I can’t say this is the best cruise we have been on, we have done 8 cruises 4 princess cruises all from overseas ports until this one.The positive in booking this cruise was leaving and returning close to my home, embarkation at station pier Melbourne was so slow, the easiest way is to walk on., then there is a slow process of actually getting on the ship.
The weather turned cold wet windy with rough seas at night after the second day and conditions did not improve.
The Golden Princess is too old for this crossing and needs a big overhaul the ship smelt musty in the hallways carpet was always being dried and the cruise had too many days at sea consisting with of 8 out of 13.
The quality and choice of food in the horizon court was very average also there is not enough seating for a ship of this size
Due to the bad weather a lot of people were sick with cold/ flu conditions which spread through the ship.
The ship’s captain & staff kept passengers informed of changes to the itinerary and also tried to keep all passengers comfortable during with the rough conditions.
On a positive note the live shows, entertainers comedians, dancers , singers and musicians were all professional, and the shows all very good, make certain you are seated at least 1/2 hour before show starts and there is no saving of seats.Dining room staff are friendly and caring as are the cabin stewards.
This cabin is in quite a good location, it is an old ship so cabin could do with a refurbish, too many mirrors! TV should be on the wall, otherwise it was neat and lean thank you to our cabin steward.
Melbourne was our embarkation which took a long time to board the ship,other countries are better at this.
It was wet windy and rough seas, decided to stay onboard
It was wet windy with rough seas, went by tender which took over 45 mins to get to akaroa.
Another wet windy day with rough seas went ashore to access our emails
Our ship did not dock here due to very bad weather which made it another sea day
After taking a private shuttle $15 pp went for a walk around the town