Golden Princess Cruise Review by TravlinGato: Great Cruise - except for cruise director
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Great Cruise - except for cruise director
For our 7th Princess cruise we chose to round out our Caribbean options. Overall, the ship is typical Princess. We did miss the loss of Skywalkers lounge for late evening entartainment. The new upper stern lounge - whatever it's called - was dull and overly air conditioned. The worst on-board feature was Crooners Lounge, a favorite mid evening venue on prior Princess cruises. Sound volume was always excessive to the point that it was pointless to try conversing with traveling companions.(Doesn't "crooners" imply soft and mellow?) Then, there was the entertainment - or total lack thereof. For some reason the cruise director thought that he has singing talent and should foist himself on passengers at the excessive volume. He seemed to imbibe more than the patrons and increase his volume with each drink as his voice degraded. It made for most unpleasant evenings. He needs to listen to Ray Cousins, who provides TOP NOTCH entertainment on other Princess ships to find a model for More
Crooners Lounge entertainment.
Otherwise, cabin service met typical Princess high standards; the ship was clean and well maintained. And, the theater entertainment although offering shows that we had seen before was high quality. One thing that we see consistently with staff on Princess, they speak well of the company and its treatment of them. That shows in how they relate to the passengers, us - their customers. We will be travelling on the Grand Princess in June 2012 and hope that Princess has found solutions to its Crooners Lounge deficiencies, since we have advised them of same.
Oh, a comment on St. Maartens. The port offered little. But it was interesting to see on a bus tour the contrast between the well developed Dutch side and the rather scraggly French side with its heavily armed police.
San Juan was great, but too short a stop. Seek out Yogi, the tour guide on old San Juan Plaza. He's the best! Less
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Cabin review: Golden Princess Oceanview Double with Balcony Baja Deck
We have no negative comments about the cabin. For a week's cruise it is fine. The balcony gives "escape" space for kicking up one's feet and reading in quiet. We have always had balcony cabins for one-week cruises and had a mini-suite on a 2-week Panama Canal cruise. The extra mini-suite interior room was fine, but not always used. We find that clothes storage space is ample in a balcony (non-suite) cabin for one or two week cruises. We plan our clothing carefully based on climates and combination options, something any thoughtful traveller will do. We carry several cameras and electronics that require outlets for recharging. Princess has ample 110V outlets. Also, climate control in the cabins has always been good. Beds are comfortable. The mini-suites have extra padding over supportive mattresses. Worth the extra cost??? Cabin stewards have always provided excellent service, and get our appreciation beyond the daily add-on charge. I provide a negative rating for departure. It was less than smooth and lacked organization. Our Platinum status should have provided expedited check-in. Not so. Then, there was someone in the check-in line who vomited in view of Princess staff, but was not removed for a health check. Passengers dodged the mess on the floor.