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  1. My first Princess cruise was on The Golden Princess. I was upgraded to an aft suite. A great first experience. I really liked the layout of the ship. I found it easy to navigate and a perfect size.
  2. What a great lot of Photo all with great memories.... We had lots of thing happen on the Golden Rough Seas, missed ports, a small fire... even a man overboard ( luckily a false alarm ).... but have always enjoyed our cruises Now for more pictures taken early in the morning on a sea day. Cheers Don
  3. We will be on the Golden sailing from Sydney to Los Angeles in April 2020. Previously I read that the Golden would be getting MedallionNet by December 2019, but that is no longer indicated on the latest announcement from Princess. I'm thinking they may have decided not to do it since the ship is being sold. That would really be disappointing since I was looking forward to a good internet connection. Does anyone know the latest scoop?
  4. Can anyone inform me whether the Golden Princess still has Mini Golf available?, as both my partner and I enjoy playing this, and hope this activity will be available during the Southern Australia cruise from Melbourne to Adelaide in October this year.
  5. Here is the Golden in March 2003. I remember this cruise well in that was the first time that instead of using film I used a digital camera to take our trip photos.
  6. Hi all! This weekend I am heading out with my family on our very first Alaskan cruise! We will be sailing on the Golden Princess from Vancouver --> Anchorage from June 29 – July 6 on the Golden Princess. Our itinerary is: Vancouver --> Day at Sea --> Ketchikan --> Juneau --> Skagway --> Glacier Bay --> College Fjord --> Whittier. During the trip, we will be doing the following excursions: Snorkeling in Ketchikan (my brother and Dad will be hiking there), Whale Watching and the Yukon train. My husband and I are traveling with my family and the group consists of my mom and dad, my sister and one of my brothers. My grandparents and aunt are joining us as well but have a different set of excursions, so may not be joining us for anything except for dinner. My husband and I are avid cruisers – we go on at least one cruise a year, which includes getting married on Norwegian Breakaway last year. We are generally Royal Caribbean fans, but have spent the last few years trying out a few different lines (including RC, Carnival and Norwegian). This will be everyone's first time trying Princess. Most of my group has also only ever done a Caribbean cruise (with the exception of my husband and I, who did a Mediterranean cruise three years ago), so it’ll be interesting to see what the difference is (such as the nature guides on the ship, how slow the ship goes through the glaciers, etc.) My husband and I just switched to Google Fi, so I’m hoping that I get good international service on the water (we cruised with a friend a few years ago who also had Google Fi and she was getting service in the middle of the Atlantic!) The reason I called this thread semi-live is that I plan on live-blogging what I can on my Instagram stories. However, I will pop on here as I can to share what we did each day, and share cruise-specific discussions such as food, shows, etc. that my may not be interesting on Instagram (But if you want the visual side of things, then checking out my Instagram stories is best!) You can follow along on Instagram here. I will also be covering this in my blog in the weeks afterwards (Link to blog in signature). We have been planning this trip since last August. One of my brothers, who isn’t coming with us, went with his girlfriend on an Alaskan cruise last summer and raved about it. This convinced my Mom, which convinced my sister, which convinced us, and it turned into a family affair. Some other details about our trip: We have a 7:15 p.m. seating, which is a different pace for me and my husband. We usually prefer Any Time Dining. Other than that, what I am looking forward to most is trying the Crown Grill on our second night, where we plan on celebrating my grandfather’s recent 90th birthday. (My husband and I got engaged on Independence of the Seas and went to RC's steak restaurant that night and it was truly one of the best meals I have ever had. We have been meaning to try another cruise line's steak restaurant). We decided to make the most of our first visit to the PNW/Canada, so we stopped in Seattle earlier this week before traveling from Seattle to Vancouver this morning. Therefore, our pre-cruise itinerary looked as such: travel to Seattle (Wednesday), explored Seattle (Thursday), took a train from Seattle to Vancouver (Friday morning). Now, we are going to explore Vancouver (Friday afternoon/night) and then embark on the boat as soon as we can Friday morning. If anyone is interested, I’ll share my thoughts on Seattle/the train to Vancouver, etc. Otherwise, I will start sharing updates when we embark tomorrow. Please feel free to ask as many questions as you want. Can’t wait! :)
  7. I have a four day trip on Golden Princess coming up - all sea days - and have a wee bit of OBC I’d like to put towards a relaxation massage (or two) at the Lotus Spa. I haven’t used the spa before and the descriptions in the personaliser aren’t all that helpful. I just can’t choose! Any recommendations? How does hot stone therapy compare to Swedish massage? 50 minutes or 75 or 90? Help! p.s. I will be joining the ship just for the return leg of a longer trip so I’m assuming the ‘Specials’ won’t be available to me.
  8. We are looking at booking a Alaska Cruise - Northbound - in September. There seem to be two good options: 4 September (Coral) or 7 September (Golden), advice on which to choose would be appreciated. We are mid 30's couple, looking at an inside cabin. I do get travel sick, so the most stable ship would be preferable (if there is a difference between the two). I see that Golden has recently been upgraded, are there any real benefits from this? Previous posts have mentioned Coral having two good viewing decks (fore and aft viewing decks on Baja and Caribe) but I can't see any posts since the re-furb on Golden to assess whether this influences opinions. Thank you
  9. Also from that cruise the Champagne waterfall was flowing . The normally golden - hued Piazza was bathed in a Barney shade of purple I secretly wondered what it was like to be a professional photographer and so I wandered down to his vantage point . while he plied his trade I dared not to use a flash like him but I love the expression in this ladies face ! 🙂
  10. Looking over the deck plans and do not see a laundry room on Plaza forward. Star, Ruby, Crown etc all have a small laundry room. Can anyone confirm if there is none on the Golden? Thank you in advance!
  11. Has anyone travelled in the Golden Princess two bedroom suite? Do the bedrooms have doors for privacy? Is it suitable for two couples?
  12. Hi, first time cruisers on the southbound whittier to vancouver cruise in July. Can some of you people enlighten me on where some of the better viewing areas are on the golden when we cruise glacier bay, and hubbard glacier. We have a balcony, but would probably rather be somewhere with open viewing for some of those times that we sail in those areas. Thanks so much for any help
  13. Going on my first cruise to Alaska on the Golden Princess and looking for some good reviews with lots of pictures. Any recommendations or tips on the Golden? Thanks in advance.
  14. Wondering if the Golden has on demand tv? Thanks!
  15. My memories: Golden Princess to Hawaii (Window Suite) with Aloha Towers. Multiple 3-4 day cruises when she first home ported at San Pedro and Princess could not give away the cruises. Offered a promotion that you could not refuse: Every cruise fare would be 100% returned on a 7 day or longer cruise. Oh, how I will miss her.
  16. Fat finger - our first cruse was on Golden 2007 then Grand in 2012 and Princess each year after.
  17. We first cruised on the Golden from Sydney to Fiji in October 2015. We are booked on her again in October 2021, when she becomes Pacific Adventure and does what P&O call, the "Mutiny on the Bounty" cruise to waters near Tonga where the Mutiny took place. Here is a photo of her at Circular Quay in Sydney.
  18. My June Alaska cruise was caught up in the mess and I was keeping an eye on the July sailings in case the July 1 date was a go, but all the Alaskan cruises out of San Pedro were cancelled. I did have a look look for next year when the Sun is doing the LA round trip and it’s pretty slim pickings cabin wise. Very few balconies and not a suite to be had. What’s more galling is that a balcony (not even a mini suite) is going for not a lot less than what I would have paid for my windows suite on the Golden in June.
  19. FYI, Our cruise Vancouver to Singapore, 8/25 to 9 24, has been cancelled. The Golden isn't even coming back across the Pacific, just gonna go to Singapore to be refurbished and transferred to P&O. So do not be surprised if actually sailing does not even resume until Autumn. As for myself, being 68 with diabetes, lung damage, and HBP: I must wait for a vaccine. I hate that because we have a LOT of cruise destinations in the pipeline. But reality intrudes sometimes. The Chinese say "may you live in interesting times"! It's intended to be a curse. But we do.
  20. We had the pleasure of sailing on the Golden during the inaugural season. Our cruise, started in July 2001 in Istanbul and ended in Barcelona. It was amazing at that time to be on such a large new ship and enjoyed our explorations of Turkey, Greece, Italy, Monte Carlo, France and Spain. We were amazed at the piano player in Crooners, Mauricio. We had experienced him again on a couple of other cruises before his retirement. Here are a couple of pictures of our memories.
  21. One other note with the new stock offering, with the convertible bonds. The same market cap that CCL had at its peak would map to $35 stock price with the new dilution. So for it to get to that level it have to be back at what was its most profitable period ever in its history. The literal golden age of cruising. 2-3 year at best might be in the $16 to $20 range.
  22. We had the pleasure of sailing on the Golden for our first Hawaii cruise (2011). It was a great cruise. We also did a 3 day getaway cruise to Ensenada in 2013. I'll miss her..... Bob
  23. Ooops! Take the word June away from my prior post. They didn't give a date, just "late 2021.' They announced the removal of Golden and Star to P&O in August of 2018. Has nothing to do with Princess' current finances. 🥴
  24. Our very first cruise, 2013, with Princess was on the Golden. LA to Hawaii round trip. We have been on her twice and had planned on being on her in August to Alaska. Alas we will not get to say farewell. We have always felt at home on her and the crew was always pleasurable and professional. We will miss her. Thanks for sharing!
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