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Wonderful food at the buffet, dining rooms and specialty restaurants, and the service was superb. We had an aft stern room with a bit bigger balcony, and it was fantastic. The rooms were quite sound proof, we only heard our neighbours door closing on occasions and nothing else despite being above the vista lounge. My only gripe is the over-the-top focus on selling more and more to passengers during the voyage. It seemed like every day there were art and/or jewellery sales an auctions heavily promoted using brochures at the door, loud speaker announcements, and large displays taking over some public areas. Photographic staff insisted on taking pictures and were hard to shake off. Just about all the 'enrichment' sessions led to the selling of salon products or spa services. That said, funnily enough we were not able to buy a bottle of port wine to take back to our room. Port was also not on the room service list. We thought it weird that when we actually wanted to buy something we couldn't. We are new to cruising, and thinking about doing more as we head towards full retirement. We would travel with Princess again, but are keen to try other lines next.

Wonderful food & service, but way too much 'sell sell sell'

Golden Princess Cruise Review by mjh237

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2017
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
Wonderful food at the buffet, dining rooms and specialty restaurants, and the service was superb. We had an aft stern room with a bit bigger balcony, and it was fantastic. The rooms were quite sound proof, we only heard our neighbours door closing on occasions and nothing else despite being above the vista lounge.

My only gripe is the over-the-top focus on selling more and more to passengers during the voyage. It seemed like every day there were art and/or jewellery sales an auctions heavily promoted using brochures at the door, loud speaker announcements, and large displays taking over some public areas. Photographic staff insisted on taking pictures and were hard to shake off. Just about all the 'enrichment' sessions led to the selling of salon products or spa services.

That said, funnily enough we were not able to buy a bottle of port wine to take back to our room. Port was also not on the room service list. We thought it weird that when we actually wanted to buy something we couldn't.

We are new to cruising, and thinking about doing more as we head towards full retirement. We would travel with Princess again, but are keen to try other lines next.
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