change in dinning of the Pacific does not surprise us from what we have heard from staff on board the Royal. Their preferences for set seating pertain to the final evening, if you know what we mean. But should you be waiting for a table for two, second seating you may have a problem as they are very limited although friends have said the Captains were able to breakdown some larger areas into tables for two.

We really enjoyed our table for eight on the Royal, something we rarely choose. We are quite open in our life partnership and for some of our fellow tablemates this may have been their first introduction. Wonderful people all.
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We'll be on the Pacific Princess also on the 3/27 and 4/10 Amazon cruises. If this is your first time on the Pacific Princess, you will enjoy it. This will be our second time and we're looking forward to being on her again. There is only first and second seating on the Pacific Princess - the same as the Royal Princess. If there hasn't been a change from our first cruise on the Pacific Princess, they will have evening dining in the buffet area where you can order off a limited menu. The Chicken Kiev was very good.
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It appears you have some great reviews already.

I can only add that when I sailed on her as the R3 - Renaissance back in 2000 in Tahiti it was a fantastic ship !

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Thanks coo359a2 and Phil n Liz! Really good information so far and I appreciate your feedback.

Must try the Chicken Kiev!
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We are "borowing" a photo site from another Cruise board because their photos of The Royal Princess are fantastic. Thought You might like to see these.


http://beyondships.com/Princess-RP-Tour-1.html
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