In the past two years we have sailed on each of these ships and have had wonderful experiences. We sailed last August on the Crown and were thoroughly impressed with both the embarkation and disembarkation. We literally got off the bus, had no line, got our room keys and walked right on board. By 12:30pm we were in our room, greeted by our steward and had our luggage in less than 45 minutes. Disembarking was equally easy and stress free. Our cruise on the Golden was almost as seamless. The only thing I liked better about the Golden was that it was a little smaller than the Crown. We found the service, food and ease of doing things to be quite nice. We are sailing on the Grand this November and hope for an equally nice experience.