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My new husband and I sailed on the Golden Princess for our honeymoon, and we had an amazing time! This was our first time on a Princess cruise. We both had an extensive cruising history, he with Royal Caribbean and me with Cunard and Holland America. We were so thrilled with the whole experience. We would definitely sail on Princess again! Embarkation: A breeze. We arrived approx. 11am, and were on board at 12:15pm. We were the first group to arrive, and it felt like the crew on board were not really prepared for us, as there was no one on board to greet us, except for the guy selling soda cards. We had no idea where to go, but we eventually figured it out. It would have been nice to have a little direction once on board, but no problems. Cabin: We had a mini-suite on Dolphin deck. Much discussion about uncovered balconies, but we were very pleased with ours. The amount of space and storage is very generous for 2 people. One problem, with 2 twin beds pushed together, it creates a little bump in the middle. Not sure why, and certainly not comfortable, but we had some laughs about it throughout the trip. Our cabin was right across the hall from the laundry room, but we never heard any noise from the machines or from people going in and out. It was so great to have close access to doing laundry. Food: With all the cruises we've been on, we can say that the desserts were the best we've ever had. They look beautiful AND are actually tasty. The food selection for lunch and dinner was so varied and with great international flavor. With the exception of prime rib on the first and last night, there was never a repeat of an appetizer, soup, or entree choice, and we really appreciated the chef taking the time to come up with a creative menu to keep things different. Also, it was wonderful having Pacific Rim dishes to try, in the spirit of the ports we were visiting. We were assigned Canelletto, but we had asked for a table of 2, and apparently, there are no such tables in that dining room. They were able to accommodate us in Donetello, which is anytime dining. However, they assigned a table for 2 and dining time to us for the entire cruise, and it was perfect. We loved our waitstaff, who were both professional and very friendly. Buffet breakfasts and lunches in the Horizon Court were greatfood hot and fresh, plenty of choices, and we could eat inside or outside. Public Rooms: The ship was beautiful very elegantly decorated in tasteful colors and designs. All the rooms were in great shape, no wear and tear in sight. We loved the Princess theater, with a great view from every seat. We wished the Vista Lounge had better all around views, but the seats are too level to the stage. Still a great room, though. The atrium was a favorite spot of ours, to enjoy pre dinner cocktails and beautiful music, or just to engage in people-watching in the middle of the day. Shipboard activities: There was no shortage of things to do onboard during our sea days. The activities were nicely geared toward Hawaii culture and history. Also plenty of other traditional cruise activities. The cruise staff was great in keeping people informed and involved. The cruise director in particular was everywhere! We would have liked to have had Catholic Mass on board, as other cruise lines do. Entertainment: We had mixed feelings about the entertainment. We thought the shipboard singers and dancers were great! The choreography, singing and dancing was really enjoyable, and they put their hearts into it to entertain the guests. We also loved the string quartet and featured pianist, a Russian guy, and we listened to them not only in the atrium and at tea, but also at their featured concerts. The guest entertainers were a mixed bag. We liked the magician and the first comedian. We felt the ventriloquist was okay. We really did not care for Don Ware, the final comedian. While he had some funny bits, the final night of his show, where he was headlined, for approx. 30 minutes, all he did was recognize various people in the audience for their service policemen, firefighters, teachers. Now I'm not saying these people didn't deserve recognition, but this guy was hired to do comedy, and as headliner, with about 45 min. of time to do a show, we couldn't understand why he would eat up 30 min. doing that. We got very little from him, and thought he really cheated the ship out of what they hired him to do. Very unprofessional, in our opinion. Shore excursions: All of our excursions were booked through the ship. We did a volcano bike tour in Hilo, the Arizona Memorial and city tour in Honolulu, and the surfing lesson in Maui. All were extremely well-organized and well-run, and the guides and instructors were top-notch. Also, the information the ship gave out to help people navigate on their own was very helpful for free time on the islands. Overall: We loved this trip and have recommended it to people back home. The ship was a happy ship. I've never seen a crew so relaxed and happy in their jobs, which filtered down to happy passengers. The service was very professional and friendly, without being overly "in-your-face". All the special touches really made it a great cruise. We can't wait to try Princess again!!

Awesome Honeymoon Cruise to Hawaii!!

Golden Princess Cruise Review by sailsalot

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2008
  • Destination: Hawaii
My new husband and I sailed on the Golden Princess for our honeymoon, and we had an amazing time! This was our first time on a Princess cruise. We both had an extensive cruising history, he with Royal Caribbean and me with Cunard and Holland America. We were so thrilled with the whole experience. We would definitely sail on Princess again! Embarkation: A breeze. We arrived approx. 11am, and were on board at 12:15pm. We were the first group to arrive, and it felt like the crew on board were not really prepared for us, as there was no one on board to greet us, except for the guy selling soda cards. We had no idea where to go, but we eventually figured it out. It would have been nice to have a little direction once on board, but no problems.
Cabin: We had a mini-suite on Dolphin deck. Much discussion about uncovered balconies, but we were very pleased with ours. The amount of space and storage is very generous for 2 people. One problem, with 2 twin beds pushed together, it creates a little bump in the middle. Not sure why, and certainly not comfortable, but we had some laughs about it throughout the trip. Our cabin was right across the hall from the laundry room, but we never heard any noise from the machines or from people going in and out. It was so great to have close access to doing laundry.
Food: With all the cruises we've been on, we can say that the desserts were the best we've ever had. They look beautiful AND are actually tasty. The food selection for lunch and dinner was so varied and with great international flavor. With the exception of prime rib on the first and last night, there was never a repeat of an appetizer, soup, or entree choice, and we really appreciated the chef taking the time to come up with a creative menu to keep things different. Also, it was wonderful having Pacific Rim dishes to try, in the spirit of the ports we were visiting. We were assigned Canelletto, but we had asked for a table of 2, and apparently, there are no such tables in that dining room. They were able to accommodate us in Donetello, which is anytime dining. However, they assigned a table for 2 and dining time to us for the entire cruise, and it was perfect. We loved our waitstaff, who were both professional and very friendly. Buffet breakfasts and lunches in the Horizon Court were greatfood hot and fresh, plenty of choices, and we could eat inside or outside. Public Rooms: The ship was beautiful very elegantly decorated in tasteful colors and designs. All the rooms were in great shape, no wear and tear in sight. We loved the Princess theater, with a great view from every seat. We wished the Vista Lounge had better all around views, but the seats are too level to the stage. Still a great room, though. The atrium was a favorite spot of ours, to enjoy pre dinner cocktails and beautiful music, or just to engage in people-watching in the middle of the day.
Shipboard activities: There was no shortage of things to do onboard during our sea days. The activities were nicely geared toward Hawaii culture and history. Also plenty of other traditional cruise activities. The cruise staff was great in keeping people informed and involved. The cruise director in particular was everywhere! We would have liked to have had Catholic Mass on board, as other cruise lines do.
Entertainment: We had mixed feelings about the entertainment. We thought the shipboard singers and dancers were great! The choreography, singing and dancing was really enjoyable, and they put their hearts into it to entertain the guests. We also loved the string quartet and featured pianist, a Russian guy, and we listened to them not only in the atrium and at tea, but also at their featured concerts. The guest entertainers were a mixed bag. We liked the magician and the first comedian. We felt the ventriloquist was okay. We really did not care for Don Ware, the final comedian. While he had some funny bits, the final night of his show, where he was headlined, for approx. 30 minutes, all he did was recognize various people in the audience for their service policemen, firefighters, teachers. Now I'm not saying these people didn't deserve recognition, but this guy was hired to do comedy, and as headliner, with about 45 min. of time to do a show, we couldn't understand why he would eat up 30 min. doing that. We got very little from him, and thought he really cheated the ship out of what they hired him to do. Very unprofessional, in our opinion.
Shore excursions: All of our excursions were booked through the ship. We did a volcano bike tour in Hilo, the Arizona Memorial and city tour in Honolulu, and the surfing lesson in Maui. All were extremely well-organized and well-run, and the guides and instructors were top-notch. Also, the information the ship gave out to help people navigate on their own was very helpful for free time on the islands.
Overall: We loved this trip and have recommended it to people back home. The ship was a happy ship. I've never seen a crew so relaxed and happy in their jobs, which filtered down to happy passengers. The service was very professional and friendly, without being overly "in-your-face". All the special touches really made it a great cruise. We can't wait to try Princess again!!
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Cabin was greatnice closet space. Adequate bathroom space. Across hall from laundry, but no problems with noise. Good location to stairs and elevator.
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