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10/21/2011 12:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 21, 2011

The Pacific Princess: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Pacific Princess is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Pacific Princess.

From Scandinavia to South America

The Pacific Princess sails to such destinations as the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, Russia, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Hawaii, Asia and Chile. Cruises range from quick, two-night getaways to 107-day world excursions.

A Cozy Cruise

The Pacific Princess is the cruise line's smallest ship at 594 feet long and 83 feet wide. It can carry about 680 passengers and a crew of 350. The ship is popular with passengers interested in a cozy cruise experience amid stately decor.

Special Features

The Pacific Princess is designed to give passengers the cozy atmosphere of a smaller ship but with the amenities and luxuries of a much larger vessel. The Princess has one of the best libraries at sea, featuring domed trompe-l'oeil-painted ceilings and decorative fireplaces that add to the ambiance. The ship's observation lounge has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, offering unobstructed sea views. Passengers can learn while they cruise with the line's ScholarShip@Sea educational program or get pampered at its luxe Lotus Spa. The Princess also has a showroom, swimming pool, three hot tubs, fitness center, casino and a nightclub.


Accommodations

The Pacific Princess boasts well-appointed staterooms. The ship offers a variety of cabin categories, including interior double, ocean-view double and ocean-view double with balcony, and suites. All staterooms are equipped with robes, a shower, telephone, hair dryer and TV. Suites come with a bathtub. More than 92 percent of the cabins are outside, and three-quarters of those come with verandas.

Cost

Fares vary depending on itinerary, cabin selection and date of travel. On the Pacific Princess, itineraries range from 12-day Holy Land cruises in ocean-view-obstructed cabins for $1,299 to 31-day Grand Mediterranean trips for $8,735.

Excursions

One Pacific Princess passenger recommended the excursion to Ravenna, Italy, describing it as "a very pleasant surprise." The passenger said there was a free shuttle into the "delightful" Italian town. "The mosaics and churches were great and there was a chocolate festival on at the same time – the perfect cruise stop."

Dining Experience

Passengers on the Pacific Princess can choose from the main dining room, which allows open seating for breakfast and lunch. Dinner, however, has two assigned seating times. Other options include Sabatini's Italian Trattoria and Sterling Steakhouse, which cost extra. Also, the ship has a buffet on Lido deck, a pizzeria, poolside grill and 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

The vessel made its maiden voyage as the R Three cruise ship in 1999, when Renaissance Cruises owned it. It was acquired by Princess Cruises in 2002 and renamed the Pacific Princess.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Pacific Princess.

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