Golden Princess Cruise Review by Kaz1969
- Sail Date: March 2013
- Destination: Hawaii
The buffet food was ok but not as good a selection as royal caribbean and celebrity. We bought a soft drink package, which worked out about Â£5 per day and was excellent, you could get drinks everywhere and they included fruit juices, sodas, all non alcoholic cocktails and hot chocolate and you didn't need to buy one for everyone in your stateroom.
Hygiene on the ship appeared to be excellent with cleaning crews always washing down hand rails and common areas, hand gel available in the restaurants and all main doors to toilets had hand towels and bins beside them so that you didn't need to touch door handles.
One of the downsides was the entertainment, not the quality of the shows themselves but the fact that they have made all of their shows 30 minutes, so you spend a lot of time being herded from one venue to another, sitting down for 30 minutes and then moved on to the next. I appreciate the need to allow everyone the opportunity to see all the shows but in fact what was happening was that people didn't bother going as they new they would have to move again in half an hour and particularly for some of the less mobile this was a problem.
Hawaii itself was lovely the islands and trips were excellent, we did the trip to Pearl Harbour and the Whale watching both of which we enjoyed.
My major complaint would be why on earth did they make Ensenada in Mexico a stop ???? There is nothing there and no reason to get off the ship, it is not a tourist area and is very run down. Considering we spent 4 days at sea getting to Hawaii an extra stop there or and overnight stop would have been much better. Everyone said this and Princess really need to take this into consideration. Something tells me there is a business reason for this stop and it is not for the benefit of the passengers !!
All in all a good cruise , still prefer Royal Caribbean but would go with Princess again and would now consider more days at sea.
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EnsenadaNothing in this port and did not feel comfortable. It is not a tourist port at all.View All 433 Ensenada Cruise Port Reviews
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HiloFirst stop in Hawaii , nice enough , good for seeing the volcanos and a bit of shopping.View All 462 Hilo Cruise Port Reviews
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Pearl HarborNice to Honolulu and the ship ports right in the middle of it. Not far to Waikkiki beach about $15 in a taxi. Pearl Harbour Trip was excellentView All 136 Pearl Harbor Reviews
KauaiLovely little port, beautiful beach 5 minutes walk from the ship,with lovely little beach front shops.View All 426 Kauai Cruise Port Reviews
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