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We are considering the Pacific Princess for an Alaska voyage this summer. Our previous sailings have all been on Grand class ships. Since the Pacific is a much smaller ship we have some concern it could be a rougher ride at times causing motion sickness issues. Can anyone who has sailed on the Pacific Princess tell us their experience in this regard?

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There are a lot of variables plus an Alaskan cruise should be relatively smooth no matter which ship you sail on but you can't predict the weather too far in advance. In heavy weather and high seas, the big ship should be smoother as long as you stay away from upper decks. In winds, the small ship is better since the upper decks on the big ships act like sails. The small ships cut through waves better than the big ships which have a very shallow draft for their size.

 

The bottom line is that under normal circumstances, if you're fine on a big ship you'll be fine on the smaller ship in Alaska.

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We are considering the Pacific Princess for an Alaska voyage this summer. Our previous sailings have all been on Grand class ships. Since the Pacific is a much smaller ship we have some concern it could be a rougher ride at times causing motion sickness issues. Can anyone who has sailed on the Pacific Princess tell us their experience in this regard?

 

Yes it is a much smaller ship and can be a rougher ride. :)

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As Pam said sailing the Inside Passage normally is pretty smooth. It's when they go out to sea you get the bigger waves. We were on the Pacific in the Caribbean for 10 days and there was one day that it got a bit choppy and you could definitely feel the movement more then you would have on a larger ship. A cabin closer to center of the ship would be your best bet.

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We have been on both the Ocean and the Pacific (but not in Alaska) on other cruises and never felt we had a rough ride. And this covered parts of the Pacific Ocean and the Med.

 

Our roughest rides have been on the Grand Class ships.

 

Probably bad weather will result in a rough ride on any cruise ship.

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This ship is one of 8 identical vessels. Within the shipping industry(were I work) they are know as having rather poor sea keeping capabilities in certain sea conditions; in particular a following sea. The terms "falling off" a swell and "slewing" are often used. All 8 of the ships underwent modifications shortly after construction (skegs added and visible on the stern) to try and moderate this characteristic. The effectiveness of these additions is debatable. So, if you have a following sea in Hecate Strait on the southbound portion of your journey you might "feel the motion of the ocean" more so than aboard a Grand or Island class vessel. Reason enough to avoid sailing on her? I really doubt it!!

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We did the an Alaskan cruise on Pacific Princess. No problem. We crossed the North Atlantic on the Ocean Princess. No problem. We crossed the Southern Atlantic on one of the Oceana ships. No problem. I guess it all depends on the weather and who can depend on that fickle lady?

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I have been on both the Ocean and the Pacific Princess, and they do have a bit more motion. They do have stabilizers, but the stabilizers only are effective at faster speeds. We had a rough crossing of the Tasmen Sea between New Zealand and Australia., but Bonine and Ginger made it bearable. We had a midship balcony, deck 7. I might go for a deck 6 balcony or deck 4 ocean view next time, always midship. The further down, the less motion.

 

We loved the small ship experience. Can't wait to do Alaska in 2015

 

 

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I have been on both the Ocean and the Pacific Princess, and they do have a bit more motion. They do have stabilizers, but the stabilizers only are effective at faster speeds.
Stabilizers on any ship are effective only for side-to-side ship movement and since the smaller ships aren't as tall and don't have as much-side-to-side movement in most seas, the stabilizers are effective. The difference between small and large ships is mostly in fore-to-aft movement. Large ships are better due to their length and weight.

 

Ships rarely sail directly into seas so there are variables and without instruments so you know the wave height, speed, and direction, wind speed and direction, and ship speed and direction, it's hard for most passengers to be able to tell the difference. In Alaska, you don't normally encounter big storms or high seas during the summer plus most of the itinerary is close to shore or in protected waters.

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All Princess ships on the Alaskan circuit, must sail through Hecate Strait as they do not embark Canadian pilots until they arrive at northern Vancouver Island. That body of water can be rough, on occasion very rough!! Last season, Rhapsody of the Seas and 3 Hollands all had to divert owing to very heavy seas. So Pacific's sea keeping tendancies should be considered!!

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We will be on the sister ship to the Pacific Princess, the Ocean Princess this summer. I would imagine anything said about the Pacific Princess would also apply to our ship.

 

Our cruise will be in the British Isles. What might we expect concerning smooth or rough sailing?

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We will be on the sister ship to the Pacific Princess, the Ocean Princess this summer. I would imagine anything said about the Pacific Princess would also apply to our ship.

 

Our cruise will be in the British Isles. What might we expect concerning smooth or rough sailing?

 

Yes they are identical and naturally the smaller ships have more movement.

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