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We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting. As we are from Sydney, so cruising from Melbourne gave us the opportunity to travel to Melbourne a few days before and spend time sightseeing, which we haven't done for many years. The whole experience of embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. It was easy to catch a taxi from our accommodation in Melbourne CBD to Port Melbourne and the bus organised by Princess Cruises to get to the airport after disembarking was hassle free. The ship was very good, decor very nice and the fixtures well maintained. We had a mini suite, which was very clean and well maintained and we really appreciated the extra space. A key part of going on a cruise is the dining and the dining experience on the Golden Princess was excellent. We had no problem choosing something to our taste at every meal, the meals were delicious and the wine list was very good. There was a very good mix of entertainment and activities to keep us occupied. The shows we attended were excellent and we'd have happily paid to see the same standard of shows at home. There was a good mix of entertainers on board and we had no problem being entertained while enjoying a drink or two in the bars and lounges. The service provided by the crew was very good and we felt well looked after. Our cabin steward was excellent, as was the wait staff when we dined at Sabatini's, one of the speciality dining restaurants. The ports of call were interesting with a good mix of excursions to suit most people. The highlight for me was Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. However, I enjoyed our day in Adelaide, where we didn't book any excursions as we've been their a number of times before, but spent our time visiting the Art Gallery and city centre. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the Kangaroo Island stop due to strong winds and rough water preventing the ship from anchoring. Would we do the cruise again? Definitely, though we would probably prefer to do a one way cruise starting in Sydney with the same ports of call and then fly home from Adelaide.

Relaxing and great ports of call

Golden Princess Cruise Review by iam61

Trip Details
We wanted a shorter cruise that provided interesting ports of call. This cruise from Melbourne fitted the bill perfectly. All ports have their own unique reasons for being places worth visiting.

As we are from Sydney, so cruising from Melbourne gave us the opportunity to travel to Melbourne a few days before and spend time sightseeing, which we haven't done for many years.

The whole experience of embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. It was easy to catch a taxi from our accommodation in Melbourne CBD to Port Melbourne and the bus organised by Princess Cruises to get to the airport after disembarking was hassle free.

The ship was very good, decor very nice and the fixtures well maintained. We had a mini suite, which was very clean and well maintained and we really appreciated the extra space.

A key part of going on a cruise is the dining and the dining experience on the Golden Princess was excellent. We had no problem choosing something to our taste at every meal, the meals were delicious and the wine list was very good.

There was a very good mix of entertainment and activities to keep us occupied. The shows we attended were excellent and we'd have happily paid to see the same standard of shows at home. There was a good mix of entertainers on board and we had no problem being entertained while enjoying a drink or two in the bars and lounges.

The service provided by the crew was very good and we felt well looked after. Our cabin steward was excellent, as was the wait staff when we dined at Sabatini's, one of the speciality dining restaurants.

The ports of call were interesting with a good mix of excursions to suit most people. The highlight for me was Phillip Island and the Penguin Parade. However, I enjoyed our day in Adelaide, where we didn't book any excursions as we've been their a number of times before, but spent our time visiting the Art Gallery and city centre. The only disappointment was the cancellation of the Kangaroo Island stop due to strong winds and rough water preventing the ship from anchoring.

Would we do the cruise again? Definitely, though we would probably prefer to do a one way cruise starting in Sydney with the same ports of call and then fly home from Adelaide.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD
Excellent, plenty of room and very comfortable
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