Golden Princess Cruise Review by beshears: First time on Golden Princess, and first time for a short cruise
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First time on Golden Princess, and first time for a short cruise
Embarkation: Los Angeles
We flew into Los Angeles LAX Airport from Kansas City, Missouri, which is about a 3 1/2 hour flight. We knew we might have to wait at the airport, as we didn't want to miss the ship, so we flew in early. I had worked with a TA here in Kansas City, and she got our transfers through Princess and they were waiting ffor us when we arrived. Checking in and out of the cruise ship was very quick. If you go on line and put all your information in that Princess request, as well as your flight information, (if you are NOT booking your flight through Princess), they you should have quick check in, as we did.
I don't believe "Muster Drill" is the correct name, but it is the one you do to make sure you know what to do, if there would be trouble on the cruise and you would need your life jacket. This was the first time in all my cruises of 20 years that I have not had to go outside. We went to the theatre, and it was so nice not to be blow away or hot, while they were giving us More instructions, in case of an emergency.
The International Cafe is very nice. They generally change the items at least (they are open 24 horus) 3 tunes a day. Very good items to choose from. We ate in the Traditional Dining room with a large table of 8, and it turned out great. Our server Michelle and her helper were very good too. We tried the alfreda fettuccine that was recommended, but since it was an appetizer, it did not come in a basket, as I had read before. All our meals there seemed to be good. The Horizon Court where the buffet is, was alright for anytime, day or night we went to get something to eat. They had a Mexican fest one day, but I don't think it was worth checking out or eating.
One bad thing I noticed on different decks where I went to the ladies restrooms, there was always one or more restrooms out of order. When you only have 3 (one for handicap), it makes it bad. Less
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We had a room on deck 11 with a balcony. It was nice with plenty of room for two people. The balcony was nice, as we could see down on the other two balconys, but they could not see up towards us. I thought the hair blower was better than what some people said it was. I do agree, the shower curtain can stick to you. There were plenty of drawers (some we did not use under the safe area), as well as shelves to put items on. You can put your luggage under the bed also. I ordered an eggcrate as Princess beds are hard, and it made the bed just perfect. We had trouble when we first went into the room, as it was chilly, and we wanted to take a shower. We called the Pursers desk and they said they would send some in 20 minutes. Well they never showed up, and we finally figured out to get it to work. Two days later, a man showed up to fit the thermostat, but we told him we got it fixed. I think the Stewards have too many rooms to take care of, as our ice bucket was never brought back until we had to ask for it.
Port and Shore Excursions
This was my 2nd time to Catalina Island. It is always beautiful to see. We took a golf cart ride with another couple we met, and had a great time. Lots of shops etc. to see also. We seen Wrigleys home up in the hlls or mountains. very beautiful up in that area.
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