Golden Princess Cruise Review by Cruiserdrew
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
The mini-suite is smaller than the Junior suite on RCCL, and this being an older ship, the stateroom also showed quite a bit of wear. There were only two functional outlets in the room. With cameras and other electronics to keep charged, this was inadequate. Also, the fold-out sofa bed was unable to be folded back up into a sofa for sitting. A Pullman bed is probably a better option. They could only provide two deck chairs for our family of three. On the plus side, the closet was huge, and the King bed was very comfortable.
Food in the main dining hall and buffet was barely average, which ran counter to everything we heard prior to sailing on Princess. The real head-scratcher was the absence of hot chocolate onboard for an Alaska cruise. Dining staff were not very personable, this may be because we did anytime dining.
The itinerary was fine. Juneau and Ketchikan were fantastic places to visit and the excursions (Juneau whale watching with Princess, Ketchikan independent Float Plane operator) were excellent. The Juneau stopover could be hours longer, and the tourist trap of Skagway much shorter. Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were excellent.
All in all this was a ship at the end of its sailing life doing a trip at the end of the season.
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