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  1. 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.
  2. Just my 2 cents here, but I wager that Princess won't proceed with the 28-day Tahiti sailings for the '21-'22 deployment season. These are some of the reasons for my thoughts: - In January of this year, news already came out from Bora Bora, one of the most popular Pacific island destinations, that they were aiming to basically ban large cruise ships that are the norm today, beginning in 2022, which would apply to this deployment season. [Link 1] [Link 2] - At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak (not yet declared a major pandemic), the islands had already begun taking precautions to protect their residents and closed their ports/prevented ships from docking or debarking (such as Emerald Princess' February 1, 2020 28-day voyage). Similar actions were more widely reported in the Caribbean (Jamaica, Mexico). This isn't to say that the islands' hospital infrastructure won't improve by then, but it does show that the islands are rightfully worried about any devastating outbreaks among their residents. The Emerald trip ultimately had a more Hawaii-intensive trip, but that would take out the allure of the trip for some, especially when Princess markets it and in contrast to their existing 15-day West Coast-Hawaii trips. - Adding onto the point above, the measles outbreaks in Tonga and Samoa already placed the islands in high gear and were also part of the reason why some ships weren't stopping (I believe this also applies to Emerald's Feb. 1, 2020 voyage). Large-scale tourism to the islands will be sacrificed to maintain safety here. - Princess will have the same amount of ships by fall 2021 (Golden v Enchanted, Star v Discovery), but much less flexibility with their deployments, considering these new ships' sizes. With Golden and Star gone from the West Coast, something else has to give in their existing deployments. I predict Emerald or Crown will be the main ship making Panama Canal transits in the '21-'22 season, but if either of them did some 28-day trips, they would be sacrificing some Panama Canal trips. If Princess were to try to have Caribbean Princess fill-in for these now-sacrificed Canal trips, then they would be sacrificing something else in the Caribbean (such as the frequency of their 7-day jaunts, which seems to be their meat and potatoes in Princess' primary market). So it might not be as black and white as I've painted the situation, but I'm not so sure Princess is going to differ from their traditionally large breadth of Caribbean offerings. In reference to the first point I brought up about the big cruise ships, this is also why I think Pacific Princess is specifically homeported in Tahiti for '21-'22 to fill the niche of the Pacific islands. - Lastly, some health officials and analysts have suggested cruises that are shorter and include less stops will be better for reducing the likelihood of cruise passengers and destinations' residents from getting sick. This might be more applicable for the upcoming '20-'21 season, but I still think the philosophy might carry through, at least, for '21-'22. The best counterargument to this will be what Princess has done for the Australia seasons, which often includes long circumnavigation sailings and island sailings. We'll see what they do for Australia for '21-'22. I will happily eat my words, though, if they do bring it back, because I know they have a big fan base and it would be nice to keep those experiences going for the future.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Has anyone travelled in the Golden Princess two bedroom suite? Do the bedrooms have doors for privacy? Is it suitable for two couples?
  6. 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
  7. Wondering if the Golden has on demand tv? Thanks!
  8. We love the Golden - it's the Princess ship we have spent more days on than any other and are excited about the prospect of cruising round trip from LA to Alaska on it next year. I thought I saw somewhere that the Medallion is scheduled to roll out on the Golden this December which would be amazing. We were just on the Royal and really enjoyed having the Medallion Net and other aspects of the Medallion program. But on the other hand, I'm not finding any cruises scheduled on the Golden after August next year and I had heard that Princess was selling her off to another line. Just wondering if anyone knows if that is still the case? I would just be surprised if they added the Medallion technology to a ship that is about to be out of use. Seems like a pretty expensive upgrade for just a few months of service. It's not a deal breaker in any way - we are 100 percent going on the Alaska cruise on the Golden next summer, even if it's her last hurrah. It just would be nice to have the Medallion if they are really planning to go through with adding it. Any insights would be appreciated!
  9. 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.
  10. interested in the patter of Golden southbound we'll be on board next month
  11. I will be on the Golden this summer, sailing from Anchorage to Vancouver. Just purchased a dual port USB plug in. The dimensions are approx 2.4"H x 2.3"D x 1.1"W . I am concerned that there will not be enough clearance between the bottom of the charger and the desk top. I am welcome to suggestions about what would be best to use to charge, phones, kindles and battery packs. Thanks a lot. Sandi
  12. We are looking at two sailings that are one day apart so both are at a good time and both itineraries look good. One is on Ruby and the other is on Golden. We’ve only done two Princess cruises both on the Island Princess so both ships are unknown to us and we don’t know how to pick between them. We would appreciate hearing observations on how these ships differ and the pros and cons of each. In particular, info on where there’s ballroom dancing and how much dancing is available on each ship will be great to get. Many thx in advance for sharing your thoughts!
  13. We will be cruising New Zealand this November. Can anyone tell me the price of drinks on the Golden princess. what is the price of the house wine ? Will the prices be in USD, AUD or NZD ? thank you.
  14. I am not that big of a Princess cruiser but the company is very nice and their ships are great. Golden Princess is one of my favorite. They also got 2 or 3 Corall cruisers and some cross ocean and picific options for you to choose. They got nice big cabins, affordable food on board and a very nice service in general. Never had a single problem with them. So, totally recommend to stick with them as soon as they resume operation
  15. Does anyone know for sure that there is or is not a craps table on the Golden. I can only talk my DH into these cruises if he has a Craps table available. We are doing the LA round trip to Alaska on May 30, 2020, and looking forward to spending time in the casino.
  16. British Isles cruise on Csribbean Princess May '17. Great to get a taste of Ireland, Scotland and France. Especially Ireland since my mother's side is from there and it was a college graduation present for my son. Honorable mention: First cruise on Princess was on Golden. Upgraded to a suite. Christmas cruise on Crown. More fun than I thought and Gingerbread souffle.
  17. The sun finally sets, like a fiery golden orb, it drops into the sea.
  18. We were on the Royal twice last year, in a suite, and the Enclave (AKA Thermal Suite) was not included as a suite perk, we paid extra. Yes they give the little bag of scrub and a pad as part of the package. Princess FAQ "Stateroom Amenities": ..."while full suites offer all of these premiums plus complimentary laundry, and use of the Lotus Spa® Thermal Suite (on select ships, excluding Discovery Princess℠, Sky Princess®, Enchanted Princess®, Royal Princess®, Regal Princess®, Majestic Princess®, Grand Princess®, Pacific Princess®, Sun Princess® or Sea Princess®)" https://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/onboard/experience.jsp Note that all Royal class ships are excluded, as well as ships that don't have a Thermal Suite (and the Golden is gone from the list so this is recent). Maybe it was gifted to you?
  19. Hello all - This is my first cruise, and I have a bunch of questions. I will be traveling with multiple family members (3 generations) with the youngest being 18 months old. We are staying in normal rooms not suites or anything like that. 1. What is the earliest we can board the cruise ship? The cruise departs from Whittier, Alaska at 8:30pm. However, it would be preferable to board early so the toddler can eat at 6pm and get to bed by 7:30pm. 2. Do the rooms have metal ceilings? I read a blog post where they recommended using magnet hooks that stick to the ceiling and hang a curtain to create separation in the room for the toddler. 3. Any recommendations for excursions on this Alaska cruise suitable for our group that would not require a lot of physical activity? We will have both old and very young travelers. 4. Does this cruise ship have self-service laundry? If yes, how much per load? Any other tips for washing small baby clothing maybe in the sink?? 5. What is different about the formal dining nights other than everyone dressing up? I prefer not to pack formal wear and shoes. What would I miss by eating else where on those nights? Thanks everyone for your help. I'm excited for my first cruise.
  20. I will be on one of these next April and need t know how the internet is? I still have to work and internet is extremely important. Thanks I'm trying to decide on which ship since itinerary is similar.
  21. Will be arriving in Whittier around 5:30 from Danelli via train. The question is how does eating work on the first night? Thanks
  22. Hi hope the Sun, Sea and Grand all remain. With the Golden and Star moving to P&O Aus. A few of the smaller ships (along with the Coral and Island) would be nice to have in the fleet. All three since their last refits have a lot of years left. I do hope Princess goes back to standardizing their ships, make sure they all have Int'l Cafe, Alfado's, Crown Grill and Sabitinis (sp?). Mixing in the new resturants on the larger ships too but make sure these basics are included. Also, but back free steam rooms in the gyms on the Royal Class. They are cheap to operate and men and woman prefer they own verses sharing. Maybe they can use some of the down time (yes it costs a little money) to fix the errors on the Royal class (also lack of a Piano Bar on the Sky).
  23. I liked the Sea, first ship I was on for a longer cruise (3 weeks). Haven't been on the Pacific but was on a sister ship, it was fine for a port intensive Med cruise, ship amenities didn't matter. Don't care about the Grand, I did like the Golden though.
  24. It would be nice... now that the Golden has gone... and that the Sapphire which was said to replace it.. has gone back to the US...... but we will get whatever is left over... here in Australia
  25. We are looking at a Pacific Crossing in September to celebrate an end to my chemo. It appears the Golden and the Ruby are currently doing this route and when checking into the Golden we found lots of complaints about maintenance of the ship. Both these ships are unfamiliar to us so would like to know which you would choose. We are looking at a mini suite cabin E728 so if anyone can enlighten us it would be appreciated.
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