Pacific Princess Review and Specifications
Specifications of Pacific Princess
|Year built||1999 / Age : 21|
|Builder||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)|
|Class||Renaissance / R-Class|
|Building cost||GBP 150 million (USD 200 million)|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||181 m / 594 ft|
|Beam (width)||25 m / 82 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||30277 gt|
|Passengers||670 - 804|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Sister-ships||Ocean Princess (Oceania Sirena)|
|Former names||R3, R Three|
|Christened by||Gabi Hollows|
Current itinerary / position of Pacific Princess
Pacific Princess current cruise is 112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 05 Jan, 2020 and ends on 26 Apr, 2020.All Itineraries Current Position
Review of Pacific Princess
Launched in 1999, Pacific Princess is the 2nd of the two smallest ships of Princess Cruises R-class, together with Ocean Princess (Oceania Sirena since 2016).
History - construction and ownership
Princess Cruises is a US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.
The 30,277-ton, 686-passenger cruise ship Pacific Princess offers some of the line's most exotic routes in Europe, Asia and South America, including a 107-night World Cruise, starting January to Venice, Italy from Ft. Lauderdale. The two ships were bought in 2002 from Renaissance Cruises (now-defunct), and are the smallest ships in the Princess' fleet. With its dark wood and luxury interiors, Pacific Princess resembles a stately manor house or country inn. The more intimate size facilitates amicability and passengers do not have to be surprised if the personnel know their name and says hello when they pass by.
Cruise itinerary program
Pacific Princess itinerary program is based on more exotic destinations compared to her larger fleet mates. Pacific sails on a World Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale Florida USA, starting in January each year.
In early-July 2019, Princess Cruises announced Pacific Princess ship's homeporting in Australia for season 2020-2021. The new itinerary program coincides with the 45th-anniversary celebration of company's inaugural roundtrip cruise from Australia (May 8, 1971) on SS Pacific Princess (IMO 7018563, launched in 1970, scrapped in 2014) from "The Love Boat" TV series.
The new program features a 90-day roundtrip Sydney NSW (homeport) cruise around South America (January 3, 2021), a 13-day roundtrip to New Zealand's north and south islands (December 21, 2020) and a 21-day voyage to remote locations in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (April 3, 2021). The cruise liner will make a total of 15 maiden port calls - including to Kaikoura NZ, New Plymouth NZ, Stewart Island NZ, Wewak PNG, Madang PNG, Gizo Island (Ghizo, Soloman Islands). The program also includes a 24-day Australia to Asia repositioning cruise from Sydney to Tokyo Japan (April 24, 2021) visiting ports in PNG and Philippines.
In the Australia-New Zealand region, Pacific Princess joins the fleetmates Sapphire, Sea, Sun, Majestic and Regal. General customer bookings on Pacific Princess Australian itineraries opened on July 12, 2019.
Most Pacific Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (170). Almost 75% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 338 staterooms in 25 categories. 5 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Pacific Princess are the Balcony Suites (580 ft2).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
As opposed to Princess' larger vessels, Pacific Princess doesn't feature a versatile dining option. There are early and late shifts at 6 and 8:15 p.m. But the vessel offers line's popular alternative dining venues: Sabatini's, the signature Italian restaurant, asks passengers to choose their main entree only, and a parade of hot and cold appetizers, salads, and pasta are automatically served; The Sterling Steakhouse offers traditional favourites, focusing on top-quality steaks complemented by an international wine list. (Note: Due to the small size of the cruise ship, the dining venues alternate the nights they are open).
Follows the complete list of Pacific Princess restaurants and food bars.
- Club Restaurant (aft Dining Room; offers open-seating Breakfast and Lunch, Afternoon Tea 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., and formal dining for Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; hosts “Chef’s Table” private dining)
- Deck BBQ (fast food bar, poolside; complimentary)
- Pizzeria (open for Lunch and Dinner; complimentary)
- Panorama Buffet Restaurant (self-service casual eatery open for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner ”Anytime Dining” - open seating 6 p.m. -11 p.m.)
- Sterling Steakhouse Restaurant & Bar (speciality, dinner only restaurant; offers steaks and seafood; reservations recommended)
- Sabatini’s Restaurant & Bar (Italian speciality restaurant; reservations recommended; open for Dinner /all passengers, and for Breakfast /Suite guests only)
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Evening entertainment revolves around ship's Cabaret Lounge, equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. It presents a full schedule of options, such as variety shows, live music, first-run movies. Live piano music is offered at the Casino Bar. The adjacent casino provides slot machines and table games. Sea days include destination-specific lectures, as well as classes on computer technology and photography (all part of Princess' ScholarShip@Sea program).
Follows the complete list of Pacific Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- Cabaret Lounge (forward show lounge for grand show productions)
- Pacific Casino
- Club Bar (piano bar; serves the Club Dining Room)
- Pacific Lounge & Nightclub (also serves British Pub Lunch)
- Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop; Pacific Boutiques
- Princess Pacific Lotus Spa & Gym (with four Treatment Rooms, two Steam Rooms, Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Thalasso Spa Pool, Sauna)
- Card Room (board games); Library (sudoku; board games)
- Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
- Swimming Pool area (served by Pool Bar and Lido Bar), 3 Jacuzzis
- Jogging Track; Sun Deck area; Golf Driving Net; Shuffleboard.
Pacific Princess 2017 refurbishment review
- The Atrium was modernized - new millwork, renovated grand staircase, new ornamentation and a stained glass ceiling.
- Sterling Steakhouse (on deck 10) was redecorated (new upholstery to chairs, new silk draperies, new artworks / B&W movie stars photos).
- Sabatini’s Restaurant (deck 10) was updated (repainted walls, new Italian furnishings, reupholstered chairs, new carpeting, new lounge area, new millwork, arched windows).
- The Club Bar Restaurant (deck 5, Club Dining Room) was updated and redecorated.
- The Panorama Buffet (deck 9) was completely renovated (new tile work, new draperies and carpeting, updated furniture).
- Lido-Pool Deck 9 was renovated (new teak flooring and tiling, new lounge furniture/lounge chairs, pool chaises, sofas).
- All cruise cabins were upgraded with Princess Cruises signature "Princess Luxury Beds", new plush linens, new plush carpeting, upholstered headboards, new draperies, new decorative lamps, wall sconces with USB ports.
- All cruise suites were updated with contemporary furniture (dining tables, chairs, lounge chairs, sofabeds, desks).
- A new cabin category was introduced (Club Class Mini-Suite") offering exclusive perks and VIP amenities (dining, preferred seating. priority embarkation/disembarkation).
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Pacific Princess Wiki
Built under the name "R Three", Princess Cruises Pacific ship is the company's smallest (R-class) vessel bought from Renaissance Cruises (now defunct). Sisterships (from this series) are Oceania Cruises boat Insignia, Regatta, Sirena and Nautica, plus the Azamara Cruises ships Quest, Pursuit and Journey.
The ship was operated by Renaissance Cruises and was owned to a group of French investors. In 2001, Renaissance bankrupted and Princess purchased two of its vessels - R Three (Pacific Princess) and R Four (Ocean Princess, since 2016 - Oceania Sirena). Liner's godmother was Gabi Hollows - wife of Fred Hollows (eye surgeon, founding director of Fred Hollows Foundation). The naming ceremony was held in Port Sydney (NSW Australia) on December 8, 2002.
Princess World Cruise 2015
In January 2015, Pacific Princess started its first World Cruise leaving from Los Angeles CA. World Cruise 2015 itinerary visited ports in Australia, Asia, Europe (Mediterranean) and the Caribbean, with Suez Canal and Panama Canal transits, plus a Transatlantic crossing. Next table shows the ports sequence and times (arrival/departure) of ship's "World Cruise 2019" (112-day itinerary roundtrip from homeport Long Beach/Los Angeles.
Princess World Cruise 2020
In January 2020, Princess Cruises started the 112-day World Cruise on Pacific Princess (January 5 through April 26), leaving from Port Everglades with ~670 passengers plus 375 crew. The voyage visited 38 ports on 5 continents (26 countries, 20 UNESCO sites), with total cruising 63500 km (39500 mi) and maiden calls (for Princess Cruises) at Kaikoura, Praslin Island, Mayotte Island, Zanzibar. The voyage featured 12 late-night port stays and an overnight in Cape Town.
The voyage was also offred as 112-day roundtrip from Los Angeles (itinerary January 20 through May 11).
Pacific Princess Itineraries
The below listed Pacific Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Jan 05||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale||Fort Lauderdale|
|2020 Jan 20||30 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney||Los Angeles|
|2020 Jan 20||75 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Cape Town||Los Angeles|
|2020 Jan 20||97 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale||Los Angeles|
|2020 Jan 20||112 days, round-trip World Cruise - Roundtrip Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
|2020 Feb 19||45 days, one-way from Sydney to Cape Town||Sydney|
|2020 Apr 04||22 days, one-way from Cape Town to Fort Lauderdale||Cape Town||$2098|
|2020 Apr 04||37 days, one-way from Cape Town to Los Angeles||Cape Town||$2623|
|2020 Apr 26||15 days, one-way from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||$1379|
|2020 May 11||4 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver||Los Angeles||$499|
|2020 May 15||12 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park)||Vancouver||$1949|
|2020 May 27||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$1179|
|2020 Jun 03||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$999|
|2020 Jun 10||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$999|
|2020 Jun 17||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$999|
|2020 Jun 24||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$979|
|2020 Jul 01||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$1529|
|2020 Jul 08||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$1029|
|2020 Jul 15||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$1599|
|2020 Jul 22||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$1029|
|2020 Jul 29||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$1129|
|2020 Aug 05||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$979|
|2020 Aug 12||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$929|
|2020 Aug 19||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$899|
|2020 Aug 26||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$999|
|2020 Sep 02||7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Whittier||Vancouver||$1429|
|2020 Sep 09||7 days, one-way from Whittier to Vancouver||Whittier||$999|
|2020 Sep 16||10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Honolulu||Vancouver||$1709|
|2020 Sep 16||19 days, one-way from Vancouver to Papeete||Vancouver||$2880|
|2020 Sep 16||29 days, one-way from Vancouver to Papeete||Vancouver||$4379|
|2020 Sep 26||9 days, one-way from Honolulu to Papeete||Honolulu||$1849|
|2020 Oct 05||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2649|
|2020 Oct 15||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2549|
|2020 Oct 25||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2549|
|2020 Nov 04||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2349|
|2020 Nov 14||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2049|
|2020 Nov 24||10 days, round-trip Tahiti & French Polynesia||Papeete||$2049|
|2020 Nov 24||27 days, one-way from Papeete to Sydney||Papeete||$3679|
|2020 Dec 04||17 days, one-way from Papeete to Sydney||Papeete||$1988|
|2020 Dec 21||13 days, round-trip New Zealand Connoisseur||Sydney||$2359|
|2021 Jan 03||4 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland||Sydney||$549|
|2021 Jan 03||90 days, round-trip Circle South America||Sydney||$16779|
|2021 Jan 03||92 days, one-way from Sydney to Brisbane||Sydney||$16949|
|2021 Jan 07||82 days, round-trip Circle South America||Auckland||$14089|
|2021 Mar 30||4 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney||Auckland||$519|
|2021 Apr 03||21 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands||Sydney||$4069|
|2021 Apr 05||21 days, round-trip Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands||Brisbane|
|2021 Apr 24||24 days, one-way from Sydney to Yokohama||Sydney||$2299|
|2021 Apr 26||22 days, one-way from Brisbane to Yokohama||Brisbane||$2239|
|2021 May 18||14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Singapore||Yokohama||$1769|
|2021 Aug 03||12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$2609|
|2021 Aug 03||24 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Connoisseur||Venice||$4969|
|2021 Aug 15||12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$2609|
|2021 Aug 15||24 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Connoisseur||Civitavecchia||$4969|
|2021 Aug 27||12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$2609|
|2021 Aug 27||24 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Connoisseur||Venice||$4969|
|2021 Sep 08||12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$2609|
|2021 Sep 08||24 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Connoisseur||Civitavecchia||$4969|
|2021 Sep 20||12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$2609|
|2021 Sep 20||24 days, round-trip Grand Mediterranean Connoisseur||Venice||$4869|
|2021 Oct 02||31 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale||Civitavecchia||$4199|
|2021 Oct 02||12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Venice||Civitavecchia||$2509|
|2021 Oct 14||19 days, one-way from Venice to Fort Lauderdale||Venice||$1979|
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