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  1. 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:
  2. With the cancellation of the Alaska season's it looks like the Golden Princess will not return to North America.
  3. I am confused as to what the policy for cancellation is for this cruise. So far Princess has not canceled this cruise even though I understand Canada will not allow us to dock. If I cancel (I have Princess platinum insurance) do I just get a FCC? If Princess cancels, do I get the total cruise payment back? We could really use the cash back at this stage. Thank you for all your help.
  4. The Golden Princess is currently in Akaroa harbour in New Zealand. Passengers are not permitted to go ashore because there are three suspected coronavirus cases on board who have been isolated to their cabins. The ship left Melbourne on March 10th and so far has visited the fiords and Port Chalmers (for Dunedin). The three passengers flew into Melbourne from Los Angeles to board the ship and were in close proximity to someone who tested positive. One of the three has symptoms of respiratory illness, but the other two do not. I hope all three people test negative and there isn't another quarantine/isolation event.
  5. I'm thinking about taking a 14 night Alaska cruise from LA in May on the Golden. I know the ship is not getting MedallionNet since it is going to P&O later this year, but do they have the larger flat screen TVs with on demand programming? We had that on our last cruise on the Caribbean Princess and loved it. My husband is disabled, and requires plenty of downtime throughout the day. He really enjoyed being able to start a movie anytime he wanted to without having to look at a guide and coordinating when he needed to be available to start a program he was interested in. If anyone has been on board recently please let me know. We'll likely be booking an outside cabin if that makes a difference. Thanks!
  6. I was wondering if anyone has been on the Golden recently that could tell me if the extra barrel chair is the room? I know they took them out and am hoping they placed them back.
  7. We just booked a Golden Princess Cruise to Alaska. As part of our booking the premium beverage package was included. I understand that the price of each alcoholic beverage is limited to $12 with this package. I was very excited knowing that the Robert Mondavi Cabernet has been $12 a glass on our recent Princess Cruises. However, after doing further research on the internet I have discovered that it is $16 a glass on the Golden Princess. Would anyone happen to have recent pictures of the drink menus (including prices) in Crooners or the Vines Bar on the Golden Princess?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. I wrote out a review of my family and I's time on the Golden Princess on Alaska over the summer. I plan on doing a comprehensive review of Alaska itself soon, which I will also post here. Please read and let me know if you have any questions. I can answer here on the blog. https://www.anyadventurewithyou.com/alaska-on-the-golden-princess-a-cruise-review/
  15. Hi All We will be doing a B2B on the Golden Princess in a few days, and on our last Cruise I noticed a printer in the Internet Café / Library ( deck 5 ) where the shared computers are..... Can you print something from your email to this printer ??????? As we are thinking of booking some extra tours and will need a way of printed the tickets out....... Also do not have a smartphone/ipad thingie or laptop with me....... Thanks Don
  16. We are about to cruise to NZ on the the Golden this Sunday, but the cricket test starts tomorrow. Any idea on how my husband might get access to a telecast? Will it be available on the inhouse tv or is there any other place that it will be available? Thanks.
  17. *NOTE*: This intended audience for this post is the Princess cruiser who is interested in getting a second indoor chair for the cabin. If you don't want a second chair for your cabin but have helpful suggestions, please feel free to contribute. Please ignore this thread If you don't want a second chair for your cabin and don't have helpful information for cruisers wanting a second indoor chair for their cabin. Thanks! ----- I just got back from a B2B aboard Golden Princess a couple of days ago. (Yes I did have a great cruise!) There were two of us in our cabin -- a regular BE balcony (A630). The cabin had only one chair in the room: the desk chair. On the balcony were the two outdoor chairs. I did not expect to see the barrel chair in the room, given the helpful reports here on CC. (On my prior cruise ending the first week of January -- on Ruby, my unobstructed "obstructed" oceanview cabin still had a barrel chair in addition to the desk chair.) On this trip aboard Golden, before my steward was available to meet on the first day, I stopped at Guest Services and requested a second indoor chair for the cabin. The rep said that this request would be forwarded to my steward. I later met my steward before dinnertime. The steward had not received the chair request, but confirmed that barrel chairs (which he refers to as tub chairs) are gone from Golden.* *At least from regular balcony cabins and lower categories, was my guess. ----- -- Later on Day 1, after late dinner -- I returned back to the cabin to find that our awesome steward was able to secure a second chair for us: --- We used both chairs every day, to actually sit in. This was our setup for early morning coffee (and sometimes IC's almond croissant) before heading out later for breakfast or elsewhere: ----- So, even if there are no barrel chairs to be found, if you want a second indoor chair there may be other chairs available aboard that might work for you. Cheers, -RSS-
  18. We will be on the Golden Princess in Alaska in June and it will not have been upgraded to MedallionNet before then. Has anyone had experience with the onboard internet on the Golden? I had heard it was not the best quality, and I am hesitant to purchase a package.
  19. Golden Princess Transformation Just seen a link to this article detailing changes afoot for the Golden Princess once it moves to P&O Australia. May be there’s still a chance Princess will add a waterslide or two to a future ship 👿
  20. Considering a 29 day Pacific crossing offered on the Ruby and the Golden in April 2020. I’m not familia with either ship so would like your thoughts on these two ships. The Golden’s price is lower🤔. Thanks
  21. Has the Golden Princess got the new beds and mattresses?Anyone recently cruised on her? I tried to look this up but this site not very user friendly now to do a search. Even Princess website not easy to navigate.
  22. Just wondering if the Terrace Pool on Golden Princess is open to all and if it has stairs to enter pool- not ladders. If it doesn't have ladders, is there any pool available that does have stair entry to water? Thanks.
  23. Thinking about cruising on Golden Princess in May. Have sailed on Princess 2x before. Regal Princess was great. Caribbean Princess was not so much. Usually sail Celebrity. Itinerary on Golden looks good. Would like some comments about the ship. Thanks!
  24. We've just boarded Golden Princess in San Francisco and attended the first special event for Elite, Suite, and Platinum guests. We're Platinum. As you know, Princess usually has either a nice lounge for a free drink or three in the evening, or equivalent coupons to use around the ship. Now the party is in the Vista Lounge, and the only free thing is special appetizers. The "special" drinks offered -- about eight cocktails, which aren't of interest to us -- were a "special" price of $6.50 and everything else was regular price. Last trip on Princess for us. Unless of course Celebrity, RCI, and HAL do the same. Another silly thing to have to check before booking.
  25. Question for those who have recently sailed on the Golden. I was curious as to what type of televisions are currently on the ship? We are sailing a 10 Day Sea of Cortez cruise in May 2020 and I was specifically wondering if they were still the old View Sonic monitors or have they been upgraded? When we were on the Star last year that had newer flat screens that let us hook up a Blu Ray player. On the Ruby earlier this year, they had newer flat screens where the HDMI inputs were disabled. They were not On Demand types as on the Royal, etc. I know the cruise is a ways off and things can change, but I was just curious. Thanks in advance for any replies.....😊😊😊 Bob
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