Pacific Princess is Princess Cruises' only R-class ship. The term R Class is a leftover from the days of Renaissance Cruises, which had a fleet of eight nearly identical ships. When the line went out of business, the ships were bought up by a number of other cruise lines, including Princess Cruises.
Updated July 19, 2019
- Pacific Princess
There is just one ship in Princess' R Class. Though not the oldest ship in Princess' fleet, Pacific Princess is the smallest, holding some 670 cruisers. It offers considerably little in the way of amenities and lacks most of Princess' signature attractions. There's no grand atrium, no Movies Under the Stars, no Crooners or Wheelhouse Bar. And, while the vessel does have a pool, jogging/walking track, shuffleboard court and a golf driving nets, there is no basketball court.
The ship does have one main dining room (with daily afternoon tea), a buffet, outdoor grill and two specialty restaurants: Sabatini's Italian and Sterling Steakhouse. There's also La Patisserie, where you can get free small plate sandwiches or pastries during the day, along with extra-fee specialty coffees and teas.
While most cruisers who select Princess' sole R-class ship for their cruise enjoy the laid-back ambiance onboard, most people choose the ship for its itineraries. Pacific Princess sails world cruises every year, along with one-week Alaska sailings and destination-immersive itineraries the rest of the year.
Princess' R Class cruise ship, Pacific Princess, is best for people looking for a relaxing cruise experience, where the destinations are more important than the ship. Fans of Pacific Princess appreciate its sizeable yet comfy library, large pool deck and the laidback evening atmosphere that winds down before midnight. Repeat Pacific Princess cruisers enjoy making their own fun and don't need lots of excess stimulation.
Anyone looking for nonstop fun, a lively bar scene, a flexible main dining room without set seating, or nightlife that goes into the early-morning hours should skip the R Class and opt for one of Princess' newest ships.
Families should also skip Pacific Princess, as the ship doesn't have a kids' club and offers very limited kids' programming.
To learn about other Princess Cruises ship classes, see Princess Cruise Ship Classes.