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Golden Princess Cruise Review by AlwaysThankfulLady

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Golden Princess
Golden Princess
Member Name: AlwaysThankfulLady
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: A511
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Wonderful Alaskan Cruise
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 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! :-) )

Publication Date: 08/03/12
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