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.
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.
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.