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  1. If it was 10 days, it may have been out of San Francisco. The shortest I've seen from LA is 12 days. (Golden a couple of years ago)
  2. Yep the biggest one currently fits under the bridge is Noordam and will become Pacific Adventure when it arrives. However Pacific Adventure as Golden Princess never went to White Bay - same goes for Ruby but can be understandable (Ruby has one more deck than Golden) After the sale of Sun and Sea it'd be Coral, Island & Pacific for Princess to White Bay only IMO - everything else will be at OPT Michael
  3. If it's the Crown and she's uncommitted, I wonder why just two cruises. 2019 they did them all summer on the Golden. Flying isn't going to be very popular anytime soon, so I would think there would be more of a demand for it. Of course, it remains to be seen if cruising will be popular again.
  4. I won’t dispute that Sydney is spectacular because it is, but San Francisco is also wonderful. Easing out into the bay, past the Marina Green and Presidio and under the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s best sitting on a port balcony sipping champagne. Just sayin’... 😺
  5. This is our most frequent cruise. I actually don't like 7 day cruises, I feel they are too short. Don't get me wrong, if that's what I get, I'll take it! My preference however is for a longer 10-15 day cruises from our of my home port of San Francisco. We love sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. We've done the Star to Hawaii out of San Francisco back in 2014 and really enjoyed it. Even though we are local to the Bay Area, we always do a pre cruise stay in SF to enjoy the great restaurants there. We've done the Mexican Riviera so many times on land trips and cruise ships that I feel like we've done most of the excursions too! We no longer do any excursions off the ship in these ports, but that's because we've found "our place" for those short hours in each place on the Mexican Riviera. In PV I did love the tours to Las Caletas and Yelapa for water and sun. These days we take the bus downtown, eat somewhere on the Malecon (breakfast across the street from the cathedral and while we don't have a favorite place for lunch, our last places have been to Cheeky Monkey and the place next door/across the street from there), then we shop at the Huichol shop (that also has Catrina's in the window) at the beginning of El Malecon. We hit it up last in case we buy something we want to be careful with. If we do make a large purchase we do a taxi back, otherwise we take the bus again. In Mazatlan we sometimes get a Pulmonia, open air taxi to drive us through town, pick up an 8 pack of beverages at a corner market OXXO, maybe get some pastries downtown, watch the divers from the cliff, drive through the Golden Zone, and grab a bite to eat somewhere. The Cathedral is beautiful if you've never been. In Cabo, we have a few places we like to go to. Uber is fairly cheap there. We sometimes go to Mango deck, there is a restaurant next door that has great steak for breakfast, and cheaper than Mango deck. The kids enjoy the beach time as well. I used to love the stop in Ixtapa and was very sad to no longer have it. Very romantic looking town, with cobble streets, its quaint, great food. I miss it. Manzanillo is not my favorite stop. There is a beautiful fish (blue marlin?) sculpture in town and when we went I think it was December 24 or 25 and nothing was open. I'm sure I can find something there to enjoy, just haven't been enough times to know what that is. While I do love sailing out of SF, when it comes to a California Coastal (not what you were asking about) I prefer to leave from LA so that Monterey and SF are port stops. I never want to get off the ship in LA and I prefer Monterey over Santa Barbara when only in town for a day. I know I can do both with a short drive, but it's nice to not have to pay for parking and have a cruise ship to take you home. 🙂 When traveling to port and considering LA or SF I would focus on Ship and cost to fly to each port. Cheaper airfare /cruise fare may help me with my decision making.
  6. We took the trip a few years ago in May on the Grand and ten years ago on the Diamond in October. Loved/Liked: 1. The Grand and Diamond are the right size, right number of passengers, great amenities, still some of my favorite ships. 2. The Mexican port call and excursions where great 3. Days at sea, love them and had plenty of them to relax. 4. Crew of the Grand was amazing! 5. Spending a few days in San Fran and wine country. 6. Covered pools, really thing Princess has missed the boat by not continuing to add a covered pool on each ship, such a great area to hang when the weather is cool or just bad. Would like to change (or disliked): 1. Cool weather the first and last days of the cruises, made it difficult to lay by the pool 2. Outdoor/shared saunas on the Grand. Prefer the ones in the locker rooms like the Star/Golden/Crown/etc. . . (don't love the set up on the new Royal Class as all) 3. Diamond crew, many it was there last contract, so service was so/so, still good but you know what I mean 4. Dining set up on the Diamond, I know it was built at at time that Princess was going to go the way of NCL for dining, but then didn't so the dining room are small and weird IMO. Overall, very relaxing trips each time. I highly recommend it for a relaxing trip.
  7. We have taken this cruise twice in the last three years and have really enjoyed it. It is really great to have a 10 day cruise to make the travel more worth it for us (7 hour drive plus 3 hour flight). Leaving from San Francisco is a big bonus – lots of things to see before and being able to walk to the port. The first three sea days are a great chance to relax and really get into vacation mode. At Puerto Vallarta we usually just take a bus or cab and go to the Malecon and walk around, one time we took a ship tour to Yelapa that was really good. Manzanillo is sort of the undiscovered port – so many people seem to stay on the ship because they think there is not much to do. The first time we got off the ship and just wandered out of the port area on back streets seeing the main church and then shopping in the local stores away from the waterfront - probably the port with the best prices. The second time this past February, we got off the ship and turned left and walked around to Playa San Pedrito. This was very local with very little (or no) English. We sat under a palapa and had some food (bring pesos) and went snorkeling right off the beach by the breakwater. Mazatlan is always enjoyable. Usually we walk through town using the blue line and then later take the local water taxi to Stone Island for a very low cost and fun day of sight-seeing and beach going. Last time we took a pulmonia to the Golden Zone and sat on a beach at a hotel and went swimming. That was fine but next time we’ll go back to town and Stone Island. Cabo is not our favourite port so we have usually gone on a snorkelling or, this past time, scuba excursion. The two days back to SFO are long enough to not have to think about the end of our holidays right away and have more fun on the ship. This year, we did the disembarkation tour that dropped us at the airport. Got to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge on a beautiful, sunny day.
  8. Suggestion....Most of these ports have UBER which is an easy ride or taxi both which are fast. Enjoy your cruise & enjoy going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Different from some I’ve never been to a Mexican port or town that I didn’t like. Always enjoy getting off the ship for some food & drink. In Mazatlan there is a good food tour where you get to sample a lot of food & drinks from different venders. I’ve done it twice & would love to do it again. Tom😀
  9. I have been following the same question on the “ask a cruise question” forum and though it might be interesting to have a Princess specific discussion. Listening to music is my main activity on the ship, as my wife donates to the casino. I enjoy all the venues and styles, classical, piano bar, rock cover band and guest performers in the theater. One of my favorites is Helen and the “One Way” a rock cover band from Eastern Europe. Had a great Piano Cello two some on the Golden last year, I don’t remember their name. He(the Piano player) was from Spain and She (Cello) was from Hungary. Help me out guys. I also have encountered a great country singer Dan(?) Steele a few time that I really enjoyed. Please share your favorites.
  10. I like the ports of call a lot better with the 10 night sailing out of Los Angeles (La Paz, Loreto). However, I do really love sailing out of San Francisco. 1) For us, it's just a short Uber ride to the port (that doesn't apply to many) 2) Pier 27 (or 35, which is rarely used for cruiseships anymore unless there is more than one or even two ships in port) is fabulous. It is right in the middle of the Embarcadero with many hotels, restaurants and attractions within walking distance from the port. Not so, in LA. Even our public transportation system (BART ...Bay Area Rapid Transit) will take you to a mile within the port from both SFO and / or OAK (Oakland) ... from there, there is MUNI, which will take you right across the street from the cruiseship port. 3) Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge in SF instead of sailing by cranes in the industrial area of LA is something I will never tire of. BTW, I don't think the Star Princess is a bad ship while I have yet to sail on the Ruby. However, I have sailed on the Crown, Emerald and Caribbean, though. I do like that the Star has an indoor pool area. Sailing out of SF can be quite a bit cooler than sailing out of LA. Plus, the seas can be rockier sailing out of SF, especially when sailing north back to the port. I used to love Manzanillo on the SF itinerary, but last time there, it was just a lot of military with machine guns. Still a beautiful port but, they cautioned about all the crime and not leaving the safety of the port area. I would say that is a moving target, because I've seen that in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo before ... last time there, it has moved far south. And, it can be so very hot in Manzanillo. We've had amazing explorations there in the past, though. Me? I would always pick SF because of the convenience. But, all in all, I would honestly pick whichever one has easier transportation to get to the port. You really can't go wrong with either one of them. One has a much better embarkation port (SF) but, one has slightly better ports of call (LA), IMO. Oh, did I mention, if you choose SF and have some extra time in SF, we have WINE nearby ... lots of great WINES! We are very proud of them here!! Just remember that the hotels in SF are very very pricey!! But, it's a trade off ... if it's on your bucket list, it's worth the extra cost. The public transportation system in SF is phenomenal so, you could save some money there. In LA, you can fly into LAX (yuk!) or Long Beach (yes!) and in SF, you can fly into SFO (ok) or Oakland (yay!) or even San Jose (quite a bit further but, still the bay area). We've done both itineraries several times ... ask away if you have any specific questions.
  11. We went last October on the Grand. The early morning arrival into SF was gorgeous! Same as the view leaving under the Golden Gate Bridge. Loved the weather once we got to Mexico, the 3 days down to Mexico went from cold to progressively warmer. Each port was nice. Nice relaxing time. Also, the amount of locals on the ship was nice, we usually cruise out of other ports.
  12. When Princess canceled the Golden, we had b2b cruises with fcd’s and they just returned them to be used again as fcd’s. Maybe this is a different offer.
  13. My favorite part about sailing from San Francisco is going under the Golden Gate Bridge. I love being out on deck both leaving and entering the bay.
  14. I’ve taken a few 7 day cruises out of San Pedro to Mexico, as well as a 10 day out of SP. However, I enjoyed my two 10 day voyages to Mexico out of San Francisco the most. Since I live 90 minutes away vs several hours, that’s a huge plus. My first 10 day sailing out of SF was in 2009 on the Golden Princess. Back then we went to Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. I loved Zihua with its cobbled stone streets. It’s a small fishing village. When Mexico started having violence from drug cartels, etc. they eliminated those ports. In 2017 we sailed for 10 days on the Grand out of SF and they had Manzanillo, as well as the other three ports I’ve been to several times. That sailing on the Grand to and from Mexico was the smoothest I’ve ever experienced on a voyage to and from Mexico! Usually, coming back up we feel the rockier current. Not that time! Smooth as ice. Couldn’t believe it. I’ve always enjoyed going to Mexico via cruise ship. 10 days is even better.
  15. So how low on this Totem Pole can I go? We had the 14 day Golden to Alaska out of LA 8/8/2020 - with kids and grandkids - we had the Grand Suite and a nearby balcony and an inside. Totally a family event of a lifetime, but Nooooo! The Sun was the "replacement". Were I bubbapuck, I'd figure a way to get to Vancouver - stay a night at the Pan Pacific and just make it work! We only pass this way once! If it works out that the LA Round Trip stays, then nothing lost. So this is my recommended plan B
  16. Having done both versions I cannot say one has much over the other except for point of embarkation and whether or not you prefer longer cruises. We have done the 7 day a couple of times arriving in LA either by car or by air depending on how much time we wanted to commit and other activities we wanted to pursue. We live in N Cal not far from SF. Last time from LA we drove and upon disembarking on Sat AM went straight to Pasadena for a Cal-UCLA game. I’m an alum of both so cannot lose either way. Thats why driving worked then. This past Feb we did the 10 day out of SF because we were part of a group of 16 and we all lived within 50 miles of the port. Manzanillo is the only extra port and is ok, but nothing to be excited about. Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge is a neat experience if you have never done it. If you are planning some extra time either pre or post cruise I would recommend SF over LA but have to admit I am biased in that regards and am sure others may advise you differently. You do run along the California current for extra time on the 10 day but at least in February that was very mild. Your experience might vary.
  17. Inclined to agree. View at the Carnival fleets as a whole. The Star and Golden are moving over to P&O Aus. Possibly follow this path with the Grand. Despite only being a year newer than the P&O Pacific Explorer, a Sun-class ship. The Golden holds 500 additional passengers and more balcony cabins. The Coral and Island Princess are needed for smaller ports worldwide. Carnival should hold onto the Elation and Paradise for their port requirements.
  18. Two extra days at sea, one additional port, Manzanillo. Have been to Manzanillo once, a small town, don't remember much else. The Las Caletas excursion in Puerta Vallarta is supposed to be very good. You can only go there on a ship excursion. No private excursions to this location when ships are in port. The big plus is San Francisco pre or post cruise and the sailing under the Golden Gate. Prepare yourself for choppy seas. If you spend some time in San Francisco look up San Francisco City Guides, free walking tours. We took a few and they were really nice. They pass an envelope around at the end and request a donation. https://sfcityguides.org/
  19. We were finally able to see a little blue sky here in southern Oregon. Hopefully the smoke will lift completely by the end of the weekend. On a happier note, we just booked a trans Pacific cruise Sydney to San Francisco for April 2022! We were originally planning on a similar cruise n April of this year on the Golden but, alas, it was not to be. Hopefully we will finally make it this time!
  20. So only the "Dawn" now with P&O Aus. is the only one left of the these four wonderful ships. Our first Princess Cruise was in 1997 on the Dawn (inaugural year) and the following year on the Sun (also the Sun in 2002). Loved these ships and sad to see them move on, but completely understandable. Sun will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the last cruise we took with my Mom and Dad (she just passed last month). They had the 3rd most sea days on Princess and we now have the Venice Glass plate (love those) they used to give out with the Sun Princess logo on the back. Hopefully Princess can use the Dawn, Sun, Sea. Star, Golden and Ocean names again and get rid of the stupidly named Discovery; Enchanted and Majestic. 😞
  21. Golden Princess has already left the fleet, even if there is no pandemic and suspended cruises. In the original plan, her farewell cruise would be in this month. Then she will enter drydock in Singapore in October to be converted to Pacific Adventure of P&O Cruises Australia. The drydock work is possibly postponed. If Australia continues to ban cruise ships for long period, I am not sure if Princess will keep Golden Princess for some more time, but the chance is low.
  22. Dawn & Aria are part of the CCL fleet (P&O Australia line). I'm sure they're going as Golden & Star replace them. So yeah, I'm tracking them. Bored I guess. Majestic is shifted up here. But there will be 5 PCL ships downunder. I'm on one Dec 2021 (Sapphire)
  23. We have our fingers crossed that they find another ship to do the LA-Alaska cruises next summer. Maybe even on to do them for the full season like the Golden was scheduled to do this year. It's been quite a while since having my fingers crossed has helped - this will be our 5th cruise canceled since the pandemic (Yes, I know - it is very much a first world problem)
  24. I was wondering if anyone else on this trip got sick? I did the land tour first and then the cruise. I came down sick five days after this tour started. Chills, fever, lethargy, cough. Stayed sick for over a month with this. Anyone else? I'm curious. Thinking it was COVID. Wondering if anyone else had symptoms. On a side note, Day 1 I started feeling bad I stayed in my cabin. I wasn't wanting to infect anyone no matter what I had.
  25. Tribute to Golden Princess (2001-2020) (credit: Bernard Spragg, 2016) With news of the extended cancellations released by Princess on April 14, 2020, it is all but certain that Golden Princess will effectively no longer be a part of the Princess Cruises fleet. Her round-trip Alaska sailings from Los Angeles this summer were noted in the press release as being cancelled, but her final voyage, a farewell transpacific from Vancouver to Tokyo to Singapore, has also fallen victim. Cruisers in the roll call have confirmed the cancellation. Lastly, her deck plan has also been scrubbed from the website. With the pandemic, it is possible that her conversion into Pacific Adventure for P&O Cruises Australia may be postponed, but I personally believe that she will be shed from the fleet anyways, in order to reduce overall expenditure. But regardless of what happens, let us take a look back at what has felt like a short, 19-year history, of the ship with the company. ====================================== In January 1998, P&O (Princess' former parent company) announced the order of two Grand-class vessels for Princess, scheduled for delivery in 2001, one of which would become Golden Princess. In May 2001, Golden Princess debuted in Southampton. Were you part of her inaugural season? Share with us some of the quirks you were excited about! Some of the ship's notable features upon her public launch were the "AOL Internet Cafe," the Princess "Wedding Cam", the "F/X Digital Photo Center", and "Voyage of Discovery" game and simulator center. Anyone also remember the Desert Rose specialty restaurant? (It was Southwestern-themed.) Her inaugural voyage was on May 16, 2001. Her inaugural season featured 12-day Mediterranean voyages between Barcelona and Istanbul, with Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale, FL beginning on October 13, 2001. (credit: FK GOHLEN, 2001) In April 2002, Golden Princess was christened by Merlisa George, Miss US Virgin Islands 2002, in St. Thomas. (credit: Princess Cruises, 2002) For the summer of 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Princess modified the ship's Mediterranean itineraries, rerouting the ship from all port calls in Turkey. She embarked on a fall transatlantic in September from Venice to New York that was quite the ride. She performed her first season of Canada/New England fall foliage cruises that fall. She spent her summer of 2003 in Europe again, with her sister, Grand Princess, sailing between Barcelona and Venice. For the summer of 2004 until summer 2005, Princess doubled down on its commitment to the Caribbean, sending Golden to San Juan for 7-day cruises. It was also announced in the same year that Princess would bring the poolside movie theater (now colloquially known as MUTS) to all ships, including Golden. [discussion] For the summer of 2005, Princess sent Golden to Southampton for British Isles and new Western Europe itineraries (e.g. "Western Europe Capitals"). For the summer of 2006, besides Southampton sailings, Golden also visited the Southeastern Med, including the Greek Isles and a unique 12-day sailing visiting Egypt. In December 2006, Princess introduced a new port into its history: New Orleans! Golden helped roll out the red carpet with three Western Caribbean sailings. Later that winter season ('06-'07), she began sailing around Cape Horn and South America for the very first time. For the summer of 2007, Golden homeported in Seattle, sailing to Alaska for the first time, a deployment that would continue for the next few years. This succeeded her debut in San Francisco in April and preceded her debut in Los Angeles in the fall for Mexican Riviera sailings. In the fall of 2008, she began Hawaii trips from Los Angeles, a deployment pattern that would continue for the next four years. In the spring of 2009, Princess allowed fans to follow along Golden's 3-week dry dock in Victoria, B.C., in which she received her MUTS screen, the new Piazza-style atrium, the International Cafe, the Sanctuary, and the Crown Grill. In the summer of 2009, Golden displayed a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Juneau, AK. In February 2011, Gavin MacLeod was feted on Golden for an extravagant 80th birthday bash. 2013 was, unfortunately, not the brightest year in the ship's history: she made the news for wastewater violations in Glacier Bay committed in 2011 and a CDC sanitation violation in February 2013. In the fall of 2013, Golden was deployed for short 3-/4-day cruises from Los Angeles, a first for Princess. That winter season, she returned to sail around Cape Horn. The rotation was repeated the following year. In the summer of 2015, Golden performed round-trip Alaska sailings from San Francisco for the first time. The summer also marked Princess' debut for its "North to Alaska!" program. For the southern hemisphere's summer season ('15-'16), Golden debuted in Melbourne, Australia, marking her debut in the South Pacific and becoming the biggest ship homeported in Melbourne. In the summer of 2016, Golden was deployed to China for her first time, sailing cruises from Tianjin. She returned to Melbourne that fall. For 2017, Golden performed unique itineraries, and did not homeport in North America for the entire year. Most notably, she sailed a 75-day Circle Pacific cruise from May. In the summer of 2018, Golden returned to Alaska, sailing from Vancouver/Whittier and Los Angeles. She returned to Melbourne that fall and returned to Alaska for Vancouver-Whittier runs in 2019. For 2019-2020, she performed her very last active season, homed in Melbourne. She was to sail to Los Angeles in April 2020 and perform 14-day Alaska trips, before making her farewell transpacific to Vancouver, Tokyo, and finally, Singapore, for her dry dock. ====================================== Over the years, many of us have had the pleasure to interact with the thousands of people making Golden the ship and home that it has been thus far, for 19 years. Golden's departure comes just three years after the departure of Dawn Princess, in 2017. Were you lucky enough to cruise one of Golden's long cruises or exotic itineraries? Along with the bevy of awe-inspiring destinations we've been able to cruise to on Golden, let us honor the many crew members who have made our experiences what they were, as none of our cruises would be possible without them. In a tribute, even if it's a brief distraction from the perils of our circumstances, let's reminisce on all the things, big and small, and share some of our memorable experiences that we've been so lucky to encounter through our sailings on the ship. Many of us also had sailings booked for the last few months it was scheduled to operate in the fleet and I'd love to hear what you were hoping to look forward to, either forming new memories or returning to see old faces and places you've cherished over the years. And lastly, if you, a loved one, or even a friend(s) you've made from Golden Princess, are currently suffering from complications from the coronavirus, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Here's to hoping sunnier days for all of us will come soon. I leave you all with a link to one of my favorite recollections of one's experiences on Golden Princess, courtesy of PescadoAmarillo. I conclude with Dionne Warwick's rendition of The Love Boat's theme for the show's final season:
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