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Primary complaint was the quality and menu of main course items in Horizons Buffet. Many Mexican and Indian style dishes that were not appealing to the eye or palet. Also, most hot dishes were only warm - not good enough. Only has Horizon to dine at for lunch when in port as no dining room lunches available. Dining room menus good. Only issue is the evening Princess Favourites where previously there was always a steak option - No longer available. Seems that Princess is cutting back on offerings. Crown Grill and Sabatinis very good but query if justifies all of the additional charge. Drinks are expensive compared with on shore restaurant prices for beers and wines. Spirits pricing reasonable. Tried to buy a bucket of beer but no buckets. This happened more than once and to other passengers as well. Itinerary good but not enough time in Auckland - only 0800 to 1500. Embarkation and disembarkation excellent with short delays only each time. Internet expensive given the speed as you pay for minutes used not usage. Some of the public area seating very tired as is some of the public area decoration. Overall a good cruise but the above issues did take the gloss off the trip. As this is the only Princess ship operating out of Melbourne there are no options to travel on another Princess ship.

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Golden Princess Cruise Review by John Lawrey

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Primary complaint was the quality and menu of main course items in Horizons Buffet. Many Mexican and Indian style dishes that were not appealing to the eye or palet. Also, most hot dishes were only warm - not good enough.

Only has Horizon to dine at for lunch when in port as no dining room lunches available.

Dining room menus good. Only issue is the evening Princess Favourites where previously there was always a steak option - No longer available. Seems that Princess is cutting back on offerings.

Crown Grill and Sabatinis very good but query if justifies all of the additional charge.

Drinks are expensive compared with on shore restaurant prices for beers and wines. Spirits pricing reasonable.

Tried to buy a bucket of beer but no buckets. This happened more than once and to other passengers as well.

Itinerary good but not enough time in Auckland - only 0800 to 1500.

Embarkation and disembarkation excellent with short delays only each time.

Internet expensive given the speed as you pay for minutes used not usage.

Some of the public area seating very tired as is some of the public area decoration.

Overall a good cruise but the above issues did take the gloss off the trip. As this is the only Princess ship operating out of Melbourne there are no options to travel on another Princess ship.
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Balcony
Cabin BE A723
Overall good.

New beds very comfortable but new duvets very hot.

Steward very obliging, good attention to detail

Aircon seemed to not operate during night.

TV program did not operate so unable to check in house movies. ENquired at Guest Services about this and told it had not operated for two months and no way we could get a program guide.
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