Golden Princess has an impressive number of cabins and suites with balconies: 736. The balconies are larger on the Caribe and Dolphin Decks than on the Baja and Aloha Decks. But from the Baja and Aloha Decks, you can look down and see passengers on their Caribe and Dolphin Deck balconies, and from the Caribe Deck you can see those on the Dolphin Deck. So be careful which deck you choose and what you do when you're on your balcony. (The couple cuddling in their nighttime attire two decks below us probably forgot we had a good view.) As long as we're on the subject, many of the midship and forward balconies are visible from the bridge, so remember: unlike on some other ships, you're not as alone on your balcony as you might think.
Of 1,316 cabins, 366 are standard insides (measuring 160 square feet), 214 are standard outside cabins (168 to 206 square feet), and 514 are balcony cabins (185 to 193 square feet, with balconies measuring 45 to 81 square feet). Golden Princess also has 42 suites (ranging in size from the 304-square-foot Premium Suite with 180-square-foot balcony to the 864-square-foot Grand Suite with 450-square-foot balcony) and 180 mini-suites (268 square feet with 55-square-foot balconies). Six sizes of suites are available, including two Family Suites, each of which can sleep up to 10 people. (If four are children -- otherwise, eight adults can be accommodated in the 493-square-foot cabin with 102-square-foot balcony.)
Subtly decorated in beige, cream, baby blue and other soft colors, standard cabins come with flat-screen TVs, in-room safes, mini-refrigerators, hair dryers and desks. Bathrooms feature tiny showers (with the dreaded curtains) and come with small bottles of eucalyptus-scented shampoo and conditioner and bath gel, as well as soap and lotion. Princess' unique quasi-walk-in closet arrangements situate storage space in a type of anteroom or hallway by the bathroom. The plus is that the bedroom area feels larger without closet doors getting in the way; the minus is that many of these closets lack doors, so your wardrobe is on display for everyone to see. Drawer space is limited to the desk area, but ample shelving in the closet makes up for it. Standard balconies are each furnished with two chairs and a small metal table.
Mini-suites add sitting areas with pull-out sofas, second flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with tubs. Mini-suite and suite passengers automatically receive bathrobes. (However, other passengers can ask for robes; when we asked our room steward, he brought them quickly.) Suites come with upgraded faux teak balcony furniture. The Grand Suite features an enormous whirlpool tub, sitting/dining area with wet bar and walk-in closet.
On Deck 6, you'll find seven window suites. Uniquely located on a deck otherwise devoted to public spaces, the suites are 341 square feet and feature two picture windows each. Up on Deck 15, two deluxe outside cabins and 10 balcony suites (Owner's and Penthouse Suites) replace the previous golf simulator and video arcade. Signs still point to the golf simulator, so you'll likely see confused passengers milling around. The Owner's and Penthouse Suites are the highest cabins on the ships, offering expansive ocean views. The outsides measure 212 square feet each and come with picture windows. The suites range from 374 to 411 square feet, with 162 to 180-square-foot balconies, and are decorated in neutral earth tones and light woods. They feature separate bedroom and sitting areas and marble bathrooms, each with both a shower and a tub.
Cabins have 110V sockets so Australians should pack an adapter as for the U.S. power outlets. If you forget, ask your cabin steward. A deposit of AU$20 will be applied to your account and refunded when the adapter is returned.