My husband and I traveled to New Zealand on the Golden Princess for a 17 night cruise from Adelaide in January 2018. We had a comfortable cabin on Deck 8 which had good storage and an adequate bathroom with a small shower. The TV ... Read More
My husband and I traveled to New Zealand on the Golden Princess for a 17 night cruise from Adelaide in January 2018. We had a comfortable cabin on Deck 8 which had good storage and an adequate bathroom with a small shower. The TV reception was never very good, but we didn't come on the cruise to watch TV, so this wasn't a problem.
We dined in the Dining room each night, a vast improvement over the Horizon Court buffet which reminded me of a cheap food court in a shopping centre. We did go there for lunch, but always found it hard to get a table and felt some of the food choices were limited. Some of the food looked delicious but unfortunately didn't taste as good as it looked, the butterscotch sauce being a prime example, it was burnt. Our wait staff in the dining room were very friendly and happy to answer any questions we asked.
The entertainment was lacking. Apart from Steve Larkins who performed as Freddie Mercury, the other entertainment was ok, but not the amazing performances promised. They felt like someone in America has come up with a concept for all the cruises and the singers and dancers had to perform the shows. Perhaps they need to take into account the areas the cruises are sailing in and make the entertainment more specific to those areas. One show Let Me Entertain You went from old fashioned songs to Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and then tried to get everyone singing Sweet Caroline. Perhaps if the entertainment planners traveled out of America they might find out this song might be popular at American baseball games, but means little to a ship load of Aussies.
The ports we visited were lovely. We had calm seas and fine weather. We did do the tour to Hobbiton which we thoroughly enjoyed, and did our own thing at the other ports which worked well.
Our main disappointment with the cruise was the lack of atmosphere. We were expecting a fun cruise with lots to do. While the Princess Patter listed daily activities, they seem to be aimed at the older cruisers, which made up about 75% of the people on-board. We felt like we were on a floating retirement village, which was a view shared by others of our age (50's) who we met on board. It felt like the entertainment staff were going through the motions and lacked any enthusiasm. The Cruise Director could never get more than 5 people each night answer to 'where are my party people' when this was asked at the packed Princess Theatre which held several hundred people. In fact the best place on the ship to get a view and some peace and quiet was the Skywalkers Nightclub as no one used it.
Would we go on Princess again? It won't be high on our priorities. We will try other cruise lines to compare. We have been on Carnival in the past and had a great time. We just felt we were too young for this cruise. Princess, perhaps your slogan should be changed from "Come Back New' to "Please Come Back!". Read Less