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Sail Date: October 2018
In dire need of recharging our batteries after a very stressful year, wanted something that would let us have time before we needed to start seeing ports of call and this ftted the bill perfectly. Cannot fault any of the crew on this ... Read More
In dire need of recharging our batteries after a very stressful year, wanted something that would let us have time before we needed to start seeing ports of call and this ftted the bill perfectly. Cannot fault any of the crew on this ship they were all awesome and did a wonderful job. they really made the whole experience for us pleasureable. We did not do many shows as we needed rest and relaxaton, picked the perfect cabin.. We were surprised at how many people who were using/needing some kind of aids were determined to use the tenders to go into ports as this cruise was 85% tenders, and the weather wasn't always good, The staff patience was unbelieveable and attetion to detail was flawless weappreciated everything they did. We are so looking forward to booking another cruise with princess, it will be easy to find something that wil impress Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We enjoyed our little cruise, were somewhat disappointed with the shortage of chairs, particularly in the piazza area, as this is a lovely area with plenty of entertainment, and good coffee and food. The polish violinists, and the ... Read More
We enjoyed our little cruise, were somewhat disappointed with the shortage of chairs, particularly in the piazza area, as this is a lovely area with plenty of entertainment, and good coffee and food. The polish violinists, and the pianist were lovely to listen too, and the entertainment crew, specially dj lovely were a pleasure to watch. Most of the shows were of a very high standard, and we enjoyed them immensely, but the young violinist in the theater was very much a destroyer of a beautiful instrument, and along with many others, we walked out of his show, it was like a disco or worse. Es we appreciate it is hard to please everyone with everything. The fact of not being informed in the patter the previous day about the 1 tender at a time at champagne bay, which would have determined an early attendance, therefore we could not get ashore, and the bad weather at luganville, just unfortunate, were disappointing. The service in the dining room and cabin were exemplary, and we have made appropriate comments regarding rogelio, edi, enrico, dining room, and charles our cabin steward. They are to be commended, in our view. We were disappointed with the food in the lido, although not as much as we have been on some other ships, but the food in the dining rooms was excellent. Overall it was a pleasant cruise, and our cabin was excellent, although the shower was a little small, but luckily we are not oversize, so we coped ok with it. All in all, it was quite a pleasant time and experience. One thing i noticed on returning home and printing out my visa statement, was that numerous charges had been debited on our card, something that has not occurred on other ships, and i had paid our account in cash on the ship before disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Cruising is a good holiday for Seniors. Everything is put on a plate for you to enjoy. The staff bend over backwards to ensure your comfort from embarkation to disembarkation. If you want action that is also available - just consult the ... Read More
Cruising is a good holiday for Seniors. Everything is put on a plate for you to enjoy. The staff bend over backwards to ensure your comfort from embarkation to disembarkation. If you want action that is also available - just consult the Platter given to you daily. Eating and drinking is open almost for 24 hours. So be prepared to add a few pounds. For evening dining you have the option of Anytime Dining to One table seating. We had the first which moves you to different tables and waiters, which makes it hard to establish a rapport with one. You can, of course, get to know bar staff if you so desire (we did). We only went on one shore excursion which we found very interesting with the island people. There are others but we enjoyed the extra space on the ship and needed time to recover our breath. Embarkation and Disembarkation are made fairly easy, and delivery of luggage to cabin is quite quick. Cabin Stewards will vary, and ours was a little slow but acceptable. However, we found the staff were generally excellent and always ready to help with your enjoyment of the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise did not disappoint. Although there were issues with ongoing maintenance, the crew & staff did everything within their power to attend to the problem. Our cabin was spacious & comfortable. It was a "warm" ... Read More
This cruise did not disappoint. Although there were issues with ongoing maintenance, the crew & staff did everything within their power to attend to the problem. Our cabin was spacious & comfortable. It was a "warm" cruise, meaning we could sit on the balcony in comfort & enjoy the warm South Pacific climate. All members of the crew (cabin, dining, bar, entertainment, and ill in between) were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble no matter the situation. We visited islands that did not have wharf facilities, meaning we had to utilize the ship's tenders. Sadly this was very time consuming. Not sure what the answer to that situation can be. Only the ship's management team can answer that. Probably the only issue I had was listening to passengers complaining about "nothing". They must live a different life to me. Full credit to the Captain & crew of the Golden Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Wanted to try a Princess Cruises and loved it. We had a obstructive view in cabin E702 on the 8th floor, it was perfect and the view was amazing we could see everything and we loved it. And we only booked a inside cabin so when we where ... Read More
Wanted to try a Princess Cruises and loved it. We had a obstructive view in cabin E702 on the 8th floor, it was perfect and the view was amazing we could see everything and we loved it. And we only booked a inside cabin so when we where allocated this cabin we where surprised and when we saw the view we where gobsmacked. Thank You Princess Cruises. The food was amazing, the entertainment was incredible the staff are just wonderful. Plenty of things to do, you can never get bored on a princess cruise. Great swimming pools and spas. More older couples then younger couples. You didn’t see too many children running around which was great. Our staff Thomas and Paliton from my time dining where the best waiters that I ever had , And I thank Princess for hiring such amazing staff, making our dining experience the best. Please Give Golden Princess a go. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I picked this cruise for our honeymoon. We booked through vacation club Mariott as we are owners. This was our first cruise. The booking process went smoothly, however the online process was extremely confusing, even though ... Read More
My husband and I picked this cruise for our honeymoon. We booked through vacation club Mariott as we are owners. This was our first cruise. The booking process went smoothly, however the online process was extremely confusing, even though we are both tech savvy. The was much confusion on the passport situation as well. My husband’s passport met the criteria all the way up until the week before we were to leave. We were unable to complete anything online because it stated that his passport is expired, even though it didn’t expire until 5 months and 20 days after our return. Princess stated we needed passports good for 6 months after return. However when initially put through, this was fine. After hours of phone calls, we were finally given the ok, however when checking in, we had to got though the whole process all over again. In the mean time, they lost our room keys. After finally boarded, we were not told where to go. We were given a map and they sent us on our way. Mind you, this was our first cruise. We had no idea what to do or where to go. When we finally found our room, we were told we needed our safety talk in the casino area. Again, we had to wander around to find it. Here I thought we would be introduced to the boat, told how everything works, etc, but this was not the case. They showed us how to put a life jacket on and sent us away. We were so extremely disappointed with the start. Then we noticed our floor was leaking and required maintenance nearly everyday. Our bedroom was dingy, with dirty cloth headboards and a smell of mold. There was a glass left in the closet when we arrived in our room. There was also mold all along the tile in the bathroom. Next, the hot tubs NEVER worked. The saunas only worked if you requested the spa to turn it on. The food was good but only in the dining room. The food in the buffet was clearly cafeteria food, except cold. The best part of our cruise was sitting at the table with fellow cruisers. If it wasn’t for them, we would not know the ins and outs of cruising. Such as the coffee is free in the Buffett and dining room, but expect to pay over a dollar for a regular coffee anywhere else. It was absolutely ridiculous. The shows repeated every 3rd day and they were not entertaining at all. Lastly, we were told there would be two formal days. We had one; plus the dress code policy was not adhered to at all. Our stateroom steward, Emile was phenomenal however. He always came in and tidied up the room; he also always brought us ice which we requested on the first day. We did not book any excursions through princess and I am so glad we didn’t. They were way overpriced and extremely full. One last plus, was our captain. He was extremely entertaining with his talks and nautical trivia. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I didn't pick this cruise; I was dragged into it. I suppose cruises are ok if you don't mind all the people and waiting for stuff. This ship is showing its age (chipped finishes, torn carpets, etc.). We had a balcony cabin; my RV has more ... Read More
I didn't pick this cruise; I was dragged into it. I suppose cruises are ok if you don't mind all the people and waiting for stuff. This ship is showing its age (chipped finishes, torn carpets, etc.). We had a balcony cabin; my RV has more space, including the kitchen. It was hard to figure out what to go do, as they didn't post the day's activities until the morning of; we missed a couple of things because they weren't posted (found out about them later from other folks). Went to a couple of "Production" shows; they were ok, but geared to really old folks (we're 70). All the crew is very polite, but really clueless as to what's going on outside of their area; we couldn't find anyone to tell us about the activities on board. Instructions for the shore excursions were very minimal - you better show up at the designated spot and get in line; very few details about the excursions themselves. I guess the best part was the food; very well done and presented, sit down service was excellent, although a little slow at times (I suppose that's the point). They did have a fitness center, but no trainers. The pools were closed most of the time, and cold when they were open. This did it for me, I'm never going on a cruise again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We choose this cruise solely based on it's itinerary. We had read previous poor reviews about this ship but Princess stated that all had been corrected. They lied. There are still garbage smells in public areas. Outside aft elevator ... Read More
We choose this cruise solely based on it's itinerary. We had read previous poor reviews about this ship but Princess stated that all had been corrected. They lied. There are still garbage smells in public areas. Outside aft elevator lobby on 7th deck for one. There are still mild smells in corridors throughout the ship.Problems started with embarkation. There was only one person taking in baggage. He would fill a cart, disappear for awhile to unload the cart and then return to start the process over again. This took forever with only one person. Once aboard we then observed many unsatisfying problems. The bird poop on our balcony furniture was disgusting and made us avoid meals there. There are only 2 aft elevators reaching the 17th deck. One was inoperative for the first week of the cruise. The moving stairway from the 17th deck to Skywalker lounge operated one day of the 20 day cruise. The food selection in the main dining room was the worst selection that I have experience in many years of cruising. The buffet (where we wound up most nights) was not much better. The quality of the food was below average. The library had a selection of about 2 dozen books total. There were water leaks through out the ship with areas roped off and buckets underneath. the theater had water pouring in streams from the ceiling. This is the only ship I have experienced with real ice cream only at dinner. The ice cream bar only serves soft serve cones. The Princess Patter was often wrong and incomplete. It would certainly be nice to include a short description of the evening shows. The enrichment program was a joke The theme was considering retirement and what to expect and plan for. Great topic except about 80% of the passengers were already retired. I am sure that someone at Princess has heard about the adverse health effects of second hand smoke. To get to the main entrance of the theater, it is necessary to pass through the smoke filled casino. Doors usually opened 1 hour before theater performances. This is great for handicapped people. Unfortunately, too many times the doors opened 10 to 20 minutes early leaving the handicapped standing and waiting. It was necessary for handicapped to arrive early in order to get suitable seating. Many events were conducted in the Piazza with no seating. They could at least set up some folding chairs. There were too many overlaps of one time performances so you day to choose one or the other. The theater entertainment was just plain poor. Way too much rock and roll for a 70+ average audience. Many people walked out each night. The resident ship performing troop only did 2 shows in 20 days. Actually, one was good. Again, the other was not suitable for the audience. The only positives about this cruise were our cabin attendant and we got to New Zealand. Albeit, after a several hour stop at sea one day to check out new equipment on board. Why couldn't they do this at night when people are sleeping? I am sure that other problems existed, but there were too many to remember. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Chose this cruise as the itinerary was just what we wanted. Some of the South Pacific ports were disappointing, but loved all those in New Zealand and of course our final destination of Sydney. Ship is old, Horizon Buffet lacks ... Read More
Chose this cruise as the itinerary was just what we wanted. Some of the South Pacific ports were disappointing, but loved all those in New Zealand and of course our final destination of Sydney. Ship is old, Horizon Buffet lacks variety and food tasteless, main theater much too small to accommodate the passengers, poor management such as running out of specific wines at the bar, plumbing and water system had problems, although dining room food was good the menu selections weren’t....ship needs to be retired. For a repositioning Cruise they did not offer afternoon entertainment or lectures as other cruise lines do. The Golden Princess biggest asset was their crew. They were professional, polite and very accommodating...with a few exceptions. Did not take any ships tours, so cannot comment. Our cabin with balcony was old, comfortable bedding, closet space plentiful but in dire need of renovation. Princess Cruise Line needs help.... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We sailed with another couple to celebrate our 50th. anniversary. The embarking was very fast and efficient. The ship has been left without minor maintenance in preparation to sell it off in the spring of 2020. The condensation from the ... Read More
We sailed with another couple to celebrate our 50th. anniversary. The embarking was very fast and efficient. The ship has been left without minor maintenance in preparation to sell it off in the spring of 2020. The condensation from the air conditioning system was leaking throughout the ship including hall ways, public venues and interior cabins. Rust was evident where steel floor plates meet steel wall plates particularly on the promenade deck. The staff were very friendly. The food in the main dining room was good but not outstanding. Disembarking in Sydney, Australia was the best we have ever experienced. The service provided by the Head Waiter at our table on a nightly basis was unprecedented. My wife has some minor dietary concerns and the Head Waiter selected her evening meals and inspected them every night prior to permitting the Waiter to deliver them to us. The bar staff throughout the ship was attentive and friendly. Read Less
Golden Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.6
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.1

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