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Golden Princess Cruise Review by neptune14: Avoid the Buffet


neptune14
1 Review
Member Since 2011
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Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 2.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 2.0

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Avoid the Buffet

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle

Perhaps we were spoiled by our 1st cruse on Azamara, which was wonderful in every way & about the same price (Greek Isles) and included unlimited wine at lunch & dinner....

Cons: Limited hours for breakfast/lunch in the dining rooms meant we sometimes had to eat at the buffet, which usually had a line & there were rarely tables available inside. by the time we got a table, our food was cold & since it was Alaska, it was uncomfortable to eat outside or even in the enclosed pool area. The food at the buffet was only fair, and I was shocked they allowed people to serve themselves-saw a child drop a serving spoon on the floor & put it back in the food-ugh! I told an attendant, but she just took the spoon & left the food on the buffet. The coffee was terrible unless you paid for the cappucino/expresso. Ice Cream was inedible, although I saw plenty of people eating it. Room service breakfast was very limited.

Pros: Entertainment options were more varied, but the More production shows were just as lame as on Azamara. The comedian was good, as was the piano player in the piazza & the rock band. The dance club was also good & was hopping with all ages. The big ship provided a smooth ride & no one got seasick. The food in the dining rooms & specialty restaurants was good quality & varied; service was very good. Bar drinks were inconsistent-some were great & others were really bad. The mini suite was a nice size with ample closet/storage space & the bathroom had a full size shower with great water pressure. Toiletries included Lotus spa eucalyptus shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & lotion. Bed & pillows were very comfortable. Less

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Cabin review: Golden Princess Mini-Suite with Balcony Dolphin Deck D510

Quite, stable midship location close to stairs/elevator, but out of high traffic area. No public spaces above or below. Balcony isn't covered, but you can see out from the sitting area. The mini suite was a nice size with ample closet/storage space & the bathroom had a full size shower with great water pressure. Toiletries included Lotus spa eucalyptus shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & lotion. Bed & pillows were very comfortable. Hair drier is low wattage wall mount-bring your own if you have long hair. No makeup mirror.

Port and Shore Excursions


Culinary Tour

(5.5)
Best king crab ever! the crab soup was excellent as well. (They only have outside seating under a tent, but it was soo good, we didn't mind)

Mendenhall Glacier

(4)
We enjoyed hiking to the waterfall & glacier base (45min round trip), but at $39pp you may want to just buy tickets for the express bus when you get off the ship-$16pp round trip. Our driver did provide good commentary; not sure if you get that on the bus.

Mount Roberts Tramway

(3)
Wait to buy the tickets at the station on shore for the same price as on the ship-don't bother if it's rainy/foggy because you won't be able to see anything.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

(5.5)
Awesome! Saw whales, tons of eagles (within 5 feet of boat) & of course the crabs, starfish, jelly fish. Crew was entertaining & very professional-you could tell they really enjoy giving people the opportunity to see the wildlife.

White Pass Scenic Railway

(4)
Cruise tour doesn't go all the way into Canada-this one went to the summit, then transported you by van about 20 minutes down & we rode bikes the rest of the way (coasted very fast, mostly). They had pants, jackets, gloves, which you needed at the top. Stopped a few times for pics.

Take a taxi to town-the shuttles had long lines. Empress Hotel food is over-priced & just average. Walk in & look around or just have a drink.
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