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We took this cruise to upgrade our Captain's Circle status, having sailed Princess on Sapphire (twice) and Caribbean. Embarkation was ok with some lines. We booked an interior and got free upgrade to a balcony stateroom, so thanks Princess! We were on one night cruises before and after, so bought transfers from Seattle Pier to Vancouver Pier, and again. Unfortunately, transfers were disorganized and didn't provide great service (driver forgot his passport and we had to double back, not much help with bags at the port, little information from shore personnel). We were pleased with the ship itself, which has been upgraded with the newer Princess features and was in good shape. Food, service, shows were as per usual on Princess. They have added free lemonade, which is nice but only available on decks (not in dining room) and must be ordered; it is not set out. Overall we were satisfied with the cruise.

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Golden Princess Cruise Review by Sangamo

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2010
  • Destination: Nowhere
We took this cruise to upgrade our Captain's Circle status, having sailed Princess on Sapphire (twice) and Caribbean. Embarkation was ok with some lines. We booked an interior and got free upgrade to a balcony stateroom, so thanks Princess! We were on one night cruises before and after, so bought transfers from Seattle Pier to Vancouver Pier, and again. Unfortunately, transfers were disorganized and didn't provide great service (driver forgot his passport and we had to double back, not much help with bags at the port, little information from shore personnel). We were pleased with the ship itself, which has been upgraded with the newer Princess features and was in good shape. Food, service, shows were as per usual on Princess. They have added free lemonade, which is nice but only available on decks (not in dining room) and must be ordered; it is not set out. Overall we were satisfied with the cruise.

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Seattle
    Unfortunately the Holland America/Princess pier is not close to downtown. The exit area is poorly organized and none of the personnel seemed to have good information. Once downtown, downtown Seattle is walkable but a bit hilly, so you will not want to be dragging luggage. There is a convenient train line to the airport for just $2.50, so from downtown no transfer is needed.

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  • Vancouver
    We liked Vancouver and have been here before; little time here this time because our flight was delayed. There is now a convenient train line from the airport right downtown and you can easily walk to the Canada Place cruise terminal - no need to pay for airport transfer. Embarkation on this cruise was average, but we had a bad experience with long chaotic lines later.

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