Pacific Princess docking installs luxury beds, Club Class mini-suites

Among the changes was the new Princess livery Among the changes was the new Princess livery (Photo: Princess Cruises)

New Princess Luxury Beds and the addition of Club Class mini-suites providing extra space and amenities were among the highlights of the just-completed Pacific Princess drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard.

The ship resumed service from Port Everglades on Friday with new modern colors, patterns and textures and the new Princess Cruises livery.

Upon boarding, passengers walk into a modernized, yet familiar, Atrium. This area, as well the overall ship style, maintains the existing classical Beaux Arts dark, rich, millwork, ornamentation, vaulted stained glass ceiling and grand staircase.

Princess said the refurbishment added modern styling with warm, light tonal elements and that take their cue from the sophisticated uptown luxury hotels lining Central Park in New York City.

The four dining areas were renovated. The Sterling Steakhouse décor is now reminiscent of the Rush Street steak houses of Chicago and the golden era of the Hollywood Brown Derby. Diners are surrounded by silky drapery, upholstered armchairs and black and white photographs of classic and contemporary movie stars.

Sabatini’s Restaurant was updated with modern, Italian-designed furnishings, freshly painted walls and ceiling, new carpet, reupholstered chairs, refreshed draperies and a new lounge area.

Enhancements to The Club Restaurant, the main dining room, were inspired by the fashionable hotels of Central London with classic architectural millwork surrounding the pattern of Palladium arched windows, softened by contemporary draperies. The room’s rich, dark woods are contrasted with a warm and light palette highlighted with vibrant jewel tones within the modern furnishings, updated carpets, draperies and upholstered armchairs.

The Panorama Buffet also received a complete makeover, with new carpeting, fresh paint, new tilework, updated furniture, draperies and awnings. The dining room opens to the outdoor deck with its alfresco dining area.

The pool deck was transformed into a cool, garden-like atmosphere, inspired by the Art Deco boutique hotels of South Beach. It has new tiles, refinished teak woods, lounge furniture including double bed loungers and casual seating groups of outdoor living sofas, lounge chairs and pool chaises.

Pacific Princess staterooms were fitted with 700 new beds and plush linens. In addition, the 10 luxury guest suites and all staterooms were updated with plush, light-colored carpet, fully upholstered headboards, modern draperies and decorative lamps and wall sconces with USB ports incorporated into the fixtures. The suites also gained contemporary furniture including a sleeper sofa, dining room table and chairs, lounge chairs and desks.

Pacific Princess became the latest in the fleet to add Club Class mini-suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This features Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area where passengers get priority seating and expanded menu options. Other perks are priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Pacific Princess departed Friday on an 18-day 'Fire & Ice Explorer' cruise to London. The ship will operate various European itineraries through December, before embarking on a 111-day world cruise from Los Angeles Jan. 20.

Posted 10 June 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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