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  1. Does anyone know how the beds are oriented in the deck 3 cabins on the Pacific Princess when set up as twins? Are they split against the wall with the portholes between them? Photos would be appreciated
  2. Now its 4 suitcases, 4 carry-ons and a toolbox! A toolbox from Home Depot, wheeled, cheaper than a new piece of luggage, duct taped closed, filled with 4 months of toiletries and STUFF. Oh yeah, let’s not forget umpteen different charging cords and the futility of trying to make sure your laptop and all your electronics are updated while still connected to decent WiFi – and knowing full well that the moment you get on the ship and leave the harbor, every device will require a major system update and app updates totaling more gigs of bandwidth than the entire Apollo program used in its lifetime – and those update will only last about 2 weeks… When did cruising get so darn complex! Oh I forgot, we signed up for our first world cruise! To paraphrase a famous general, everyday cruisers think fun, drinks, exotic ports, sun, sea, surf – serious cruisers think logistics, alternate plans, closet space, backups upon backups (what if the toothbrush charger goes out?) – how many days of vitamins and supplements? How many bottles of shampoo and conditioner? No wonder the house budget consists of 20% food and the rest – STUFF! (Good thing we don’t have to bring toilet paper!) But I get way, way ahead of myself. Hi Everyone! For those of you who don’t know us, Judy and I have been sailing since 2001 when we got hooked on an Alaskan cruise on the old Ocean Princess (Sun Class). 50+ Princess cruises and a little over 600 days and here we are – on our first World Cruise and our first cruise on the Pacific Princess. Yep, from a ‘can you fish off the back of the boat’ guy to a serious OCPD (Obsessive Cruise Planning Disorder) engineering approach to World Cruising. We are presently ensconced at the Doubletree in San Pedro having had our breakfast, inventoried and re-packed a bunch of STUFF, and are enjoying a nice cup of coffee before heading out to purchase MORE STUFF. After spending almost $600 last night in STUFF for the next 100+ days on the ship, what more STUFF could we possibly need? Glad you asked. Crystallized ginger and Stevia from Whole Foods. A closet organizer, flip flops and a couple of other things from Walmart, with a backup location of a Target in Carson just in case the Walmart fails me. So welcome to a Live From thread on the 2019 Pacific Princess World Cruise. Roundtrip LA. Or at least we are doing the R/T LA. Several of our Cruise Critic band has already started the journey from FLL. And many will get off in FLL as we circle the world. But I wanted to do a World Cruise. The whole enchilada. So here we are. Why the 2019 WC? In a word, Africa. When we booked, I didn’t think they would do Africa very soon after that, although the 2020 cruise also does Africa. But we have already booked our Route Sector Deviation and will be doing a 3 Day safari from Durban, catching up with the ship in Cape Town. But again, I get ahead of myself. The 2019 cruise, for us, starts in LA and then goes on the following itinerary. The Indian Ocean and Africa part of the itinerary is what caught my eye. Parts of the world we will probably never see, and face it, we’re not getting any younger. To quote another famous general “L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace”! Sun, Jan 20 Los Angeles, California Mon, Jan 21 At Sea Tue, Jan 22 At Sea Wed, Jan 23 At Sea Thu, Jan 24 At Sea Fri, Jan 25 At Sea Sat, Jan 26 Honolulu, Hawaii Sun, Jan 27 Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii (Tender Required) Mon, Jan 28 At Sea Tue, Jan 29 At Sea Wed, Jan 30 At Sea Thu, Jan 31 At Sea Fri, Feb 1 At Sea Sat, Feb 2 Tahiti (Papeete), French Polynesia Sun, Feb 3 Huahine, Polynesia (Tender Required) Sun, Feb 3 Raiatea, French Polynesia Mon, Feb 4 Raiatea, French Polynesia Tue, Feb 5 At Sea Wed, Feb 6 Cross International Date Line Fri, Feb 8 At Sea Sat, Feb 9 Nuku'alofa, Tonga Sun, Feb 10 At Sea Mon, Feb 11 At Sea Tue, Feb 12 Auckland, New Zealand Wed, Feb 13 At Sea Thu, Feb 14 At Sea Fri, Feb 15 Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand Sat, Feb 16 Stewart Isand, New Zealand (Tender Required) Sun, Feb 17 At Sea Mon, Feb 18 At Sea Tue, Feb 19 Sydney, Australia Wed, Feb 20 At Sea Thu, Feb 21 At Sea Fri, Feb 22 At Sea Sat, Feb 23 Cairns, Australia Sun, Feb 24 At Sea Mon, Feb 25 At Sea Tue, Feb 26 At Sea Wed, Feb 27 Darwin, Australia Thu, Feb 28 At Sea Fri, Mar 1 At Sea Sat, Mar 2 Komodo Island, Indonesia (Tender Required) Sun, Mar 3 At Sea Mon, Mar 4 At Sea Tue, Mar 5 Singapore Wed, Mar 6 Singapore Thu, Mar 7 Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang), Malaysia Fri, Mar 8 Langkawi, Malaysia Sat, Mar 9 Phuket, Thailand Sun, Mar 10 At Sea Mon, Mar 11 At Sea Tue, Mar 12 At Sea Wed, Mar 13 Colombo, Sri Lanka Thu, Mar 14 At Sea Fri, Mar 15 Maldives (Male) (Tender Required) Sat, Mar 16 At Sea Sun, Mar 17 At Sea Mon, Mar 18 At Sea Tue, Mar 19 Seychelles Islands (Mahe) Wed, Mar 20 At Sea Thu, Mar 21 At Sea Fri, Mar 22 Nosy Be, Madagascar (Tender Required) Sat, Mar 23 At Sea Sun, Mar 24 At Sea Mon, Mar 25 Port Louis, Mauritius Tue, Mar 26 Pointe des Galets, Reunion Island Wed, Mar 27 At Sea Thu, Mar 28 At Sea Fri, Mar 29 At Sea Sat, Mar 30 Durban, South Africa Sun, Mar 31 East London, South Africa Mon, Apr 1 At Sea Tue, Apr 2 Cape Town, South Africa Wed, Apr 3 Cape Town, South Africa Thu, Apr 4 Cape Town, South Africa Fri, Apr 5 At Sea Sat, Apr 6 Luderitz, Namibia Sun, Apr 7 Walvis Bay, Namibia Mon, Apr 8 At Sea Tue, Apr 9 At Sea Wed, Apr 10 At Sea Thu, Apr 11 Saint Helena, Great Britain (Tender Required) Fri, Apr 12 At Sea Sat, Apr 13 At Sea Sun, Apr 14 At Sea Mon, Apr 15 At Sea Tue, Apr 16 Natal, Brazil Wed, Apr 17 Fortaleza, Brazil Thu, Apr 18 At Sea Fri, Apr 19 At Sea Sat, Apr 20 "Devil's Island (isle Royale), French Guiana Scenic Cruising" Sun, Apr 21 At Sea Mon, Apr 22 Barbados Tue, Apr 23 Guadeloupe (Point-a-Pitre) Wed, Apr 24 "Marigot, Saint Martin Tender Required Thu, Apr 25 At Sea Fri, Apr 26 At Sea Sat, Apr 27 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Sun, Apr 28 At Sea Mon, Apr 29 At Sea Tue, Apr 30 Aruba Wed, May 1 At Sea Thu, May 2 Panama Canal (Scenic Cruising) Panama Fri, May 3 At Sea Sat, May 4 Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica (Tender Required) Sun, May 5 At Sea Mon, May 6 At Sea Tue, May 7 Huatulco, Mexico Wed, May 8 At Sea Thu, May 9 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Fri, May 10 At Sea Sat, May 11 At Sea Sun, May 12 Los Angeles, California For this itinerary, we have a mix of DIY, Private Excursions and Princess tours scheduled. The largest and most complex, of course, is the safari in Durban. The DIY ports are mainly those that we’ve been to before – Hawaii, Auckland, Dunedin, Sydney, Darwin, Singapore – and the private excursions where we could get on them. Then we just filled in the rest with Princess excursions. As we go through the cruise, I hope to give everyone an idea of what we did, who we did it with and how it all went. Especially the mechanics of what we did for those of you infected with OCPD. We have over 150 Cruise Critic members on this cruise. Meet and greets planned for FLL, LA and SYD. Hopefully we can do group luncheons and dinners as well – we had a great time on the Coral late last year during the 60 Day Northern Pacific cruise. I will try and give everyone, especially those on the 2020 cruise, a good idea of shipboard life, cabin space, food and entertainment, as well as the ports. After all, you can’t get enough information when planning something like this… So that’s the morning before update… Later!
  3. Hi there, We are looking at booking the Pacific Princess for a Panama Canal cruise Jan. 20. We've got our eyes on the CAT BF balcony cabins on Deck 6- the ones farther forward. I know motion can be issue for some but it's not a concern for us. What does concern me is these cabins appear to be above the bar and stage on Deck 5. Anyone who ever stayed in these-- advice on any noise issues would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  4. Hello to my Princess Peeps! Another year has gone by. WOW. Time goes much too fast. We met this time last year when I went “ live” in the British Isles on the Royal. I am back this summer in Iceland and Norway on the Pacific. I will try to post my daily blog here everyday or two. I have already blogged about my pre-cruise in London. I post pics, silly video, and a daily summary. If you want to join me hop on to my FB travel Page - Fungirl Across America and Beyond. So great to be back where I belong. Cheers! https://www.facebook.com/fungirlacrossamerica/
  5. We are Princess Platinum and are returning for a Princess cruise after 10 years of doing other things regarding travel. This our first time on the Pacific Princess for a cruise to the Baltic area in two weeks. I am interested in any tips and suggestions regarding the ship and the area we will be traveling in. What has been the Sterling Steak restaurant experience like? Your thoughts and experience would be appreciated.
  6. Spent a few days in Paris, Eurostar to London, spent a few days there and then used 12 Transfers to get us to and from Dover. Before our flight was delayed, we were to fly home at 12:55 and Princess transfers require 1:00 or later, but booking our own was simple and saved us 75% of the cost anyhow. Used private guides in both Paris/Versaille and London/Stonehenge/Windsor. Can give more details or my Tripadvisor account if anyone wants Paris/London details on that portion of our trip. Booked Club Class Mini-Suite which was impossible to find current photos of, so will attempt to post a few. First time on a ship this small. I quite liked the ability to walk anywhere on the ship within 1.5 minutes. However, the smaller scale does significantly limit the entertainment options--which is to be expected. The stuff the do on board was bingo, knitting, wine tasting or soduko for example...; Evening entertainment had a mediocre skill level vs the bigger ships. There were no kid activities offered. The staff remember you and you quickly remember the other passengers which improves service levels.Club class mini suite, room 8035 was quite spacious, and offered a queen bed and queen (I think) sofa bed. I wish there was an upper bunk... The deck was good size too, easily fitting a couple loungers or a table and a couple chairs twice... It was convenient only being 1 floor below the buffet and a few floors above the dining room, so we never used room service. I liked that they were willing to exchange our cc wine bottles for a few cans of Coke as we are not into wine.Dining was fairly standard Princess food--a notch above NCL, RCC in my opinion. A couple of the days the menus did not offer much to get excited about, but all other days did. For cc instead of getting in the normal queue, you move to the left, skirting by the bar outside the dining room, and then simply walk straight in the cc dining section, no waiting in line. Each night had 2 menu items not on the menu, one prepared table side and one from the chef. Kind of a nice touch. Wish they offered those awesome chocolate desserts more than a couple nights. Also wish they added cherries jubilee back on the menu. We did thoroughly enjoy the cold fruit soups and frequent souffles. I know its occasionally debated, but I am a huge fan of cc and never plan to cruise Princess without it. We missed Wales on the itinerary due to weather, but I did not mind missing a port given how intense the daily porting schedule was. We did a full day excursion everywhere else other than in Edinburgh. We did the military tattoo in Edinburgh and wished they offered a day tour connected to that excursion given the price was 5X the tattoo ticket value or more. Regarding the tattoo, it was pretty cool if you like bagpipes and drummers and there isn't a bad seat in the house.I think the seats near the front add value only to get you out in a timely fashion, when you are in the nose bleed section you have to wait for everyone in front of you to exit first which takes forever. Also be prepared for long line for the restrooms, but note there are bathrooms at all side entrances, not just at the main entrance where the line is the longest.The shopping on board sucked, literally nothing local to buy. Never experienced this before. In fact they had more Australia/New Zealand goods than anything. Most of our excursions consumed the entire time at port, so we had little time to shop for souvenirs, which made me wish for on board shopping (for the first time ever).The phone app was great and we liked being able to text each other for free, but wished the app notified you when you got a new message so you didn't have to check it all the time. We didn't need to pay for wifi given we were at or near land almost everyday, simply used the Verizon TravelPass and got cell reception on board off and on most days.I plan to look for other small ships when planning port intensive cruises. They would not be good for many sea days unless you simply like to nap and are not taking kids like we tend to do.Overall, this was a great cruise, seeing many areas of the world not typically traveled. Plenty of other pics of food or places if interested, simply advise. Also, advise of questions wile still mentally fresh 🙂
  7. I went to check how many cabins were left on our October 15 2020 Tahiti cruise on the Pacific Princess and was surprised - and somewhat distressed - to see this notation on all the Pacific's Tahiti cruises including those in late 2020/early 2021 out of Australia: Has anyone else noticed this or experienced on any other ship/itinerary? I am nervous that they are about to announce that all those cruises are cancelled.
  8. We sailing on the Pacific Princess on Sept. 9. It's a port intensive cruise, and we won't be back on board at dinner time for at least 7 of the ports. Will they have open dining on those nights? If not, is the buffet our only choice if we're not back in time for first seating? This is our 28th Princess cruise, but it's our first time on a small ship where there is no anytime dining .
  9. We will be in Venice overnight in October on the Pacific Princess. If I recall Princess runs a boat shuttle over to St. Marks and back. You buy the passes on board. Is this still the case? Thanks,
  10. We'll be sailing on the Pacific Princess for the first time in September, and I can't find any information about whether they offer on demand tv.
  11. Please watch at the highest resolution possible, including on a 4K television (The format in which I filmed). Enjoy [emoji4] ~Bob https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmCdKjjN4xKZqMWKSwbqq_ygPR8Qa2RW5 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. My sister and I will be doing a trans-Pacific cruise, Sydney to Los Angeles, in April 2020 on the Golden. We've never done such a long cruise before and this is our first time on a Princess cruise. Any general information or tips on what to expect on a long cruise would be helpful. Thanks!
  13. We're booked next year on the smaller Pacific Princess and realize her entertainment options are limited. One of our favorite nighttime activities is going to Crooners and listening to the piano singer. Does the Pacific Princess host this type of venue at least several nights during a typical cruise?
  14. Does anybody have information about Pacific Princess?
  15. I am interested to hear of any first hand experience regarding the amount of wind that is experienced on any of the forward facing balconies on Pacific Princess when steaming at normal cruising speed 18-20 Kts on a calm day, say wind speed 10 kts. Specific suites/cabins are 7004 and 7000 but any "for'ard" experience will do. Does the sloping shape of the bridge structure deflect the wind upwards and over the balcony or is it generally too windy except when in harbour. My searches have led me to a couple of aft facing balconies and soot but nothing on those facing forward. Thanks for any personal experience you may have had.
  16. I'm thinking about a Hawaii one way cruise on PP next year as Hawaii is on our bucket list. We love both the Regal and the Royal and have been on each several times. I think I will enjoy the smaller size of the PP............has anyone done the Hawaii cruise on the Pacific or after being on one of the newer ship and have experiences that you would share?? Thanks in advance
  17. We are looking at taking a pacific cruise next year that will primarily be Baja California cities. Based on our schedules and availability we were looking at an October 2020 cruise, but reading that it can be it rainy season. Has anyone ever taken a cruise like this around this time of year? Would you recommend it or advise to take it a different time of year? — looking for recommendations.
  18. So, she's all done with dry dock and is on her way to NYC from FLL. Somebody's got to know what was done! Fess up! Inquiring minds want to know! MUTS? LCD screen in the Cabaret Lounge?
  19. I see a hole in her schedule from 5/27 to 6/12. Doing a search for her drydock schedule I find nothing. I figure the only two possibilities are Dry Dock, or a private charter. Does anyone know if a drydock is scheduled, and if so what will be worked on?
  20. How difficult is it to reserve a table for 2? Thanks
  21. We have booked a guarantee OF cabin on deck 4 of the Pacific Princess, on the Iceland voyage in August. (All that was left!). Can anyone advise on the noise levels from the cabaret/bar one deck above
  22. I know , I know, most people don't care about tv while on a cruise but DH is a news junky and likes to watch during sea days. I have heard that other cruise lines(Carnival) have had trouble with reception on this route across the Pacific. Any comments about tvs on the Star Princess on this route? We are booked at the moment on Carnival but prefer the suites on Princess so may switch. Thanks for any info.
  23. Looking at a 28 day cruise on the Star from LA to South Pacific and back, for those of you who have done this in the past, any benefit to port or starboard as far as balcony’s go? Charlie
  24. We were very excited to see Princess is restarting some Tahiti cruises, but noticed they only showed cruises for October/November 2020 and nothing showed past that. Didn't know if it was simply that the cruises would only go in FALL (so too early to release 2021) or whether it was kind of a "one time deal". Anyone with inside info on that? And if they will continue to offer this itinerary in 2021 and beyond, are there any hints as to what season they would be offered? Thanks... Liz
  25. Considering spoiling my wife with a surprise suite, and I know absolutely nothing about the ship except that it's one of a kind. I'd like our balcony to be partially or fully covered if at all possible.....I hate being so exposed to everyone above you. It's not a pretty sight, believe me. Thanks in advance!
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