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  1. I am currently booked on the Golden on a Northbound Alaska cruise next summer, I am in Baja B519 but can get a room on Aloha any thoughts or opinion on our current room or why the Aloha deck is better, I know the Caribe deck balconies are bigger but they cost more?
  2. Leaving Melb on 29th Jan 2019 14 nights and spending 2 days in Fiji (1 in port Denearu, 1 in Suva) Anyone have tips for getting monies worth on an excursion at either of these ports? Also - any tips for this type of journey, given its 3 days on the sea in each direction - keen to here peoples views of how to get the most from this trip. Thanks
  3. First time I cruised on Golden I found I could buy their olive oil (ordered through Sabatinis) so I bought a couple of bottles; second cruise they had run out completely so my plans were thwarted. I'm hoping to be able to buy it when on Golden again in a few week's time..... Anyone else bought their olive oil?
  4. This is the third sea day on our way from LA to Sydney.Due to my limited amount of internet minutes, I may not be able to answer many questions but I will be providing some comments throughout the cruise. The internet AND intranet has been up and down several times throughout the cruise. This has meant that Princess@Sea has been unavailable and we have had to resort to the old fashioned paper Patter We have a cabin on Caribe deck and the only water issue we have seen on board was wet carpeting and a fan in the public corridor adjacent to the Windows suites. The carpet is now dry and the fan is gone. There were boxes of new pillows in the hallways. The new bedding and pillows are very comfortable. We have the new, large screen LG TVs and connections are accessible. However, there doesn’t appear to be a way to switch between inputs and the input is a coax cable, not hdmi. There has been plenty of butter in the butter dishes in the dining rooms. We ate at Sabatini’s Trattoria on the first night and it was a very good meal with excellent service. IMHO, the new menu is a welcome change. The new carpet has a series of 4 dots, green on the starboard side and red on the port side, that provide the same capability to know which side of the ship you are on. The ship will apparently be getting some or all of the new wines, beers and the sort in Auckland or Tauranga. As a result, inventory of a number of wines is low or nonexistent. Vines doesn’t have stock to be able to offer half of the wine flight tastings. I have heard that Priness has stopped offering the wine packages and I will try to confirm the facts later in the cruise. Love sailing east to west because we have already gained two hours and will gain another hour tomorrow night The first show of Born to Dance last night was standing room only but good seats for the second show were readily available almost until curtain time. There were a fair number of tuxes display at last night’s formal night. There are 1,200 elites onboard. Haven’t tried to send out laundry yet but the quote the standard up to 3 day turnaround. It appears that Park West is gone and Princess Fine Arts is back. We hadn’t received our elite minibar by the afternoon of the second day but was able to finally get through to Room Service and exchange for 2 coffee packages.
  5. Just some quick thoughts about our time on the Golden Princess this week, I always enjoy reading other reviews so hope this might be helpful to others! Pre-Cruise: Air: We booked our air thru EZ Air. It was so much less expensive than anything I could find on my own and I love that you can book it early but continue to make changes up to the final payment date if better pricing becomes available. Hotel: We stayed at the Pan Pacific after finding a great rate. I loved this hotel and cannot say enough nice things. The hotel was gorgeous, the location was perfect, the shampoo smelled great :). We had booked a city view and that is what we received at check in. However, the only city view was from the window above the tub. The two windows in the bedroom portion faced out onto Canada Place and we were able to watch the ships come in and depart- so much fun! The room was spacious and peaceful. We loved the baggage service and said goodbye to our bags around 9am on the morning of our cruise and did not see them again until they arrived at our stateroom. Exploring Vancouver: The hotel was so centrally located it was very easy to explore. We had two days in Vancouver and tried to fit in as many sights as possible: Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, the Steam Clock, the Olympic Cauldron. It is such a walkable city and we walked a LOT (27K steps on our full day!) Public transportation is very easy, we took the Skytrain from the airport to the hotel and then the city bus to Granville Island. A tip for the bus: my CC would not work to get on the bus (the driver was nice and let us on anyway.) If you need to pay cash have exact change and have it as coins not as bills. Vancouver was a gorgeous city and we really enjoyed our time there. Embarkation: This was so simple, we literally took the elevator down from our 20th floor room to the Ground floor and walked down a hallway to embark. Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam was docked as well so they separated the HA and Princess groups into two different areas of a large exhibition hall. We arrived early (maybe 1015) but even after going through check in and customs we were on the ship shortly before 11am. Again, we had no luggage with us so were able to move about and explore easily. They did say that staterooms would not be ready but we took a quick peek in ours and it looked good to go (we left again, just in case.) Several decks (Aloha, Baja, etc.) had the fire doors shut so you definitely would not have been able to access all of the cabins that early. Stateroom: Because this was such a short trip and a mini-celebration for us, we booked one of the Window Suites on Fiesta Deck. The cabin was absolutely gorgeous and we loved everything about it. I can see why they are so popular and imagine they would be lovely to have for a longer trip. There was so much storage and so much space in the bathroom. We enjoyed all the perks that came along with our suite and Sonny, our room steward, did a great job taking care of us. The Golden Princess: I will confess, I was a bit worried after reading all the negative reviews but we found the ship more than acceptable. There is a little bit of wear and tear and I did see a few water leaks but, overall, the ship was great (and, regardless, I am on a ship- how can I complain?? :) ) The staff was all very friendly. The cruise entertainment staff was wonderful. (If you get a chance to see Hollywood Hijinks I absolutely recommend it! So, so funny!!) We played some trivia, watched the comedian (also very funny,) listened to the piano player, and just relaxed and explored and wished that it was a longer trip. Dining: Because of our cabin, we were able to use Club Class dining and it was very nice. Our waitstaff (Giovanni, Ronnie, and Bobby) took great care of us. I am a fairly picky eater and I would say that the food overall was good to very good. I could always find something to eat and our waiters checked often to make sure we were happy. I think portions are smaller than they used to be but think this is probably a good thing :) We didn't frequent the buffet often but it looked fairly typical. Pizza and fries were yummy. I had a twist cone in honor of our daughter who was not along for the ride. As someone else was responsible for buying, cooking, and cleaning up.....I have nothing but nice things to say! Debarkation: Again, a really simple process. We left our cabin around 730 and were waiting outside for our Uber by 8am (after stopping for a coffee in the lounge.) Thoughts on a short cruise: This was my first time on such a short cruise. As it was intended for just a quick getaway, it definitely fit that bill but I did feel rushed (as if I needed to try to fit in as much as possible since I only had two full days) Many of the activities were similar to what you would find on a longer cruise, the staff did a great job of keeping everyone engaged. I would do it again if the timing worked but would prefer longer trips to be able to truly enjoy all the ship has to offer. I would be happy to try to answer any questions you might have; it really was a great trip!
  6. They have introduced a new format for the Pub Lunch on the Golden. Rather than being held in a separate venue, the Pub Lunch is being held in a DR from 12:00 to 1:30 concurrently with lunch. In addition to a Fisherman Platter, Chicken Curry, Steak & Kidney Pie, Scotch Egg & Salad, and Bread and Butter Pudding for dessert on the Pub Lunch side you can order appetizers of Chicken Liver Mousse, Onion Tart With Bacon, and Olde English Lamb & Barley Broth, all the typical burgers, and Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Additional desserts are Cheese and Blueberry Blintzes, Hazelnut Meringue Layered Cake, Ice Creams, Fruit Plate, and Cheese Plate.
  7. Hi, I just booked my honeymoon cruise on the Golden Princess in Alaska in September 2019. Princess has a lot of ships sailing in Alaska. Did I make a good choice? What can you tell me about her? Thank you for your help!
  8. hi, this July I’ll be on the Golden Princess on my Alaska cruise and just wondering if anyone can tell me the best viewing area on the ship is for this day? I first thought about going to the sanctuary area for viewing. But on second thought this may not be a good idea because of those high glass boards preventing you to see the views as good. I’ve never been on a princess ship so don’t know what to expect
  9. Trying to start a roll call: I'm booked and looking forward to Melbourne as well as New Zealand. Looking for suggestions on: Where to stay in Melbourne How to get from airport to hotel to ship Best (favorite) sites / restaurants for vegetarians
  10. The Golden Princess and Star Princess are being moved to P&O Australia in 2020 and 2021. https://cruisefever.net/two-princess-cruises-ships-leaving-the-fleet/
  11. What condition is the Golden Princess in today? Thank you for your comments.
  12. We have 3 rooms booked on the Golden for an Alaskan Cruise. I wondered if we would be able to have the partitions removed so that it would make one large balcony we could all be on without having to use main stateroom doors?
  13. Looking for others that may be on this land/cruise with us. We love to meet new people Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. Rumor has it she will be onboard Golden on Aug 28, 2018 in Juneau. Crew is frantically cleaning an already spotless ship!
  15. HI Everybody Just a quick one... since dry dock in April and the re fit of Sabatini's a couple of people have said that Suite Guests now have breakfast served at the Crown Grill.... Is it the case ? As we will be on her in November 2018 and again in February 2019. I must say water leaks still seam to be an issue ( somebody made a wonderful suggestion to have different color buckets for port and standard :D ) Also a bit concern about the aft elevator issues particularly the ones to skywalkers for the evening canapés. being out of order for all of an 8 night cruise. Cheers Don only 52 days to wait till of the high seas
  16. Would love feedback on ship condition and whether you noticed leaks and sewage odors. Been reading lots of concerning reviews about the Golden. Thank you!
  17. We are back from an amazing Alaskan adventure and I’ve finally finished my notes. This will be a pretty lengthy review. Please chime in with any questions. In March 2016 I was at a fundraiser with two of my friends when the idea of taking an Alaskan cruise with our husbands and friends was floated around. I remember saying, “well if you two want to go, then I want to go too” - even though I hate the cold! And that’s where it started. After doing some extensive research and reading over that summer to ensure we knew what we wanted, my friend and I met with a travel agent in the Fall of 2016; we let her know we have a group of approximately 20 people and we would like to take a cruise to Alaska. We knew we wanted to cruise out of Vancouver, because we didn’t want to waste an Alaskan port on Victoria (we are taking the cruise to go to Alaska) and we knew we wanted Glacier Bay. We also knew it had to be after the 4th of July, but, before mid August when all our kids head back to college as this was an adults only trip. Our travel agent came back with a few options and we selected the Golden Princess Northbound out of Vancouver, due to its itinerary and week of travel. In January 2017 we all started booking, and in the end we had 26 people traveling as a group. My parents joined the group, my friend’s sister and best friend, and a whole bunch of friends and their families. Our only stipulation was that none of our kids would be cruising with us. So this trip has been talked about and has been in the planning phase for quite a while. We’ve had two cruise parties so everyone could meet. We are a core group of friends, but, from there other family and friends tacked on who did not know each other. We had a cruise party in March, with cruise games and icebreakers, and had another one in June - 4 weeks out. It was great to get to know each other and discuss what everyone was doing in ports and travel arrangements. We set up the group so that everyone would cruise together, and we would all have dinner at 6pm, but, other than that everyone could do there own thing to get there and do their own excursions, etc....
  18. Which dining room is used for lunch on embarkation day? Sailing this coming Tuesday ( Sept. 11) to Alaska.
  19. Boarded in Whittier, disembark Vancouver, Canada Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan All together it was my parents (Mom 69 and my dad turned 68 on the cruise), Myself and my husband (40 and 41) and my daughters (11 and 12/1 week from turning 13) My parents flew into Anch. a few days before and visited Denali. We flew in the 17th from Los Angeles. We stayed at the Comfort Suites Anchorage Int'l Airport. Our room had a king bed in the main area and a separate bed(queen) in another attached room with a door. Breakfast was served every morning and had a great variety of make your own waffles, bacon, eggs, yogurt, cereals, etc. The hotel also had an airport shuttle that ran pretty much around the clock. I think our flight arrived at around 12:30 am. It was nice to just get the shuttle and not have to worry about transportation. My dad rented a mini van to take the 6 of us on the drive from Anch. into Whittier. The drive is beautiful. We stopped at Beluga Point to hopefully see Beluga whales, but it was super windy, so the waters were really choppy. We did catch the train going by. We detoured to a town called Girdwood. Cute little town with nice views and a beautiful hotel. The hotel was having a blueberry festival, so we stopped in for that. We drove a bit more then stopped by a lake near the entrance to "the tunnel". The tunnel. We hit the tunnel at the point when the lady said "You MIGHT still have a green light to go. If you do, go, otherwise you will have a long wait." We hit the green light and had the tunnel all to ourselves! It was a wacky experience going through this tunnel alone, no one in front of us, only red lights behind us. Then we came to the point where the train's headlights were pointing straight at us! We got into Whittier, returned the rental car at the only car rental place(which is literally in a store that is a trailer) and boarded the ship. Boarding was a total breeze. We were the ONLY people in the terminal boarding at the time. We had timed it perfectly so that all people in busses had already boarded and the train was going the opposite direction. We went up to Lido deck to get some lunch at the buffet and enjoy the views. It was windy and drizzling. My parents stayed in a balcony cabin and we had an inside. D110 and D112. Right across from each other, so rather convenient. Their room had a king bed, sitting area, small bar area, bath tub and shower. Ours had 2 sets of bunk beds and a shower the size of a broom closet. On other cruises we have had a set of bunks and then a king bed, so this was a bit of a surprise. Adults got bottom bunks, kids got top. They say no one under age 9 on the top bunks, so plan accordingly. Storage was ample and we asked our room steward for more hangers for our clothes. This was helpful, as was my trusty over the door shoe organizer. Get a clear shoe organizer. We keep hair brushes, sunscreen, our cruise cards(on lanyards), chap stick, medications, gloves, small hats, other small items in the pockets so people can access them when someone is using the bathroom. These locations were forward Dolphin Deck(9) and we were shaken awake every morning except when in Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay where we didn't dock. Food: My favorite part. I don't have to plan it, shop for it, prep it, cook it or clean it. I just ask and eat it! We have sailed Carnival and Disney, and this was our first Princess cruise. Overall, it was better than Disney, but probably a tie with Carnival, though Carnival and Princess do better in different areas. We were a bit disappointed that some of the dishes had alcohol in them which my girls wanted. They made most of them without it, but in some cases, like the melon with port, the alcohol added so much to the taste of the dish, that it was almost a waste without it. The limonocello sorbet also had alcohol, so my daughter who is lactose intolerant couldn't have her beloved sorbet for dessert that night. It isn't like the kids will get drunk off of it, so leave it to the parents to decide if they want it with or without the teaspoon of alcohol. I cook with wine, port, spirits all the time, so would not care one bit. My best dish was the Nutella Donut at International Cafe. Honestly, the best donut I have EVER had, land or sea. Their custard filled one was fantastic, too. They also had a chocolate catalan that I had 2 of. I should have had more. THeir cold salads and sandwiches they heat in a press were family favorites for lunch and snack. My youngest loved the chicken sandwich, myself and eldest the mozzerella and tomato. I also enjoyed the Cuban for a tad of spice and the BBQ beef was good, though not heated through the way the press works. In the main dining rooms, the breakfast french toast with the corn flake coating was SUPER good. The goat cheese souffle was also delicious, and something I would not have ordered if not for seeing it mentioned here. We would fight over the white rolls and the ones with the sesame seeds each night at dinner. We had anytime dining as opposed to a set time, otherwise we would have certainly had a basket with only those breads each night. As for anytime dining-I liked not being tied to a time. We would have missed seeing a pod of orcas had we had the 6:30 dining time. We had to wait about 5 minutes one time, otherwise we got right in. I DID however miss the attention to detail that having the same servers affords you. Things like them knowing you only like 2 of the bread choices and lemon in your water and that the youngest orders shrimp cocktail every single night. Other notable dishes were the pistachio dome, melon with port, the salmon that is offered nightly, the fish that starts with a b-baramundi???, and the stuffed chicken breast on Italian night. I will cover entertainment next.
  20. Looking at booking an Alaskan cruise for July of 2019 taking both my parents and my husband's parents. We are thinking of booking Oceanview for our parents and a balcony or mini-suite for ourselves if not balconies for all. Also, Southboud or Northbound and which side of the ship is best depending on direction we choose? Thanks!
  21. Our final payment for our Golden Princess Vancouver-LA is due early next week. We scored one of the coveted window suites (would never be able to afford a suite under other conditions) and the extra credit with the suite will bump me into the next level of the rewards program. That being said, the reviews have been awful! I know that reviews should always be read with an open mind and not be a deciding factor but there are so many not great ones it makes me worry. Our vacation time is limited so I hate to waste it on a bad experience. Please, tell me some great things about the Golden and make me feel less worried! Thanks, Erin
  22. As the wife and I were sitting at the dinner table around July of 2017 the subject of our 25th wedding anniversary came up. We both decided that we would like to do something special for this occasion. I don’t remember at this time which one of us suggested a cruise (It probably was me), however we had recently received a mailing on Princess Alaska cruise tours promoting their Sip and Sail offer.Having done two previous Alaska cruises but never a land tour, this was an appealing choice. After going to the Princess website we decided on the May 9th 2018 date for our adventure! I contacted Amanda our Princess Cruise Consultant on August 15th and booked the 10 Day Denali Explorer Sip & sail promotion with Captains Circle Launch Savings. To book this cruise, we used one of our Future Cruise Credits which we had purchased on our last cruise. As we booked so early, we had the opportunity to select a Caribe Deck Balcony cabin, C242. We love these cabins because of their larger half covered balconies, perfect for Alaska. The cruise reserved, I started looking for flights and much to my surprise I discovered that using Princess EZ Air with transfers was the way to go. We departed Omaha NE on a non-stop to Seattle, then on to Fairbanks arriving at 10:30 pm. The next 3 days were spent touring Fairbanks, and Denali Nat. park, ending with a 5 hour train journey to Whittier to board the Golden Princess. We arrived at the port around 6:30pm and were in our cabin within a short time as our check-in was accomplished before we left the train, and we were given our cruise cards at that time. A full review with photographs will be posted as soon as I get my overgrown lawn under control, and all of my photos uploaded. But for now. The Good: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Puppy's in the Piazza, Skagway Sunny weather in Ketchikan The Bad: Crew attitude Food Quality (dining room) Entertainment (Stage shows) The UGLY: Drips in hallways, and throughout the ship (hopefully water) Strong sewage odor in the forward parts of the ship! Long lines at the Customer Service Desk Regardless of these issues, we still had a good time on this cruise and would repeat it again, but perhaps not on this ship! Your Mileage my differ.
  23. In a couple weeks we are sailing SB in Alaska on Golden. My daughter is a dancer, and I'd LOVE to get pictures of her on deck en pointe with Glacier Bay in the background(weather permitting). I'm picturing rows of people taking up good viewing areas and am afraid I won't be able to get anything without other people in the shot. Where would the best place to do this be on board?
  24. Going on the Golden Princess from Tokyo to Vancouver April 27, 2018. Would like to know if the Golden has Pickleball, sailed on many Princess ships that had Pickleball in the last 3 years but haven't sailed on the Golden yet. Thanks
  25. We are from Australia. Staying in LA for 3 nights pre cruise in Downtown LA. Wondering if anyone else is also staying nearby and we could share a shuttle to the Cruise Terminal.
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