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Golden Princess Cruise Review by Maxroadster: Golden Voyage to Alaska


Maxroadster
2 Reviews
Member Since 2010
16 Posts

Member Rating

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

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Golden Voyage to Alaska

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle

One of the reasons my wife & I have attained the "Elite" level with Princess is that they make it worth the effort. From easy embarkation to the debarkation exercise, things just come together. The crew of the Golden Princess and the ship were prepared for our arrival, exactly as designed by the company.
At well over 100,000 tons gross and a capability of crew & passengers totaling 4,100 the Golden Princess makes cruising enjoyable. She was delivered to the company April 27th, 2001 but today some eleven years later, she shows no sign of aging. Her condition and appearance speak well for the maintenance staff and the company's attention to detail. This date, July28th 2012, Captain Vincenzo Lubrano commanded our vessel sailing out of Seattle, WA with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, AK and Victoria, British Columbia including sightseeing through Tracy Arm Fjord, AK. Capitan Lubrano was ably assisted by various crew members aboard the Golden Princess and they all More performed their jobs admirably.

On a personal level: Our Headwaiter Romeo in the Donatello dining-room ensured our every culinary desire was available at meal time regardless of the hour. Our table side servers, Evan and his assistant Edguardo took our meal requests often offering alternative suggestions thus increasing our dining experiences. Romeo visited our table frequently inquiring as to our meal satisfaction. Their attitude and courtesies to not just us but other dinners will long be remembered. Our room (P307) was a bit smaller than on any of our previous cruises yet was comfortable enough for this short cruise. Centrally located to the foyer and elevators but just distant enough there was very little noise. What the room lacked in size was more than offset by being able to walk to & from ship's activities through the art gallery.
Allan, our room steward was quite a remarkable gentleman. He managed to anticipate all of our needs including an extension cord forgotten in my haste to pack for the trip and bath toiletries that were never empty. Ice, water and beverages were replenished without having to ask for them. The room was made while we were at breakfast and prepared nightly before we retired from our day's adventures. The most intriguing aspect of good customer relationships are the little nuances- daily greetings, entreaties for enjoying the day, wishing a safe return, inquiring about the day's events but most of all- knowing the customer by name. Allan greeted us by name, without fail, on every occasion!

We have had the good fortune to cruise with memorable Princess personnel and even find those employees on other ships. Each time we see former Princess staff on a new ship it is time to catch up on what happened to whom and how the children (grandchildren in some cases) are doing. As a person "moving-through-time" these times are good and Princess will continue to see my business. Less


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Cabin review: Golden Princess Oceanview Double Plaza Deck P307

Golden Princess -- Alaska One of the reasons my wife & I have attained the "Elite" level with Princess is that they make it worth the effort. From easy embarkation to the debarkation exercise, things just come together. The crew of the Golden Princess and the ship were prepared for our arrival, exactly as designed by the company. At well over 100,000 tons gross and a capability of crew & passengers totaling 4,100 the Golden Princess makes cruising enjoyable. She was delivered to the company April 27th, 2001 but today some eleven years later, she shows no sign of aging. Her condition and appearance speak well for the maintenance staff and the company's attention to detail. This date, July28th 2012, Captain Vincenzo Lubrano commanded our vessel sailing out of Seattle, WA with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, AK and Victoria, British Columbia including sightseeing through Tracy Arm Fjord, AK. Capitan Lubrano was ably assisted by various crew members aboard the Golden Princess and they all performed their jobs admirably. On a personal level: Our Headwaiter Romeo in the Donatello dining-room ensured our every culinary desire was available at meal time regardless of the hour. Our table side servers, Evan and his assistant Edguardo took our meal requests often offering alternative suggestions thus increasing our dining experiences. Romeo visited our table frequently inquiring as to our meal satisfaction. Their attitude and courtesies to not just us but other dinners will long be remembered. Our room (P307) was a bit smaller than on any of our previous cruises yet was comfortable enough for this short cruise. Centrally located to the foyer and elevators but just distant enough there was very little noise. What the room lacked in size was more than offset by being able to walk to & from ship's activities through the art gallery. Allan, our room steward was quite a remarkable gentleman. He managed to anticipate all of our needs including an extension cord forgotten in my haste to pack for the trip and bath toiletries that were never empty. Ice, water and beverages were replenished without having to ask for them. The room was made while we were at breakfast and prepared nightly before we retired from our day's adventures. The most intriguing aspect of good customer relationships are the little nuances- daily greetings, entreaties for enjoying the day, wishing a safe return, inquiring about the day's events but most of all- knowing the customer by name. Allan greeted us by name, without fail, on every occasion! We have had the good fortune to cruise with memorable Princess personnel and even find those employees on other ships. Each time we see former Princess staff on a new ship it is time to catch up on what happened to whom and how the children (grandchildren in some cases) are doing. As a person "moving-through-time" these times are good and Princess will continue to see my business.

Port and Shore Excursions


Mendenhall Glacier

(4)
Our first stop was Juneau on July 30th2012, with an excursion via "Blue Bus" to Mendenhall Glacier. The only way into Alaska's capital is by sea or air as no roads leave or come into Juneau! The weather along Alaskan coasts is typically overcast often including rain or snow in various volumes depending on the season. Weather in Alaska is changeable in a moment so one must be prepared. A bus driver ventured it had snowed on July 17th but the weather calendar did not reflect such an occurrence. I was not in Juneau on July 17th so I can't validate the driver's claim. Having noted the notorious weather- Alaska provides majestic sights regardless of the weather! So it was this date- misting rain fell as we stepped off of the bus at the park. The driver advised the walking routes in and around the glacier are considered mild to strenuous, my wife & I opted for the milder walk in light of the wet walking surfaces. We decided to include the glacier museum to momentarily get out of the rain. The temporary respite from the rain and the museum displays made the $3 per person price of admission well worth it. A few hours later and while returning to the bus stop we visited a stream side observation point in the park to see Sockeye Salmon spawning. A nearby Park Ranger explained the Salmon would complete their spawning run and die but would be replaced by Silver & King Salmon later in the season. Additionally, he pointed out an adjacent stream side trail used by hungry bears to snare the spawning Salmon. This excursion was the least expensive of the cruise yet thoroughly enjoyable!

Jeep Tour

(1)
Next day found us and the continuing rain in Skagway, Alaska. Our Princess Tours excursion was not scheduled until after lunch so a short morning walk into town was in order. Skagway, along with the other tourist ports, maintains an old frontier flavor. A walk through the town doesn't take long but buildings either on the main street or just off the main street appear as they must have a long time ago. Local tours include rides on vintage buses and taxis making for lots of fun as the drivers were also in period costumes. Skagway offers a lot to do even though its diminutive size doesn't make it seem like there would be much there. Several popular train rides depart this area traveling into Canada, White Horse Pass is a must see for the first time visitors. Our scheduled tour began after lunch with bus driver, Sourdough Sam, detailing points of interest during the trip to pick up our 4 wheel drive Jeeps. Little did I know this was the tour highlight! The logo emblazoned on the vehicle doors said "Back Country Jeep Safari." We were assigned four to a Jeep with the driving chores to be divided amongst the occupants, the shared driving experience didn't happen. The tour descriptions and vehicle signage suggested an afternoon 4 wheel-drive which was only partially accurate. The advertising brochure said a guide would describe the tour route as it unfolded. However, it failed to note his talk would be via a CB Radio that may or may not have functioned properly when the vehicles were stretched out thus hindering reception of the guide's monologue. Added to that annoyance was the vehicle occupant who enjoyed reminiscing which almost always was in louder voice than the CB speaker volume. Some waterfalls and or canyons may have been missed as a result of the weak radio signal, talking passengers and fogged out windows. Obviously the excursion company can't be responsible for the discourteous passenger, can they? Nonetheless, that portion of the trip defined as off-road driving primarily consisted of a rock-strewn, rough road, some five or six miles to an abandoned Gold Mine site cleared of trees and embellished with a mild, figure-8, 4-wheel drive trail. At best, this adventure appeared to be tailored for the layperson. About the only wildlife encountered on this trip was a starving ground squirrel. I will say the snacks taken before leaving the "jeep trail" were tasty though lacking in quantity. Detracting further from this adventure is the fact that a later check with Skagway vehicle rental agencies reflects that the same jeep with a GPS rents for about half of what was paid for this tour. To say I was disappointed would be a strong understatement! Princess was apprised of this calamity and did reimburse a portion of the excursion costs. Remember, cruising is an adventure!

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