We chose the Golden Princess for our Alaska Land/Cruise tour because it was small enough to traverse the glaciers yet large enough to include the Piazza for smaller events, and Skywalkers for daytime relaxation and indoor views from ship-front. The number of passengers onboard was perfect—not too many but enough to justify the better shows and venues. We will be looking for its sister ships in the future.
A note regarding its condition, since many reported it is showing its age: new carpeting has been installed in all common areas and it seemed individual cabins were also receiving new carpet—I noticed several being done on Caribe deck. In general, the ship look well-maintained and clean.
We ate at Horizons buffet and the Bernini dining room (anytime dining, though usually made a reservation at 8am for that night). Food quality was better than we’ve had on other recent Princess (and a Royal Caribbean) cruises. Baked goods and desserts were excellent, as usual, coffee was mediocre, and only one (crab leg dinner) in main dining room disappointed. Dining-room staff was attentive and quick. Horizons staff was always there to take beverage orders as soon as we arrived at table—a great improvement over the past. I do wish, though, it was not so difficult to locate an empty table during peak dining times (not a fan of cold food after walking around and around to find a table or companions who are holding a table).
Extra-depth balcony. Front port-side cabin. Front location did not seem to be affected by ship motion. Generally clean, though could use new carpet and headboard fabric. Good, comfortable bed.
Good guide, sensitive to guest physical limitations. Pretty comprehensive tour.
Guides were respectful of marine life and informative. Humpback whales and sea lions were plentiful. For the price, would have appreciated lunch included.
One of the best excursions. Excellent show, explanation of totems and culture and even great store for shopping.