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  1. My very first cruise was on Golden in April 2017. Also had two cancelled criuse trips on her as we can't make it for various reason. I also had a ship inspection on her in 2019 - never thought that would be my last time on Golden. Saw her at Station Pier the other day (I reckon 19/20 Mar) before she left - never thought she would be gone for good. Good thing is we'll still see the ship albert in a different livery and different name. Farewell Golden!
  2. https://www.princess.com/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/ All Remaining Alaska, Canada & New England and Europe Cruises and Cruisetours in 2020 All Remaining Australian and Caribbean Cruises through August, Japan Cruises through October 1 and Taiwan Cruises in July All Fall 2020 Tahiti & French Polynesia Cruises on Pacific Princess Summer 2020 Cruises Departing May 11 - June 30, 2020 All 2020 Alaska Cruises and Cruisetours for Star, Golden, Pacific, Coral, Royal & Grand Princess July 2020 Mediterranean Cruises for Enchanted Princess Select Australia Homeport Cruises for Sun & Sapphire Princess Departing June 23 - September 2, 2020 Select Australia Homeport Cruises for Sea, Sun & Sapphire Princess Departing May 8 – June 15, 2020 All Destinations & Ships Departing March 12 – May 10, 2020
  3. Has anyone stayed in a suite on the Golden Princess Sun deck (15)? Because this is the only grand class ship with cabins on the Sun deck, I cannot find much information about these cabins. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  4. There was a Peer Reviewed study published today that believes 10% of the world's population as already been infected, which means the mortality rate is about 1/3 of the average flu. The issue is, this disease targets a very specific clientele...those that are in their Golden Years with comorbidities and any younger folks with multiple comorbidities. If this holds true, then we need to focus on isolating those folks and the rest of the world can get back to living (with precautions not to infect the at risk). Could be good news and could help with that cruise planning in the cloming months. Personally, we have a 40th Anniversary scheduked for Walt Disney World with about 30 children, spouses of children, and grandchildren for May of 2021. We best find a fix by then. 🙂
  5. It's obviously an older ship but it seems like I've been reading more and more negative things about smells, worn look, etc. and since it is being sold off soon, I'm somewhat hesitant to book though there is a 3 Day pacific coastal over the summer that could work well with my schedule. For those of you who have been on the ship the last few months, what are your general thoughts about the conditions, cleanness of room, food, etc. I'm not as concerned about entertainment.
  6. Golden in Ketchikan, our first Alaska cruise 9/2014 - Glacier Bay Also our first Chef's Table - Executive Chef Dirk - wow wow wow This was a "free" cruise due to 100% FCC for a Coastal previous February. We did 2 more cruises on Golden, one in a Premium Suite on Sun Deck - loved the cabin and the area, and an Upsell to Owner's Suite aft both were 3 dayers to Ensenada.
  7. Does it fold out like most common ones for houses, or flip seat so the sleeper lays arm-to-arm? Degree of uncomfortable-ness? My mom had a flip-seat on the Zaandam and it was pretty comfortable...
  8. Hello, all! The previous topic for keeping up with who is serving as Cruise Director and Entertainment Director on Princess ships was 8 years old and confusing to new users. With this new year a fresh start is in order. 🙂 The purpose of this topic is to update the list of who is serving on which ship as Cruise Director and Entertainment Director. If you have comments about individual cruise line employees, good or bad, please let Princess know directly, as that is not the purpose of this topic. Posted below is the last list of Cruise Directors and Entertainment Directors from the previous topic. Instructions on how to post updates to it are included in the post: PRINCESS CRUISES CRUISE DIRECTOR & ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR LIST: as of 1/12/2020 Dates include specific sailing dates or end dates unless not specifically deduced. CHANGES SUMMARY: - Caribbean (updated CD DuVaul Gamble's contract length) - Coral (updated ED) - Crown (ED Duke Christopher left for home prior to Christmas) - Diamond (ED Michael Kujawski left for the Ruby prior to Christmas) - Emerald (CD Aaron Hawkins replaces Kaylee Lloyd; ED Callie Smit has gone home) - Golden (CD Victor Stevenson replaces Corey Moir) - Grand (updated ED) - Island (CD Matt O'Brien takes over for the 58-day South America trip) - Majestic (updated CD Andrew Kadillac's contract length and tentative successor; ED slot filled in) - Ruby (CD/ED change) - Sea (Acting CD Andi Sanders will replace Peter-John de Kock; added Gary's note) - Sky (CD Corey Moir replaces Alexander Yepremian during his vacation) - Star (CD Micca Reitano returned home in December; ED Neil Rose replaces Matt Thompson) SHIP CRUISE DIRECTOR ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTOR Caribbean Princess DuVaul Gamble (leaves 2/2/2020; returns in late-3/2020) Bernie Fuentes (as of 1/3/2020 sailing) Coral Princess Fernando Cunha (as of 1/5/2020 sailing) Mark Young (as of 1/5/2020 sailing) Crown Princess John Loney (as of 1/6/2020 sailing) Diamond Princess Natalie Costa (as of 1/6/2020 sailing) Emerald Princess Aaron Hawkins (as of 1/2/2020 sailing) Enchanted Princess Golden Princess Victor Stevenson (began 1/10/2020) Matt Barnard (as of 12/20/2019 sailing) Grand Princess Steve Campbell (until 2/2020) Kevin Tugwell (tentatively returns in 2/2020) Matt O'Brien (tentatively 4/2020-7/2020) Lee C h i l d e r s (as of 12/18/2019 sailing) Island Princess Matt O'Brien (from 1/9/2020 to 3/7/2020) Susan Hastings (as of 12/30/19 sailing) Majestic Princess Andrew Kadillac (leaves in 3/2020 before Singapore dry dock) Benny Yau (tentatively scheduled to take over for Asian summer season) Tim Donovan (as of 1/8/2020 sailing) Pacific Princess Peter Tredgett (as of 12/5/2019 sailing) Regal Princess Daniel Falconer (as of 12/1/2019 sailing) Martyn Moss (as of 12/1/2019 sailing) Royal Princess Marcus Prince Juanta (until spring 2020) Ron Goodman (as of 1/11/2020 sailing) Ruby Princess Kevin Tugwell (as of 12/30/2019 sailing) Michael Kujawski (as of 12/13/2019 sailing) Sapphire Princess Matthew Baker (as of 11/26/2019 sailing) Kelvin Joy (as of 11/26/2019 sailing) Sea Princess Peter-John de Kock (until 1/2020) Andi Sanders (begins in 1/2020) Gary Golding (will be on for the 5/8/2020 World Cruise) Sky Princess Alexander Yepremian (leaves 2/1/2020; returns in late-March/early-April [will take Sky to Copenhagen]) Corey Moir (from 2/1/2020 until late-March/early-April 2020) Adam Love (as of 12/28/2019 sailing) Star Princess Neil Rose (as of 12/19/2019 sailing) Sun Princess Jody Miles (until 1/2020) Warren Smith (as of 11/13/2019 sailing) TO UPDATE THIS LIST: DO NOT push the "Quote" button. It creates a copy that the next person cannot properly update. DO select and copy ALL of the text, including the above headings AND these instructions, from the most up-to-date list (the most recent reply with the list).  Go to the bottom of the latest post, to the "Post a Reply" box. Paste your copied text into that box. Make your modifications to the list. Click the "Submit Reply" button just below the list you are modifying. Confirm that everything is correct! You can edit for up to 20 minutes.
  9. HI All Just got off the Golden after a B2B ( 26 nights ) Had a great cruise, but one big thing was the Live Music, the Pianist and Guitarist along with the Princess Band ( the Drop ) Now are playing in 45 minutes blocks and shows are chancing every hour....... What happened to sitting down with drink and having 90 minutes of music.... ( are we going for the short attention span people ) Also loud music in the Piazza..... ( do not try to go to Guest Services while they are playing ) This was our 6th cruise on the Golden and a first with this Cruise Director ( Cory I believe ) So is the music planning a Princess thing or a Cruise Director thing or some other greater force. All one can say is that it saved us money, no after dinner drinks while watching live music Cheers Don
  10. We sailed on the Golden twice and were suppose to be on the April 8th 29 day cruise from Sydney to L.A. that was cancelled. So sad, hate to see the ship leave. One of the last remaining ships with a Vista lounge at the back instead of Club Confusion.
  11. We're currently booked on a Ruby 29-day Sydney-LA in April, but we're thinking of jumping to the Golden four days later, similar itinerary but much cheaper. Can anyone advise, Ruby or Golden? And why might the Golden be cheaper? Thanks!
  12. We LOVE the Golden! In October 2003, this was our first Princess cruise and we loved this ship. There were so many wonderful things we loved about her, and loved Skywalker's! We knew that Princess would be in our future of sailings. Our first cruise had been on an older Celebrity ship and the Golden was far superior in many ways.
  13. Princess has re-used past abbreviations. If you look on the Princess site and click on a ship you will find the proper abbreviation as part of the URL. For reference: Princess Ship Abbreviations CB - Caribbean Princess CO - Coral Princess KP - Crown Princess DP - Dawn Princess DI - Diamond Princess XP - Discovery Princess EP - Emerald Princess EX - Enchanted Princess NP - Golden Princess AP - Grand Princess IP - Island Princess GP - Regal Princess RP - Royal Princess RU - Ruby Princess SA - Sapphire Princess CP - Sea Princess TP - Star Princess SP - Sun Princess MJ – Majestic Princess YP – Sky Princess PA - Pacific Princess
  14. Thank you all for your responses! I appreciate them. Greg, thank you for the info on the Sun/Sea ships. I found some photos of the Sun, and, yes, the mini suite looks great; the balcony not so much. Polmcs, I agree with you. We had a great price/perks on the Golden. I'm not sure the Sun is going to be a comparable experience. It looks a bit dated. Adstz, thank you for the suggestion of checking the Princess site regularly. Who knows? Maybe something will pop up. Kamloops50, good points about prices going up and smaller ships having higher fares. AtlanticCruiser72, my TA sugested booking a balcony and getting on a wait list for a mini. I didn't know there was a wait list available for sold out cabins. We may try that. This cruise was going to be our 50th anniversary celebratiion. It was leaving on June 27, our anniversary, and we had cabin #627. Also, Alaska was the first cruise we ever took. We usually take cruises that are port intensive because I am a sight-seer at heart. This one had/has 6 sea days, so we thought it would be a more relaxing vacation than our norm. The extra sea days made the mini suite more desirable for us. More room, a comfy sofa, a larger bathroom (and shower especially!) and a large deck to relax on. Bit by bit, this anniversary cruise is falling apart. We'll see what happens. We're looking at other options, but so far we haven't come up with "the one." Again, thank you all for taking the time to give me information and suggestions!
  15. Our 1st Alaska cruise was on the Golden. The magic started with a free upgrade to a full suite, Had a very nice run in the casino. Including winning an Ipad and 500$ from the stupid Key Machine. We had most of the family with us and had perfect weather the whole cruise. Lots of good memories. Fair Winds and Following seas Golden. 🙂
  16. I know the medallion hardware was installed on the Golden in 2018, but it's not a Medallion class ship. Does anyone know if it has Video on Demand in the cabins? How about the medallion internet. Thanks
  17. The Grand Princess was a big story here in Northern California. I don’t remember Governor Newsom opposing the docking, The President, however, is on video opposing it. Roughly half the passengers were Californians. He seemed to be truly focused in the wellbeing of all those in the ship, as well as, local residents. I think his big concern was it would be hard to dock the Grand in a controlled situating right in the middle of San Francisco. I don’t think there was much opposition from Californians either, especially considering how many were onboard. In fact, motorists crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at the time she passed under it, got out of their cars and cheered the passengers on their balconies. It was evident that he was deeply involved in the planning along with Oakland Mayor Schaff. I listed to the Governor’s press conference held the day before the docking(while on hold with Princess to unfortunately cancel cruise). He described the process in great detail. He was very instrumental in choosing the site in Oakland, and in fact would take “any heat for that” in his words. But I don’t remember him ever saying the Grand could not dock.
  18. The Golden is a wonderful ship. Many thanks for posting ....memories. Brought a smile to my face. We cruised on the Golden last year to Alaska. A great trip.
  19. We were scheduled to take our first Princess cruise on The Golden April 8, a trans Pacific trip from Sydney to Los Angeles. We were so looking forward to this special cruise and had been planning for a year. I read lots about the Golden and although she was getting up there in age, so many people expressed their love for the ship. We are so disappointed that we won't have the opportunity to be on one of her last voyages as a Princess ship.
  20. Golden is the ship we sailed on for our 10th wedding anniversary. We had a very limited window of days to cruise, and we were on a very tight budget as I transitioned to a new career. A 4 night aboard the Golden Princess to Santa Barbara and Ensenada was the itinerary that fit the criteria. It wasn’t the anniversary cruise that I had hoped for, but it was definitely the right one. We had an absolutely wonderful cruise. I’ll definitely cherish the memories for life.
  21. Thanks for the history and the chance to revisit old memories. Our first cruise was on the Golden Princess. It was a seven day round trip out of San Juan in 2004 and 28 Princess cruises later that first cruise is still the one I remember the most. Making friends with a young couple from the UK who got married on that cruise. Snorkeling with the turtles in Barbados while Tiger Woods took over an entire hotel to get married, partying with pirates in Antigua, four wheel drive tour in st. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, and staying extra days after the cruise to explore Puerto Rico. Remember being impressed by so many people from the UK doing back to back cruises. This was also one of the few cruises that we had a minisuite. Also did an Alaskan cruise on the Golden Princess in 2007.
  22. Depending on how one read that post, it could be somewhat misleading. Long before the Covid crises Golden Princess was scheduled to be transferred from Princess' fleet to CCL's P&O line as Princess was adding more Royal Class ships to their fleet. Since Golden won't be able to make it's final itineraries as a Princess ship, the ship is going to P&O a little earlier than planned. I suspect that is what that post is referring to.
  23. My first Princess Cruise was on the Golden Princess to Alaska in June, 2012. We had a great time. Enjoyed the Golden very much.
  24. Very interesting! Thank you for posting. Our Golden Princess Alaska voyage in September 2013 marked our return to cruising after a five year hiatus and was my sister and brother-in-law's first cruise. Our favorite daytime hang-out area was Skywalkers. It was even quiet on the day we saw the glacier. We had lots of good times on this trip. I even enjoyed taking pictures to show the strange mirror reflections in our inside stateroom. I always intended to sail Golden Princess again, but we never did.
  25. I'm not sure what ship you are talking about but we peeked in on one on the Grand Princess and didn't like the layout at all. Yes, it does really sleep six ... it appeared that it was two rooms, one mini suite and one smaller room, just opened up to make one large room. Suites are definitely worth it depending on your budget. You all get full suite benefits. You usually will have to call in for the pricing on these staterooms. Here is a link to one of the family suites on the Golden Princess: https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/stateroom-details.php?ship=Golden-Princess&cabin=D105 And ... a link for a UTube video of one on the Grand Princess: https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/youtube.php?id=10569 Feel free to ask any questions about the suite benefits if you wish.
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