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May 12th 2012
Published: May 12th 2012
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The day you arrive on a ship is one of the most exciting days of the cruise. The anticipation is great: what will our cabin look like; who will we meet; what exciting things will we be doing. After cruising as often as we have, sometime expectations are greater than reality. Today was not one of those times. This ship exceeded our expectations!

Checking in was a breeze - maybe because of the relatively small number of passengers on this ship. Pacific Princess is one of Princess Cruise Lines "small ships" - purchased when Renaissance Cruise Lines folded. The ship holds only 670 passengers (maximum) but it is simple beautiful. Our cabin is large by cruise standards and the decor is both comfortable and classy. I had read on Trip Advisor that the food on this ship was better than most cruise ships, but after only one meal I can say that I tentatively agree. So far, this is the nicest ship we've ever cruised on - and I hope that satisfaction level continues.

We also ended up with two totally delightful couples at our table: one from Sydney and one from Melbourne. We had so much fun at our first dinner tonight that we were the last ones to leave the dining room. I think these people could end up being real friends before our 12 days together end!

Tomorrow we dock in Kusadasi, Turkey, for an excursion to Ephesus. I am genuinely excited about walking the streets Paul walked and will share the experience with you when we return. Have a wonderful Mothers' Day!

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