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The Food, Service and production shows were all excellent. All a lot of the production shows we had seen in the past. The itinerary was excellent which is why we went. We had never seen New Zealand or Australia before. We spent an additional two wonderful weeks in Australia, We have been to all the other ports before but explored each in a different way. The cruise director, Tim, never connected with us. He had mainly Australian Acts on for what was mainly a US Audience. Not only that there were several instances where the time from the princess patter was changed and we were not notified. My big beef is missing the park ranger speak. We did enjoy the movies and trivia contests. The lecturers on board were obviously not vetted by princess. The ship overall looked to be in very good condition as it was recently in dry dock. This was a re-positioning cruise as the ship was going to be based in Australia for the the spring and summer over there. Just hope they change Cruise Directors. Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. We did not wait very long at either end. We followed Princess guide lines for phased boarding times which worked out well. In summary the cruise was enjoyable but could have been better.

Excellent Food & Service but Entertainment Was Lacking

Golden Princess Cruise Review by HRE123

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Interior
The Food, Service and production shows were all excellent. All a lot of the production shows we had seen in the past. The itinerary was excellent which is why we went. We had never seen New Zealand or Australia before. We spent an additional two wonderful weeks in Australia, We have been to all the other ports before but explored each in a different way.

The cruise director, Tim, never connected with us. He had mainly Australian Acts on for what was mainly a US Audience. Not only that there were several instances where the time from the princess patter was changed and we were not notified. My big beef is missing the park ranger speak.

We did enjoy the movies and trivia contests. The lecturers on board were obviously not vetted by princess.

The ship overall looked to be in very good condition as it was recently in dry dock. This was a re-positioning cruise as the ship was going to be based in Australia for the the spring and summer over there. Just hope they change Cruise Directors.

Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. We did not wait very long at either end. We followed Princess guide lines for phased boarding times which worked out well.

In summary the cruise was enjoyable but could have been better.
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Interior
Cabin IA B341
Considered a Mid Category on the Baha Deck. Located after the fire doors which are always left open just before the lower category rooms. Entrance Door was smaller then other standard doors. Not a problem until my wife hurt her leg and had to get a folding wheel chair through. The wheel chair even when folded, barely fit through. All the other doors were significantly wider. I chose this room because it supposedly had cabins above and below. However, when they filled the pool after draining it, there was loud compressor noises for several hours. I I assumed that the room above was actually not a state room, but a compressor room. I would not recommend this room for these reasons.
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