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Golden Princess Cruise Review
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Golden Princess Cruise Review by chezza1972

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Interior

I totally agree with all reviews that have been left so far. We had high expectations of Princess lines...but unfortunately this cruise did not live up to these expectations. The ship itself was fine (except for the area near the Vista lounge which always smelt like sewerage) and our inside cabin was as we expected...small but quite adequate, with plenty of wardrobe and storage space. We did experience one sleepless night when staff were working repairing something behind our cabin wall. We had to ring the desk at 12.30am and have staff come to our cabin to investigate. We were told they could not muffle the noise, nor knew how long it would go on for. We were offered to change cabin for the night (by this time 1 am) or were offered earplugs!

The food left a lot to be desired and, as mentioned in previous review, it was difficult to fill a plate from the buffet......a lot of recycled food cooked with sauces with fancy names.

The entertainment and activities on board were woeful. First night show was champion harmonica players....REALLY???? It didn't get a lot better after that.

Limited staff at Customer Service desk led to long lines...we waited for 40 minutes one day. A lot of people were in the line to get laundry tokens because the token machines in the laundromats were not working.

We found the ship's shore excursions to be very expensive. We booked a couple, but also booked some privately.

The staff we found to be pleasant and friendly in most cases. More friendly at the beginning of the cruise than towards the end of the 25 days.

Summing up, having cruised 9 times in the past with P&O, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian, I would have to say that this was my least favourite cruise line and I don't expect that we will cruise with them again.

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