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We took this particular cruise ship as it was going to places we would never have got a chance to see otherwise - French Polynesia mainly. Our expectations were high and they were met. Embarking was easy at Auckland - virtually walked right on. We booked an obstructed view cabin and we were more than happy with it. Although the view was partially blocked we did get a good amount of natural light coming in. The room was spotless and our steward was wonderful. Fresh towels all the time! Although some parts looked a bit tired it didn't matter because everything was so clean. We couldn't believe there was so much food available- you could eat 24 hours a day if you wanted. We had booked the Anytime Dining and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was good, at times very very good. The waiters, on the whole were great, pleasant and entertaining when you wanted (there will always be a few exceptions to the rule). The service was excellent. It took awhile to get used to all the hand washing required but as no one came down with any stomach bugs, I guess it worked! We tried the pizza (excellent) the Hamburgers (great), the ice cream (not so), the International Cafe (excellent) and the Horizon Court (also excellent). The Pub Lunches were a great idea and very popular. We did not try the specialty restaurants as we would not have been able to do justice to the menu - we are both quite small eaters. The entertainment was very good - the string trio that played late afternoon was amazing. Some of the acts in the theatre were of an extremely high standard, but unfortunately some of them were pretty awful. It didn't really matter as we always found something to do. The shore excursions were booked online before we left and we were very satisfied with them and gave good value for money. No problems getting off or on the ship by the ships crew and security. We went to quite a few art auctions and found them entertaining and enlightening. The only gripe I had was the high pressure sales in some of the onboard shops - especially the Effy jewellery - they would not leave you alone to look without pressure to try this and that. Sometimes it is nice to look and not buy all the time. Most nights there was a leaflet left in your mail box talking about more sales! There was a good selection of items in the other shops case you forgot to pack something and the Vines store had everything you may have forgotten - from bug spray to indigestion tablets! The internet and library were both busy but we never had to wait, and the internet package we purchased was reasonable considering we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! The passengers were on average over 60 on this cruise but there were a few younger families and about half a dozen kids - honestly, we did not even notice that they were there. We would ask that the PR staff take a look at the ages of the people travelling and plan accordingly - we are not into rap and teen music! We would definitely sail again on a Princess cruise ship, including the Golden Princess, should the opportunity arise. Thank you for a great memory.

It was a lovely holiday

Golden Princess Cruise Review by P Lougheed

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview (obstructed view)
We took this particular cruise ship as it was going to places we would never have got a chance to see otherwise - French Polynesia mainly. Our expectations were high and they were met. Embarking was easy at Auckland - virtually walked right on. We booked an obstructed view cabin and we were more than happy with it. Although the view was partially blocked we did get a good amount of natural light coming in. The room was spotless and our steward was wonderful. Fresh towels all the time! Although some parts looked a bit tired it didn't matter because everything was so clean.

We couldn't believe there was so much food available- you could eat 24 hours a day if you wanted. We had booked the Anytime Dining and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food was good, at times very very good. The waiters, on the whole were great, pleasant and entertaining when you wanted (there will always be a few exceptions to the rule). The service was excellent. It took awhile to get used to all the hand washing required but as no one came down with any stomach bugs, I guess it worked! We tried the pizza (excellent) the Hamburgers (great), the ice cream (not so), the International Cafe (excellent) and the Horizon Court (also excellent). The Pub Lunches were a great idea and very popular. We did not try the specialty restaurants as we would not have been able to do justice to the menu - we are both quite small eaters.

The entertainment was very good - the string trio that played late afternoon was amazing. Some of the acts in the theatre were of an extremely high standard, but unfortunately some of them were pretty awful. It didn't really matter as we always found something to do.

The shore excursions were booked online before we left and we were very satisfied with them and gave good value for money. No problems getting off or on the ship by the ships crew and security.

We went to quite a few art auctions and found them entertaining and enlightening. The only gripe I had was the high pressure sales in some of the onboard shops - especially the Effy jewellery - they would not leave you alone to look without pressure to try this and that. Sometimes it is nice to look and not buy all the time. Most nights there was a leaflet left in your mail box talking about more sales! There was a good selection of items in the other shops case you forgot to pack something and the Vines store had everything you may have forgotten - from bug spray to indigestion tablets! The internet and library were both busy but we never had to wait, and the internet package we purchased was reasonable considering we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

The passengers were on average over 60 on this cruise but there were a few younger families and about half a dozen kids - honestly, we did not even notice that they were there. We would ask that the PR staff take a look at the ages of the people travelling and plan accordingly - we are not into rap and teen music! We would definitely sail again on a Princess cruise ship, including the Golden Princess, should the opportunity arise. Thank you for a great memory.
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Oceanview (obstructed view)
Cabin OY E623
Cabin was of adequate size. Perhaps another chair to sit in instead of the little table. Shower and toilet facilities were excellent and the wardrobe was of a great size (we were on a 35 night cruise so had lots of clothes). Bed, pillows and linen were very comfortable.
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