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Golden Princess Cruise Review by AlwaysThankfulLady: Wonderful Alaskan Cruise


AlwaysThankfulLady
1 Review
Member Since 2011
44 Posts

Member Rating

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

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Wonderful Alaskan Cruise

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle

Embarkation: We left all but our carry-on luggage with a porter where the taxi dropped us off, and by the time we got to our room about 45 minutes later, most of the luggage was there with the rest arriving shortly after. We moved quickly through the process and have no complaints at all.

The ship: The Golden Princess is a very nicely decorated ship with comfortable furnishings and is very well kept. Our balcony room was starboard, mid-ship, and was convenient to the Lido deck and to the mid-ship elevators. We did hear moving of furniture, etc. in the area above us which was a little distracting at times, but didn't keep us awake. I love the large closet in the room with plenty of storage. We asked for an egg crate after the first night which did improve the bed. Our cabin steward, Karen, was full of smiles and very efficient.
The seating in the common areas of the ship do fill up quickly prior to shows, etc., but otherwise, there was usually room to sit and people More watch. We didn't spend much time on deck except for Glacier Bay because it was too breezy and chilly to stay outside except on our balcony. A few people took advantage of the hot tubs and heated pools but we chose not to. The balcony did serve as a wind block though and I would highly recommend it.

Food: We ate all but one breakfast in the Horizon Court and every evening meal in the main dining rooms. The Horizon Court food was very good, especially the pastries, fruit and breakfast foods but as others have said, the "traffic flow" is poor because people are going every which way in a small space. The seating was crowded sometimes, but we always managed to find seats.
We had anytime dining for our party of 6 and rarely had to wait for a table. They asked if we minded eating in one of the other dining rooms and would escort us up to the other room if there wasn't a table available right away in the Bernini Dining Room. We enjoyed our meals with great service and very good food.We also had sandwiches from room service, delicious desserts and chicken salad from the International Cafe, and yummy hamburgers and fries from the Trident grill. I wanted pizza one afternoon, but there was only a half of a pizza left and the gentleman working there was not friendly and didn't even say when or if he would have more available. He was really the only staff member who wasn't cheerful and friendly.

We had great weather all week with temps in the 50's and 60's, no rain anywhere and sunny skies most days. The scenery is absolutely beautiful no matter where you are. We loved our whale watching excursion with Jayleen from Harv & Marv's in Juneau and the Chilkoot Tour of the Yukon with the ride back on the White Pass Railroad into Skagway. Ketchikan and Victoria are also nice ports with too little time there. Glacier Bay is breathtaking and we did get to see a little calving from the Margarie Glacier.

Our group went to all of the production shows and thought that the costumes and the singers on this cruise were some of the best we've heard. Rollin' Jay Moore, the comedian, did a couple of funny shows and the illusionist was good too.

Disembarkation came too soon. We went to the Casino, where our group was supposed to meet and were only there about 5 minutes when our color was called and we were off the ship, quickly found our luggage, sailed through customs and were on our way home (via 4 days in the Seattle area.)

Overall, it was a great cruise and I would do it again in a heartbeat (if someone wants to pay for it! :-) ) Less


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Cabin review: Golden Princess Oceanview Double with Balcony Caribe Deck A511

Small but comfortable. Needed an eggcrate on the mattress. Great convenient location but a little noisy when chairs/tables were moved about on the Lido deck above us. Love the large closet and storage area and also loved having a laundromat just down the hall from us.

Port and Shore Excursions


Mendenhall Glacier

(5)
This was about a half hour visit on the way back from whale watching. It's a very pretty spot with an awesome glacier and a beautiful waterfall.

Whale Watching

(5)
Our day couldn't have been better. The tour bus driver was friendly and knowledgable, the Capt. of the boat was fun and friendly and we saw many whales and beautiful scenery on Auke Bay. The Mendenhall Glacier was a short stop and I'm glad we didn't miss seeing it.

The ship docked very close to town which made an easy walk to the shopping area on to Creek St.. We did take a ride on the free city bus just to see a little of the downtown area. It's a nice port with decent shopping for souvenirs. We didn't eat in town because we had to be back on the ship by noon.

Scenic Drive

(5)
We took a small bus with a group of 17 and a great tour guide. We went up into the Yukon and then got on the White Pass Railway at Fraser and rode back to Skagway. More beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities for pictures along the way.

City Tour

(5)
The port is a long walk from downtown, so the 6 of us hired a limo that was at the port and took a 90 minute tour around town. Heather, our driver, was very friendly and accommodating. We got some great pictures of the city from up on the hill and then saw the lights on the Empress hotel and the government building in town. Victoria has beautiful homes and gorgeous flowers.

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