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87 Princess Melbourne Cruise Reviews

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wbaydeb
Member Since 2013
1 review
19 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We are frequent cruisers with Princess (this was our 15th cruise overall) and have taken 2 days cruises in the past on other ships in the fleet so knew what to expect from this one. Having travelled on the Diamond Princess in the past I ... Read more
QE2_Fan
Member Since 2013
1 review
1,051 forum post
3 helpful votes
We wanted to try Princess having heard so many wonderful thing about their ships and in particular their onboard dinging and overall service. So a 2 night 'quickie' onboard Golden Princess - our first trip without the kids was a perfect ... Read more
AJOggy
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
After a disappointing start with a later embarkation due to extra sanitation onboard and all the negative reports through the media in regards to Norovirus, we ended up having a really good time on the Golden Princess. We have not cruised ... Read more
Greygroovers
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Cruising is the restful holiday that I needed after a busy year at work. The Golden Princess gave me that. Our cabin C705 was located on deck 10 just across from the aft lifts. It had a comfy bed was clean and fairly roomy. Our balcony ... Read more
the gang
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This is the second time we have cruised with the Princes Line. Unfortunately we were disappointed. I would not cruise again with the Golden Princes. The majority of staff were not friendly. Quite rude in fact. The entertainment was ... Read more

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RoamingLadybird
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
It was great to be able to catch a bus in Ballarat (organised by Princess) and be transported directly to the port. Only issue there was the queuing of buses to unload, very long wait. After that the boarding procedure flowed well. ... Read more
Blossom912
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We travelled from country Victoria by train to Melbourne and got on the 109 tram to the ship which was easy and then embarkation was fairly quick. We had a great time on our second Princess Cruise and we only missed one port (Gisborne) ... Read more
crafter188
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
314 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked this trip to travel with our Austalian friends, so it was a double whammy of an excellent itinerary and a reunion from our Mediterranean cruise. I'd say the average age of the passengers on our ship was pretty high, as we are in ... Read more
crafter188
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
314 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This is a fantastic way to get a taste of New Zealand! There was threat of a disruption due to cyclone Winston, so the order of the ports was completely reversed, which initially threw us for a bit of a loop for our private excursions. All ... Read more
AU76
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
16 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We flew into Melbourne Airport to board the Golden Princess. We arrived at the airport at 11 am. Instead of taking the usual taxi or shuttle bus we decided to experiment with public transport as we had ample time before the ship departed ... Read more
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Abbott28
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
190 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We flew from Sydney to Melbourne and Boarded Golden Princess on the day of sailing. Airport to Ship transfer was arranged and we flew by own arrangements. Transfer worked very smoothly. Boarding smooth and quick on arrival at the dock. ... Read more
aussienanna
Member Since 2013
1 review
17 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We could not be more satisfied than we were with this cruise. Embarkation was a little slow, but because we were inside the terminal, we were protected from the warmer weather. Disembarkation was a much quicker experience and we actually ... Read more
shortlegs
Member Since 2012
1 review
9 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I have done this cruise before with my husband on the Sun Princess and was keen to experience the much bigger Golden Princess. This time I travelled with my friend for her 70th birthday. Overall, a beautiful ship. I loved the feeling of ... Read more
Fishfriend
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Didn't know what to expect from this cruise as i was a first timer & afterwards would probably not go on this ship again. Not that it was aweful but having to tell staff how to do their job when your trying to relax on vacation; i ... Read more
Belirobin
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I went on this cruise with my husband, children (12, 15), my parents and my sister. We were in consecutive cabins with interconnecting balconies on the port side, so had a fabulous view as we travelled anti clockwise around NZ. The scenery ... Read more

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Bunnie23
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Finally after waiting 12 months for this holiday we were on board, first time cruisers. Golden Princes from Melbourne to NZ Jan 2016.Balcony room in Caribe Deck 10 was spacious. Forget the shoe bag over the door idea. There is plenty of ... Read more
Russb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2016
First up....we are not seasoned cruisers and have been on only two other cruises previously. We did the Melbourne > Wine Glass Bay > Port Arthur > Hobart > Adelaide > Melbourne 7 night cruise and loved it. I will ... Read more
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sheuskes
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
My family and I travelled on the Golden Princess early January. This was my 7 the cruise and 2nd on a Princess. Our part consisted of 4 adults and 3 children 9-16. I must say that it was full - almost 3000 passengers, but there was ... Read more
jeck
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
58 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We travelled on the Golden princess from San Francisco to Sydney on October 2015. The experience was fantastic as per the review I wrote at the time. However, I could not believe how much the standards have dropped in just 3 months. The ... Read more
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Aandmkirk
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have been on 3 previous cruises on the Dawn Princess, so we're looking forward to going on the newer and larger Golden Princess. We were not disappointed. A 7 night cruise - Melbourne - Tas - Adelaide - Melbourne. The ship was ... Read more

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MargoK
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1,417 forum post
1 helpful vote
We booked late so had to take to only accessible cabin, but I kept checking and we managed to snag E716 Aft Inside Cabin which is HUGE. Enjoyed the space but missed the balcony. Downside of cabin location was with me being in a ... Read more
VanessaC
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Had a wonderful cruise to New Zealand on Golden Princess. Majority of staff wonderful, enjoyed shows etc. But one week before trip broke my ankle. Given OK to travel provided we got wheelchair assistance. Purchased our own wheelchair. Our ... Read more
ginadel
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The Golden Princess might have been grand lady in her time, but...her time is up!!! The lack of communication with staff on boarding in Melbourne caused a queue of almost 1 kilometre long, in hot sunny conditions, until someone ... Read more
reichwald1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
28 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 4th Princess cruise and the Golden was the best ship so far. She is one of the 9 Grand class ships - 40% larger than the Sun class ships we travelled on prior. (Sea & Dawn Princess) However, Golden serves only 25% more ... Read more
leekkerry
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
32 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Travelling Solo for 13 nights was one of my biggest concerns. But not a problem as the majority of the pssengers are 60+ and very talkable as opposed to the younger generation with their heads in their phones. I did the traditional ... Read more

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