We travelled southbound from Whittier on 9th June on the Golden, our fourth cruise and first with Princess.
Whilst I never say never, it would take a lot to get me to book on this ship again, and that possibly says a lot for Princess Cruises. I will separate this from the Princess Land Tour which preceded our cruise, which was fantastic in every way.
Simply, the Golden is an old ship. it has no WOW factor at all, and yes it has all sorts of problems with leaks, sewage and distinctly unpleasant odours in various parts of the ship. Dripping ceilings and buckets underneath were an all too frequent sight.
I wouldn't describe it as a suite. Comfortable bed yes, but two TV's are unncessary, the balcony was the same size as "balcony" cabins and perceived added benefit of a suite was hard to justify. Decent level of storage space though.