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We were very excited about our first Alaskan cruise as a family. I thought after coming out of dry dock, the ship would be in much better shape. The crew did perform a good bit of maintenance while we were on board; however the musty smell near the elevators was hard to miss. There were water stains down the walls as well as water dripping from light fixtures. The embarkation and disembarkation were a smooth process and I commend them on how well it went. The food selections were what you would expect on a cruise so no surprise there. Our cabin steward Sudi, was amazing, always greeted us by name, and took great care with our rooms. The smell of something similar to sulfer was quite overwhelming at times on the ship. Given the opportunity to book this cruise again, I certainly wouldn't select the Golden Princess. She's definitely ready to be retired.

A ship that is showing its age

Golden Princess Cruise Review by tmt377

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We were very excited about our first Alaskan cruise as a family. I thought after coming out of dry dock, the ship would be in much better shape. The crew did perform a good bit of maintenance while we were on board; however the musty smell near the elevators was hard to miss. There were water stains down the walls as well as water dripping from light fixtures. The embarkation and disembarkation were a smooth process and I commend them on how well it went. The food selections were what you would expect on a cruise so no surprise there. Our cabin steward Sudi, was amazing, always greeted us by name, and took great care with our rooms. The smell of something similar to sulfer was quite overwhelming at times on the ship. Given the opportunity to book this cruise again, I certainly wouldn't select the Golden Princess. She's definitely ready to be retired.
PrincessCruises3, Social Team, Princess Cruises has responded
Hi tmt377, we apologize for your disappointment during your voyage. Golden Princess recently underwent a 14-day-long refit followed by additional pipe maintenance. We apologize for the temporary smell you experienced which was due to necessary maintenance on the sewage treatment plant and are pleased to advise that this matter has been resolved. We hope to welcome you onboard a future voyage to exceed your expectations and deliver a best-in-class cruise vacation.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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