No, I have not been on the Golden or have I cruised with Princess before. We took our first cruise with RCCL, Navigator of the Seas, last year and it was wonderful. We chose to cruise with Princess just because they use fresh water in there swimming pools not salt water. Salt water is fine to snorkel in but in a pool we like fresh water. (ok I know Im being picky and plus how long do you spend in the pool on a ship anyways) .