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Our dream of going to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were so disappointed with the company Princess. It was our 5 th croissière and the second with Princess. To start our bed was like a plywood board! Hard and not ... Read More
Our dream of going to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary. We were so disappointed with the company Princess. It was our 5 th croissière and the second with Princess. To start our bed was like a plywood board! Hard and not comfortable. Even after notifying the customer service, the housekeeper has put extra covers ... And nothing more! Bad has my back all the holidays! (I've never had a problem before with my back and since I came back it all came back normal!) Secondly the buffet on the 14 floors, they could not find a place to sit, lots of older people with canes and walkers on our boat and they went around the two rooms without finding a place and finally margin in their room or coffee in the 5th and sometimes I found a place in the bar to eat a donut and a coffee. If I ended up finding a place I would fill so much couple as I am 42 years old and not give my place to an elderly person with difficulty in moving it. It's a lot of trouble because in town if a pregnant woman or an elderly person needs to sit it will give me pleasure to give her my place, this is part of my values. I find it awful to experience this. My trip costing me over $ 9000 can. And I think we should be forgetting to fight to find a place to eat is ridiculous! Or even lunch in his cabin! The dining rooms are open from 7 am to 9 am with services. They are ridiculous to put a alarm to be able to have a lunch on the boat. Following my complaint they did absolutely nothing! But they are not bother to take the total on our credit card. So disappointed with this trip ... thanks to Princess! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We have been traveling since 1995 by Princess cruise line only except one time in 2001 we took a celebrity cruise . We hated celebrity cruise experience that year so we only use Princess for over 16 cruises now. We chose this cruise ... Read More
We have been traveling since 1995 by Princess cruise line only except one time in 2001 we took a celebrity cruise . We hated celebrity cruise experience that year so we only use Princess for over 16 cruises now. We chose this cruise because of the ports visited . The embarkation process was the best this time . As soon as we got into our Balcony cabin on 14th floor, we wanted to get out because we noticed stains in the toilet and some leak between the tiles in the bathroom floor from the grout. We told the steward at once . Next morning we both had severe back pain-being 75 & 79 year old- because of sagging bed. We told that to our steward too. We used to get very efficient hardworking steward except in the celebrity cruise(who was not even changing sheet everyday), but this time we were not lucky in Princess in this matter too. Of course ships started getting bigger and getting more passengers -good for bottom line- but service had become less . Last two cruises in Ruby Princess and in Royal princess we were spoiled by their friendliness , and service with smile . As we expected after seeing the conditions , there was "norvo virus " infection in this cruise. First time after taking so many memorable cruises we were counting the days to get out of this ship. Usually we used to feel sad towards the end of cruise. There was not enough help in the Horizon buffet once the self service was discontinued due to Infectious diarrhea-which was a good attempt to control the spread of infection. We always love "Princess cruises" until this time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Bathroom Shower did not drain Shower leaked – had to put towels on floor daily to catch water from running on floor Only one AC wall plus marked for “shaver only” Wall plug would not accept standard American plug of my water ... Read More
Bathroom Shower did not drain Shower leaked – had to put towels on floor daily to catch water from running on floor Only one AC wall plus marked for “shaver only” Wall plug would not accept standard American plug of my water pic. We requested extension cord and were told we had to “pre-order” one. We had to brush our teeth in the wet bar sink Dead flower for four days in bathroom Balcony If this ship was refurbished in 2015 why was there: Rust and paint peeling on balcony ceiling (see picture) Sea gull deposits on furniture (see picture) Asked cabin steward to notify cabin next door balcony light had been left on for five days – no action taken. Concerts On Movies Under The Stars – False Advertising “Located on the ship's top deck, Princess makes this experience even more special with personal touches including comfortable chaise lounges, complimentary popcorn, warm cookies & milk and cozy blankets in the evening.” Sam Smith Concert I was so looking forward to this concert as I am a big fan of Sam Smith. Arrived at 5:00pm – asked for a blanket. I was told they would be passed out at 5:30pm. No blankets passed out (had to use beach towels) - no popcorn, warm cookies & milk Sound was not turned on until 15 minutes after concert started. Distractions During Concert Three staff members behind us putting away dirty beach towels talking, singing and dancing during concert Staff pushing squeaky cart around pool area during concert Staff pushing squeaky cart setting up lounge cushions during concert Kids jumping on benches and screaming Piazza Once you have sandwich, salad, etc., in hand where do you sit? Tables were taken over by passengers who were playing card games, dominos, etc. Walking around trying to find a table was ridiculous. Passengers should not be allowed to sit for hours on end when tables are scarce especially during the lunch hour. Celebrations A disappointment finding our balloons on the floor of our cabin after one day. We were told they had to be removed for safety reasons. While travelling other cruise lines our balloons were left out the duration of the trip. Anniversary poster on our cabin door was generic. My husband added our names to it for a personal touch. A letter was written to their Post Cruise Customer Relations on November 20, 2017 outlining in detail our true disappontment. I have never had the courtesy of a reply to my letter. Never will I cruise on Princess. We are not new to cruising as having cruised on Carnival, Cunard and Holland America. It is heartbreaking to have spent over $5,000 for one of the worst cruises we have ever experienced. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because we took a 5 star cruise on Princess two years ago. This cruise was especially important, because destinations Bonaire & Curacao are where we spent our honeymoon diving, 20 years ago. NEGATIVES: A ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we took a 5 star cruise on Princess two years ago. This cruise was especially important, because destinations Bonaire & Curacao are where we spent our honeymoon diving, 20 years ago. NEGATIVES: A cruise ship is a floating hotel. This review is one star, because the mattresses on this ship are SHOT. We paid $3,200 for a suite. Look at the images of our bed, and you will agree that this 'hotel' deserves this one star rating. Regardless how 4-5 star other features on the ship are, if you are sleeping in a 'boat-shaped' bed, tossing and turning all night, back aching, knees aching, it is a ONE STAR experience! The ship is to go in dry dock in March, and all mattresses are set to be changed. That just made us angry! BEWARE, if you have booked Crown Princess between now & March, you will be sleeping on shot mattresses. The ONLY thing Princess can do, to satisfy us at this point, is to give us an anniversary RE-DO, because we deserve it! AGE DISCRIMINATION: My husband & I are avid divers. We booked Princess dive shore excursions on this trip to 'recreate' our 3 week honeymoon in Bonaire & Curacao. We carried 70 pounds of dive gear on this trip, everything we needed except for weights & tanks, for four planned dives, two in Aruba, and two in Bonaire. Princess description of the Bonaire dives stated age 15-70. My husband is a very fit 64 year old Orthopedic surgeon. 36 hours prior to our planned dives in Bonaire, we found a letter on our door stating that Mike's dive had been cancelled because "as stated on our paperwork, 60 is the cutoff age." SO not only was our dive cancelled, they blamed US! Throughout the trip, I checked on Princess' description of the Bonaire Certified Dive Excursion, and it STILL read 15-70! Princess stated that the dive partner's insurance is the reason our dives cancelled. We dive all over the world. I do not believe this is true. Never have I ever seen on any dive liability form, an age limit. Divers fill out a detailed medical questionnaire. That, and fitness to handle your heavy gear are used to determine whether you are fit to dive. Princess has partnered with an excursion that practices gross age discrimination in Bonaire. SIXTY is especially crazy! Really? I would suggest that Princess find a different excursion partner in Bonaire, and I would also suggest that an additional criteria for certified divers, is that they submit proof of DAN insurance, a divers insurance that any avid diver carries. We pre-paid beverages. There is a 15 drink limit, which was not disclosed, but we never came close to that anyway!! In our case, we would have been better off just paying our bar tab. Once we figured out that we would need about 7 drinks a day to break even, we realized that in our case, this was not a good deal! SALES hits: The first two hours on the ship, I believe SEVEN Princess employees hit us up for a wine tasting. Once or twice was fine, but this was highly annoying. I was ready to put a sicker on my forehead that stated "I am not interested in your wine tasting"! Overall, we felt bombarded by staff hitting us up for sales features. INTERNET GRIND: We purchased 100 minutes (110) for $69. The band width is WAY too narrow to accommodate the number of passengers using the internet. The only reason I accessed the internet was to check on my elderly father every couple of days. I needed the entire 110 minutes to accomplish that. The minutes begin when you "connect" but you are NOT connected at that time! It grinds, and grinds, and grinds. It took me 15-20 minutes to access FB and check on my dad, and send him a little note that we were safe, each time I did so. POSITIVES: The Ship: Aside from the mattresses, we were very pleased with this ship & its amenities. I would be rating this a 4 star. 'MUTS' (Movies Under The Stars) is fantastic! One night mid-ship, they had a fabulous 70's style disco night and incorporated Love Boat theme. SUPER FUN! The bar areas are great, we especially frequented the aft bar and greatly enjoyed it! The gym is incredible, with a large selection of equipment, and all cardio-type machines are high and up front, providing majestic views of the sea. The ship has enough pool/bar areas that we never felt crowded. STAFF was just wonderful. From the front desk, to the excursion crew, to bar tenders, wait staff, our main dining staff. Just incredible. 5 Star all the way. Our cabin attendant was SUPERB. Her name is Maria, and we wanted to bring her home! She did her best to resolve the mattress issue, but the images below are AFTER her efforts! NOT Maria's fault. Aruba Certified Diving Excursion was AMAZING. We weren't taken to the beautiful, fragile reefs, and we did not expect to be. Having observed the lack of buoyancy control by many of the other ship divers, I understand fully why! BUT, they took us to two shipwrecks and both were VERY interesting and teeming with life. We actually saw THE biggest Green Moray we have ever seen on the second dive. It was at least 8' long, and just behind it's head top to bottom was two FEET thick! We also saw an octopus on that dive, a rarity in the daytime. I plan to review the operator separately from this. Big KUDO's! Once our dive trip in Bonaire was canceled, we did not book another excursion through the ship. We easily hailed a cab and took the scenic route past the salt flats & flamingos to Jibe City, a world famous windsurfing destination. We sat with our feet in the water drinking a beer, and had a fabulous time. All 3 ports were nice. Bonaire had the best shopping for gifts, really classy, not so much typical "souvenir" items. Port vendors in Aruba & Curacao will warn you that you won't find much in Bonaire. DON'T believe them! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Trip taken mainly to relax and do the canal transit. Ship came out of dry dock a day late and was not finished. There were A LOT of contractors still working on board throughout the cruise. Ship was not ready to go, staff was understaffed ... Read More
Trip taken mainly to relax and do the canal transit. Ship came out of dry dock a day late and was not finished. There were A LOT of contractors still working on board throughout the cruise. Ship was not ready to go, staff was understaffed and too many in training. Having said that, the crew did their best with what they had. Dinner staff was run off their feet and lines for anytime usually ran over an hour to seat. Once inside there were a lot of tables not in use ...probably due to the shortage of staff either on the floor or in the kitchen. Changes to the Horizon while nice to see, presented poor walking traffic for exiting and getting water. Changes have been made in the cafeteria regarding getting juice and other items relying on service staff that were mainly non existent both for breakfast and lunch. This is strike 2 for Princess and never again for the "Island". Princess should be looking to reimburse a lot more to compensate for the terrible experience .. especially for those first time cruising ! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
If you love standing in line, getting bumped into, eating terrible food, sleeping in uncomfortable quarters, being overcharged for things, receiving a hard sell on things you don't want or need, and/or receiving terrible customer ... Read More
If you love standing in line, getting bumped into, eating terrible food, sleeping in uncomfortable quarters, being overcharged for things, receiving a hard sell on things you don't want or need, and/or receiving terrible customer service, then Princess Cruises might be for you. If you don't love these things, save your money. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that we spent more of our vacation standing in line than we did having fun. Embarkation, safety training, food lines, lines for activities, lines for elevators, customs, disembarkation...so much standing and doing nothing. I had heard such good things about the food that I could not have been more disappointed. It is cheap, mass-produced and watered-down. Like the kind of food you would expect in a cafeteria or a nursing home. Nothing had flavor. Nothing seemed to have the right texture. I was also super disappointed with the spa services. I've had a $200 massage on land before. It was nice, I'd do it again if I had the money to spend. The one one the ship was nothing like what you'd get for the same price in a nice spa. No music, no aromatherapy, no pampering. You fill out a form, they take you to a cold room that reeks of diesel, coat you in oil for 75 minutes, give you the hard sell on products and then send you on your way. My husband and I waited a long time to be able to take this trip, just the two of us. We're so sorry that this is how we spent our special time together. All we wanted was a nice relaxing weekend away, but what we received was nothing like what we imagined. This will be out last cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Sea Princess New Zealand Cruise 4-18 Jan 2018 CABIN A620 Norovirus Sea Princess motto should be changed from "Come back new" to "Come back poor and barely alive". Having had twelve cruises with several cruise ... Read More
Sea Princess New Zealand Cruise 4-18 Jan 2018 CABIN A620 Norovirus Sea Princess motto should be changed from "Come back new" to "Come back poor and barely alive". Having had twelve cruises with several cruise lines we are fairly aware of what to expect when cruising. We saw news headlines stating that the Sea Princess had had approximately 200 passengers ill with the norovirus but measures were being undertaken to disinfect/sanitise the ship while returning to Brisbane and while in port prior to departure for the cruise we were booked on. Considering how infectious and dangerous this virus is my wife and I boarded the ship with some confidence that the crew had undertaken a rigorous cleaning of the ship. We also disinfected our cabin with Glenn 20 as an added precaution. All went well until late on day four when I came down with the Norvovirus. Obviously somebody had not been as rigorous as they should have been when cleaning the ship. During the next four days I was very ill, visiting ships doctor on several occasions, had two cannula's inserted for various reasons, high temperature and anti vomiting medication. All of these visits amounted to over $1000 in medical fees and included a $3.88 charge for an adult nappy when I asked for one to protect the new mattress that Princess were boasting about and had just installed as part of the recent refit the ship had undergone. Part of the treatment for norovirus is isolation of the passengers, but during the entire time I had the virus my wife still shared toiled facilities, shower and hand basin, but.. she was still allowed to roam the ship, go ashore, eat in all restaurants attend the theatre etc. This to me indicated how little the ships senior officers understood the word "isolation" and the contempt they showed to fellow passengers on the ship, some of whom were recovering from chemotherapy, aged and young children. You would think after only a week or so since the first outbreak they would have made wiser decisions. While I could go on about the lack of concern from senior staff who were quick to ignore the illness we had it on good authority that I was not the only case, but when staff were questioned their silence said it all. Once partly recovered with three ports remaining I was well enough to make the following observations on this cruise. a. If you are coming for romantic dinners in the more upper class restaurants ie. Traviata, Rigoletto forget it. Tables for two are practically non existent, and your choice is "Shared dining" or "shared dining". Initially shared dining was satisfactory but as the cruise progressed table numbers went from 6 to 12. Very hard to eat when the person next to you has their elbow in your soup. Food very average b. If you needed Senior staff (if there were any) were very scarce. I also noted while you are not spending money on excursions you receive notes asking why not but if you are on your death bed with an illness no one comes near, not even a note to ask if you are feeling better. As all novovirus have to be reported ignorance is not an excuse. c. Starboard side of ship deck 7 near where smokers hang out, be prepared for foulest sewer smell you can get. Some nights this stench actually made it up to deck 11 and we had to close our door. d. Food served at salmonella bar, oops! Horizon Court Buffet very average except for vegetable soup, which was served under several different names throughout the cruise. We also noted cold meats, cheeses and salads were placed in serving areas at least one to two hours before service began (good luck eating that). e. New mattresses, while comfortable, were hot to sleep on. Luckily we had a balcony so opening the door, when the sewer stench was blowing the other way, solved this problem. Those passengers with inside cabins that we talked to were not so lucky complaining about hot mattresses. Pillows smelt of sweat on a few occasions and on two days the sheets had some not pretty stains on them. f. Shows on the Sea Princess that I was able to watch were very disappointing except for one. I think there were no shows for the first two nights because cast were rehearsing, surely this should have been done before the cruise started. Last night no show so if my maths are right that is 22% of nights no shows. Theatre very small so unless you arrived 45 minutes before start of show no seats were available. You could go view show on a large screen but this just gave the crew more opportunity to load you up with very expensive drinks. All in all this is one cruise line that cares little for its paying passengers and is very much overpriced for what you get. The services, food, entertainment are average at best and the ship, while it looks good on the surface is showing its age, rust is not removed it is painted over unlike other cruise ships we have been on where great care to ongoing maintenance is taken. My closing comment is if you choose to cruise with Princess don't say you were not warned. This cruise nearly put us of cruising for life. We will be sailing with more reputable lines that we are familiar with in the future. Recommend this line if you need to lose weight, I lost over 3 kilos when I had the virus. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I recently booked a vacation on the Ruby Princess and used a travel agent for the booking, our travel agent assured/guaranteed Princess Cruises will do everything to accommodate special diets, this was not the case. Our Travel agent told ... Read More
I recently booked a vacation on the Ruby Princess and used a travel agent for the booking, our travel agent assured/guaranteed Princess Cruises will do everything to accommodate special diets, this was not the case. Our Travel agent told us that they sent Princess a list of our dietary requirements including the various foods items required. At our first dinner sitting there were no Vegan options on the menu and in speaking with the service staff we were informed that the only vegan protein they had available was Tofu. One of my biggest concerns in arranging the booking was that Vegan meals would be provided and there would be a variety of choice, I was extremely dismayed to find that there were no vegan options on any of the menus including the dining room. Further, the only protein source they had available on the ship was Tofu. It is my expectation that when I make a specific request for a Vegan Menu that this be provided. The Anytime Dining and the Buffet did not provide the ingredient list for their prepared items and there was no indication if the various dishes were Vegan or not. I would expect to have available meals that are prepared using organics, healthy oils, no refined sugars, etc. Vegan ingredients for the most part are easy to find and not expensive, alternative protein sources include Tofu, Beans, Lentils, Quinoa, Kale, Hemp Seed, and Chickpeas. As a result of the limited menu, I ended up with essentially the same meals each day, not what I was expecting. Why are there no Vegan dishes on the menu? Quinoa Salad, Chickpea salads, Kale Salads, Bean Salads, Lentil dishes, Chia Pudding, is often available in most restaurants as entrées, why would Princess not also have these available? Customer service by the staff on board the ship was exceptional, if Princess educated their chef and kitchen staff on how to prepare tofu entrées with flavor, quinoa salads, bean & lentil entrees they would open doors to customers that have special need diets as well as ones that choose to eat clean. Vegan entrees should be included on the menu. As well, this could enhance the wonderful vegetable & fruit salads in the buffet. I also would like to comment on the excessive number of sales pitches onboard the Princess, so many talks etc. were just there to sell a product and this was especially true of the fitness center. As an example one of the trainers presented on how to get flatter abs, with the comment that 50% is from Diet and Exercise and the other 50% from a detox product which they would be happy to have you purchase on a monthly subscription. They also stated that we all know about diet and exercise so he would not comment on this. I found this presentation particularly offensive as this information is just not true. There are absolutely no scientific studies that have shown a detox product to specifically result in a flatter abs. Flatter abs will come from diet and exercise alone and the assumption that everyone knows about diet and exercise is also wrong. I am very well educated in diet and fitness and yet know I still have much to learn and any information on this is always welcome. I also booked the Chileno Bay Sail and Snorkel in Cabo San Lucas and was under the impression that we would have 40 minutes of snorkeling time, at best only 15 minutes of snorkeling time was provided. The host were very good, but quite disappointing to have booked a snorkeling adventure and then only have such a limited time in the water. Much of the time was spent watching whales, which is fantastic, but this was a snorkeling excursion not a whale watching one. This was my first time on a cruise ship and I have to say I was quite disappointed with the level of food service provided. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We ... Read More
It was a gift. Although it was a gift, the person who paid for it realizes that he did not get good value for his $$ that he gave to us. We found the service staff to be unfriendly- Could use some training in customer service. We went on a shore excursion and when we discovered it was unsatisfactory (nothing like the published info on the Princess website); It was not worth any where near what we paid for it, When we mentioned the negative experience to the shore excursions desk on the ship, we were told in no uncertain terms that "there are no Guarantees in life and to basically tell someone who cares". So I would be very careful when reading what is published on the Princess website regarding their shore excursions. The food was barely etable. Selection and quality of the food did not have the same standard as other Cruise lines that I have been on many times. Would not recomend Princess and feel that our $$ were wasted. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Fitted our timeline. This cruise line is so tight. The food is terrible. The ship needs to be scuttled. The entertainment was extremely amateurish. The cruise director is the worst try hard we have ever encountered he should be fired. But ... Read More
Fitted our timeline. This cruise line is so tight. The food is terrible. The ship needs to be scuttled. The entertainment was extremely amateurish. The cruise director is the worst try hard we have ever encountered he should be fired. But the worst thing about this cruise is the food, it is disgusting. The tequila hacienda, tiles shopping tour is a con, you are taken to 3 stores so the tour people can earn some extra funds,joyously waste 1.5 hours and then are rushed at the tequila tour. The tour group appear to own the tequila place as well. This whole tour is a waist of money, do something else. The wind up at the end was all angled for a big tip as they are so poor. DO NOT DO THIS TOUR. Overall this cruise is the worst we have done, poor timing for ports, Cabo should be the longest but it was the shortest. I read lots of reviews and no feel some people who write great reviews must have been on a different ship.Never choose princess they are the worst and tightest cruise line ever. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our cruise was February 18 to 25th 2018. Route was the Eastern Caribbean (Princess Cay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten) Our first impression was that the crew and customer service people were not very helpful. I feel that the tip system is ... Read More
Our cruise was February 18 to 25th 2018. Route was the Eastern Caribbean (Princess Cay, St. Thomas, St. Maarten) Our first impression was that the crew and customer service people were not very helpful. I feel that the tip system is unfair to the passengers and the attendants. Tips are automatically charged to the passenger’s credit card at the end of the cruise. This tells me everyone in a certain work group is given the same tip regardless of the level of service provided. We went to the Customer Service desk and removed the automatic tips so we could tip individually. We generally encountered too many people competing for too few resources; No chance of getting a deck chair unless you are willing to get out there at 6 am. Can’t believe that there’s not more “incidents” over this. Can’t anyone come up with a system that boosts customer satisfaction? Evening entertainment was way too short (30 – 45 minutes). Show quality was pretty sub-par. Too few seats in the theater. Better get there 40 minutes before the show if you want to get a seat. Anytime Dining option is a real joke. You don’t get anytime, you get a choice of the few limited times that they have in the dining rooms. Folks with dietary restrictions are out of luck. When you enter your restrictions in the “Cruise Personalizer” they don’t get communicated to the waiter. We even spent time with the maître d explaining the situation and he assured us they will get it right. Never happened. In general, the food was nothing to write home about. We had a balcony cabin on the Baja deck. The sea conditions for the first few nights were rough and windy but no hurricane. We had a lot of on and off banging of pipes or ductwork in the ceiling of our room and hallway. Neighboring cabins also complained of this. Bottom line, we didn’t get much sleep the first three nights. Doesn’t do much for my attitude on vacation. When we complained to the customer service desk we got a snotty answer that all ships make noise in rough weather. When I told this person I was going to put this in my review, she all of a sudden tried to be more attentive and that’s when I told her to see my review! The drain stopper in our sink was stuck shut. Had to wedge something in there to hold it up. Finally fixed after three days. If you are an exceptional dancer and like Latin and Ballroom, this is the cruise for you. The main gathering every night was in the Piazza area where couples danced to a very good band. Veterans, don’t forget to apply for the veteran’s credit when booking the cruise. Nobody tells you about this. Enjoy your cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
From embarcation in Shanghai, where no one from princess could be found. You had to shove and push your way for over 500 metres inside terminal. People in wheelchairs pushing there luggage through the terminal with not even 1 staff member ... Read More
From embarcation in Shanghai, where no one from princess could be found. You had to shove and push your way for over 500 metres inside terminal. People in wheelchairs pushing there luggage through the terminal with not even 1 staff member from princess to even tell you you where in the right terminal! No queues, just passengers pushing and shoving. The captain blamed the late arrival of the ship. The real reason, princess crew to lazy to help, and couldn’t be bothered to send anybody to take luggage on outside of terminal , staff to help people to properly que up, or just to direct people to right terminal! Most passengers only found the right terminal because they went to terminal 1 where another ship was embracing passengers. I have to tell you that the 3 terminals are probably 1 kilometre apart!. We took 3 1/2 hours to board, others took up to 5 hours to board. This ship was a nightmare. Don’t be fooled. This ship has no public space to the amount of people she carries. Everywhere you go there are no seats to sit. On sea days you que for everything, from a cup of coffee, which takes more than 1/2 an hour, then you can’t find a seat to sit down..The grand class ship has double the public space than this ship. The food suffers the same problem, they can’t handle cooking for over 5000 thousand every meal. The food in the main dinning rooms and the buffet is very poor quality. Ships have gotten bigger, prices have come down, something has to give? If you cruised 15 years ago, and compare with what you get now. It’s like night to day! The service is exactly the same. How do they find staff for all these ships there building each year. Most of the staff don’t speak English which is a bit of a problem when most of your customers only speak English. The ques at the customers service desk for the first 5 days had to be seen to be believed. They weren’t there to say how good a job they were doing! My balcony door was broken and couldn’t get it to open. It took 3days and several phone calls to staff who barely spoke English, for them to come to fix the door. After reading the reviews on cruise critic about this ship, princess should be ashamed to have this ship in there fleet. To anyone who think this was a good ship,you need to wake up, don’t listen to there crap about how good they are, which they drum into you from the moment you walk on. This cruise is a nightmare! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
To see if Princess could make amends for problem laden Hawaiian cruise and restore faith in Princess. This was their chance, did they succeed, not only did they fail to resurrect their product in our eyes they reinforced our decision never ... Read More
To see if Princess could make amends for problem laden Hawaiian cruise and restore faith in Princess. This was their chance, did they succeed, not only did they fail to resurrect their product in our eyes they reinforced our decision never ever again. 1) Get on board just before 5.00 pm and hear announcement “Muster drill will commence at 5.30 pm” we immediately go to a bar and ask for two drinks, waiter says “Yes Sir”. Waiter go to sort out drinks his Manager says No. Waiter informs us, we ask to speak to manager, manager reluctantly appears and we question his decision, he says can’t serve whilst Muster drill has commenced. Announcement says “ Muster drill will commence in ten minutes “ We ask manager to reconsider, No. Not a good start to the Cruise. Picking up sunbed towels from the clean/new towel bin found several with large brown stains on them so threw them into the used bin, staff came to watch and as I found more stained towels and showed them one of them gave a classic Gallic shrug. Towels went in the bin. Sadly we found cabin towels also stained prior to our using them. In the cafe clients were filling their personal water bottles from the water machines and they were coming into contact with the taps, staff nearby said nothing and did nothing to stop it. I surely do not need to point out the ramifications of this to cruisers. Anytime Dining. Now I understand the word anytime to be just that, NOT princess, apparently anytime means anytime after 7.30 pm or if the maitre’d likes you. If you challenge the maitre’d he is quite happy to have a very public disagreement with you. Disembarking. Now does this have to be a problem? The ship docks early in the morning, your flight arranged by Princess is at 7.00 pm. You are requested to be at your disembarkation point for 10.0 am . At 10.15 am you are placed on coaches for a 75 minute ride to Rome airport and dumped to fend for yourself until your flight at 7.00 pm. All the better cruise lines leave you on board and allow you to use cafes/ sun beds etc until nearer your flight time. Princess comments are “you could have gone on an excursion or you could pay a fee and stroll around Rome for the day” . Anything but stay on board, we feel Princess attitude is we have had your money, either spend more or get lost. Their final comment is we do take great note of customer feedback, well take note never again. I have not listed all complaints. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my first cruise with Princess and as a result of my experience, it will definitely be my last. Prior to booking, I had this impression that Princess was an elite cruising brand. I expected more of them than I would a Carnival, ... Read More
This was my first cruise with Princess and as a result of my experience, it will definitely be my last. Prior to booking, I had this impression that Princess was an elite cruising brand. I expected more of them than I would a Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean cruise line. I could not have been more wrong. Let's start with the PROS since its a short list. PROS: Embarkation - Princess is very organized. I was on the ship in less than 20 minutes from my arrival to the pier. I have NEVER gotten on a ship that fast before. There was no haggling to buy onboard packages and no pressure to take pictures. It was the most quickest, easiest embarkation I have ever experienced. Shore Excursions - I really liked that while the Excursions desk was not always manned that they had iPads at the desk so I could book excursions during their non-operating hours. I struggled whether to add this to the CONS list really, because the Excursions desk was closed before and during our sail away period, but I do like that I had this as an option. I like to book my excursions as soon as I get on the ship. I later learned I could have booked them in my room via the TV. Entertainment - I really enjoyed some of the musical talent on this ship. I learned of some new artistic gems like George Thursting that I now follow through social media. Love them. Folks, that's where my PROS list ends. Let's dive into everything that made this cruise horrible and left me vowing to NEVER cruise with Princess again. CONS: Bed Bug (in Room B249) - I usually don't sleep much, if at all, the night before a cruise, because I am busy packing and getting my house (and life) prepared for my extensive departure, so I usually make up for that sleep the first night on the ship. This cruise was no exception. I grabbed a bite to eat and booked my excursions once I got on board and I headed straight to my room to snooze. After we set sailed, I got up to grab something out of my bag and when I returned to the bed I noticed what looked like a bed bug crawling over the duvet cover. I screamed! I ran outside where the cabin steward was. He came in looking embarrassed, but not surprised, and scooped the bug into a glass jar. I was mortified. All I could think was how grateful I was that I had not unpacked yet. I did NOT want to take any of these critters home with me. I hear bed bugs are horrible to get rid of. I went straight to the reception desk to report it. Its the first night, so there's a long line. I patiently wait. When I get to the line, the service desk rep (Ignacio and Aracelli) said there was not much they could do besides send someone to investigate and clean the room since the ship was sold out. They did not offer me some place to sit or rest at during this 2-hour investigation. They did not offer me a complimentary beverage or meal. They did not apologize for the inconvenience. They did nothing, but "investigate." I stood on the side of the reception desk for 2 hours exhausted. I finally got back in line to see if there was an update, since NO ONE spoke to me during those 2 hours and only after I got back in line did someone call to check on the "investigation" and that's when I was told they were done and they did not find anything else (meaning another bug). For all I know, the investigation could have been completed an hour earlier. I return to my room alone. Visibly shaken, they did not offer to escort me to my room to reassure me and show me their findings. No one was there when I arrived. It was hours later when the cabin steward supervisor and my cabin steward returned to tell me the supervisor found nothing. I asked if I would be able to get checked by medical - something the front desk rep said I would be able to get as a courtesy to check for bed bug bites - and the supervisor told me NO. He said the ship doctor is not like a doctor on land, they're expensive, so I would have to pay for this myself. Um... OK! I was done after this. Done. He treated me like I was an inconvenience. Very hostile. I never unpacked my bag. I kept it closed the entire cruise and I checked my room for bed bugs each and every day. I tried not to let this ruin my trip cuz then I would definitely be on the losing end. I tried to make the best of it. Ship - Its old. Real old. Very dated. There's rust, mildew and mold everywhere. While I stood in line at the guest desk, I noticed there were multiple leaks from the ceiling. Also, the layout makes no sense. They give each deck a name. For example: Deck # 11 is named Baja and Deck # 15 is named Lido. Instead of referring to the deck number, you had to learn the deck names, because that is how they were referenced. It was so cooky. Then there were only so many elevator banks. I believe there were three or four for the entire ship and one or two of those only went to a few floors. There were no machines for people to add money to their room card/key. Everything went through the very incompetent guest desk. And they had to escalate everything. No one at the desk could make a decision at their level. No one was empowered to just do common sense things for guests. While I waited for my bed bug investigation, I heard a man with Platinum Level Status get upset over his beverage package and how someone screwed it up. I stood there thinking: If this guy is a loyal Princess cruiser and they treat him like that, how should I expect them to treat me? Not good, folks. Not good. Dining - I actually like the seating in the buffet dining areas. I liked that there were pub seating that looked directly out the window, so if you're a party of one you're only taking one seat and not an entire table. That's where my likes end. The food options were very limited and buffet small. It was about one-third of the size of the buffet area on the average Norwegian ship. Horrible! I made due, but I was just shocked. In Conclusion: The pros definitely did not outweigh the cons. I cannot justify the cost of the average Princess cruise for me to try the brand again. Outside of wanting to experience the Princess brand, I really chose this sailing because it was going to the ABC islands and it was full of smart at sea days. Heed my warnings. If nothing else, stay away from this ship unless you've cruised it before and know what to expect. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Food was horrible! Staff was not happy or friendly. Atmosphere was very ugly. No one I spoke to on the cruise was having a good time. Daily entertainment was very limited! Kids program was not fun for my 12 year old who is almost 13. ... Read More
Food was horrible! Staff was not happy or friendly. Atmosphere was very ugly. No one I spoke to on the cruise was having a good time. Daily entertainment was very limited! Kids program was not fun for my 12 year old who is almost 13. Everything was geared toward little kids in his group so he never went to class because they didn’t make it fun and made my preteen feel like a little kid. He wanted to hang out in the 13+ but they would not let him even though he is 13 next month. It was at least 30 min to get seated for dinner and food took forever. When the food came it was old and gross. Selection was not great either. The buffet had old food And again not a big selection. Overall this is the worst cruise I have ever been on and will not be back in Princess! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We choice this cruise because we want to see the glacier in Tracy bay, we didn't get into see the glaciers due to flowing ice in the arm area. Do NOT book spa services ahead of cruise you can get better deals on the ship (they provide ... Read More
We choice this cruise because we want to see the glacier in Tracy bay, we didn't get into see the glaciers due to flowing ice in the arm area. Do NOT book spa services ahead of cruise you can get better deals on the ship (they provide discounts) that they don't provide on the internet. SAD. Do NOT book a meal at the Crown Grill the food was disappointing and you can't send it back without them charging you an additional $29 for each meal. Our river rafting was a JOKE we got stuck on several rocks due to very little water in the river they should have cancelled the excursion and gave us a refund but no. They also cancelled the White Train excursion but it was cancelled too, due to a rockslide that damaged part of the train track which we understand, but we had to scramble to find another excursion the night before. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Worst cruise my husband and I ever took. FACT: 1) Spent more time at sea than the itinerary stated. 2) Took over 3 hours to get into our room due to the key card and room door being inoperable. 3) The room was really small, ... Read More
Worst cruise my husband and I ever took. FACT: 1) Spent more time at sea than the itinerary stated. 2) Took over 3 hours to get into our room due to the key card and room door being inoperable. 3) The room was really small, not what was shown in the picture on the website and set up with two twin beds instead of a queen. 3a) The bathroom was small. I’m 5’7 and 185. As I stood in the shower, one arm touched a wall and the other arm touched the shower curtain. 4) The food was horrible. Some items were under cooked, while others were over cooked, very little options on a day to day basis and not pleasing to taste. 5) Trouble with the cruise ship. We happened to be on the side where the repairs were done. 6) Closed laundromat. 7) The majority of the staff was rude and unpleasant. 8) The boat had a urine smell in the pipes that wafted into the air. 9) No diverse onboard activities. 10) Rude to handicapped cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Where do I begin, off the ship was awesome, but coming back on was a huge let down. Bars were way understaffed and I fell bad for those who paid for drink packages. I would have to wait about 20 mins just to get a coke. When you would sit ... Read More
Where do I begin, off the ship was awesome, but coming back on was a huge let down. Bars were way understaffed and I fell bad for those who paid for drink packages. I would have to wait about 20 mins just to get a coke. When you would sit down to dine the wait for a drink would be worse, almost finished when the drink would arrive. Cabin looked old and outdated. The view was great though. Dining- Be prepared to pay extra for dining if you want a good meal. The specialty restaurants were great. Regular dining had no flavor but service was good. Buffets were the same all the time, they just changed the sauce that it was prepared with (LOL0 Hope you like pork! Entertainment- Shows were ok, have seen better on other cruise lines. Magician was horrible my son could do better than him. Comedy was great first nite, his second was basically a repeat of his first (Which was made to sound like it was going to be a special treat). Trying to get a drink was a joke because not enough staff. Crew shows were ok, they did their best. It might sound like all I can do is complain but this cruise ship was such a let down, every-time you got around the other guest after 2 days all you would hear is complaining of how horrible the service was, I am sure I am not the only one giving this cruise a bad review. I work hard for my money and expect great service when we go on vacation. Chose another cruise line and have a great time. If you do chose this line be prepared to spend extra for great food and bring your own alcohol !!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We love the Golden Princess and have sailed on her five times but sadly on our lastest cruise we were a little disappointed. We had nine days without TV, internet and communication due to a fire. We were left frightened and staff panicked ... Read More
We love the Golden Princess and have sailed on her five times but sadly on our lastest cruise we were a little disappointed. We had nine days without TV, internet and communication due to a fire. We were left frightened and staff panicked and several did not go to their designated muster station even after several calls to do so from the Captain. We were in a balcony cabin and the smell was coming into the cabin so we opened the balcony door for air, but the smell was coming into our cabin. We were told to stay in our cabin, but some people were told to wear something warm, take your medication with you and prepare to evacuate, so we were told different things. Our wonderful cabin steward Kurt told us to stay calm and he would keep us informed. After what seemed like several hours the Captain informed us the heavy thick black smoke was under control (fire was not mentioned, but we know there was fire). We were all offered a complementary glass of wine with dinner the next night (we dont drink) and later offered $150 on board credit for no tv and internet for nearly the whole cruise. There were many leakes around the ship. There was a toilet flooding on Horizon level. The ship needs a good spruse up and the cabins are in need of some spring cleaning as they are not cleaned properly for new arrivals. We found a used toothbrush in a draw from previous occuapants and blood on a bed cushion. We went Club Class as this was the only available at time of booking and found the staff we absolutely fantastic and they made our vacation bearable. We were so looking forward to this cruise but were sadly let down. We hope they can repair the ship and fix all the problems as we would still love to sail on her in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This ship is a disappointment start to finish. People have been rating the ship high because they like the ports. However, this is a site about rating the ship, not the ports. While Alaska is wonderful, the ship, not so much…. Of ... Read More
This ship is a disappointment start to finish. People have been rating the ship high because they like the ports. However, this is a site about rating the ship, not the ports. While Alaska is wonderful, the ship, not so much…. Of course, I had read the reviews of the absolutely deplorable conditions of the ship, yet our Alaskan cruise was paid for and we had no choice but to hope the countless maintenance issues I had read about were addressed by the time of our voyage. Take it from someone who just sailed, the issues have not been addressed and this ship is in dire need of retirement. First the accommodations (balcony room, 214, Lido Deck) – the good – the bed was comfortable, and linens were clean. The bad – the carpets were old, tattered and stained, the bathroom is dated and grimey, rust on the outdoor railing on balcony, water issues, toilet issues, and worst of all – the terrible, thick smell of must and mold permeating the entire room and hallway. First the water issues. In attempts to further repair the ship, maintenance would shut off the cold water during the day and try and get it back on for the evening shower routine. This meant that we had cold water on average 1-2 hours a day, at all other times the water was scolding hot. There were also buckets here and there in the hall during the day set out to catch drips. Additionally, the toilets would have periods of time during the day in which they were out of service, hopefully the cabin steward notifies you or you will be in for a surprise – unfortunately this happened to 2 other rooms I was traveling with and they were not able to flush. I cannot emphasize enough the mold issue. I know not every hall was plagued with this issue, but beware, some are, certainly Lido Deck, and it is deplorable. My wife and I are still fighting the respiratory issues from living in these conditions for a week. The conditions on the Lido deck are best described as a health hazard. Public areas – I will start my description of the public area with a quote from bar tender working the pool bar. When I asked him if this ship had the gastropub style restaurant I saw advertised on the treadmill TV he responded “heh, this ship about to be retired next year, that’s for new ships only” – this pretty much explains it all. This ship is on its way out and is treated as such. There are maintenance personnel constantly in view trying to do what they can to band-aid various wear and tear issues around the ship. Picture stepping around guys in jumpsuits and ladders on formal night as you are walking to the dining room. The windows in the pool area are so dirty that it was difficult to see out to the Alaskan scenery. The bathrooms on the pool deck were flooded and backed up as were many others on the ship. The astro-turf top decks need to be replaced as they are grimey and filthy – here’s a tip, bring flip-flops. The deck furniture is rusty and missing straps in some cases. Many of the elevators are down which can make it difficult or impossible to navigate the ship quickly. To put it nicely, the ship is tired. We spent most afternoons when on the ship in “The Sanctuary” for an additional daily fee - $40 per person per day if I recall correctly. This is the only place on the ship I was able to receive service and the chez lounges were comfortable and in good condition. Though the ship nickel and dimes you for everything, everywhere, “The Sanctuary” is well worth the fee. Food – shockingly, the food may be worse than the condition of the ship. We ate in the main dining room one night and the food was unacceptable. The pasta was bland, zero flavor and overcooked. Seafood soup was fishy and unappetizing. The diver scallop entrée featured a few scallops the diameter of a quarter, overcooked, with a side of microwaved broccoli – it all tasted the same. I could go on and on but I will be brief. The specialty restaurants are just as bad. The sea bass the first night at the steak house kept me up all night with the worst stomach cramps and food poisoning I have had in many years, maybe my life – and I thought it was just dry and flavorless, that was the tip of the iceberg. Steak was grizly and overcooked. The worst dish on the ship is the chicken dish at the Italian restaurant “Sabatini”, very clearly microwaved, processed chicken, hate to sound like a broken record here – zero flavor. Ate here again the second night and the pork dish was just as bad. To think, I spent 35 minutes on hold on the day of embarkation to try and make specialty dining restaurants, and the cost on top, what a waste. The only redeeming quality is that good wines are well priced. We had 2015 Caymus regularly and it is the same price or cheaper than my local liquor store – bravo Princess. Cheaper wines are in place on the menu to gouge unsuspecting cruise goers. Another note on drinks, if you want a cocktail anywhere on the ship that requires two different types of alcohol you will be charged twice, or in my case they will swipe your card twice for the “unlimited drink package” which is in fact “limited” to 15 drinks per day. One shot of whiskey with an ounce of Campari counts for 2 drinks – for example. In summation I would strongly recommend, in fact insist, that you avoid this cruise ship. The fact that Princess conducts business in this fashion is concerning and as such, this is my first and last certainly last cruise with Princess. I have done this Alaskan cruise route several years ago with Celebrity and would highly recommend it as an alternative. I believe Cunard is picking up the itinerary as well which I can speak highly of from experience. This cruise was booked by an elderly family member as a gift this year, she says it was the top recommendation from her travel agent. All in all it’s a scam, all about kickbacks to corrupt travel agents taking advantage of senior citizens – avoid at all costs. If you haven’t booked, don’t. I am writing this review after taking a batch of clothes from the trip to the drycleaner and smelling the must on these garments several weeks later, still sticking to the clothes like it is sticking to my lungs. If only I could send Princess my dry-cleaning bill. In the words of one of the members of my party – this ship needs to be taken out to sea and ceremoniously sunk, and this time, the chef will go down with the ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise for the itinerary but once onboard, completely disappointed with food and the state of the ship. I've been on many cruises prior to this but this was the worst by far. My expectations on the food were gravely ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary but once onboard, completely disappointed with food and the state of the ship. I've been on many cruises prior to this but this was the worst by far. My expectations on the food were gravely disappointing. The quality has certainly gone down the tubes and temperature of the food was also just slightly warm. The long lines were horrific around the restaurants and trying to find a table in the buffet zones was impossible. The state of the room was also disappointing....tired old furniture, uncomfortable mattresses. Unhygienic bedding, pillows and duvets are not cleaned also very used and pilled On a 10 day cruise I would have expected my sheets to be changed once, not until I asked. Gross! The sofa in the stateroom was something you might find curb side. Very soiled and cushions were sagging. The ventilation in certain parts were emitting stench from,the sewage on board. Walk down certain corridors and it's overwhelming. I couldn't sit long outside on the Sanctuary side for the wafting of sewage coming from the exhaust of ship. Yikes! Is at with a towel over. Y nostrils not to inhale the fumes. Gross! Will not be returning to Princess! Non voyage! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Old, dated, stained. Felt like an old Travelodge hotel.Low value. cannot compare to our other 3 cruises with Holland America. We repent Holland America, never again will we sale with the Dirty Princess. Our stareroom steward was great. The ... Read More
Old, dated, stained. Felt like an old Travelodge hotel.Low value. cannot compare to our other 3 cruises with Holland America. We repent Holland America, never again will we sale with the Dirty Princess. Our stareroom steward was great. The stateroom was worn out, the window curtans didnt fit properly. THe food in the Horizon buffet was almost un eatable. THe other resteraunts on board were better but disappointing in many ways. Check your room key card when you use it. Staff gave the wrong key card back to customers and cause lots of problems. Entertainment leader Jen was awesome but most of the entertainment was just so so. When we dis embarked the ship in Vancouver we had to Walk off because our connection was at 11am and we had no help from staff at ALL. My wife and I are in our 70s and I am disabled and we pleaded for help getting off boat but we were ignored by the staff. My wife and I had to drag and push our 5 bags down 4 decks and gang planks to a taxi. Worst expierence we have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We expected way better than this, having previously sailed on Voyager of the seas. Good staff and good food but the accolades stop here. Balcony stateroom was old and tired. Cupboard hinges broken. Balcony floor was so bad and uneven ... Read More
We expected way better than this, having previously sailed on Voyager of the seas. Good staff and good food but the accolades stop here. Balcony stateroom was old and tired. Cupboard hinges broken. Balcony floor was so bad and uneven you couldn't walk on it without cutting your feet. Air conditioner was so noisy it made sleeping difficult. Could not be turned off and controller was hanging off the wall held only by a couple of wires. Toilet kept blocking up. It overflowed all over the bathroom twice. Plumber was called 6 times in 13 days and we were not the only cabin on this cruise with this issue. This made for a very uncomfortable cruise having to worry about when it would overflow next. Ship smelled of sewerage in certain areas. Ship painting was being carried out during the cruise meaning the stink of paint permeated the ship. The main cafe on deck 14 where almost everyone goes for breakfast and lunch smelled of mould. This is a health issue as is overflowing toilets. We will not sail on Princess cruise lines again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Onboard Electrical Fire took out all Inrernet (WiFi) and all Onboard Cabins/Stateroom and Deluxe Suites for some 9-10 Day Upon Returning to Melbourne on the 21st November this was only some 15% Fixed if that, and paying Some $11,201.00 for ... Read More
Onboard Electrical Fire took out all Inrernet (WiFi) and all Onboard Cabins/Stateroom and Deluxe Suites for some 9-10 Day Upon Returning to Melbourne on the 21st November this was only some 15% Fixed if that, and paying Some $11,201.00 for this Cruise, and only getting a Disgraceful $150 Goodwill Credit is again a total Disgrace from Princess Cruises Headoffice in Sydney, NSW and California, USA - Should of been given back at least a Minimum of 30% of the Total Amount of Full Fair Paid, and getting told that it was only just a Minor Electrical Fire Fault, to Finding Out in Auckland, New Zealand that it had Destroyed some 6+ Major Hardware Devices that needed to be Fully Replaced and Upon leaving Auckland, New Zealand we was told things should be back up and working within a say or so (This Never Happened at all, Upon Arriving Back into Melbourne) this was still Not Fixed, so again Imagine leaving Auckland, New Zealand late Saturday Afternoon 17th November 2018 and being at Sea till Wednesday Morning 21st November with No TV's (A Total Disgrace, given that The Golden Princess Cruise Ship) went into Dry Dock in Singapore in March/April 2018 for Refurbishing and this Occurring.. Buffet Dining Onboard, was the Same as all Previous other Cruises Onboard the 'Golden Princess', the Smell on Deck 7 Mid-Ship as others have said and even on last cruise in Dec 2017' it still has the same Sewage Smell there and it's not from the Smoking, it is a Sewage Odor/Smell. The Live Entertainment Onboard needs to Cater for all Age Groups, and Not just Retirees. Did goto most of the Specialty Dining, and Food there was okay, but Menu's still need Improved, Lacks Variety. Swimming Pools, were always Clean and Tidy, when they were Opened without the Netting Covering them. Bar Staff (I am Not a Alcohol drinker at all) - but Bar Staff, were Friendly although at times there was up to a 10min wait to be Served just to get a Can of Coke' as there Soda Drinks Package is that Watered Down that it's Worse than Mc Donald's or Hungry Jack's Coke, so Real Soft Drink being Coke, or Sprite from a Can is what you can call real Soda' but Prices have gone up as last Year in December 2017' a Can of Coke was only $2.55' and now there $3.75 a Can. Ports, and Shore Excursions where Okay, Train Excursions are Great 'Arthur's Pass' was Fantastic to See, Coach tours are also great too. The Only Port of Call, that I thought was a Disgrace, would have to Be 'Auckland' NZ. Did not Travel with Children on this Cruise Holiday to New Zealand' in November 2018. Would Not Recommend this Cruise Ship 'Golden Princess' and Would Not go back to New Zealand again, But that being said "Milford Sound" at 6:30AM in the Morning is a Fantastic Once in a Lietime Viewing Experience going up the Passage'. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The Bad : Ship shakes under sail and unbelievably worse in port, especially annoying when you are dining. Common areas good condition but we had hit and miss cabins this fall and winter, some ok and some awful condition. Ship staff said ... Read More
The Bad : Ship shakes under sail and unbelievably worse in port, especially annoying when you are dining. Common areas good condition but we had hit and miss cabins this fall and winter, some ok and some awful condition. Ship staff said they can’t update the rooms without a dry dock and the company keeps putting that off. Personally had and witnessed some negative interactions with the Guest Services Staff. As typical of the brand no built in activies for active adults and children. Just off a Christmas cruise on another ship of the brand, many families cruising and the young people were bored out of their minds. Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian would have been a better choice for a family vacation. The Good: The company has invested in Internet upgrades for this ship. Room and Dining staff generally excellent as is usual throughout the brand. Food quality and selection was on par with the brand and far superior to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
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