Pacific Princess, the smallest ship in Princess Cruises’ 17-strong fleet, is heading for the UK after completing a multi-million pound renovation.
The two-week dry dock in the Grand Bahama shipyard gave the 670-passenger vessel modernised guest areas, four renovated dining venues, 178,000 square feet of new carpet and the Princess livery on her hull.
All 336 staterooms now include the line’s signature Princess luxury beds and linens, as well as new carpeting, headboards, draperies, lighting and USB ports. Sleeper sofas have been placed in suite staterooms, providing the option for additional berths.
The ship’s atrium has been upgraded with a New York City hotel design, while the pool deck has a garden theme, featuring modernised tiling and refinished teak woods. New lounge furniture includes double bed loungers and casual seating groups of outdoor living sofas, lounge chairs and pool chaises.
The Sterling Steakhouse has been given a Hollywood Brown Derby look, and Sabatini’s Italian has been refreshed with a new lounge area. Changes to the main dining room were inspired by London hotels.
The ship is currently sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Dover, from where she will embark on various European itineraries before departing on a 111-day World Cruise from Los Angeles on January 20, 2018.
Cruises on the newly-refurbished ship include an 8-night Ireland, Wales and Scotland voyage with the option to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Sailing roundtrip from Dover, departing August 2, 2018, Pacific Princess will call at St Helier, Milford Haven, Dublin and Edinburgh. Prices start from £1,519pp and guests booking before July 31 can receive up to $350 on board credit per stateroom if they book before July 31, 2017.
Like sister ship Adonia, operated by P&O Cruises, Pacific Princess was originally built for the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. The design of the eight R-class ships was so successful that they are still the backbone of Oceania Cruises’ fleet – with Insignia, Nautica, Regatta and Sirena – and also Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest.