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We just got off the Golden Princess on May 16th in Seattle.Embarkation last Saturday was not as bad as expected. We were late leaving Seattle by about 3 hours but were able to make up the time and actually got to Juneau ahead of schedule. They said the ship can now go about 24 knots per hour  and that is 2 knots per hour faster after the drydock improvements. Before she could only reach about 22 knots, so the silicone paint must have helped! Richard Joseph is a great CD. Edward Perrin is the Captain.We loved the ship and thought it looked fantastic in all regards.There was still some construction going on, but it did not distract from the cruise experience at all.I like the new deck plans. Everything is very centrally located to deck 7 and the new Piazza. The whole "flow" to the area was well designed.We found the food to be very good. (did not eat dinner in the MDR for various reasons but enjoyed the breakfast in there very much)As stated in other posts, the Crown Grill was not open yet but is due to reopen this week.The Horizon Court was actually layed out very nicely once you got the hang of it. We never had a problem finding a seat and the staff was extremely attentive to all of our needs. They always brought beverages to us and cleaned up immediately as we finished a plate, but did not make us feel rushed.The casino machines were fairly loose. I came out about 200 dollars to the good and did not spend a lot of time in there.We checked out the Magician in the Princess theater one night. He was good but not very original. To be honest, his "assistant" danced like she was fresh out of a gentlemen s club, but hey, that didn't bother me at all!Most other nights we were still in port so we didn't do much of anything else as far as shipboard activities.The comedy juggler was very funny. We caught him in the Piazza.There was usually live entertainment happening somewhere all the time.I thought there were plenty of things to keep you busy when you weren't in port. And the announcements for bingo and art auctions were brief and to the point. I was glad to see that the flat screens in the room are much larger than I had thought although our remote was a real pain to use. You had to aim it at a very odd angle to use it. It was also a nice touch that they played reruns of the Office, 30 Rock and 2 and a Half Men during the cruise. That helped when relaxing after the long excursion days.They also played a lot of episodes of the Love Boat and we got a huge kick out of watching those while we were cruising on Princess. Captain Stubing will show up a lot on your tv now. He is the official spokesman for Princess.Other channels included CNN (International and Espanol), ESPN International, TNT (very intermittent reception), two Cartoon Channels, Headline News, and channels playing various Discovery and Travel Channel programs; most related to Alaska. There were always at least 3 movies on but the selection was limited. Some of the titles were Iron Man, Mamma Mia, Quantom of Solace, Yes Man, Bedtime Stories, What Women Want, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a few others. And Samantha Brown was on every channel in between programs promoting Princess.There was still some construction going on in a few places on the ship, but it did not bother us in the least. Everything we needed was done and in first class condition.The weather was FANTASTIC all week long. We never saw rain.We did the Orca Enterprises Whale Watch tour in Juneau and it was worth every penny. We saw at least 15-20 whales and one came up about 20 feet from the boat and splashed us with his tail. Orca was also a first class operation and I highly recommend themWe took the longer Chilkoot Yukon Train and Bus Tour in Skagway and it did sleet a little up there but nothing that presented a real problem. We ate at Carcross and it was a very neat place. The guy who runs it has to be the best taxidermist on the planet! The displays are truly stunning. The dog sled ride is in a 4 wheeled cart down a gravel trail, so beware of that.We got all the way into Tracy Arm Fjord, and honestly, I thought it was more spectacular than Glacier Bay. I was very pleasantly surprised at how amazing it was. The water was a mirror and the reflections of the mountains were breathtaking.We got as close as a ship can get to the Glacier. The Naturalist and the Captain both announced that they had never seen Tracy Arm like this. The skies were crystal clear blue and the sun warmed the ship up very nicely.They provided hot chocolate throughout the journey up and back through Tracy Arm.We booked the Alaska Adventures Misty Fjords Day Cruise out of Ketchikan.Unfortunately the water pump on the boat gave out as we were getting out of sight of Ketchikan so the tour was cancelled. I have not seen a refund to my debit card yet so I will be giving them a call tomorrow. The tour seemed very well run though and the boat crew seemed very sorry to have disappointed us. We spent the rest of the morning walking around Ketchikan which was nice since there wasnt a cloud in the sky.Victoria was still beautiful and a lot of fun on a Friday night. We just hung out around the inner harbour area and enjoyed it very much. We found a little pizza restaurant there and ate pizza and drank ale. Again, the weather was absolutely perfect.Disembarking...we did the Best Of Seattle tour so we stayed in the Wheelhouse Bar until they were ready for us to depart. It was a little chaotic, but I have seen much worse.All in all, this is my favorite of the 8 cruises I have been on.I couldnt have asked for a nicer cruise to Alaska with my 25 year old son.This was his first cruise and I do believe he is now hooked!__________________Happy Cruising! Tony

We LOVED the New Golden!!

Golden Princess Cruise Review by TonyFred

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2008
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We just got off the Golden Princess on May 16th in Seattle.Embarkation last Saturday was not as bad as expected. We were late leaving Seattle by about 3 hours but were able to make up the time and actually got to Juneau ahead of schedule. They said the ship can now go about 24 knots per hour  and that is 2 knots per hour faster after the drydock improvements. Before she could only reach about 22 knots, so the silicone paint must have helped! Richard Joseph is a great CD. Edward Perrin is the Captain.We loved the ship and thought it looked fantastic in all regards.There was still some construction going on, but it did not distract from the cruise experience at all.I like the new deck plans. Everything is very centrally located to deck 7 and the new Piazza. The whole "flow" to the area was well designed.We found the food to be very good. (did not eat dinner in the MDR for various reasons but enjoyed the breakfast in there very much)As stated in other posts, the Crown Grill was not open yet but is due to reopen this week.The Horizon Court was actually layed out very nicely once you got the hang of it. We never had a problem finding a seat and the staff was extremely attentive to all of our needs. They always brought beverages to us and cleaned up immediately as we finished a plate, but did not make us feel rushed.The casino machines were fairly loose. I came out about 200 dollars to the good and did not spend a lot of time in there.We checked out the Magician in the Princess theater one night. He was good but not very original. To be honest, his "assistant" danced like she was fresh out of a gentlemen s club, but hey, that didn't bother me at all!Most other nights we were still in port so we didn't do much of anything else as far as shipboard activities.The comedy juggler was very funny. We caught him in the Piazza.There was usually live entertainment happening somewhere all the time.I thought there were plenty of things to keep you busy when you weren't in port. And the announcements for bingo and art auctions were brief and to the point. I was glad to see that the flat screens in the room are much larger than I had thought although our remote was a real pain to use. You had to aim it at a very odd angle to use it. It was also a nice touch that they played reruns of the Office, 30 Rock and 2 and a Half Men during the cruise. That helped when relaxing after the long excursion days.They also played a lot of episodes of the Love Boat and we got a huge kick out of watching those while we were cruising on Princess. Captain Stubing will show up a lot on your tv now. He is the official spokesman for Princess.Other channels included CNN (International and Espanol), ESPN International, TNT (very intermittent reception), two Cartoon Channels, Headline News, and channels playing various Discovery and Travel Channel programs; most related to Alaska. There were always at least 3 movies on but the selection was limited. Some of the titles were Iron Man, Mamma Mia, Quantom of Solace, Yes Man, Bedtime Stories, What Women Want, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a few others. And Samantha Brown was on every channel in between programs promoting Princess.There was still some construction going on in a few places on the ship, but it did not bother us in the least. Everything we needed was done and in first class condition.The weather was FANTASTIC all week long. We never saw rain.We did the Orca Enterprises Whale Watch tour in Juneau and it was worth every penny. We saw at least 15-20 whales and one came up about 20 feet from the boat and splashed us with his tail. Orca was also a first class operation and I highly recommend themWe took the longer Chilkoot Yukon Train and Bus Tour in Skagway and it did sleet a little up there but nothing that presented a real problem. We ate at Carcross and it was a very neat place. The guy who runs it has to be the best taxidermist on the planet! The displays are truly stunning. The dog sled ride is in a 4 wheeled cart down a gravel trail, so beware of that.We got all the way into Tracy Arm Fjord, and honestly, I thought it was more spectacular than Glacier Bay. I was very pleasantly surprised at how amazing it was. The water was a mirror and the reflections of the mountains were breathtaking.We got as close as a ship can get to the Glacier. The Naturalist and the Captain both announced that they had never seen Tracy Arm like this. The skies were crystal clear blue and the sun warmed the ship up very nicely.They provided hot chocolate throughout the journey up and back through Tracy Arm.We booked the Alaska Adventures Misty Fjords Day Cruise out of Ketchikan.Unfortunately the water pump on the boat gave out as we were getting out of sight of Ketchikan so the tour was cancelled. I have not seen a refund to my debit card yet so I will be giving them a call tomorrow. The tour seemed very well run though and the boat crew seemed very sorry to have disappointed us. We spent the rest of the morning walking around Ketchikan which was nice since there wasnt a cloud in the sky.Victoria was still beautiful and a lot of fun on a Friday night. We just hung out around the inner harbour area and enjoyed it very much. We found a little pizza restaurant there and ate pizza and drank ale. Again, the weather was absolutely perfect.Disembarking...we did the Best Of Seattle tour so we stayed in the Wheelhouse Bar until they were ready for us to depart. It was a little chaotic, but I have seen much worse.All in all, this is my favorite of the 8 cruises I have been on.I couldnt have asked for a nicer cruise to Alaska with my 25 year old son.This was his first cruise and I do believe he is now hooked!__________________Happy Cruising! Tony
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Small but efficient bathroom. New carpet and balcony mat. Excellent flat screen tv in each cabin but still not interactive. Beds were comfortable. Heating and air worked perfectly. Very satisfied overall.
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