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Golden Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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1,451 Reviews

Not up to Princess's usual standard

Golden Princess Cruise Review by Twedie

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse Suite with Balcony

Embarkation at Adelaide was a nightmare. No one available to help with the bags, was expected to move them myself. A bit difficult at 74 with two large suitcases. Wilson security staff kept giving contradictory instructions and seemed well out of their depth.

Club class dining not worth the extra money. Tables for two so close together might as well have been a shared table in the main dining area.

Entertainment average although too loud for my liking.

Food did not seem as fresh and the menu not up to Princess usual standard.

Enrichment activities, so called, are just a method for promoting further sales. Bingo and other activities the same as usual. The art section is hidden away on deck 5 which is a bit different to the Sun and Sea Princess

Sales people in the watches and makeup shops seemed bored and were not overly helpful.

Other crew, cabin steward and wait staff excellent as usual.

Why the ship only stayed five hours in Auckland is a puzzle as it only travelled at 10 knots for the next few hours. Could have easily stayed another three hours. Particularly annoying given how close the ship berths to the city.

Public rooms tend to be crowded and seating in the main area at a premium. If you want to go to the Princess Theatre or Vista lounge get their at least half an hour before the performance.

Could not recommend a suite or club class unless the extra space is important for you.

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Cabin Review

Penthouse Suite with Balcony

The cabin was spacious although the furniture is showing its age. The large balcony is not very private as it is overlooked by all the top decks making only half in anyway private.

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