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This was my 15th cruise on Princess, and would put me over 150 days at sea. My wife has credit for 1 additional cruise, so we did qualify for Elite benefits based on her cruise history (so free laundry on the long cruise!). There were about 450 Elites on the cruise, so that laundry did take up to 3 days to be returned. We had a wonderfully relaxing crossing. Seas were a little rough leaving San Francisco, and we did skip the port of Napier and the scenic cruising of Marlborough Sound due to weather (they did add the port of Bay of Islands, and took us back up north to head to Sydney, rather than a more southerly (and bumpy) route.....although it was still pretty bumpy. The ports were all great. Took the Hoppa On, Hoppa Off bus in Hilo, shark cage dive in Honolulu (wow, but a really small ship heading out, and they cancelled the next tour, although the weather got much better on the way back, and they could have done that tour), snorkeling (2 places, one had rays and sharks) in Bora Bora, a private tour Segway tour in Papeete, a private tour of the national park in American Samoa, 12 mile bike ride in Auckland, the river rafting over the 21 foot waterfall from Tauranga, and parasailing in Bay of Islands). While some hiccups, enjoyed the tours, and would take them all again. Enjoyed the cruise director and the entire department. The food in the buffet didn't have enough vegetable choices. The food in the main dining room was OK, but not stellar. Lobster was undercooked one of the two days. We almost exclusively had seafood dishes, which were mostly OK (always could use a little more spice or flavor). Also like the pot pie. One of the wait staff could play the guitar, and we enjoyed talking him (and he quickly remembered to always see that we got a table for 2 by ourselves in anytime dining.....and we surprised him once when we barged in on him in a somewhat private hallway while he was practicing a song. My wife took the uke and hula class (Brian and Rowena as the Hawaiian ambassadors). Loved watching them in the Piazza, as well as enjoyed their lectures. The Maori ambassador was also informative and fun to listen to. We enjoyed the art projects (both the ones led by the regular staff as well as the kids club staff.....they did a few of the projects because they really didn't have any kids attending the kids club most days. The big issue was the ship itself. As someone else mentioned, there were leaks from the ceilings Not just the public areas, but just outside our stateroom in the rear of Aloha deck. Lots of strange smells in various places (both inside and outside) Rust and paint peeling. Some wallpaper peeling off the wall. It's like they are just trying to wait until they turn the ship over to P&O next year and not spend any more money on the ship in the meantime.

Old ship, but completely enjoyed the cruise

Golden Princess Cruise Review by SanJoseCruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Porthole Oceanview
This was my 15th cruise on Princess, and would put me over 150 days at sea. My wife has credit for 1 additional cruise, so we did qualify for Elite benefits based on her cruise history (so free laundry on the long cruise!). There were about 450 Elites on the cruise, so that laundry did take up to 3 days to be returned. We had a wonderfully relaxing crossing. Seas were a little rough leaving San Francisco, and we did skip the port of Napier and the scenic cruising of Marlborough Sound due to weather (they did add the port of Bay of Islands, and took us back up north to head to Sydney, rather than a more southerly (and bumpy) route.....although it was still pretty bumpy.

The ports were all great. Took the Hoppa On, Hoppa Off bus in Hilo, shark cage dive in Honolulu (wow, but a really small ship heading out, and they cancelled the next tour, although the weather got much better on the way back, and they could have done that tour), snorkeling (2 places, one had rays and sharks) in Bora Bora, a private tour Segway tour in Papeete, a private tour of the national park in American Samoa, 12 mile bike ride in Auckland, the river rafting over the 21 foot waterfall from Tauranga, and parasailing in Bay of Islands). While some hiccups, enjoyed the tours, and would take them all again.

Enjoyed the cruise director and the entire department. The food in the buffet didn't have enough vegetable choices. The food in the main dining room was OK, but not stellar. Lobster was undercooked one of the two days. We almost exclusively had seafood dishes, which were mostly OK (always could use a little more spice or flavor). Also like the pot pie. One of the wait staff could play the guitar, and we enjoyed talking him (and he quickly remembered to always see that we got a table for 2 by ourselves in anytime dining.....and we surprised him once when we barged in on him in a somewhat private hallway while he was practicing a song.

My wife took the uke and hula class (Brian and Rowena as the Hawaiian ambassadors). Loved watching them in the Piazza, as well as enjoyed their lectures.

The Maori ambassador was also informative and fun to listen to.

We enjoyed the art projects (both the ones led by the regular staff as well as the kids club staff.....they did a few of the projects because they really didn't have any kids attending the kids club most days.

The big issue was the ship itself. As someone else mentioned, there were leaks from the ceilings Not just the public areas, but just outside our stateroom in the rear of Aloha deck. Lots of strange smells in various places (both inside and outside) Rust and paint peeling. Some wallpaper peeling off the wall. It's like they are just trying to wait until they turn the ship over to P&O next year and not spend any more money on the ship in the meantime.
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Porthole Oceanview
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Loved the location of the cabin!!!!! We felt it had plenty of room. We called the pool in the back our backyard.
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